From the Project Blog
“The Poetry Project has helped me feel like I belong somewhere, and I don’t have to scramble to find a place in NYC to be a poet.”
Friends of The Poetry Project,
Each year, The Poetry Project offers a large and diverse group of poets with the opportunity to bring their work to a national stage. This year we had the pleasure of offering fellowships to several emerging poets as part of a new program, Emerge-Surface-Be. The above quote is what fellow Krystal Languell shared about her experience.
As we approach the end of the year, we hope you will support The Poetry Project’s mission to continue to foster the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by making a tax deductible contribution. Your gift makes it possible for us to bring over 160 poets to perform at the Project each year. A donation of $1,000 can cover basic expenses for the 6 poets we typically host in 1 week. A donation of $5,000 can help pay the gifted poets who lead our workshop program. Of course, a donation of any amount has an impact.
We believe that performing one’s poetry is vital to our culture, an action that has the power to transform both the performer and you, the audience. Creating time, space, and payment for poets to do this work is at the heart of The Poetry Project’s existence.
As a token of our thanks, we’ll send you a lovely letter-pressed card that juxtaposes a quote from Leslie Scalapino with a quote from Daito Kokushi. This special edition card was designed by Edwin Torres and printed by Rich O’Russa at Center for Book Arts. In addition, we have a special offer for current Project members: you can renew your annual membership now, and we won’t trouble you next year when your current membership expires; we’ll simply add your additional year at that time.
I hope that you will be able to join us for some of our upcoming events, and I wish you all the best in 2014.
Director of The Poetry Project
Traditionally, the last poem of The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading is read by our Director, Stacy Szymaszek. For the second year in a row, Stacy has decided to share her good fortune. We are excited to announce the Project’s “Win the Director’s Lucky Reading Spot Contest”!
The rules: Send us your poem. If we believe it is short enough to be read in two minutes, it will be entered into the contest. The winner will be selected based on any number of yet-to-be-determined factors, but most likely it will involve a lot of passion, partisanship and bickering. Don’t you want to be a part of that? Enter now!!!
- Email submissions (only) to firstname.lastname@example.org by DECEMBER 9th. Write “Contest” in the subject line.
- The winner will be announced on our blog and via our e-blast before the event.
- Anyone may enter our contest, provided the winner be in New York City for New Year’s Day and can stay until it’s over.
Art by Jim Behrle, a dedicated Annual New Year's Day Marathon Volunteer
The Poetry Project’s Annual New Year’s Day Marathon will turn 40 this year and we’re going to need all the help we can get to celebrate its legacy and, most importantly, raise enough funds to support the 160+ readers and performers who present their work at our 80-90 events every season!
Typically, 80 or more volunteers are on deck throughout the day to help with set-up, reader/performer check-in, selling the hundreds of awesome, generously donated books, chaps, and mags at our impromptu bookstore, dishing up donated food and bevs from local purveyors of yum, and helping us clean it all up at the end. In exchange for a 2 hour shift, there’s free admission in it for all of our volunteers.
We’ve been grateful to have had the support of a really terrific bunch of neighborhood food and beverage donors, as well as book donors from across the country, throughout the years. For them we have extreme gratitude – and we’re always looking to expand with the generosity of new donors, too.
If you’re interested in donating food from your restaurant, cafe, bakery or publications put out by your small press, we would be honored. We thank our all of our New Year’s Day donors with generous, grateful public acknowledgement.
If you’re interested in volunteering or donating books, food, and/or other delectables, please contact Nicole at email@example.com