First Project of 2013: Supporting Tupelo Press


I love Tupelo Press. I love their chapbooks. I love their broadsides. They’re an all-around excellent small press, and like most small presses, they’re struggling to stay viable in a weak economy, where poetry is not the top priority for most people. When they began the 30/30 Project in December 2012, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I already write regularly. What better way to support a press I love than by contributing poems to their fundraising efforts? So I was thrilled to get an email from Tupelo that I would be one of a cadre of poets contributing to this effort in January.

So instead of writing my poem a day and not worrying whether it’s great or rough, I’ll be honing a piece throughout the day. The poets participating in 30/30 don’t have to put finished poems up on the site, but my intent is to put up what I’d consider solid drafts. That is, the poems might not be finished, but they’d be strong enough that they’d be ready to take to my critique group or test out at an open mic.

So here’s how it works: to support the press (and support me in my literary marathon), go here to donate to Tupelo Press. You can donate whatever you want — any little bit helps. And, if you would be so kind, please put my name in the “Honor” field at the bottom of the page to indicate you’re donating on behalf of my marathon.

Plus, all donations are tax-deductible, meaning you’re already getting a head start on your tax write-offs for 2013!

Thanks so much in advance for supporting my work and for Tupelo Press.


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