Press Release - printable pdf [19kb]
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IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO SPRING POETRY ON AN UNSUSPECTING WORLD
Anyone Can Sign-Up For The Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon
March 17, 2009 Originating in Peterborough, Ontario, The Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon has participants across Canada and the U.S. and you can be a part of it.
On Friday, April 17th at 9:00 am, somewhere in Canada, a poet will read fifteen minutes of poetry aloud. As soon as that poet is finished another poet will start somewhere else. This will carry on every fifteen minutes for twelve hours, zig-zagging across the country until 9:00 pm that evening.
Poets have already signed up in Nanaimo, Peterborough, Seattle, WA, Halifax, Kingston, Hamburg, NY, Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary and London, Ont.
Held during National Poetry Month, and organized by the Cooked and Eaten Reading Series, this event is a way for poets to feel connected while they take their poetry to new places and new audiences. Interested poets can read alone or in groups, in public places or at home in their living rooms. Poets have signed up to read in the usual places like bars, cafes, bookstores and libraries, but also at the Dianna Krall Plaza, on a beach, at a community group meeting, at a fitness club, in a Ramada hotel, and in a greenhouse.
Whether you love poetry or hate it you are welcome to sign up. It’s your chance to spring poetry on an unsuspecting world. Read your own poetry or someone else’s. Read for fifteen minutes or half an hour. Groups of friends can share fifteen minutes or an hour. Writers groups can hold their own mini marathons in their favourite locales. You can read anywhere in the world and you may end up reading at the same time as someone is reading somewhere else.
Anyone who is interested can sign up for a time slot by filling in an online form at the Cooked and Eaten web site (cookedandeaten.com). The day before the event a schedule of all the poets who have signed up will be posted on the site and distributed on several mailing lists. A printout will be available for audience members who want to seek out poets in their own area.
After the marathon, an archive of photos, video, audio and other media will be posted to the Cooked and Eaten website to show how the event progressed over the course of the day. In past years this has been an inspiring document of people bringing poetry to the people.
The Cooked and Eaten hosts an ongoing series of events based in Peterborough, Ontario which motivates the creators of fiction, poetry, theatre, performance and lecture by promoting new and adventurous authors to an engaged and informal audience.
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For more information please contact:
Esther Vincent, (705) 749-8512, firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to the page for the event at:
Info Sheet - printable pdf [28kb]
Call for Poets
Call for Poets (2 pages) - printable pdf [13kb]
Call for Poets (1 page) - printable pdf [10kb]
Call for Poets - Deadline April 17, 2009
The Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon
12 hours of continuous poetry from 9am to 9pm, Friday, April 17th, 2009
Do you write poetry? Do you read poetry? Do you love poetry? Do you hate poetry?
Here's your chance to spring poetry on an unsuspecting world. Fifteen minutes is all it takes.
From 9am to 9pm on Friday, April 17, 2009, poets all over Canada will be speaking poetry aloud to random passers by, to assembled audiences or to no one in particular. Take part and have your poetry join the flock of words that will fly across the country.
How do you participate?
Anytime before April 17th, sign up for a time slot by filling in our ONLINE FORM. You can choose any time of day and any length of time. You can read alone or with a group of friends. Ideally you'll read in a public place and expose your poetry to the light, but you are welcome to read in your bedroom closet.
How does it work?
On the day of the marathon a poet will start reading 15 minutes of poetry at 9am at their chosen location. As soon as they're finished another poet (they could be anywhere) will read for 15 minutes, when that poet is finished, another will start reading in yet another location. And on it will go throughout the day until 9pm.
You may get an incredible feeling on the day of the Marathon. As you get ready to start your reading you know there is another poet somewhere finishing up and as you finish, you know there’s someone out there to carry on. Poets feel connected from coast to coast.
Where are all the other poets?
A couple of days before the event we will distribute a schedule of all the poets who have signed up. The schedule will appear on the web page and go out to the Cooked and Eaten email list, the Facebook group and be added to several other poetry lists and newsletters.
What will happen to all this poetry?
Poets are encouraged to create documentation of their reading: video, audio, still photography, sketches or a combination of the above. These records will be posted the Cooked and Eaten Poetry Marathon Facebook Group and on the website. Check out last years archive here: cookedandeaten.com/audio/pm_2008_media.html
Don't be shy. This is about bringing poetry in all it's forms to all the corners of daily life. If you've got fifteen minutes of poems, or can make one poem last 15 minutes, you're in. If you aren't a poet, but have a favourite poem or three you'd like to read, you're in. If you do performance poetry or spoken word, all the better. If you know a number of poets, get together to read for an hour or share 15 minutes.
Each reader who signs up is emailed a printable .pdf of a Cooked and Eaten poster to put up and flier to hand out at his or her chosen venue explaining the event to passers by.
Where have people read their poetry in past marathons?
Bookstore, hospital, street corner, hotel, shopping mall, art gallery, cafe/restaurant, retail store, bus stop, on a plane, favourite park, theatre, school/classroom, backyard party, farm, at home, sculpture garden, under and old growth tree, in a canoe on a lake, library, to a cherry tree in bloom, at the beach, at the gym.
You can read anywhere you like.
Where do I send my photos and videos?
Once you have finished your reading, you can send your archived media (photos, audio, video, sketches, etc.) to email@example.com. Please try to optimize your files, that is, convert them to medium quality jpegs - files that are 250kb or less.
Or you can send files via yousendit.com or transferbigfiles.com. Both of these services are free and easy to use.
I have a big group of poet friends, can I organize something in my own city?
Yes! Many groups are starting to organize their own poetry marathons under the Cooked and Eaten Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon title. You can put together your own twelve hours or you can put together one, two or four hours, whatever you like. Poetry & Co. in Kingston does twelve hours at their local Chapters store, a group of poets read together in Nanaimo BC, various chapters of the CAA put together groups to read from their chapters.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, need support or would like more information about setting up a marathon in your own town.
What does poetry mean to you?
* Poets in Peterborough: We will be organizing an evening event for several readers. We will need four to eight poets to read there. We will also be looking for groups who want to organise blocks of readings for their members. Let us know if you'd like to be one of those groups.
**Also for Poets in the Peterborough area: If possible we will arrive at your chosen location and photograph or record your performance.
Take this opportunity to be part of a cross country day of guerilla poetry.
- Poetry is the most compressed form of literature.
- Poetry is an attempt to understand the world in human terms.
- Poetry is itself a magic spell which is a key to the ineffable. - Aleister Crowley
- Poetry is as precise as geometry. - Gustave Flaubert
- Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. - Novalis
- Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. - Plato
- Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. - Paul Engle
- Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. - Samuel Johnson
- Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. - Thomas Gray
- There's no poetry in money, but then there's no money in poetry, either. - Robert Graves
- To have great poets, there must be great audiences. - Walt Whitman
- Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. - T. S. Eliot
- The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. - Robert Frost
Coordinator, The Cooked and Eaten
PO Box 352
Peterborough ON K9J 6Z3