Petition Tag - poetry

1. Naming of the Hartford Poet Laureate

Lonnie Black was a poet, educator, advocate who sadly passed away this past August. Born and raised in Hartford, Lonnie started writing poetry at a young age and taught at elementary schools and became a Master Teacher Artist through the CT Commission on the Arts, was Co-founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, creator and host of the Three Connecticut Poets, a series that ran for 25 years, and served as a Creative Writing Instructor for the Litchfield Performing Arts Program for fifteen years Lonnie made a lasting impression in the lives of children he taught , adult's whose work he edited and came to be known as "The Poetry Man".

2. Save WriteOn

Amazon, who launched WriteOn in 2014, has decided to close the site due to the fact that it did not generate the number of users they had hoped, leaving an entire community feeling the loss of a place they have come to call home.

We believe that the original goal and expectation (as stated in press releases and articles) to compete with other sites, such as Wattpad, should be amended. The new goal should be to support the writers who so often end up posting their work on Amazon's Kindle Scout, and Kindle Direct Publishing ("KDP"). In so doing, both writers and readers will continue to be drawn to Amazon, where they will make purchases that grow Amazon as a whole.

As a community of writers, we will continue to hone our craft through the feedback we get from both readers and other writers. We commit to the standards and excellence that have made WriteOn such a wonderful community, and an extension that Amazon can be proud of.

Please, join me in petitioning Amazon to find a way to save our site, and to allow us to continue to WriteOn!

3. Make Jennifer Juan the next UK Poet Laureate

Jennifer Juan should be the next poet laureate to continue the work of those before her, in raising awareness of the great art of poetry, and celebrating the beauty of British culture through literature.

Jennifer has a large following of young fans, and while she could exploit them for profit, instead she has focused on teaching them about poetry, and making poetry accessible to young people.

She writes about all kinds of things, such as mental health, poverty, relationships, world affairs and history.

At a time when we have a female prime minister, a female ruler, why couldn't we have a second female poet laureate and prove that poetry isn't a men's club. Jennifer would also be the first biracial poet laureate, finally bringing more diversity to the role.

Jennifer would be a great successor to Carol Ann Duffy, and would continue her legacy, while also adding her own.

4. 2013 Inaugural Poem

Petition was started on the suggestion of the public in response to a Veterans Day poem posted on Yahoo on November 11th.

5. 21martiou.gr

Με την Ποίηση ενάντια στην Κρίση
Ο Κύκλος Ποιητών, τα περιοδικά Poetix και Ποιητικά, οι εκδόσεις Μικρή Άρκτος και η αλυσίδα πολιτισμού IANOS καλούν ποιητές, συγγραφείς, ηθοποιούς, καλλιτέχνες, εκδότες αλλά και κάθε πολίτη σε συν οδοιπορία / δια-μαρτυρία, την Τετάρτη 21 Μαρτίου, Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Ποίησης, με όπλο την Ποίηση ενάντια στην Κρίση.

Προσυγκέντρωση στις 12 το μεσημέρι μπροστά από το βιβλιοπωλείο Ιανός
Συν οδοιπορία προς το Σύνταγμα

The Poets Circle, the magazines Poetix and Poietika, Mikri Arktos Publications, and the cultural chain IANOS invite poets, writers, actors, artists, publishers, and every citizen to join a march and protest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, World Poetry Day, making poetry a weapon against the crisis.

6. Durham, NC Spoken Word Arts Day

An academic definition of Spoken Word:
“Spoken Word is a category of performance art to encompass any new seriously developed genre or traditional form that is primarily word-based & is not exclusively Music, Theatre or Dance but may include collaborations with other non-word-based art genres or works created in collaboration with artists from non-word-based disciplines.”

An explanation of Spoken Word:
“Throughout human history, poetry and spoken word arts have been essential to the preservation and celebration of all aspect of the human condition. Every culture has had its poets and oral historians who have witnessed and recounted the intrigues, wanderings, beliefs, desires, tragedies and joys of the human condition” – “Stage A Poetry Slam” by Marc Kelly Smith (Creator of the Poetry Slam c. 1986 – “So What!”)

7. North Carolina Spoken Word Arts Day

We want to make National Spoken Word Day a holiday. We celebrated the first one on 10-10-10, but will make the official date April 10 to coincide with National Poetry Month.

An academic definition of Spoken Word:
“Spoken Word is a category of performance art to encompass any new seriously developed genre or traditional form that is primarily word-based & is not exclusively Music, Theatre or Dance but may include collaborations with other non-word-based art genres or works created in collaboration with artists from non-word-based disciplines.”

An explanation of Spoken Word:
“Throughout human history, poetry and spoken word arts have been essential to the preservation and celebration of all aspect of the human condition. Every culture has had its poets and oral historians who have witnessed and recounted the intrigues, wanderings, beliefs, desires, tragedies and joys of the human condition” – “Stage A Poetry Slam” by Marc Kelly Smith (Creator of the Poetry Slam c. 1986 – “So What!”)

