Bethanie Humphreys
Bethanie Humphreys's Fundraiser

Celebrate Non-Profit Publishing and Women Poets

Help me increase public interaction with poetry, the female poetry canon, and Tupelo Press

$585 towards $500

Dear Friends and Family,

You may have heard about this latest crazy project of mine, a "marathon" with nine other poets, writing a poem a day to increase public interaction with poetry and raise funds for Tupelo Press, a non-profit literary press. For eighteen years, their mission has been to publish new voices. As a participant in this project, they are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work. Welcome to the 30/30 Project!

I am also using this project as a means to increase public awareness of the female poetry canon. Each day I will read a different woman poet and write a poem in response. (More on this project in a separate document if you want details.)

As you can imagine, it is a big risk to put fresh work on public display before I have a chance to sit with it, write, rewrite, and eventually share. Any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated! You can follow my daily work, and that of my fellow poets, here:

I invite you to sponsor me. Here are ways you can support me, Tupelo Press, and women poets:

  • A per poem rate, for instance, $1/poem x 30 poems = $30.
  • A one-time donation at any level.
  • A Tupelo Press subscription - receive a year of poetry books, delivered to your door, free shipping.

Further Incentive: In exchange for donations, I offer the following:

  • $25 – $50 – "insider scoop" get the "behind the scenes" stories - notes on the inspiration and creative process for the writing of each poem once project is done.
  • $50-$75 – typewriter poem (an impromptu poem typewritten on the spot, inspired by questions from the poet)
  • $100-$150 – hand-bound book of all completed poems, in all their rawness, once project is done.

Independent literary publishers produce over 98% of poetry being published each year, and the majority of literature in translation and works of fiction by emerging writers. Today you have a chance to help one of the few and best non-profit independent publishers we have to survive and continue putting more poets into print. Here is a taste of what you will be supporting:

The Million Line Poem – check out the guidelines to be part of this project:

Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Poetry Prize – a prestigious national poetry chapbook contest judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland.

Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award

Free reader's companions for some of their books available for download!

Writing Conferences!

Teen Writing Center in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

I don't know where I would be were it not for my poetry family. I hope you consider supporting me, and this amazing press.


Bethanie Humphreys