Poet for Hire
Are you planning a holiday or staff party? A wedding, birthday or other heart-centered gathering?
Why not add the magic of spontaneous poetry! Poetry can work like the medicine you didn't know you needed: a soothing balm, a boost of energy, a reminder you are not alone, that what you feel is real.
How does it work? (See below for Covid adaptations!)
When you book me to write poems at your event, I bring my typewriter, paper, and a table (if needed). I can incorporate your theme, colors or inspirations into the paper I use. I can write, non-stop, for up to 5 hours.
During your event, guests are invited to come ask for a poem. All they need to give me is a word, though they are welcome to share with me as much as they like. Guests then mingle while I write their poem. Each poem takes a few minutes, and I'm adept at working with both large crowds and intimate gatherings.
Folks report feeling seen, and are often surprised the poem they receive is real, and not just a gimmick, or a re-hashed stock poem, but something potent, and powerful, written just for them. Most people make a gesture like the one you see in the photos below; hand to heart. The sweetness only multiplies as folks receive their poems and share them with other guests, and the magic ripples throughout the room.
So how does this work in the age for Covid and social distancing?
During warmer months, for outdoor events, much like it did in the before times, only now with smaller groups, hand sanitizer and masks! I set up my table somewhere out of the fray, and invite folks one at a time to come get a poem.
For the winter season, I've adapted my practice to work on Zoom! The process is much like it would be in person, except that guests are invited to ask for a poem using the chat feature. While your event unfolds, I am present, either on or off video, writing poems in real time on my typewriter. Once I finish a poem, I take a picture and send that through the chat to the recipient. After the event, originals are mailed to the host or guests.