First, as some of you know, yesterday was the launch date of the second anthology an essay of mine appears in: Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee. (The first was Clash of the Couples, where I relay an infinitely small snippet of the infinite fight my husband and I are in about calculus.) This one is a collection of lessons I and 35 others learned from other mothers.
Second, I’ve been selected to participate in a 30-day poetry marathon fundraiser for Tupelo Press. I, along with six other women, will be writing a poem a day – starting today! – to be published on Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project blog in an “early” batch and a “late” batch daily (so if you don’t see mine in the first batch, check back later – and maybe send me a note of encouragement :D).
This project began with a single pioneering poet who challenged herself to write a poem a day for a month. In January 2013, nine poets joined her and groups of poets have been “running” every month since. I’m signing up for the challenge, beginning today, because, though it’s taken many years and some oldest-child argumentation (by oldest children for oldest children), I know myself to be a poet. Poets have it rough out there, especially in the Big Publishing Houses; we rely on small indie presses to find each other and homes for our own voices. Indie literary presses publish 98% of the poetry supply, the majority of which is emerging writers so this is quite an important thing to me.
Publishing should be less about profit and more about creating cultural records. If you like to read, chances are you’ve got books on your shelves put out by indie publishers. Because of the technology- and entertainment-industry-driven changes in who reads what and how, it’s ever more up to us writers to find our communities of readers and other writers. If you’d like to support me, this project and small, independent literary publishers, there’s three ways – beyond tuning in every day to read our work – to do so:
1. Subscribe to Tupelo Press (put my name – that’s m.nicole.r.wildhood – in the “comments” field).
2. Complete the Tupelo Press Donation Form (scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the form and put my name in the “honor” field).
3. Donate Using PayPal (click on the orange button at the top of the page and put my name in the “message” field).
The Donate button on the 30/30 Project blog will get you to the same site as linked in two and three also. If you want a tax receipt, be sure to provide an address you’d like it to be sent to. Stay tuned for other ways to be involved, including a chance to commission a poem on any topic (within reason)!
Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.