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: https://www.tupelopress.org/the-3030-project-3/
I invite you to sponsor me. Here are ways you can support me, Tupelo Press, and women poets:
Further Incentive: In exchange for donations, I offer the following:
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: https://www.tupelopress.org/the-million-line-poem-guidelines/
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. https://www.tupelopress.org/sunken-garden-poetry-prize/
Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award https://www.tupelopress.org/snowbound-chapbook-award/
Free reader's companions for some of their books available for download! https://www.tupelopress.org/free-readers-companions-2/
Writing Conferences! https://www.tupelopress.org/tupelo-press-writing-conferences/
Teen Writing Center in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities https://www.tupelopress.org/teen-writing-center/
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.