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Two Ways to Support The Poetry Project

img_4516-680x453Hello Friends,

As we approach the end of the year, we are asking you to support The Poetry Project’s mission 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. It also supports the infrastructure that ensures the most expansive outreach possible, so that we can share widely the innovative work of the poets we present, both in informing our community about upcoming events at the Project, and in providing documentation of those events.                                                                                                                                John Giorno 2014 (C) Ted Roeder

The goal for our end of the year appeal is to raise at least $10,000. We hope that you’ve had an amazing experience at the Project recently, as audience or as performer, (or both!) and will take a moment to help us continue doing the work we do and garnering visibility for it.

Make A Donation

If you are unable to make a tax deductible donation at this time, another way to support the Project is through purchasing an advance ticket to our annual 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading. Tickets are $20 and on sale here (after 12/1). All money raised by the Marathon covers artist’s stipends and production costs for the 80+ readings we’ll present this season.

We hope to see you soon, and wish you a very happy 2015.


Stacy Szymaszek

Start Off 2015 A Poetry Project Volunteer Hero!


Art by Jim Behrle: Dedicated Poetry Project Volunteer


The time has come once again to heed the call and volunteer for our 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 2pm.  This year is going to be super fun, and super big, and we’re going to need a large volunteer crew (around 100) to help us pull it off.  A volunteer shift is generally two hours, and everyone who volunteers enjoys free admission to the Marathon!  If that sounds like something you might be interested in, here are the positions that are available for the filling!

  • Set-up: Get here before it all begins (at 12:00pm) and help us put out chairs, run last minute errands and food pick-ups, and set up tables, books and food-things in the Parish Hall.
  • Door: With the help of at least two others, collect and tally admission, stamp hands and keep our Newsletter and Programs well stocked and circulating to Marathon-goers (limited # of spaces available).
  • Reader check-in: With one other person, check-in readers and make sure their bios are correct and hand off check-in cards to the MC’s before the top of each hour.
  • Food/Drink Table: Under the direction of specially appointed New Year’s Day Marathon Kitchen Masters, you will serve food, collect monies, replenish food and kitchen supplies as necessary, and help keep the operation tidy and running smoothly.
  • Book Table: With one or two others, sell donated books to Marathon-goers throughout the day and help keep the table organized in the midst of all the perusers.
  • Membership and Raffle Table: With one other person, help people sign up for Poetry Project Memberships, and distribute raffle tickets
  • Clean-up: After the last reader reads, we need help stacking chairs, packing up gear and cleaning up the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We need A LOT of help with clean-up, so the more the merrier!

Or perhaps you or someone you know would be interested in donating food from your restaurant, cafe, bakery or publications put out by your small press.  We are honored by the donations we receive, and thank our all of our New Year’s Day donors with grateful public acknowledgement.

Whether this will be your 1st or 41st Marathon, your participation, from helping to check-in readers to serving delicious donated treats, from set-up to clean-up, is not just what makes the Marathon possible, it’s what makes it such a dynamic, meaningful tradition.

If you are interested, or if you would like more information, email Laura Henriksen at!


Poem by Farnoosh Fathi

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2013-11-06 16.03.35Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 and lives in Brooklyn. She’s the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the MacDowell colony, and her poems, translations, and prose have appeared inBoston Review, FENCE, Everyday Genius, Poetry, Jacket2, and elsewhere. Her first book, Great Guns, was published last year by Canarium Books.






“GIRL, YOU BETTER TRY TO HAVE FUN” by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado

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Photo Ricardo Alberto MaldonadoRicardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s Colaterales  (Akashic Books/The National Poetry Series). His work has appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Sidebrow andGuernica and elsewhere. A poetry fellow from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Queer Arts Mentorship, he is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center.






“Post Prelude to Dream Machine” by Sade Murphy

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10628457_10101358028631587_3313457891136239809_nSade Murphy was born and raised in Houston, TX. She doesn’t have an accent. She attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art. Her studio practice is focused in book arts, printmaking, silk painting and installation art. In 2011 she received a fellowship from the Pavlis Foundation to complete a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has published one chapbook of poetry, Abandon Childhood, which most likely cannot be found anywhere. Her poetry has been published in Action Yes, joINT, Revolver, and LIT. She has recently completed her first full length manuscript of poetry, Dream Machine, and plans to apply to MFA programs this fall. She currently lives and works in South Bend, IN as an artist and serves as the Artist in Residence at Dismas House, a community focused on the re-entry of the formerly incarcerated.




“muscle memory” by Sarah McCarry

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Sarah McCarrySarah McCarry ( is the author of the novels All Our Pretty Songs and Dirty Wings and the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine.







“Grips” by Claire Wilcox

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1929350_669085450237_6969906_nClaire Wilcox is a writer based in New York City. Recent works of poetry and criticism have appeared in/on BOMBlog, 98edition’s Makhzin, and No Dear. She is a recent graduate of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Her first chapbook Change, Changes & .01 and Change is available from Sus Press in Australia and the US.






“Inventory #600: Painting by Ingrid Allen” by Chelsea Hodson

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Chelsea Hodson
, a 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, is currently writing a book of essays. She is the author of two chapbooks: Pity the Animal (Future Tense Books, 2014), and Beach Camp (Swill Children, 2010). Her essays have been published in Black Warrior Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Sex Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.




“In a field in a” by Laura Sims

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selfie in mirrorLaura Sims is the author of three books of poetry: My god is this a man, Stranger, and Practice, Restraint (Fence Books); her fourth collection, Staying Alive, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016. She edited Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson, a book of her correspondence with the celebrated experimental novelist (powerHouse Books), and has also published five chapbooks of poetry. Her work was included in the anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, and individual poems have recently appeared in: Black Clock, Colorado Review, Talisman, and Denver Quarterly. Sims has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, and has been a co-editor of Instance Press since 2009. She teaches literature and creative writing at NYU-SCPS and lives with her family in Brooklyn.




“I’ve Got To Tell You” by Sarah Dowling

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photo-17-3Sarah Dowling is the author of DOWN, Birds & Bees, and Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her work appear in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Her critical work has appeared in American Quarterly, GLQ, Canadian Literature, Signs and elsewhere. Dowling is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.