Four undergraduate students from Ball State University (Muncie, IN) will be attending The Slash Pine Poetry Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as part of a Creative Writing Student Exchange program. During this trip, these students will gain first-hand experience reading at a literary festival, gain exposure to the literary festival environment, visit one of the top Creative Writing programs in the nation, and meet with accomplished writing professionals. Additionally, they will be able to share their chapbooks, broadsides, and videos of the readings with people. The money raised for this trip will help cover the costs of the trip not covered by the university.
The Students: To us, reading at the festival is the culmination of a creative project lasting several years: developing our craft of writing. The travel we will undertake will allow us to exhibit and share our work with a whole new audience through our readings, an audience we may otherwise never reach. Our trek will also bring a chapbook and videos to this unique audience. We are thrilled for such an opportunity, and with fundraising, we will be able to share our growth as writers via said chapbook, the videos, and the readings themselves. We hope you will consider our project, as this is an incredible, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity.
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