Michael VanCalbergh

Michael VanCalbergh's Fundraiser

My poems can make a difference for Tupelo Press!! image

My poems can make a difference for Tupelo Press!!

Help me meet my goal, please give today.


$350 towards $400

Hello Friends!

I'm going to be writing 30 poems in 30 days! That's a lot of poems!

And I need your help to do so! What do I write about? Can I even make it? Do poets continue to exist if they write 30 in a row or do we ascend to new state of consciousness? Help me find the answers to these questions!

If you don't know me already, I'm a poet, writer, father, and Incredible Hulk lover living in Normal, IL. Check out some of my work written in far more than one day below:





Listen, I'm a HUGE fan of giving you perks if you're willing to pony up a little dough for this fantastic press. So, check out the optional perks below! All you have to do is note which one you're claiming and I will update this periodically to reflect those donations!

Poet/ry Lover - Any Amount!

For this donator, the love of this poet/ry is enough. Supporting Tupelo and/or Michael is enough to get them through the rest of the day/month/year.

Poetry Guide - $10 (0 out of 30 claimed)*

For this donator, you want to guide Michael's poetry. Be a facilitator, if you will, of the poetic process. Be a part of the action.

This donation level provides you with the chance to create a parameter under which Michael must write a specific poem. You may choose a specific form (please remember I have to write one a day so no sonnet crowns), a topic, a line he must include, a person it should address, or an occasion to celebrate. The poem will be dedicated to the donor as well if they'd like!

*Note: These donations will be limited to 30 (there are only 30 days!) and would need to be made, preferably, before the start in June! Specific days can be requested but are not guaranteed.

Poetry Guide Holding Hands Edition - $30**

This is the exact same perk as the Poetry Guide above except you get to provide Michael with THREE (3!) different parameters that he must adhere to for that specific poem. It's like holding hands and skipping, but in poetry.

**Note: The same rules and regulations as the Poetry Guide tier apply here.

Spaceballs The Poem - $50 (0 out of 1 claimed)

Because Michael loves merchandising and Spaceballs The Movie, he has decided to offer a special one time deal for him to write a poem titled, "Spaceballs The Poem". For this tier, Michael will rewatch the movie and do a ekphrastic poem (or heavily inspired poem) on the movie Spaceballs!

Please Stay on Facebook Donation - $400 (0 out of 1 claimed)

At the same time Michael is writing 30 poems in 30 days, he is also counting down until the day he finally closes his Facebook account! But that doesn't have to be so.

For the lovely gift of $400 to Tupelo Press, Michael will stay on Facebook until the end of the 2022 calendar year, periodically posting content to delight and amuse and probably some poetry. Do you really wish Michael would stay on Facebook? Here's your chance to make it last just a little longer!

Tupelo Press's Pitch:

Your support gives Michael VanCalbergh vital inspiration as he writes for thirty days this month.

Tupelo Press provides the canvas; Michael brings the words, accompanied by a cohort of fine poets, writing thirty poems in thirty days, all theirs to edit and submit as they 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 Michael confidence to write more, and helps the press place more poems in gorgeous books. Help him to help this distinguished press. Give today!