The P4 Blog

Become a P4 Fundraiser!

P4 is excited to be participating in #GivingTuesday, a national campaign that encourages generosity and philanthropy, as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  This year, Giving Tuesday will be held on November 29th.  We'll be reaching out to friends and supporters as our year end fundraising campaign gets underway.  But did you know that you can participate with P4 as a fundraiser this year?

On Poetry Slam and Satire

This morning I ran across a Bad Lip Reading Poetry Slam Satire of the second presidential debate.  And setting aside the fact that Bad Lip Reading is pretty much the best thing to happen to the internet since "Leave Britney Alone" (arguably the greatest slam poem of 2007!), watching this new Bad Lip Reading video has me thinking a lot about slam satire, and our ability to laugh at ourselves.

P4 To Begin Fundraising Campaign!

Well, we knew it had to happen!

P4 has survived and prospered due to the generosity of a handful of donors for the past five years.  We have accomplished incredible things with the help of only a few individuals (and one major anonymous donor in particular). But as we begin to seriously gear up our operations to capture and preserve the history of the slam poetry movement, we have to broaden our base of support within the community we hope to serve.

Data Migration: 1,640 Poets added to the P4 Database!

Another behind the scenes look at our progress!  As the P4 collection has been growing we've been creating cataloging data on every object we've been gathering up: CDs, chapbooks, tapes, ephemera, etc.  But until now all of that data has just been in a gigantic collection of huge spreadsheets.  A big challenge for us has been to design a full scale cataloging database system in a web environment, so that it can be searched and updated by the poets themselves.  We've had a designer working behind the scenes for almost a year on that effort.

Imaging Our Collection

A quick peek behind the scenes!  Pictured is the imaging rig we have set up to snap cataloging images of every item in the P4 collection.  Featured is our Solo 8 document imaging camera, and associated software.  Even as we continue the detailed cataloging of every CD, tape, chapbook, and piece of ephemera in our collection (all the way down to individual poem names and other details!), we're also developing the search interface into our collection.

And the Partners Keep Rolling In! Welcome, SpeakeasyNYC!

When spoken word superstar Sarah Kay was teenage poet, absorbing the poetry and cutting her teeth around the slam venues of New York City, her father, Jeff Kay, would accompany her to the shows.  But as much as Jeff loved to watch his daughter perform, he often found that his daughter's poetry moved him so much that he spent too much of each evening watching through his tears.

MILESTONE! 1,000 items in the P4 Collection!

I'm proud to announce that P4 has reached an important milestone!  While cataloging materials into our database this afternoon, I added our 1,000th item!  That's a cool grand of CDs, DVDs, Books, Chapbooks, digital video items, etc.  And of course, that number represents tens of thousands of individual poems and performances.