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 2015
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—for use in the classroom (and at 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.
4. We Found Daring Ways to Help People Who Are Afraid of Poetry
In 2015 we extended what turned out to be a very powerful Poetry Dare, which led to some beautiful writing and a changed perspective for the dared.
5. We Engaged Poetry and Work
Once again, you helped us give people across the world poets on a stick to bring to work. An updated grown-ups’ poets coloring book even included backs and accessories in 2015. With your help we also saw unprecedented participation on Poetry at Work Day, from companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Subway, Playstation, and many more. Okay, and even Ellen DeGeneres showed up!
6. Poetry for Life Scholarship
In 2015 you helped us award a $1,000 scholarship to students who write (and love) poetry. Along with the $1,000 grand prize winner, we also awarded a surprise $25 and a free How to Read a Poem book to two runners-up.
7. A Special National Poetry Month E-book
More than 80 poems and many photos were submitted to our Show Us Your Jeans challenge during National Poetry Month. We took great care to edit and arrange these submissions into a beautiful e-book called Casual.
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.
We featured a brand new poetry-themed playlist every single month. In 2015, that ranged from delicious Bread, Pastries, Pies to Heroes and Villains, from Circus and Carnival to Math, Science and Tech.
10. Two New Public Days for Poetry
In 2015, we rounded out our Poetry for Life aim to reach the 5 vital arenas in society, by adding two final 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.
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.