13 Feb 2013, 5:57pm
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Crowd Sourcing Poetry

A few things, poetry-wise or penny-wise…show the love for poetry…

If you want to give words, you can throw some to Sachiko Murakami who is crowd-sourcing stories and fragments from airports for her next poetry manuscript.

In Ottawa, VERSeFest’s Indiegogo is at $2810 donated for Ottawa’s poetry festival, one of the spring literary festivals gearing up nationally. Over a dozen reading series in town are cooperating to put together a lineup of all genres of poetry.

Over a dozen poetry reading series invite their choices of readers. The lineup is yet to be announced but BookThug gives spoilers: Christine McNair, Ken Babstock and Anne Simpson. above/ground mentions Gil McElroy and Nicole Markotic and on Literary Landscapes names of invited poets include Matthew Sweeney and Rita Ann Higgins.

Want to help tip it to $3000?

You can donate freeform. Any amount. How about a hand-written poem by Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award Winner Phillip Levine? Yours for $500 donation.

Or pick a form…

The Ghazal Level: $50
Your choice of:

  1. You’ll get a one-day pass of your choice, VIP seating plus cupcakes for two[!!], or
  2. a signed copy of the latest book by any of the festival performers both accompanied by all the perks for the lesser donations, and a tax receipt.

Quatrain Level: $20
You’ll receive a refreshment ticket good for one drink of your choice of water, pop, beer or wine. You’ll get a frameable VERSeFest poster autographed by the organizing committee, a VERSeFest name tag indicating that you’re a festival supporter. And we’ll include a VERSeFest button, plus a receipt for an income tax deduction.

The Rhyming Couplet Level: $10
Donors will get a VERSeFest name tag indicating that you’re a festival supporter. And we’ll include a VERSeFest button.

Every bit helps, as demonstrated by Bell’s Let’s Talk. Yesterday that raised $4,418,313 from 96,266,266 calls, texts, tweets and shares. With each Retweet came a 5¢ donation; participation added up to $4645.25!

The final figure has yet to come in from the A-Frame fundraiser on the Feb 6th event but A-frame group at FB, Jean says it’s made over $14,000.

Quote: “You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the
won-lost record of the referee.” ~ John H. Holcomb

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