About the NYS(CA) Lit(erary) Map
The Literary Map of New York is brought to you by the New York State Council on the Arts, Richard Schwartz, Chairman; and Al Berr and Debb y Silverfine, Deputy Directors. Bright Hill Press, in partnership with NYSCA, developed the Map, which was created to offer writers, educators, students, and the general public both a historical perspective and a useful resource on authors and literature in New York State. The LitMap will constantly evolve as new information is added. Due to the multitude of writers who have made their home and literary life in the State and City, the map is constructed as two primary web pages: New York State and New York City. Icons on the maps link to brief biographical and bibliographical data concerning prominent deceased New York State and City Authors and NY Indian Orators and Storytellers; and information about NY Literary Organizations, NY Literary Events, NY Literary Sites, NYS and City Libraries, and NYS and City Bookstores. We hope this data will provide users of the Map with a gateway to in-depth research and reading. A four-color, first edition of the print map is now available by calling Bright Hill Literary Center at 607-829-5055, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work on the map began in 1999, as a response to the NYSCA Cultural Tourism Initiative. Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program, initiated the project and oversaw its funding and direction. Connie Lovatt began the process of collecting and consolidating information from librarians, literary organizations, and writers and contracted with the artists and designers. Bertha Rogers, Founding Executive Director of Bright Hill Press, served as Program Director, working with Ms. Masterson, scholars and other researchers, and supervising all personnel. Rogers and Bright Hill Press personnel will maintain the continually developing Map. Brook Meinhardt was the artist, painting portraits of selected, representative writers, as well as both maps. Jean Lee of Ed Lee Associates designed the web pages. Loss Pequeno Glazier, Director of the Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY Buffalo, and first webmaster for LitTree, skillfully shepherded the uploading of the Map onto the LitTree web site. Marc Funaro of Advantex LLC is the web application architect for this website.
Many others were instrumental in bringing this project to life. Among them were NYSCA Literature Advisory Panel Members: writer and editor Malaika Adero; poet and Director, Poets House, Lee Ellen Briccetti; writer, editor (Greenfield Review Press), and educator Joseph Bruchac; writer Fay Chiang; poet and Founding Director, the Bowery Poetry Club, Bob Holman; writer, educator, and editor Maurice Kenny; writer and Director, the Writers Studio, Frazier Russell; Director, Adult Services, the New York Public Library, Marsha Spyros; NYSCA staff members Christine Leahy, Elizabeth Merena, Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, Kristin Herron, Gary Dayton, Amy Duggins Pender, and Susan Borozan, NYSCA interns Gretchen Kail and Jessica Fee; Bright Hill Press intern/researchers Jesse Hilson and Christopher Roberts, project researchers Ed Baluyut and Steve Pilgrim; and Bright Hill Press LitTree staff and interns Lawrence Shaw, Anna Harty, Brittney Schoonebeek, and Brenda Squires. Other advisors were New York State Historical Associate Director of the Research Library Wayne Wright; State Education Department of SUNY Albany Government Records Services provider Warren F. Broderick; Hofstra University's Long Island Studies Institute Director Natalie A. Naylor; Adirondack Museum Marketing Assistant Lori Sullivan; Schoharie County Historical Association Librarian/Archivist Christine M. Palmatier; writer and editor, An Anthology of American Poetry, Thomas Travisano, and Ann Ellen Lesser for information on handicap-accessible web pages. Biographical information on contributors may be found by clicking on links below.