Mission, Vision & Values
Our mission is to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work.
As motivation for our programming, APRIL envisions:
- an increase in readers seeking out writing that is new and pertinent to them—writing that takes chances in both publication and performance and has greater potential for relevance in their lives;
- readers actively reconsidering their definition of literature, its forms and its position in the arts;
- independent literary producers—authors, publishers and writers of all kinds—thriving, with increased publicity and heightened reader engagement;
- a reading public connecting as a more interactive social body—one that encourages creation and collaboration.
We believe in:
- literature as an indispensable element of our shared culture;
- writing that takes risks, strikes out on a new path, negotiates from its own rubric, and speaks to a greater need;
- the multiplicity of today’s literary arts—how literature manifests itself in books, online, hand-crafted chapbooks, zines, collaborative writing projects, conceptual readings, interpretive performances, and more;
- creative possibility as a quality that sustains the literary arts and encourages growth;
- unique, personal, and meaningful literary experiences that feed enthusiasm and promote active engagement and literacy;
- communication as a crucial and gratifying element of human interaction.