Read Generously for Racial Equity

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

Beginning June 2020, the Press will dedicate 100% of Read Generously proceeds to racial equity initiatives. As our first step—with the help of readers like you—we raised over $5,000 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 31st will be directly donated to Black Lives Matter. 

This fall, we are shifting the focus of our Read Generously program to support racial justice initiatives at Copper Canyon Press and in the field of publishing. 

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 those on the frontlines of racial justice work. 

What happens next?

The staff and board at Copper Canyon Press are developing and implementing a 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 white supremacy in our field and within our own house. We will share more about this process, and our resulting commitments, in the coming months. In the meantime, 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 poetry@coppercanyonpress.org.

Thank you!