The Paris Review Foundation

aka The Paris Review   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.theparisreview.org/

Mission

The Paris Review Foundation pursues a dual mission: foster the development of creative individuals as writers and artists and promote public appreciation of excellence in the literary and visual arts. To these ends, we showcase prose, poetry, interviews, and visual art from both emerging and established voices in our 67-year-running print quarterly, The Paris Review; its digital outlet, The Daily; and other formats including live programming, a podcast, digital short films, and anthologies. For writers and artists, we provide thoughtful editing and prestigious, far-reaching platforms on which to find and grow audiences, as well financial support. For the public, we offer a variety of ways to access transformative, cross-disciplinary storytelling and art experiences.

Ruling year info

2000

Editor

Ms. Emily Stokes

Main address

544 W 27th St Fl 3

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

13-4081729

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a conversation captured in The Paris Review Podcast, Toni Morrison declares beauty to be “an absolute necessity...I don’t think we can do without it anymore than we can do without dreams or oxygen.” Literature and art are some of the most important ways that humans experience the beauty needed to navigate the world we know and imagine the possibilities beyond it. By enabling us to see life from perspectives other than our own and recognize aspects of ourselves in the experiences of others, they also deepen our empathy for and understanding of each other. The public needs literature and art, and writers and artists--especially those at the beginning their careers--need audiences to support their work. In our pages, on our website, and through our podcast, film shorts, anthologies, and events, we provide inclusive spaces for exciting encounters between writers, artists, and the public, fostering vital, symbiotic relationships that underpin culture.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Poetry

Every quarter, we work with roughly fifteen poets to edit and publish poems in The Paris Review, helping them develop and refine their work and connecting them to a readership of over 24,000 and counting.

By publishing a mix of established and emerging voices, we celebrate the continued relevance of masters and help early-career poets build readership and reputation, while offering readers the chance to experience different styles and voices. Over the years, we have supported many poets who are now considered titans, such as Adrienne Rich and John Ashbery, seeking out and publishing their work long before they were household names.

We also connect poets with the public by publishing interviews and through public programming (see below).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Every quarter, we work with roughly five authors to edit and publish short stories, and occasionally creative nonfiction, in The Paris Review. Through this process, we help them refine their work and connect them to over 24,000 readers.

As with poetry, we publish a mix of established and emerging fiction writers. This variety enables us to engage diverse readers, and to signal new authors’ merit by placing them in illustrious company. The Paris Review published some of the earliest work of Philip Roth, V.S. Naipaul, Joy Williams, Michael Cunningham, and Yiyun Li, helping them find their readers and develop their voices.

We also connect fiction writers with the public by publishing interviews and through public programming (see below).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Every issue of The Paris Review includes a visual art portfolio showcasing up to a dozen new and/or recent works by a contemporary visual artist or group of artists.

Visual art is an essential part of The Paris Review’s identity; at our founding in 1953, we were one of the first literary magazines to commission visual artwork and present it alongside poems and stories. Over the years, we have published portfolios from visual art pioneers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Louise Bourgeois, Jean Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, and others, including many who were just beginning to build a following.

As the portfolios present robust bodies of visual artwork alongside creative writing that is, for some audiences, more appealing and impactful than the criticism and reviews found in many art publications, they create meaningful connections between artists and viewers that might not be reached through traditional avenues.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

“Writers at Work” is a series of in-depth author interviews published in The Paris Review since its 1953 founding. With over 400 interviews and counting, including luminaries such as William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Philip Larkin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joan Didion, the series is a living archive of voices that have shaped literary culture over the 20th and 21st centuries, and is frequently used in literature and creative writing classrooms.

“Writers at Work” fosters individual creative development by giving interview subjects the opportunity to reflect on their careers and introduce new generations of readers to their work. It promotes public appreciation of literary excellence by enriching public understanding of great writers’ contributions to literature--and for those readers who aspire to literary greatness themselves, they offer a low-barrier way to discover and engage with role models.

In addition to publishing two new interviews each quarter in The Paris Review, we invite readers to dive deeper into the series with anthologies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Our online outlet, The Daily, features humanities-focused nonfiction writing such as new book excerpts, interviews, first-person encounters with cultural phenomena, and recurring columns on specific aspects of literature and culture (from recipes for famous literary meals to lyrical reflections on the cache of fairy tales).

The writing on The Daily offers elevated yet accessible discussions of art and culture, simultaneously entertaining and educating the reader. Many pieces combine personal narrative with scholarly research and critique, creating a companionable experience of serious subject matter that can engage a broad audience.

The Daily is entirely free, with no paywall or article limit. In addition to original pieces, it features a selection of unlocked fiction, poetry, and interviews from the digitized magazine archive each week (see also “Newsletters”).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Through our in-house imprint, The Paris Review Editions, we publish anthologies of iconic interviews from our archive. Recent anthologies have approached the archive of more than 400 “Writers at Work” interviews through specific organizing lenses, including “Women at Work” (volumes one and two) and “Writers at Work Around the World.” These books offer literature lovers and scholars an opportunity to understand, through multiple in-depth conversations with masters, the cross-pollinating ideas, techniques, and personalities that have shaped literature as we know it over the last seven decades.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Live readings and conversations enable writers and artists to connect with audiences in real time, and readers to deepen their engagement with the work we publish.

