Nina Gibans
Nina Gibans's Fundraiser

Tupelo Press' incredible record of mentoring and celebrating writers of all ages and nationalities. My poems can make a difference!

Join me in my effort to reach my goal, please give today.

$685 towards $750

This is the the third 30/30 session over three years. I am about to create my 90th poem through this system which is super forceful for stimulating new work. I have been writing for a long time and like to see if I can help you help me by printing one of my poems that has been a favorite of young and old. That makes it fun for me. See if it will connect with you.


There is something about opening an envelope

from a friend

written in hand

stained with a raindrop

slipped through the door

so the dog will not run out

barking and leaping.

I sit at the table

to read and reread.

I know the handwriting

read what I want to hear

say what I think

to myself, and

put it in my drawer

to season.

I will discover new words

tell you about friends who have missed you

give you that recipe I said I would send

plan as if tomorrow were yesterday

and you lived around the corner.

I will pick up the pieces that made us friends

and dust them off, gently.

Tupelo Press provides the canvas; I bring my words, accompanied by a cohort of 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 200 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. Give today!