Project: The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read
Deadline: Monday, May 14
Why it’s good: The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read began as a way to memorialize or raise funds for poets, but event founder and Normandale instructor Matt Mauch is working to make it a regular reading that can take place all over the Twin Cities and beyond, drawing in writers from around the country. The GTCPR assembles diverse communities of poets into one gathering–”like a big family picnic,” says Mauch. Funds raised on Kickstarter will also go toward a “Poetry City, USA” anthology series that collects the work of participating poets as well as essays, reviews, and interviews about poetry.
“I think the Twin Cities is a special place for poets,” Mauch says. “There are so many great ones living here, working here. A lot of other great poets from around the country pass through here. A couple of other poets and I were talking the other day, and one said that when she was young she used to read about the lost generation of writers in 1920s Paris. She said she always wished she could have lived then, then realized one day that she was—in the Twin Cities today. I think I agree with her, and think that’s worth fostering, celebrating.”
Rewards: Donors to the campaign can earn copies of the “Poetry City, USA” anthologies, of course, as well as invitations to GTCPR after-parties. Mauch says, “I want those who donate to feel like I do when I get something like a KFAI coffee mug, which really, really makes me happy, probably more that something as simple as that should.”
Last word: ”Have you read those stories about people on their death beds? The ones who talk about the things they regret spending all their time on? At the expense of things that matter?” Mauch asks. ”Those stories strike me as, essentially, stories about those things we tend to fill up our days with. If I have the kind of death in which I get to express regrets, poetry’s one of those things I’ll wish I’d spent more time reading and writing and celebrating.”