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The Poetry Project is seeking funding to digitize and make accessible the final 15 (out of 46) open-reel tapes of Public Access Poetry.
The Poetry Project is seeking funding to digitize and make accessible the final 15 (out of 46) open-reel tapes of Public Access Poetry.
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In 2009, forty-six fragile open-reel videotapes of Public Access Poetry were donated to The Poetry Project by Greg Masters. A grant and subsequent anonymous donations supported the preservation and digitization of 31 of the original tapes through The Standby Program at MercerMedia, with consulting support from Anthology Film Archives.

Dedicated to making the Public Access Poetry archive available to the public, as envisioned by its producers more than thirty years ago, The Poetry Project has been collaborating with PennSound to accomplish this. Currently, all 31 of the digitized episodes are being hosted on PennSound and are viewable via The Poetry Project's website.

The Poetry Project is currently seeking $3,500 in funding to have the remaining 15 open-reel tapes (approx. $250/tape) of Public Access Poetry preserved and digitized through The Standby Program at MercerMedia. The digital transfer of the 15 remaining tapes will not only complete this project, but will make the entirety of this valuable archive available and accessible to the public for the first time.

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    A copy of The Recluse #7 (2011), The Poetry Project's annual literary magazine.

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    A 1-year subscription to The Poetry Project Newsletter.

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    A 1-year Individual Poetry Project Membership, which includes $5 admission to all regularly scheduled events, a 1-year subscription to The Poetry Project Newsletter & a copy of The Recluse #7 (2011).

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    A 1-year Supporting Poetry Project Membership, which includes FREE admission to all regularly scheduled Poetry Project events, a 1-year subscription to The Poetry Project Newsletter & a copy of The Recluse #7 (2011).

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    All Rewards included for pledges $300 or more, plus a copy of Kenward Elmslie's "Nite Soil" (Granary Books, 2000) and grateful public acknowledgement.

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    All Rewards included for pledges $500 or more, plus your choice of "Howl" (DVD, 2010) or "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within" (DVD, 2010), grateful public acknowledgement and all of The Poetry Project's undying love and gratitude, of course.

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