The Simpson Family Literary Project honors the profound impact of Barclay and Sharon Simpson and their family, distinguished philanthropic sustainers of the arts and education. For many years, they have inspired us all by championing the work and lives of artists, students, life-long learners, and underserved children.
The Simpson Family Literary Project pursues two overarching and closely connected objectives: lasting educational outreach into schools, universities, and libraries, as well as celebrating and supporting authors across a great spectrum: from fledging young writers to mid-career writers of distinction to internationally celebrated authors.
The Simpson Family Literary Project offers three core initiatives: outreach to high school-age writers, a writer in residence program, and a national literary prize. Learn more about our programs.
A collaboration of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the University of California, Berkeley, English Department.
The Wood Family Foundation
Mario & Jen Di Prisco
Dodge & Cox
David Wood & Kathy Garrison
Tracey Borst & Robert Menicucci
Ralph & Liz Long
Jim & Lela Barnes
friends and thought-partners
Candace Andersen | Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
Kathi Bahr | kathibahr.com
Kathleen Caldwell | A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon | Zyzzyva, a San Francisco Journal of Arts & Letters
Tyson Cornell | Rare Bird Books
Cecil S. Giscombe
Joyce Jenkins | Poetry Flash
Diana Ketcham and Andrew Hoyem | Arion Press
Wendy Lesser | Threepenny Review
Peter Maravelis | City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco
Regan McMahon | Common Sense Media
Christine McQuade | Open as the Sky
Jan Weissmiller | Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City
Willard Williams | Toadstool Books, New Hampshire
Joe Di Prisco
Chair, Author & Educator
English Professor, Author, and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Executive Director, Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Joyce Carol Oates
Chair, English Department, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Community Library Manager, Lafayette Public Library