Center for Literary Arts (San Jose, CA)

Name

  • Name:Cathleen Miller
  • Title:Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Literary Arts
  • Address:San Jose State University
    One Washington Square
    San Jose, CA 95192-0223
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-924-4489

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Center for Literary Arts (CLA) provides readings, lectures and seminars that allow the San José community to interact with writers of exceptional voice and vision. Its mission is to spread the influence of and interest in literature throughout the South Bay region and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding in the region’s ethnically diverse population through the appreciation of literary works. The CLA is committed to highlighting diversity in contemporary literature; nearly half of the writers it presents are from traditionally underrepresented groups. Additionally, the CLA organizes visits by several writers each year to an ethnically and economically diverse public school in San Jose, Mt. Pleasant High School.

    The CLA’s major activities are three annual reading series: Major Authors, West Coast Writers, and the Mt. Pleasant Series. Many of its visiting writers also hold public “conversations,” frequently paired up with another working writer; seminars with SJSU writers; and interact in social settings with the community. Our events attract audiences from 75 to over 500 attendees. The Center for Literary Arts sees itself as a hub - or "center" - for arts activity conducted throughout the Bay Area. All CLA events are open to the public and presented free of charge.

  • Overview:
  • The CLA’s major activities are three annual reading series: Major Authors, West Coast Writers, and the Mt. Pleasant Series. Many of its visiting writers also hold public “conversations,” frequently paired up with another working writer; and seminars with SJSU writers; and interact in social settings with the community. Our events attract audiences from 75 to over 500 attendees and are designed to provide maximum interaction between visiting writers and audience; this is especially true at Mt. Pleasant, where the average audience is over 150, despite the events being after school hours, extracurricular, and not for credit.

    The Center for Literary Arts sees itself as a hub - or "center" - for arts activity conducted throughout the Bay Area. For this reason we actively pursue partnerships and co-sponsorships with other regional arts organizations. All CLA events are open to the public and presented free of charge, so as to maximize the appeal to lovers of literature from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1977, the CLA has consistently presented to the community a program of prestigious and exciting artists, including 5 winners of the Nobel Prize, 19 winners of the National Book Award and 29 winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Our marquee event each year is the Martha Heasley Cox Lecture, inaugurated in 1986 by Wallace Stegner; since then, we have hosted luminaries including Toni Morrison, Gore Vidal, William Styron, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and E. L. Doctorow.

    The arrival of current director, Andrew Altschul, in 2009, marked an expansion of CLA programming and ambition. A partnership was begun with Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival – each year, the CLA has hosted both a dedicated event at the festival and, in San Jose, a “Litquake South Bay Event.” In 2010, Altschul added an April poetry festival and a roundtable featuring three of the authors included in the anthology Granta's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. 2011 and 2012 saw further expansion to include Isabel Allende Day, special events with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and the newly inaugurated California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, and collaborations with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Palo Alto JCC. The CLA maintains active partnerships with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the San José Museum of Art, the SJSU Jewish Studies Program, Poetry Center San José (PCSJ), MACLA, and Montalvo Arts Center, and has recently co-organized events with Litquake, Montalvo, San José Stage Co., McSweeney’s publishing house, the arts website The Rumpus, and Santa Clara University.

    Nicole Hughes held the role of Acting Director for the 2013-2014 season while Director Andrew Altschul was on sabbatical. Andrew will resume his role as Director for the 2014-2015 season.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:0
  • Advisory board size:14
  • Staff size:2

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Mona Onstead (president)
    Charleen Delfino (vice president)
    Don Avoy
    Nancy Avoy
    Kathleen Brady
    Alan Dierks
    Paul Douglass
    John Engell
    Joe Lovato
    Joyce Milligan
    Jessica Taylor
    Mary Lou Taylor
    Lisa Vollendorf

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Nicole Hughes, Acting Director

    Andrew Altschul, Director (on sabbatical)

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Jeff Heid, Assistant Director

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:94-6017638

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:946017638
  • Organization Name:SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KAM LAM
  • Organization Address:210 N FOURTH ST 4TH FLOOR
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95112-5569
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1961
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):034
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Alumni association or group
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B110
  • Asset Amount:$42,295,679
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$64,666,038
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$58,267,285
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 3:01:07 am

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