Together with you, our partners, we’ve been bringing the world Poetry for Life since 2012. (Before that, Tweetspeak was simply an archive site for Twitter party poems.) Look how much you’ve helped us do for poetry in just a few short years!
10 Things Your Partnership Did in 2017
I wanted Tweetspeak to succeed because I felt there was nothing else like it to be found.
— Richard Maxson
1. Infographics and Poetry Teaching Resources
From gazelles writing ghazals to phantoms writing pantoums and heroes writing epic poems, you’ve helped Tweetspeak regularly bring amusing and informative infographics—to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and owners of avant garde writing desks across the globe.
2. Twitter Poetry Parties
When Emily Dickinson wrote about “wild nights, ” we think she was referring to our twitter poetry parties. We now offer these parties about one or two times a year, and when they spring up they are terrific, fast fun.
3. Weekly Writing Prompts
Every Monday, we faithfully bring you new poetry writing prompts, where we inspire each other to grow in the craft and love of poetry. When your poems are a fit, we feature them here and sometimes (with your permission) in Every Day Poems.
My partnership comes with gratitude for all that the Tweetspeak community brings to my life: poetry (of course!), lifelong learning, commitment to excellence at every stage of writing and most valuable to me, friendship with extraordinary people, writers in every phase of their journeys.
—Michelle Rinaldi Ortega
4. We Found Daring Ways to Help People Go Surprisingly Deeper With Poetry
5. We Engaged Poetry and Work
Once again, you helped us give people across the world poets on a stick to bring to work. Our free printable grown-ups’ poets coloring book even includes backs and accessories. With your help we also saw inspiring participation on Poetry at Work Day, including participants from NASA, Olive & Company, Oxfam, sportscasters (yes, they wrote poems!), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Subway, the ArtScience Museum, and more.
6. Poetry for Life Scholarship
In 2017 you helped us award a $1, 000 scholarship to students who write (and love) poetry.
Thank you, all of you, for the vision and hard work that makes Tweetspeak possible. I’m proud of the pieces I’ve been able to contribute and, even more, so delighted to have met some of you and to now call you my friends. Tweetspeak is a community and daily reaffirms the good that happens when people believe enough to make the possible something real.
7. A marvelous new Wild Reading column
This lovingly-crafted column helps our community learn and share the secrets of being a wild reader. Together, we’ve discovered new reads and returned to old ones with fondness, spurring literacy for life (not just school).
8. Every Day Poems
You’ve helped us bring readers daily insight and peace. Every Day Poems sends people a hand-selected poem along with beautiful artwork each day. And the monthly themes make this work-intensive publication unique among poetry dailies.
Such a joy and an honor to partner and team up with such a classy community–that has fun and brings beautiful work to light.
—Sandra Heska King
9. The beginning of a new line of children’s books
With your help, we produced our first full-color children’s book, A Is for Azure: The Alphabet in Colors, thus bringing poetic life to learning. The illustrator of this gorgeous title arose from our very own Tweetspeak community, and the experience has opened up a whole new world, where she’s going to be teaching art classes and will have her work exhibited in a regional museum in Georgia in 2018! We also released the first in our literacy-building series Molly and Joe Want to Know—again, bringing our poetic eye to children’s materials (this time with whimsy and humor).
10. Public Days for Poetry
In 2017, we continued our Poetry for Life aim to reach the 5 vital arenas in society, with fun public days for poetry. If you found a poem on your pillow or on your mirror, it might have been because of your support of our global poetry reach. (Watch for a brand new public day in 2018, that features—yes!—cupcakes.)
There are, of course, many more ways that Tweetspeak has been here to offer poetry for life. And you have been part of them.
To those who’ve been partners, we thank you. It’s such a pleasure to have you at our side. And for those of you who are newer to our community, we invite you to become one of our Partners in Poetry for Life.
You are a group of authentic, delightful artists keeping poetry alive and well using today’s technology to reach out. I want to support that in my small way. One heartfelt drop after another eventually fills the goblet.
— Lexanne Leonard
Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel, Creative Commons license via Flickr.