Save the Critics!

Last week, I posted a post on poetry criticism and how it should try to be more relevant to real people’s lives, just as I believe poetry should be. And I mentioned Gently Read Literature as a source I’ve recently begun to explore as I delve into the ins and outs of criticism.

Coincidentally, this week I received a mass email from Gently Read’s editor and founder Daniel Casey. It turns out the publication has a fundraising campaign under way at Kickstarter, a website where regular folks can pledge money to a range artistic projects. Gently Read is trying to raise $5,000 to keep the publication free for its readers and to allow its freelance critics to continue to be paid for their crituqies. As of Tuesday, Casey said $1,100 had been pledged and that there were 10 days left in the campaign.

The way Kickstarter works, if a project doesn’t receive enough pledges to fund the full amount of the project, then the project receives no funding at all. Contributors can pledge any amount. Consider a small pledge here to keep Gently Read free and its writers paid.


~ by ericedits on November 10, 2011.

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