The 30/30 Challenge of Tupelo Press, and How I Proved I Have a Screw Loose

I’ve gone and done it. I must be crazy.

Throughout September, I will be “running” a poetry “marathon” for the Tupelo Press 30/30 project. By donating in recognition of my efforts, you will be supporting a fabulous independent, nonprofit press.

I promise to write a poem a day for 30 days. Since it took me decades to cough up not even twice that for my first poetry collection Doll God, you can see what a feat I am trying to accomplish.

To help preserve poetry as an art, it’s important to support the independent presses and literary magazines. These are the places that publish nearly all published poetry today. It hasn’t been a positive era for them. I’ve seen many lit magazines close up—and when the presses go out of business, we often don’t even hear about it.

Every dollar you donate will go toward the operation of the press, enabling it to continue publishing beautiful books that would not get picked up by large commercial publishers. You can read the daily poems, as well as the bios of this month’s poets, and donate here.

As incentives to donate, I am offering the following:

  • For a donation of $10, you tell me what subject or image you want to see in a poem, and I’ll write that poem.
  • For a donation of $20, I will dedicate a poem to you or someone of your choice.
  • For a donation of $40, I will send you or someone of your choice, a signed and personally addressed copy of my book, Doll God.
  • For a donation of $55, I will send you or someone of your choice, a signed and personally addressed copy of my book, Doll God, and I will dedicate a poem to you or someone of your choice.
  • For a donation of $100, you get two copies of Doll God and two dedications!
  • Remember that if you donate $129 for a Tupelo Press subscription, you will receive the 10 free books of their current series.

For any of the above donations, including the subscription of 10 books, please remember to click or write my name in the honor field. Then email me at luannecastle@gmail.com and let me know what dedication or subject you are interested in. If you “earned” a copy or two of Doll God, please give me your mailing address and to whom you would like the book(s) addressed.

Again, you can read the daily poems, as well as the bios of this month’s poets, and donate here.

If you decide to help keep Tupelo Press publishing its amazing variety of books, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Wish me well, please. It starts tomorrow, and I’m nervous as can be!

 

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If you are not able to donate, the other poets and I would still love for you to read our first draft work. I love feedback. Every day, I will post a link to that day’s poem over here so feel free to critique or pat me on the back (or the head, if you think that is more appropriate after reading the poem), encourage me, tell me what you like or what you don’t like. Or tell me a funny story or something completely unrelated that the poem reminded you of ;). Or just say hi in your own incomparable way so that I remember there is a world outside poetry. Gonna be an intense month!

One more thing: by November 1, I plan to take down all September’s 30/30 posts.

That’s us poets in the photo 😉

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59 responses to “The 30/30 Challenge of Tupelo Press, and How I Proved I Have a Screw Loose

  1. I think I just donated, I’m always a little confused by donating to a different currency! I wish you well, I know you’ve been through a lot recently and I admire your ‘bouncebackability’. I wish you well Luanne.

    • Oh, Jackie, thank you so very much! Tupelo Press and I both thank you! I love that word “bouncebackability.” It’s such a long and complex word that it well suits its meaning! My best to you, too, Jackie.

  2. Clearly you’ve lost your mind 😉
    A poem a day? You must be magic.
    No question I’d like to read your book, so I’ll see if I can’t scrounge up some funds! Two birds and one crazy lady with 40 stones! Haha!

    • I suppose those would be hummingbirds, the crazy lady is me, and the stones are what I’m going to throw at myself for signing up for this. Magic, yeah,I need a little of that about now. Thanks, Joey!!!!

  3. I admire you….ummm….craziness! It’s a good cause and you can do it!

  4. I plan to donate, but I need to get over this migraine before deciding at what level I will donate. Maybe the topic will be migraines. I wish you well in this speed-poetry contest. I bet you will get some surprising and surprisingly good poems out of it.

  5. Luanne – Looking forward to your poetry. Can’t wait! xo

  6. What a challenge to yourself. Good luck! That should chase away writer’s block in a hurry.

  7. Love the photo caption! You all look so…poety. 😉

    I’ve begun this sort of thing before, though I don’t think I’ve ever made it through the full 30 days. And I’ve definitely never been bold (she said euphemistically) enough to actually post the poems I wrote each day.

    But I have faith in you and in the strength of your insanity. (Being a poet is, after all, a form of insanity.) Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! 🙂

    • I made a donation via Paypal and thus didn’t get to dedicate it to you. But now you know. Go get ’em! 🙂

      • Jennifer, thank you so much!!! I asked them about that because I know it’s really difficult and sometimes impossible to find a place on paypal to put a comment in. They said you can write it in the comments on their page if you like–saying on whose name you are donating.
        LOL, I am so happy you have faith in my insanity!!! That is the only thing I have faith in re this project, let me tell you! Thank you for your encouragement–it means the world!

  8. Oh wow, you’re courageous. But I have no doubt you’ll pull it off. Good on you. Best of luck with it!

  9. You’re going to have fun, Luanne. Really! Heh heh.

  10. Oh no! That sounds ominous! hah

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  12. Good luck Luanne, I’m sure you won’t need it 🙂

  13. I plan to donate and comment as soon as I get to my own computer (yeah, I’m at work. Don’t tell anyone ;))

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