Read Generously for Racial Equity

Read Generously gives readers an opportunity to support the publication of extraordinary poetry at Copper Canyon Press. In gratitude for your generosity, we will send you a Copper Canyon Press poetry book of your choosing.

This season, your Read Generously donation will support the launch of our new Poetry Publishing Fellowship Program. This program provides a meaningful entryway to employment in the field of publishing for emerging professionals, inviting applications from individuals who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, and/or members of other historically marginalized communities. The inaugural eighteen-month Publishing Fellowship begins February 2022, thanks to the support of patrons like you. 

How do I “Read Generously”?

Simply make a gift using the donation form on this page. We will be delighted to send a published Copper Canyon Press book to those who give $35 or more to support racial justice initiatives.

Want to Learn More?

In June 2020 the Press began dedicating 100% of Read Generously donations to racial equity initiatives. With the help of readers like you, we raised nearly $6,000 for the national organization Black Lives Matter, in affirmation of Black lives and in condemnation of the murder of Black Americans at the hands of police. All Read Generously funds contributed through August 31, 2020 were directly donated to Black Lives Matter. Subsequently, we shifted the focus of our Read Generously program to support racial justice initiatives at Copper Canyon Press.

The staff and board at Copper Canyon Press developed and are implementing our Racial Equity Work Plan that directly addresses racial inequities in publishing, specifically as they manifest at Copper Canyon. We seek to build a foundation from which we can model the proactive, intentional, and long-overdue work of dismantling structural racism in our field and within our own house. If you are inspired to support this work while reading extraordinary poetry, we invite you to read generously. If you have comments or questions, please send your message to

Thank you!