Maggie Blake Bailey

Maggie Blake Bailey's Fundraiser

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Go ahead- order a poem fresh just for you!

We need art more than ever! Help me support an amazing press!

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

$2,520 towards $5,000

The DETAILS: Each day in December, I will write a new poem and Tupelo will post it. All money raised will go to support the incredible TUPELO PRESS! The theme for my experiment is: ODES.

An ode is technically "A formal, often ceremonious lyric poem that addresses and often celebrates a person, place, thing, or idea" (thanks Poetry Foundation). But for this adventure, just think of it as a poem of praise or celebration.

So, with that in mind, I am offering (yet another) UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY:

For a TEN dollar donation: You can pick any OBJECT or PLACE you want and I will title and write an ode for YOU about that OBJECT or PLACE and post it at Tupelo. Just write the OBJECT or PLACE name in the notes section of your donation.*

For a TWENTY dollar donation: I will write you an ode to a PERSON. Please note that famous or fictional is easiest. I make no guarantees if you pick someone less lofty.

If you want to give less, or more, but don't want poems, go right ahead! And thank you in advance, to everyone for supporting poetry in these days where odes can be hard to come by!

The MISSION: These are heavy, heavy times. We can own and name our griefs and losses while still being able to sing our odes. Help support an amazing press while also encouraging me to write poems again after a rather long fallow period. It is such a joy.

Poet Bio: Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in The San Pedro River Review, Tar River, Ruminate, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press and her full length debut, Visitation, is available from Tinderbox Editions. A graduate of the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, she lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, and two golden retrievers. For more work, please visit

The 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. Give today!