Do you guys ever write gratitude lists? I'm not in the regular habit, but I've been trying to make a mental list in the morning when my alarm goes off and it tends to make it easier to get out of bed. I thought I'd share today's list, because a few of the line items concern you personally. Here's what I'm thankful for this week:
Boston Poetry Slam
BPS been my near-constant training ground as a poet since I was barely 18, and my family there has organized a benefit show next week to help defray the cost of the Tin House Workshop taking place in July. Some of my oldest friends and I will be performing at Fazenda Coffee Roaster in Jamaica Plain to raise money. There will be a chapbook of our work for sale, and an open mic for anybody interested in sharing their own work. Check out the Boston Poetry Slam website for more details. I hope to see you there!
DIY Art Supporters The Internet-World Over
When I kicked off my Indiegogo campaign seeking donations to get to the aforementioned workshop this July, I wasn't expecting much. The amount of money I need to raise is substantial, and there are plenty of other causes to contribute to. But as of this posting, I've raised over $500 dollars towards the registration fee for the writing conference by peddling my poetry, fiction and custom paintings. I'm so excited to mail out all the thank you prizes to my supporters. And there's still time to become one! If you can't make the show at Fazenda, you still have 11 days to donate to the campaign, and there are rewards for pledges as low as $5.
The Summer of Yes
That's my name for the coming months. I'm winding down my time at a job I've had for a little over a year and gearing up for a new chapter in my life: cosmetology school. In the meantime, I'm throwing my books and furniture in storage and floating around for a bit. There will be road trips to Rochester for the Pink Door women's writing retreat and Portland for Tin House. I'll be spending August in Providence with my sister writing up a storm. It feels good to say 'yes' to so many dreams at once, especially ones I've felt a bit tentative about. But what is more affirming than throwing caution to the wind and having faith that your hunger will carry you?