Our public programming includes live “Writers at Work” interviews, conversations between our editors and contributors about work they’ve published in The Paris Review and elsewhere, and celebrations of new issues featuring readings by and conversations between editors and contributors. We have partnered with several arts and cultural organizations in our hometown of New York to host events, and we also virtually host hundreds of participants at our Zoom and Instagram live events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Our podcast offers a rich audio literary experience, immersing listeners in a mix of archival and recent stories, poems, and interview excerpts from The Paris Review, read by authors and actors. There is no host--rather than telling listeners about literature, we invite them to experience it directly.

Seasons 1 and 2 are available for free download on Stitcher.

In film, we offer a series of digital shorts (5-7 minutes) titled "My First Time" A natural companion to the quarterly “Writers at Work” series, “My First Time” films reflect on the challenges of writing one’s first book via candid interviews with major authors about their own experiences.

These films provide writers with a unique opportunity to engage the public on film, and allow the public a glimpse of beloved figures’ early days. They are also crucial to our effort to support emerging writers, as they recognize universal challenges and provide companionship, reassurance, and encouragement to those who are still struggling.

Season 1 of “My First Time,” featuring Vivian Gornick, Sheila Heti, Tao Lin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ben Lerner, and Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, among others, is available free on our YouTube channel.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Our email newsletters, which reach over 169,000 readers each week, offer free public access to stories, poems, interviews, and portfolios from our digitized magazine archive.

“Paris Review Poetry” delivers a single, complete poem directly to newsletter subscribers’ inboxes every day.

“Paris Review Redux” announces a new selection of unlocked pieces on our website (one interview, one prose work, and one poem) every week.

These rotating, carefully curated selections of free content--along with the always-free podcast and Daily articles--allow us to serve all literature lovers, regardless of ability to pay for a full print subscription. To maximize audience awareness of free content beyond newsletter subscribers, “Paris Review Redux” is announced on The Daily every week.

In addition, our podcast, films, and arts and culture writing on The Daily are always free, as are selected public programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer professional development opportunities for people who are interested in the business and artistic practice of literary publishing. This includes paid editorial internships, in which participants work closely with senior editorial staff, learn every aspect of magazine production, and are invited to contribute to The Daily; volunteer reader positions, in which participants receive ongoing training in how to review unsolicited manuscripts and produce reader reports recommending them to the editors; and programming in partnership with educational providers, including high schools, colleges, conferences, and community arts organizations.

Population(s) Served
Students
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As noted above, our mission is to foster the development of creative individuals as writers and artists and promote public appreciation of excellence in the literary and visual arts. Across multiple platforms, we aim to foster vital, symbiotic relationships between writers, artists, and the public.

We foster writers’ and artists’ development by helping them develop and refine stories, poems, and essays through editing; connecting them to audiences on our prestigious and far-reaching platforms; and promoting their work with public readings and events. With the aim of helping our contributors reach as wide an audience as possible, we work continually to build our readership.

To ensure that this support reaches emerging writers who may not have existing connections to the publishing industry, we accept and review thousands of unsolicited submissions every year, including digital submissions. We also regularly approach emerging visual artists for our portfolios feature, seeking out exciting new work at galleries and museums as well as lower-barrier channels such as Instagram and Artsy.

To promote public appreciation of the work we publish, we offer a range of access points including not only paid subscriptions, but also free offerings.

The Paris Review has been a gold standard for contemporary literature and art since our founding. As noted in our program descriptions, over the decades we have helped launch the careers of major writers and poets from Adrienne Rich and Philip Roth to Yiyun Li and Ottessa Moshfegh. Today, we are widely recognized as a cultural leader: The New York Times calls The Paris Review “the enduring lion of American literary magazines,” while Time Magazine calls it “America’s Greatest Literary Journal.” As a result of our long history and respected reputation, we are able to signal writers’ and artists’ merit to the wider cultural community by publishing them in our pages and promoting them through our events. Our experienced editorial staff, supported by a robust volunteer reader program, are dedicated to identifying the best new work to amplify in this way.

Diverse platforms enable us to engage a broad audience in our contributors’ work. In addition to the print magazine, which reaches a growing number of subscribers, we have a robust multimedia presence spanning digital writing, films, a podcast, social media, and virtual events. This means multiple opportunities for readers to connect, whether they have a few minutes to read a digital essay or an hour to listen to an interview on Instagram Live. Multiple staff, including our Publishing Director, our Digital Director, our Events Director, and our Engagement Editor, support the continued development of this constellation of access points.

As of 2020, we are reaching thousands of readers across platforms. Total print circulation is a record 24,000, while total readership is 43,200. Our website garners over a million monthly pageviews and 650,000 monthly unique visitors, and on social media, we have over 980,000 Twitter followers, 400,000 Facebook fans, and over 250,000 Instagram followers.

External recognition affirms that The Paris Review is promoting truly excellent work on these far-reaching platforms. Between 2019 and 2020, we published six pieces that went on to win Pushcart Prizes, eight that were selected for Best American Anthologies, an O. Henry Prize winner, and the winner of the inaugural PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Award. In addition, The Daily was honored by the Webby Awards, and two pieces earned places in the Longreads Best of 2019 list. We are proud to have brought these pieces to readers for the first time, and happy to have helped our contributors earn these accolades. Demonstrating our leadership in the field of literary publishing, The Paris Review itself won the 2020 American Society of Magazine Editors Award for Fiction, our fourth ASME since we were founded.

Financials

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The Paris Review Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Akash Shah


Board co-chair

Mr. Matt Holt

Organizational demographics

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