The last time I saw my friend Gabrielle, she was in a hospice room in Austin Texas wearing a knit hat that said “Fuck Cancer,” working on footage of a poetry slam. She had so many passions, but bright among them was a devotion to recording the slam, its voices and faces, making sure this fleeting art form didn’t disappear when we left the stage. She died the next day.
I joined the board of the Performance Poetry Preservation Project (P4) to honor her, and to do what I can to follow in her path. To make sure that this world which is sometimes so forgetful, so uninvested in what has come before, knows and can reach this part of itself.
What we’re devoted to at P4 is pretty simple: we are going to ensure that the recorded history of the poetry slam movement is preserved and made available to the public. The CDs, VHS tapes, photos, and other forms that hold this history are scattered and at risk of becoming unreadable, unwatchable, unknowable.
To fix this, P4 is building the largest, most well indexed, and most carefully curated collection of slam poetry in the world. This steadily growing collection currently includes more than 600 media items with over 3,500 audio and video recordings of performances by more than 1,000 poets.
I know that there are so many causes in need of support this giving season, and you are called on daily to help. Your support in any amount makes a huge difference in P4’s ability to keep this history alive and accessible. I hope that you can join me in making this important work possible.
Welcome to the P4 Peer to Peer Fundraising Campaign! This campaign allows our community to run individualized mini-fundraising campaigns, to share with friends and family. Thanks for checking us out, and joining up!
P4 is a community-supported, grass-roots effort that protects and preserves the recorded history of the poetry slam movement. P4 possesses a living, growing, and carefully curated performance poetry archive, and our ambition is to collect and catalog a broad representation of the slam poetry movement. We believe in the power of the poetry slam to change lives, and we are dedicated to preserving the great poetry that crosses hundreds of slam stages, all over the world.
Once you have selected a campaign sponsor, just click "Make a Donation" to lend your support. Or click the "Become a Fundraiser" button to start a campaign of your own!
If you donate $25 or more to any of our campaigns P4 will send you a free spoken word CD, by one of the powerhouse legends of the poetry slam scene.
Taylor's powerful work has been a mainstay of the performance poetry scene since almost the beginning, and his dedication to capturing and preserving the performances of the poets that crossed the stage of the Urbana Slam in New York City is legendary. Buddy's voice has become a defining inspiration for a new, emerging generation of poets, and he has toured and performed all over the world with shows that draw rock-star like audiences. Both of these poets are huge supporters of P4, and both have donated copies of their albums as premiums for P4 donors.
As a special incentive, Taylor has been kind enough to autograph all of his CDs!
For a donation of $25 or more, you can have your pick of either album.
For a donation of $50 or more, we'll send you both!
Thank you in advance for your generous contribution!