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.
The P4 Blog
If you've been following the P4 Blog, you will have seen our big announcement about securing Dartmouth College's Rauner Library as our Repository Partner! We've had several people ask, "So now that you have a partner in place, where does the P4 work go from here?"
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:
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.
Oh, the woes of the P4 cataloger! Sometimes I find it difficult to catalog items into our collection, because I end up spending way too much time reading the items, rather than cataloging them!
Some folks think it isn't worth sending material in to P4, unless you have a ton of stuff. But that isn't the case! Some of the most interesting and valuable collection contributions we receive come in small batches, from donors that just happen to have unique treasures.
Dear P4 Fans and Friends,
2016 has been a busy year for P4 and I have much to tell you. This letter is P4’s first President’s Report and it contains our 2016 milestones and a look at our plans for 2017. I hope you find it worthwhile and I invite you to reply to me at Tom@PoetryPreservation.org with your comments.
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.
Many people are surprised to learn that the bulk of all historically preserved information in the world might as well not exist, because there is no way find and use it.
"...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."