According to Publisher's Weekly, The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Copper Canyon Press to be the U.S. publisher for its International Literary Exchange with China. The exchanges are designed help American houses publish and promote contemporary anthologies in translation. Copper Canyon will receive $117,000 to support the translation, publication and promotion of a bilingual anthology of work by about 35 Chinese poets born after 1945. The NEA launched the International Literary Exchanges in 2006 to promote the exchange of great world literature across borders. This initiative develops partnerships betweenthe Arts Endowment and foreign governments or their designees.
President Obama announced yesterday (before he came to speak here for ASU's Commencement!) his intention to nominate Rocco Landesman to head the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman is a theater owner and producer responsible for bringing shows like "Jersey Boys" and "Proof" to Broadway. He also produced Tony Kushner's "Angels in America." For more on the nomination, see this article from The Washington Post.