Join us for Kickstarter’s Summer of Poetry

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Photo by Lauren Renner
Photo by Lauren Renner

Take part in a season-long celebration featuring new poetry projects, live readings, and more.

Poetry, one of the world’s oldest art forms, is thriving online. With so many options for how to share work and engage with new audiences, it seems like there has never been a more exciting time to be a poet.

Kickstarter is a place that connects poets and poetry publishers with readers who care deeply about their work. Since 2009, more than five hundred poetry projects have come to life with the help of the readers and poetry lovers on Kickstarter. We’ve seen chapbooks like No Experiences, anthologies like Anchored in Deep Water, translations such as Then Come Back (the lost poems of Pablo Neruda), a live performance series from Button Poetry, and even a poetic tarot deck.

In June, we’re launching our first-ever Summer of Poetry, a season-long celebration featuring amazing new projects and poets for you to discover, poetry readings on Kickstarter Live, and events at our Brooklyn HQ. We want to spark conversations about what poetry is, who gets to write and publish it, how poetry sustains us, and how we can expand the world of poets and poetry.

Photo by Lauren Renner
Photo by Lauren Renner

“Poetry surprises and deepens our sense of the ordinary. Poetry tells us that the world is full of wonder, revelation, consolation, and meaning.” —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

We invite you to participate in these conversations with us by launching your own project sometime between June 1 and August 30. (Check out our video about how to raise funds and build community around your poetry project on Kickstarter.)

Learn more about Kickstarter’s Summer of Poetry here, and be sure to send your project links, treatises, explorations, readings, videos, events, raw material in all its rawness, and any other ways you are celebrating poetry to poetry@kickstarter.com.

We can’t wait to hear your voice.

Ready to launch a project? Head here.