Update Time: Limp Wrist to Fundraising to Project Verse and More!

(1) I was happy with the current status of fundraising for Limp Wrist until this weekend when I received word that $750 is not the fee for the Juniper part of the scholarship. The total amount is $1,030– $750 covers tuition and meals plus $280 to cover a dorm room for the scholarship recipient.

With this in mind, I want to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to enter in the Limp Wrist raffle. Click here for the details and for pictures of the items. I’m very happy to say the funds from the raffle are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and go to support the inaugural Limp Wrist Scholarship.

(2) Ellen Bass, Maureen Seaton, and Dorianne Laux have blurbed Stealing Fire.

Stealing Fire is, by turns, delightful, ironic, witty, stabbing, sobering, intoxicating. I didn’t want it to end. ~ Ellen Bass, author of The Human Line

The ordering process for Stealing Fire is going to be a tad bit different than originally mentioned; however, it will still be easy! After covering the production costs of the chapbooks, all funds raised will go to the Limp Wrist scholarship fund.

(3) If you are on Facebook, join the cool kids in checking out:
Fans of Denise Duhamel OR A Group of Duhamalites
Fans of Dorianne Laux
Fans of Laure-Anne Bosselaar
The Joe Milford Poetry Show

(4) I am participating in Dana Guthrie Martin’s FaBoStaMe 2009. I plan to use my 30 updates in 30 minutes to announce something big.

(5) I have started consulting with poetess Stacie Boschma on an Atlanta Project. I love that she is just as thrilled as I am about it. This is not the big announcement that is mentioned in #4. This will stay secret for a bit longer as it is to die for.

(6) Project Verse should be kicking off in late April. I received 39 applications, each ranging between 15 to 19 pages. I am giving each application the attention it needs; therefore, it is very time consuming.

Dustin in Dolly Drag? ? ?

On 2/5/09, I announced that the Limp Wrist fundraising raffle was extended to 3/30/09.

With the extension comes my promise to create a Youtube video of yours truly performing Dolly drag, if I raise $1,000 by 3/30/09 for the Limp Wrist Scholarship.

THE NEWS: It will only take $150 to meet the goal of raising $1,000 by 3/30/09. Click here to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation and put me one step closer to Dolly-Dustin-Drag History.

Limp Wrist Raffle Adds Items!

Donate to Limp Wrist before 3/30/09, and you are automatically entered to win some of the items you see above. (Items will be given away in groups of three.) All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and fund the Limp Wrist scholarship.

Here’s the donation breakdown:
$5 = 1 Chance
$10 = 3 Chances
$20 = 5 Chances
$45 = 10 Chances
$200 or More = You pick the three items you want. Plus, you’ll receive a mention in Limp Wrist.

AND for fun:
If I raise $1,000 by 3/30/09, I will create a Youtube video of me doing Dolly drag. Silence to the peanut gallery– even though I am crazy for Dolly, I don’t spend my weekends in Dolly drag.

Get your donation on!

Limp Wrist Raffle Extended

Donate to Limp Wrist before 3/30/09, and you are automatically entered to win some of the items you see above. (Items will be given away in groups of three.) All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and fund the Limp Wrist scholarship.

Here’s the donation breakdown:
$5 = 1 Chance
$10 = 3 Chances
$20 = 5 Chances
$45 = 10 Chances
$200 or More = You pick the three items you want. Plus, you’ll receive a mention in Limp Wrist.

AND for fun:
If I raise $1,000 by 3/30/09, I will create a Youtube video of me doing Dolly drag. Silence to the peanut gallery– even though I am crazy for Dolly, I don’t spend my weekends in Dolly drag.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION!

Birthday Time = Fundraising Time

1/22

Another year older….
Since my 21st birthday, I have used my birthday as a way to benefit and raise awareness for an organization. I am happy to say previous organizations include Project Open Hand as well as Grass Roots Institute. This year I am proud to announce that I am trying to raise funds and awareness for Limp Wrist and our scholarship. Anyone wanting to show a little birthday love, feel free to make a tax deductible donation of $5 or more to Limp Wrist. Click here to donate.

If you donate you can win….
If you donate $5 or more between now and 2/28/09, you could win a number of autographed items. Some of the items include a limited broadside of a poem by Mark Doty, books by Sandra Beasley, Marilyn Nelson, Cecilia Woloch, and more.

Check out the items HERE. The breakdown:
1 Chance = $5
3 Chances = $10
5 Chances = $20
10 Chances = $45
A donation of $200 or more will allow you to pick three items.

Dolly “Dusty” Parton…..
If I raise $1,000 by 2/28/09, I am going to create a Youtube of me doing Dolly drag. Silence to the peanut gallery– even though I am crazy for Dolly, I don’t spend my weekends in Dolly drag. So shhhhh Chris, Sissy, and Maxton.

Poetry Night at Grass Roots Institute

Tonight was Poetry Night at the Grass Roots Institute, and my first time hosting a poetry reading. Pictures will be coming within the week. Overall, I think we had a decent attendance and a spectacular reading (if I may say so myself). I read some old stuff, some new stuff…… ventured into a painful area, but the writing helps the pain. I was thrilled to be in company with great poets such as Beth Gylys, Jessica Hand, and Kathy Kincer; please read their bios below.

On a special note– it was an honor to read with my mentor, Bethy Gylys. I keep her book BODIES THAT HUM on my desk and with me when I’m writing. She’s an amazing teacher and poet.

I conducted my first raffle to raise funds for my AIDS Walk team, Team Truvy. I sold tickets for an autographed copy of a book by Kim Addonizio, a book donated and autographed by Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and a year subscription to THE CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW. We raised $30– a great start. Before the month is over I will post information how you can participate and win a book autographed by Denise Duhamel, Dorianne Laux, Celicia Woloch, and other great poets.

A big hearty thank you to everyone who attended the reading!

Currently an Associate Professor at Georgia State University, Beth Gylys won the Ohio State University Press Journal Prize for her collection Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP 2004). Her book Bodies that Hum (1999 Silverfish Review Press) won the Gerald Cable Poetry First Book Award, and her chapbook Balloon Heart won the Quentin R. Howard award (1998 Wind Press). Awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The University of Cincinnati, and Syracuse University, she has had work published in many journals including Paris Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and The Southern Review.

After falling out of an airplane (long story), Jessica D. Hand realized her passion for poetry would, indeed, define her life because as she plummeted with a failing parachute, she was as concerned with the metaphor of the situation as she was with fixing the chute. Jessica (call her Jess) completed two honors B.A.’s (Psychology and Creative Writing) at Carnegie Mellon University. She loved Pittsburgh, but the cold finally drove her back to her native and sunny Georgia. Soon after her return, she was electrocuted (you might call her accident-prone) in her dominant arm, but she keeps writing poetry, even if she has to write it with her toes (that’s an exaggeration—she is learning to write left-handed). She is now in the MFA poetry program at Georgia State University. She is published in Java Monkey Speaks, volume 2, and she was recently a finalist in the Agnes Scott Poetry Competition. Other publications include Toast and the Minnesota review.

K.B. Kincer is in her third year of the graduate program at Georgia State University in creative writing with a concentration in poetry. Originally from Hicksville, N.Y., she has finally lived in the South longer than she lived in the North, but still can’t stomach grits. Her work has appeared in the GSU Review and her poetry won the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival Contest in 2006. Besides taking and teaching classes at GSU, she hosts Melodically Challenged, a weekly two hour radio show devoted to traditional poetry that features poets reading work from the late nineteenth century through today. It airs Friday mornings from midnight till two on WRAS, 88.5 FM, Georgia State’s 100,000 watt student-run radio station.