Every day, the world needs to more deeply cultivate kindness, friendship, and joy. The simple gift of a poem. The beautiful chance to read together. Inspiring words. Fun celebrations. The sharing of ideas. Listening and learning. You help make that possible for so many people, when you become part of Tweetspeak by gifting our books, taking our workshops, or becoming a dedicated patron.
I wanted Tweetspeak to succeed because I felt there was nothing else like it to be found.
— Richard Maxson
10 Ways You Helped Bring Kindness, Friendship, Joy in 2018
1. Infographics and Poetry Teaching Resources
From gazelles writing ghazals to phantoms writing pantoums and heroes writing epic poems, you’ve helped Tweetspeak bring amusing and informative infographics—to more than a million students, teachers, and writers across the globe. No other major poetry site offers this kind of uniquely witty, colorful, and informative literary fun. Thank you!
Tweetspeak is a force for good for poetry. I so appreciate the support they’ve shown for my work and the work of poets everywhere!
2. Artful Literacy for Children
Thanks, in part, to your help, we’ve been able to share A Is for Azure and The Golden Dress with classrooms, the Unprison Project, and through a regional museum in Georgia. We’re especially touched to have been able to share A Is for Azure with The Unprison Project, which serves children who are without their moms. The art in that book was partly itself born of the loss of the illustrator’s beautiful mom, and it will now have the chance to cradle children’s hearts with its healing understanding and courage.
3. Weekly Writing Prompts
Every Monday, our intrepid poetry prompters have brought new poetry writing prompts, where we could inspire each other to grow in the craft and love of poetry.
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 Joined the Children’s Book Council
Reaching classrooms-in-need and beautiful, reputable projects like The Unprison Project was made possible by our acceptance into the Children’s Book Council, which requires an annual fee as part of membership. Thank you!
One of my life’s greatest blessings has been that, upon entering a tenuous crossroads, Tweetspeak Poetry was right there where I needed it to be. It’s a privilege to support your work here. Tweetspeak is a unique, wonderful, poetic force in the world!
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, Poem on Your Pillow Day, and the new Take Your Poet to School Week.
(One of our favorite things in 2018? Hotels in Prague; Belfast; and New Plymouth, New Zealand put poems on their guests pillows!)
6. Just Beginning: A Literary Arts & Experience Library
In 2018 you helped us begin a fledgling Literary Arts & Experience Library (beginning with William Blake), which we are building as a way to preserve an incredible literary heritage.
Why does it need preserving? Reading experts like Maryanne Wolf have given the clarion call: the digital age has already altered students’ ability to read and enjoy Greats from the past. New ways of reaching students must be found. With your help, we’ve begun to do our part. Thank you!
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 Poem in Every Heart, A Story in Every Soul
Along with aiming to build a Literary Arts & Experience Library, we’re dedicated to preserving the Greats in the minds and hearts of students (and, well, grown-ups, too!) by going back to a tried-and-true method from ancient times that happens to fit perfectly with today’s audio-oriented digital age: memorization and storytelling.
Watch for more to come on this, in 2019. And maybe join in yourself, by putting a poem in your heart with the fun and encouraging By Heart Community.
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. A Life-Building Friendship Project
Extended to patrons only (that’s you!), the friendship project is offered in a private, managed space, where we can talk about both the hard stuff and the amazing inspirations of friendship—as well as share in writing and discussion prompts. Readers have thanked us for helping them find new ways to think about this important and encouraging part of life. And? We thank you.
10. Public Days for Poetry
In 2018, 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. Well, and some of us enjoyed a little confection on the brand new public day that featured—yes!—cupcakes.)
It is so sad to us when wonderful publications, put together by years of hard work and vision, disappear, as many good ones have done in the past few years.
So it was our absolute pleasure in 2018 to be able to preserve the rich poetic library that is VerseWrights Journal. Some of our very own Tweetspeak community have even been published there, as well as many dedicated poets from around the world.
There are, of course, many more ways that Tweetspeak has been here to offer poetry and literacy for life—as a way to bring much-needed kindness, friendship, and joy to the world. And you have been part of them.
To those who’ve been partners, we say a warm 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 a patron today.
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 PS Lee, Creative Commons license via Flickr.