Dearest friends of SPT,
As you might have heard, throughout 2013 I’ve taken a backseat to curating to do some work on strategic planning. As a result, I’m really excited to announce plans for the coming year and enhancements to our programming. My hopes, overall, is to shift SPT from solely a presentation organization to a resource for experimental writers throughout their career, including hosting workshops, online publishing opportunities, and a retreat. Because our general operating budget is fairly strained this year, SPT will need your help in order to make this happen.
This year is the beginning of this transformation, and I’m really exited! Here’s what we have in the works for 2014:
+Poets Theater THEN&NOW Festival: NOW IN SUMMER!
We’ve joyfully produced Poets Theater every January for the past 11 years, and now we’re taking it outdoors in the sunshine. This year we’ve done an open call for new work and will be producing some classic plays from the archive.
+Events guest-curated by former SPT Directors Dana Teen Lomax, Elizabeth Treadwell, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Dodie Bellamy and Robert Glück, in an effort to honor and include the efforts of those that created the extraordinary legacy of SPT throughout its history.
+The launch of a new Dialogues program: PEEP SHOW a reading/talking hybrid where each invited author gives us a peep into their new projects and process and we get to talk about it as a group. Folks kept asking for a way to talk about craft. I hope this helps.
+The Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in 21st Century Poetics, now in its fourth year.
+Endless Summer, a ridiculously long marathon, featuring over 100 Bay Area local writers reading work over BBQ and sweet tea over one weekend.
+Traffic Report, an online forum for critique and conversation, will now feature twice-monthly articles, interviews and conversations.
+A new experiment in offering monthly online workshops with writers and students around the globe. This project will offer one-day and month-long classes available for a sliding scale fee with the larger percentage of tuition fees going directly to teacher.
+Experiments in the Archive: an Artist-in-Residence program, launching in Fall 2014, generating a creative approach to the engagement with Small Press Traffic’s 40 year history of community programming.
+Small Press Traffic’s FIRST ANNUAL RETREAT! This will be an open-call application to invite writers to come to California and work for a week together, just writing and talking about work with other writers.
To help us fund all of this, we are attempting to raise $10,000 through an Indegogo campaign that you can visit right now!
Donating to this campaign at any level will get you shout outs and endless appreciation. Each level has a unique gift package from t-shirts to Kevin Killian’s voice on your outgoing phone message , to a specially designed (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual by CA Conrad!
Even a $5 contribution from all of our friends and members would greatly help us out! However, I do realize you might not be able to financially support us right now. Could you at least help us spread the word? Could you link to the campaign on your blog, your Facebook, Twitter, whatever socially networked thing the kids are doing these days? It really would mean so much.
Could you show your love for SPT by going to the Indegogo campaign page right now and contributing? Just click here.
As always, I appreciate your openness and generosity and I hope you’ll ask me any questions you might have. I’m honored to be entering my fifth year of working for Small Press Traffic and am super excited to make this magic happen.
All best, Samantha