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The poet Brice Maiurro had a busy quarantine.
As a co-founder of the global 8 p.m. howl trend, he spent a lot of time answering questions from reporters and worked diligently to maintain the courtesy on the Go Outside and Howl Facebook page at 8 p.m., which now has more than half a million members – some of which really like to shoot fireworks (he doesn’t). And he’s helping edit and publish a new collection of poetry, Thought for Food, to aid Denver Food Rescue.
This project was a welcome relief: Maiurro likes to take a break from his newfound howling fame to focus on his literary pursuits.
“Thank god for the social isolation,” he says. “I get overwhelmed pretty easily so I’m glad I can back off a bit and work poetry out of my underground hiding place. It’s a fun thing to be known for such a strange thing, and something that’s happening right now, too The advance is I usually just keep going, writing poetry, looking after my garden and enjoying the people I love, as I always do. “
The anthology, due out in June, will be the first book to be published by South Broadway Press, editor of the South Broadway Ghost Society’s online literary journal. It will contain works by fifty to a hundred poets, including Ted Vaca, Paulie Lipman, Caleb Ferganchick, Irina Bogomolova and Liza Sparks.
“Thought for Food is a collection of local and other poets who write on a variety of subjects,” says Maiurro, “including food, COVID times and whatever else inspires them.”
Maiurro and his colleagues Emylee Frank, Kali Heals and Erica Hoffmeister are running a GoFundMe campaign to support the project. Donors receive copies of the book. The fundraiser has already raised $ 2,000 from its $ 3,000 goal.
“In a difficult time you can expect love poems for tomatoes, angry soapbox incantations for Monsanto, toilet paper anthems and words of hope,” promises Maiurro.
Denver Food Rescue, a nonprofit food bank that delivers groceries to people in need, often by bike, was an obvious choice for the editors.
“I am very impressed with the accessibility of Denver Food Rescue,” says Maiurro. “Someone in need of food can also be pressed for time, transportation, or so many other resources. I think it’s great that they really found a solution to all of this by delivering the food to those in need. You can imagine what it must feel like to hear a knock on your door to find that you are being delivered a wonderful bundle of great food? We must support that if our government wants us to be suspended between staying healthy and surviving financially , let’s make sure people can eat. “
Make a contribution to the anthology and find out how to get a copy on the Thought for Food GoFundMe website.
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