Press Release: Fieldmouse Press Joins the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)
Fieldmouse Press is proud to announce that it has joined the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). CLMP “are hundreds of small publishers creating print and digital books, magazines, online publications, chapbooks, and zines, who have come together to do our work as publishers better.”
CLMP has organized around a shared set of beliefs:
- We believe that small literary publishers play a vital role in our culture by connecting the greatest diversity of distinctive writers to equally diverse communities of readers.
- We believe that literary publishing is an artistic practice that helps writers realize their artistic vision and readers discover their work.
- We believe that by increasing the organizational capacity of small literary publishers we contribute significantly to the vitality and vibrancy of our literary culture.
- We believe that being a member of our community means participating in an environment of mutual support with both rights and responsibilities.
- We believe in actively engaging those who share our passion for literature— readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, students, educators, funders, business leaders, and others—to ensure that small literary publishers, and the work they help shape and make public, will continue to thrive.
Fieldmouse Press is in alignment with the mission and goals of CLMP. As they say on their website, “Independent literary publishers make up an underserved, uniquely vulnerable, and essential field that connects the greatest diversity of writers to equally diverse communities of readers.”
Through our membership with CLMP, Fieldmouse Press hopes to not only benefit from the array of resources available to members but also, perhaps more importantly, to further raise the profile and awareness of the literary value of the comics arts to the general public and other independent literary publishers.
HISTORY: Originally founded as the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines in 1967, on April 1, 2015, CLMP, since becoming known as the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, rebranded as the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to better reflect how we serve our mission. CLMP’s membership of more than 600 organizations incorporates a wide diversity of publishers: those with budgets of less than $5,000 to those of more than $1 million dollars; those working in large cities, rural areas, and every place in between; and those representing an astounding array of aesthetic and editorial literary missions. CLMP has informed funders and other arts groups about literary publishing’s role in American culture, conducted research about the field, and ensured that literature has an active voice in the politics of cultural policy. Since 1997, CLMP has administered the NYSCA New York State Technical Assistance Program [NYSCA NYTAP] for NYS independent literary publishers, a series of outreach and organizational development services that serves more than 150 publishers annually.