To welcome in 2016, we have five new featured poets and their poems. One is a local, another is a national, and three are global. p2g is thrilled to be reaching beyond its New England borders, bringing poetry from around the world, and bringing us all closer to our sense of universality and experience as a collective whole.
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Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.
p2g is now listed on NewPages, the premiere listing sight for literary venues. NewPages is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.
Since its first publication in July 2015, p2g has expanded from a local poet venue to a nationwide venue and now an international venue. We’ve had more than 500 visitors and over 2000 views. This is only the online visibility. More than 1000 print copies of poems are distributed monthly.
We’re excited to keep it growing. Thank you for supporting this Witter Bynner Foundation of Poetry grant-funded project.
Latest selection of poems features a 90 yo poet, a performance poet, and others from around the country.
With poems2go now listed on Duotropes and New Pages, we are getting submissions from around the country, including 90 yo Hal O’Leary, who writes “I may be past my prime, but I don’t fret,” and julie ann otis, a performance poet, who just recently released a limited edition of her new book. Check out Where to find p2g for a print copy to take.
Chery Strayed, author of Wild, writes, “I’ve never read a poem by Erin Belieu that I didn’t want to immediately rip from its bindings so I could fold it up and carry around in my pockets and read so many times that the paper turned back to pulp. She’s just that good.”
Now, you don’t have to tear one of Belieu’s poems from a book. You can take it from the closest p2g venue near you!
Duotrope is an established, award-winning writers’ resource, to help you spend less time submitting so you can focus on writing. Whether you’re an experienced writer or just getting started… whether your creative leanings are literary or genre, factual or poetic… their listings cover the entire spectrum.
p2g is now receiving submissions nationwide, and will include voices beyond Boston’s local neighborhoods.
Looking ahead, It is my hope p2g will have ambassadors to spread the poems to neighborhoods across the country.
This month’s collection of poems includes another of Lesely University’s finest faculty of the MFA program in Creative Writing , Cate Marvin, also named one of this year’s Guggenheim recipients. Cate is one of the founders, with Lesley University MFA faculty member, Erin Belieu, of VIDA, an organization created to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture. I highly recommend looking at the website and reading more, or better yet, get involved.
Thank you to all of the great poets who have participated in p2g thus far.
Spread the poetry!