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Year-Long Slam Directory Review COMPLETED!

EDITOR’S NOTE:  A great Slam Archive needs a great Slam Directory!  Today’s blog entry is by Erica Charis-Molling, P4 volunteer EXTRAORDINAIRE.  For most of the past year Erica has been working on updating our listing of both active and defunct slams, so that all of our content can be properly linked to the venues with which they are associated.  It is a huge task, and we are immensely grateful for the hundreds of hours that Erica put into this effort.  I asked her to update everyone on the process.  

Dartmouth College Becomes the P4 Repository Partner!

Welcome to Fall everyone!

Many of you likely noticed that P4 scaled back our operations significantly over the summer.  Several members of our Board had huge life transitions this summer (including one wedding, and one move out of the country!), so it made sense for us to take a bit of a hiatus.

But we're back with the fall, brimming with more energy than ever!  We're thrilled to be taking the collection and preservation of the poetry slam movement to the next level in 2018, and we'd like to start by sharing some very exciting news:

Searchable P4 Catalog Goes Public!

It seems like we're hitting milestones here at P4 every day, but this is a big one!

For more than a year we've been working behind the scenes to translate the catalog of P4 materials into a web-based format that is publicly searchable!  I'm excited to announce that we've achieved that goal, and now you can search the catalog for specific artists, objects names, (CDs, chapbooks, etc.) and poem titles.  It's a huge collection of more than 1,600 items, with tens of thousands of individual performances and chapbook poems now available.  

Celebrating our 2016 Donors!

We couldn't have done it without you!

The first week of January is a great time to take stock of not only how far you have to go to achieve your dreams, but how far you have already come.  And although 2016 was a brutal year for many of us (on a whole host of levels), it was also a year when the generosity of the poetry slam community gave wings to this little non-profit dream-machine called P4.  

The Role of Poetry

"...there’s something inherently small-scale about poetry that I want to call the local and I want these narrow limits to be understood to be a good thing. Despite the global reach of the internet, for instance, poetry communities are small in number; their geography may be diffuse but they are, essentially, still local communities. Groups, factions, friendships, affiliations. We live our lives in relationships; we experience art in similar ways."

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