8. National Spoken Word Day - US

We want to make National Spoken Word Day a holiday. We celebrated the first one on 10-10-10, but will make the official date April 10 to coincide with National Poetry Month.

An academic definition of Spoken Word:
“Spoken Word is a category of performance art to encompass any new seriously developed genre or traditional form that is primarily word-based & is not exclusively Music, Theatre or Dance but may include collaborations with other non-word-based art genres or works created in collaboration with artists from non-word-based disciplines.”

An explanation of Spoken Word:
“Throughout human history, poetry and spoken word arts have been essential to the preservation and celebration of all aspect of the human condition. Every culture has had its poets and oral historians who have witnessed and recounted the intrigues, wanderings, beliefs, desires, tragedies and joys of the human condition” – “Stage A Poetry Slam” by Marc Kelly Smith (Creator of the Poetry Slam c. 1986 – “So What!”)

9. Start a Youth Poetry Contest at the Antelope Valley Fair

The amount of artistic talent in our youth in the Antelope Valley is greatly underestimated. From personal experience, I have seen individuals who flourish with a poetic nature, but have no way to release it to the world.

As the AV Fair already has a yearly Photography and Art competition installed, why not allow the linguistically gifted youth show off their talent, and maybe when a prize for their efforts?

10. Poetic Holiday Petition

On October 9 of every year, the United Kingdom celebrates National Poetry Day. The United States don't have a specific day to celebrate poetry and National Poetry Month is not widely celebrated in the month of April. This petition is calling for changes.

11. Put 'eunoia' in the dictionary!

Eunoia comes from the Greek word εύνοια and it’s the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes. It’s defined in medical dictionaries as ‘well mind’ or a state of normal mental health.

However an alternative translation from the Greek is ‘beautiful thinking’ and that’s the definition Christian Bok is referring to with the title of his book of univocalic poetry. Eunoia contains five chapters of poetry, each of which uses only one vowel – it truly is a masterpiece of ‘beautiful thinking’.

We’re asking Scrabble fans and wordsmiths the world over to sign this petition in an attempt to get the word eunoia listed in The Chambers Dictionary with the definition it deserves.

Just think of how handy it would be next time you’re faced with a Scrabble rack full of vowels…

12. International Speak in Interpretive Poetry Day on February the 3rd

This is the death anniversary of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, the founders of rock, who died in a plane crash in Clear Lake Iowa, inspiring Don McLean to write the classic American Pie.

Speaking in interpretive poetry will honour and commemorate these great souls and give you the opportunity to speak in nonsensical language for a day each year.

13. Stop poetry.com scam & help the poor

I entered the poetry.com contest and i supposedly won. The only thing is they want you to buy stuff. It's wrong because if we porduced it don't you think they should be paying us a little bit of the money that they make every time they sell a book with our poem in it or just our poem period?

this petition is simply to stop big corporations from taking from the poor. They think they can get away with everything just because they're rich.I mean we provide the product and they want us to buy our own product, it's absurd and ridiculouss.

Those people get our hopes up then crush them and they don't care. I think it's about time we opened our eyes and made them pay what they should have a long time ago.

By stopping scams like this you help the poor.

14. Shut down American Poetry Society

We have to shut down poetryamerica.com in order to put a stop to the scammimg that these lowlifes are doing. American Poets Society is the same company as Poetry.com in the same state (MD) in the same city (Baltimore) in the same address (600 Reisterstown Road Suite 200G) in the same zip code (21208) with a P.O. Box!! How far or how low are these scam artists going to go to greedily steal our hard-earned money? Let's shut them down for good, sign this petition!!!!!!!!!!!

15. Stop Writing Contest Scams!

Poetry.com, Illiad Press, the International Library of Poetry. . . most people have heard these names, and in a negative context. What most people don't know is that these organizations are run by the same people, and they all are out to get money off of you!

I would like to close down Poetry.com and the other writing-related contest scams out there on the internet. Thousands of serious writers share their work with these organizations each year, are told their work is the best thing since Robert Frost, and asked to purchase books, plaques, CD's and do-dad's of their printed poems! For more info on this, I urge you to see the webpage below, then sign this petition so everyone knows how many people want these scams to end!

16. Stop Poetry Contest Scams

Please sign this petition because I want to close down poetry.com, famouspoets.com, and also related websites. There have been suggestions that their intentions are not what they seem to be. I refuse to let them continue to get away with ripping people off, and I will do what it takes to get those poetry contests shut down!

"Hidden among the many sponsors of legitimate literary contests advertised on the internet lurk those who care nothing about literature, its audience, or authors. These unscrupulous organizations and individuals exist solely to get into your wallet through their so-called writing or poetry contests. Often you'll find these free poetry contests lavishly advertised in your local newspaper."

More information can be found at http://www.windpub.com/literary.scams/

I need your help in closing those websites down to stop them from scamming more people!