Becca J.R. Lachman
Becca J.R. Lachman's Fundraiser

Help me make a difference, one poem at a time!

Your donation keeps me writing (& hopefully encouraging more voices to tell their stories)! We are not alone, we are connected, and we need poetry. Help me sing these big truths into the world!

$1,150 towards $250

Becca J.R. Lachman works in the magical land of public libraries and is also a lyricist and singer-songwriter. Her forthcoming 3rd collection of poems What I say to this house is a collaboration with German artist Astrid Kaemmerling on home-building for women, making our own creation myths, and resiliency through chronic illness. Becca's previous poetry collections are The Apple Speaks (Cascadia Publishing House) and Other Acreage (Gold Wake Press). In 2013, she edited A Ritual to Read Together, a national anthology to mark the centennial of the late poet and conscientious objector William Stafford that included new work by poets such as Robert Bly and Molly Peacock. Her most recent poems have been recognized by a 2020 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination and can be found in places like Connotation Press, Sweet: Lit, Consequence Magazine, and Image Journal.

Some people run marathons to support change and to remember their own strength. I'm choosing to write a poem a day for the month of April, both to help a press I believe in continue to publish diverse voices (Poems save, start, and enrich lives!)--and also to reconnect with my writer self as a 1st-time foster mom and during my 40th year.

How does one carve out the time to write, no matter what, even in self-quarantine... while working from home... and fostering... and everyday child circus-ing... while your body reminds you it carries a chronic illness? My 4th collection of poems is simmering, and my hope is that this poetic challenge will help me towards shaping that manuscript.

Your support OF ANY AMOUNT will give me heart high-fives as I write new work every single day in April. You'll be able to follow along with what I write, and I will try my darndest to send snail-mail thank yous + a poem I've written this month to as many of you as possible.

For the 30/30 project, Tupelo Press provides the canvas, I bring my words, accompanied by other fine poets, writing thirty poems in thirty days, all ours to edit and submit as we wish. 30/30 poems have been taken by over 90 journals and featured in over 40 published chapbooks, all so Tupelo Press can keep publishing exquisite and diverse voices that might never be heard otherwise. Every dollar gives me confidence to write more, and helps the press place more poems in gorgeous books. Help me to help this distinguished press.

Consider giving today, and THANK YOU!