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Jan 2012
11:25 am

New Year, New Site, and Even More Gratitude

New Year, New Site, and Even More Gratitude

Welcome to our new website! Our idea is simple: make poetry accessible to all. Through video and audio archiving of events, those folks in Ann Arbor or elsewhere who can’t make the readings or the conversations can still listen in or watch. Our aim is to include all kinds of poetry events happening in Ann Arbor, not just one or another particular “school” of poetry. Our mp3 project brings both established and emerging poets from around the country together in one place. We think poetry should be available to all, and that includes kids! So we built a Children’s Poetry page as well. We hope the site will be a great resource for the community—whether it’s just to check on upcoming poetry events in the area, to listen to your favorite poet read his/her favorite poem, or to find great poetry exercises for kids.

Over the next few months, we will keep adding to the content—more than 180 poets have agreed to participate in the mp3 project, so that archive will keep growing. We will also have special kids' recording projects, guest bloggers, and more 250-word micro essays.

A Fall Poetry Reading in the Red Barn

In 2012 we are also saying goodbye to the beautiful red barn. We are grateful to the Tsogyelgar Dharma Center for their love and support the past two years. Well will miss the barn, but we are excited to move to a new, more accessible, downtown location. Our poetry readings will now be happening at METAL, 220 Felch Street. Thanks to Claudette Stern and the rest of METAL for their belief in One Pause!

In April, One Pause will start up its 2012 reading series with poets Khaled Mattawa, Jennifer Chang, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Later in the year, Oni Buchanan, Jon Woodward, Benjamin Paloff, Ken Mikolowski, and others will be joining us. It will be a great season!

One Pause is very grateful. We would not exist without the vision of our founder, Stuart Kirkpatrick. Or our governing and advisory boards, our generous donors, or our dedicated volunteers. We are grateful for a Program Assistance grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, which supported our reading series last year, and to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, which funded the building of this beautiful new website. Thanks also to the web-design team at Q LTD for their generosity and creativity! We would also not exist without the amazing poets themselves, who have come to Ann Arbor to read or have taken the time to read their poems and send them to us for our mp3 project. Thanks, everyone.

Please let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, feedback, etc. We welcome your input as we start a brand new chapter of One Pause Poetry.