FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2012
MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Word Riot Inc. announced Karolina Waclawiak and James Arthur as the first recipients of the nonprofit’s travel grant awards for writers and poets.
The organization, established in July 2011, is dedicated to promoting independent literature and supporting emerging authors. As part of that effort, Word Riot Inc. awards quarterly travel grants of $100 to $500 to small press writers and poets. The company’s travel grants help offset the costs a writer incurs participating in readings and literary events around the country.
Waclawiak, who received Word Riot Inc.’s first travel grant, is a Brooklyn-based novelist and screenwriter. She currently serves as the deputy editor of The Believer
. Her first novel, How to Get Into the Twin Palms
, will be published by Two Dollar Radio
in July 2012.
“The Word Riot grant will give me the opportunity to travel West and reach new, curious readers,” Waclawiak said.
Small presses are often unable to fully fund book tours, promotional events or trips to writers’ conferences, leading authors to pay for travel out of pocket or skip such opportunities. Supplemental funding–such as that offered by Word Riot Inc.’s travel grants–can make the world of difference in a project’s success.
Two Dollar Radio Publisher Eric Obenauf called Waclawiak a “super-hero new talent” and noted the travel grant will help expose her witty, insightful novel to more readers.
“This terrific new grant affords Karolina the chance to connect personally with readers she may otherwise have been forced to miss, which is an invaluable opportunity for a first-time novelist,” Obenauf said. “Word Riot is making a substantial contribution to the work of indie press authors.”
James Arthur is the second recipient of a Word Riot Inc. travel grant. Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. During 2012-2013, he will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. Copper Canyon Press will release his first book, Charms against Lightning, this fall.
“I’m so grateful for Word Riot’s support,” Arthur said. “My first book of poems, Charms against Lightning, will be published this October, and the travel grant from Word Riot will make it possible for me to fly from my home on the East Coast to Albuquerque, where I’ll give some readings to promote my book.”
Word Riot Inc. is currently accepting applications for its third quarter travel grant award. The organization is also sponsoring the Paula Anderson Book Award for a novel or short story collection published in 2011. The title should have increased awareness of or otherwise drawn attention to the small press community because of the merit of the work. The winning author will receive $1,000.
Word Riot Inc. is in the process of seeking tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The young organization depends on the financial support and generosity of those who champion the literary arts. To help contribute to Word Riot Inc. or to learn more, visit its website at http://wordriot.us.
President, Word Riot Inc.
PO Box 414
Middletown, NJ 07748