A Look Back at Kickstarter’s First-Ever Summer of Poetry

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A poetry reading at Kickstarter HQ
A poetry reading at Kickstarter HQ

This summer, Kickstarter spent three months shining a spotlight on poets and their work as part of our first-ever Summer of Poetry. We believe that poetry is an important way for people to connect with each other, to share emotions and nuanced ideas, and to look toward the future with hope.

Here, we look back at highlights from our summer-long celebration.

A copy of the 1975 edition of Wild Angels
A copy of the 1975 edition of Wild Angels

30+ dazzling works of literature found audiences.

This summer, dozens of poets, publications, and artists launched poetry (and poetry-related) projects with the help of the Kickstarter community, raising over $450,000. More than 13,877 people backed a Summer of Poetry project—and 206 of those generous poetry lovers backed three or more of them.

From art films spoken in poetic verse to a series of translated poetry chapbooks from across Asia, these projects spark conversations about what poetry is, what it can be, and who gets to write and publish it.

Thanks to the Kickstarter community…

Explore all Summer of Poetry projects here.

Poets shared their work on Kickstarter Live. 

Throughout the summer, poets and publishers treated our community to live poetry readings and discussions on Kickstarter Live.

The poets from Aftermath read their work
The poets from Aftermath read their work

You can watch them here:

For the rest, visit the original Summer of Poetry blog post.

Poet Carlos Hernandez performs at the Summer of Poetry reading
Poet Carlos Hernandez performs at the Summer of Poetry reading

We held a reading at Kickstarter HQ. 

In July, we hosted poets in our library, where they shared their work and poems that inspired them. Below, you can listen to audio excerpts from the event:

Andrew Nichols at the Summer of Poetry reading
Andrew Nichols at the Summer of Poetry reading

Andrew Nichols

Andrew Nichols is a data nerd with a love of linguistics. He writes poems in Catalan and English with a focus on transliterary dialogue—how separate texts can combine to find new meaning. He writes under the pen name “El Guiri,” a term used in Spain today for tourists especially from the Anglosphere. El Guiri has published poems in two editions of the Catalan Anthology, Nanorelatos Magicos (Magical Microstories). He is currently working on Kickstarting a book of poetry.

“Whispers”

“Frenzy”

Fran Wilde at Kickstarter's Summer of Poetry reading event. Photo by Lauren Renner.
Fran Wilde at Kickstarter's Summer of Poetry reading event. Photo by Lauren Renner.

Fran Wilde

With an MFA in poetry and a masters degree in interaction design, Fran Wilde genre-hops between poetry, programming, and speculative fiction. Fran's poetry and fiction has appeared in Who Will Speak For America, Uncanny Magazine, The Marlboro Review, Poetry Baltimore, Tor.com, and Nature Magazine. She has been a finalist for multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and won the Andre Norton Award in 2015. She recently completed Clock Star Rose Spine, a new poetry collection.

“Theft” (first appeared in Who Will Speak for America, July 2018)

“You Are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination” (first appeared in Uncanny Magazine, March 2015)

The audience at the Summer of Poetry reading
The audience at the Summer of Poetry reading

Though the Summer of Poetry is now drawing to a close, we invite you to continue celebrating poetry with us on Kickstarter and out in the world.

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