From the people who brought you bad poetry before even SPD did,
Journal needs your help with a one-time fundraiser
of radical poetry: Some candid fiscal
background from Mike: I started NOÖ Journal with my
friend Kyle Peterson in 2004/2005. At the time, we were both in community college,
and I had a respectable amount of extra money coming in from scholarships that
went above and beyond the costs needed for community college. This money allowed
us to conceive of NOÖ as a free print magazine, a reality that's remained
Now, in 2009, I live in Massachusetts
and I no longer have any extra scholarship money. So the cost of printing the
journal has become sort of intense. But I'm still committed to the idea of a free
literary magazine distributed at coffeeshops and bookstores across the country,
because I think the "literary scene" has an unfortunate economic insularity
that makes entrance into this scene difficult for people who don't live in major
cities or people don't understand why that literary journal at B&N is $12
when they could buy a book for $12, or people who haven't dipped into the whirpool
of the internet literary community. I also think that print artifacts allows for
a whole other dimension of reader interaction that reading online doesn't allow
for, which we can sweepingly call the "shelf-in-your-bathroom effect."
are working on institutional funding (grants, etc.) but those take
time to implement. In the meantime, we would like to reach out to our reading
community and ask them for help. If you have read and enjoyed NOÖ, please
consider donating a small amount to help us with printing costs and keep the print
aspect of the venue alive. You can donate whatever amount you want; we suggest,
ala Radiohead, an amount you would consider fair for a journal like this if you
saw an issue in a zine/journal rack.
Here's what you'll
get with your donation:
1) A lifetime subscription to NOÖ
and acknowledgment in the acknowledgment section
2) Your own occasional poem,
written by me or a guest star, under any paraemters you specify
3) An optional
of that poem that makes your kindness and generosity
known to all who frequent the YouTube.
The BAD POETRY
is fun, and we plan to bring it back, but we are tweaking it for now to offer
and a promise that we will try to write you a genuinely
good poem, because we want people to know that this is a serious fundraiser and
we would be sincerely thankful for any help.
To donate online, click below, and optionally
include in your note any relevant poem requests (poem subject, dedication, form,
Thank you for helping free literature!
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