Friday, June 19, 2015

Los Angeles Poet Society launches a giving campaign.

Founded in 2009 by East Los Angeles and Navajo Poet, Jessica M. Wilson, the Los Angeles Poet Society has diligently served the people of Los Angeles uniting the creative communities of Los Angeles! Our mission is to create a bridge to all the literary heartbeats of LA including: Poets, Writers, Artists of all creative genres, Publishers, Cultural Centers, and Book sellers. 

Jessica is a Poet and believes Los Angeles deserves a Poet Society, thriving, loving, and uniting across Los Angeles! Since its creation, the Los Angeles Poet Society has been 99% self-funded, believing in its purpose and importance, thriving on. 

Over the last 6 years, the Los Angeles Poet Society, has brought over 900 members to its network! 
The website is home to:
- Poetry Interviews
- Member spotlights
- Socially and culturally impactful Poetry from members including Alexis Rhone Fancher, Michael Rothenberg, Radomir Luza, & Joe Gardner 
- Senior Advocacy with LA's "Young Oldie", Norman Molesko
- Partnership with California Poets in the Schools increasing Youth Poetry Outreach
- Photo galleries of literary gatherings
- Book Reviews
- Publisher, Author, spotlights
- Litearary LA news
                                           and so much more!

In 2015, the Los Angeles Poet Society was recognized and honored by Poets & Writers, and joined in the semi-annual Connecting Cultures event! is a leading literary supporter in the US! 

As a Non-Profit Community Organization we are seeking funding from our network, friends, and allies. We're asking to help continue the work of the Los Angeles Poet Society, as the self-funding is slowly coming to a close. LAPS is not a labor of love, it's an essential vein of creativity and commraderie to Literary LA; it is essential! We love to connect people and bridge the creative communities, and watch the art grow! We have fiscal sponsorship from 100 Thousand Poets for Change - your help to us will be tax deductible. 

We've brought you 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Los Angeles since 2010, partnered with Poetrypalooza  since 2010, partnered with LitCrawl LA:NoHo since 2013, joined Nicelle Davis with the Poetry Circus
provided open mic forums to share your art and extended a bridge to the literary community. This has all been free of charge to the people! 

You may know our Open Mics:
- Writer Wednesday
- SoapBox Poets Open Mic
- Writers' Row
- The Salon @ NoHo
- Gallery 19
- Speakeasy Sundays 

We need your support! Please "like", share this campaign and repost, and donate what you can to help keep us alive!
What your donation will achieve:

- Increasing youth literacy by bringing Youth Poetry Workshops to underserved schools
- Launching Senior Poetry Workshops and encouraging Creative Aging
- Honorariums for our Featured Poets and Artists
- Continuation of all our programming (open mics)
- Publication of poetry anthology and LAPS Pub (publishing house)
- Prizes for poetry contests
- Sustaining
- Archiving LAPS events since 2009 (photo galleries, interviews, video documentation)
- Poetry workshops for Adults
- Transportation and Operative costs for major literary events throughout the year

What we will do for you:
- All of our donors will be honored as Los Angeles Poet Society Sponsors - names and logos (if applicable), will forever live 
- We will promote you! We can do email blasts, take advantage of our network of Literary partners, Facebook shares, and much more!

Please help us to continue doing what we love to do! We love you, LA! #writeone #losangelespoetsociety #literaryla #lapscampaign #payitforward #literarynetwork #artsgiving #artla #poetryla #poetrycampaign

Thank you for your support and WRITE ON!
Jessica M. Wilson
Los Angeles Poet Society Founder

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