Archive for December, 2008

December 10th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

POETSBURGH is back! Open Thread’s series of emerging poets in iconic spaces returns this Friday, December 12th, at the University of Pittsburgh’s English Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning. We’re also thrilled to announce that Weave Magazine is now partnering with us on this reading series, and that their first edition will be for sale at the event!

Four local readers - Tom Laskow, Molly Prosser, Dan Shapiro, and Michelle Stoner - will read selections from their work. There is just a suggested donation of $5 at the door that will benefit upcoming events and projects by both organizations, and did we mention that the Cathedral will be decked out for the holidays? So come share your yuletide spirit with OT and Weave, then join the poets at the Union Grill afterwards! Doors open at 7pm!

December 10th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

Dear OT Members, Supporters, and Participants,

Open Thread has come a long way since we began holding events and reading your submissions in early 2007. Since then, we’ve held more fun-filled Variety fundraisers, established a new reading series - POETSBURGH - with Weave Magazine, and created the OT Blog. This month we’re launching the online preview of the Open Thread Regional Review, Vol. 1, which goes to print this January!

We may be wary of open displays of sentiment, but our success is due to you, dear reader. Maybe you’ve participated in our events or submitted your work online for our consideration. Perhaps you’ve simply done us the crucial service of paying the suggested donation at events. Whatever the case, when Vol. 1 goes to print, nearly 100 of your regional peers will have had their work featured by our publications, events, and blog.

Thank you.

To keep this regional arts goodness going, though, we need your continued support, and you don’t have to wait until our next event to deliver! Click here now to make an online donation! Open Thread is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Open Thread may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

2009 has even more in store for you and Open Thread, including a second volume of the Regional Review, a new regional chapbook competition, more of the events you’ve come to know and love, and some super secret surprises for our registered members! You want to see it all happen, don’t you? Don’t you? Give today.

December 10th, 2008
Adam Atkinson

Hello, OT Blog readers! As you may have noticed, the "Artist of the Week" feature is going on a brief hiatus for the holidays, as we here at Open Thread gear up for Poetsburgh this Friday and a very special online launch this New Year’s Day! In the meantime, stay tuned to the blog for other features, including updates on Open Thread’s many up-and-coming happenings, including the return of Variety, Variety, Variety!

All the best this holiday season,
The Staff of Open Thread

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