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Pride Poets Hotline: Call in for a Custom Poem!
June 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
ABOUT PRIDE POETS
Since 2019, RENT Poet has worked with the City of West Hollywood to recruit, train, and employ dozens of LGBTQ+ poets in pop-ups for Pride month, writing custom poems celebrating love and the LGBTQ+ community for over 1000 individuals.
HOW TO GET A POEM
This year, you can speak to one of 25 LGBTQ+ poets, share your story, and receive a custom, one-of-a-kind poem, written just for you on a manual typewriter, in-person at Pride on June 4-5 and via our poetry hotline on June 11 (call 202-998-3510 between 11am-2pm and afterhours 11pm-2am).
This year’s theme is Pledge: come share your allegiances with us!
Our poets interview you, so don’t worry if you don’t know what you want a poem about — we’ll find the perfect subject for your poem. Poems will be written live on the hotline(!) with poetry as hold music, and will be read to you by the writer. Afterward, you may choose to have a copy of the poem emailed to you. The whole process takes 10 minutes and will change your day. You can also listen on the line to our Permeable Poetry Project, pre-recorded poems by living LGBTQ+ poets.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH?
This June we are also releasing our first podcast, This Poem’s for You (https://anchor.fm/tpfy), following up with poem recipients from Pride’s past and writing them update poems. New episodes every Wednesday in June 2022, wherever you get your podcasts. “Remember, whatever you’re going through, there’s a poem for that — and this poem’s for you.”
This program is supported by a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (May 22 – June 30). More info at www.weho.org/pride or @wehoarts.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Brian Sonia-Wallace is the Poet Laureate of the City of West Hollywood and founder of Pride Poets. Brian has written poems for over 10,000 strangers across the country based on their stories since 2012, including in residence for Amtrak Trains, Mall of America, Google, and the National Parks. He is the author of The Poetry of Strangers (Harper Collins 2020) which was lauded as “full of optimism and wide-eyed wonder…he charms us,” by The New York Times. More at briansoniawallace.com
Podcast creator Molly Thornton is a multi-genre writer. A Lambda Literary Fellow, her poetry and essays have appeared in The LA Times, They Said: a Black Lawrence Press anthology, The Seattle Globalist, Lavender Review, and more. Molly coaches clients in creative writing and teaches online and at literary and community centers including Hugo House, Beyond Baroque, and the LA LGBT Center. You can find her at mollythorntonwrites.com