Increase in NYSCA Funding for Starcherone Books

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December 9, 2011

Submitted by Dr. Ted Pelton. 

Starcherone Books, Inc., a Buffalo-based nonprofit publisher of innovative fiction, has received a 60% increase in its funding from the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) for its 2012-13 programs.

Pronounced "start-your-own," Starcherone Books is the brainchild of founder Ted Pelton, a fiction writer and Professor of Humanities at Medaille College of Buffalo. The publishing company has been in existence since 2000, and became a nonprofit in 2003.

Starcherone received its first two-year grant from NYSCA in 2010-11. In increasing its support of Starcherone from $2,500 previously to $4,000 a year for 2012 and 2013, NYSCA specifically praised the quality of the writing in the books Starcherone publishes, as well as its community involvement, factors which caused the press to score high in the new points-based system for determining support for nonprofit publishers.

The books included in Starcherone's NYSCA package included Stacey Levine's story collection The Girl with Brown Fur and Thaddeus Rutkowski's novel Haywire. Starcherone has arranged visits by both of these writers to Buffalo in recent years, among the many other literary events Starcherone supports in Buffalo.



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