The CRB is a non-profit initiative, and the magazine's entire contents--and our six-year archive--are accessible via our website at no cost. You don't have to pay any subscription fee to read our insightful and intelligent coverage of Caribbean books, writing, art, film, and music. And we plan to keep it that way.
We run a lean operation. We keep our expenses to the barest minimum. But it does cost money to publish the CRB. Websites are relatively inexpensive but not free. There are unavoidable admin costs--even small expenses like posting books to reviewers eventually add up. And we remain committed to paying our writers, even if modestly. It's a sign of respect for the important work they do, for the profession of writing itself.
So how do we manage to cover these costs, and publish reviews, essays, interviews, original poems and fiction, artists' portfolios, and all our other cultural coverage every week? Some of our current operating expenses are generously supported by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Partners like the trinidad+tobago film festival support specific sections of the magazine. But we also depend on the generosity of our readers.
Hence our current donation drive, and the point of this message. Between now and the end of 2010--for the duration of the next issue of the magazine--we ask our readers to consider making a donation to help support the CRB and its ongoing coverage of Caribbean culture. Our "support the CRB" page tells you how:
Image: Untitled drawing by Christopher Cozier (2002), courtesy the artist, reproduced on the cover of the August 2004 CRB, as featured on the CRB home page.