more fun with typewriters
May 19, 2016
Now and then we like to update you on the practice of making poetry in public that has rescued typewriters from extinction and given voice to numerous poets. Here are a few additions to the list:
- Jeremy M. Brownlowe, the Typewriter Troubadour, “returned to Portland three months later charting 13,000 miles on my Hyundai station wagon. While I was on the road I estimate to have written over 500 poems. I continue to write for curious pedestrians, type at weddings/parties, and do mail order poems on demand.” More Typewriter Troubadour on Facebook.
- Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi crafts poems on demand on the streets of Dallas, Texas. Here’s an article about Fatima Hirsi in the Standard-Times and an interview in Writer’s Digest. More Fatima Hirsi on Facebook.
- The Poetry Store (not to be confused with The Poem Store) is Silvi Alcivar and her red Royal typewriter, making poems in the San Francisco area at venues as diverse as art galleries and funerals. More on the knot.
- Afrose Fatima Ahmed creates her “heart-crafted poems” at festivals, bookstores and other venues in Port Townsend, Washington. Here’s an article on her in ptleader.com. Afrose Fatima Ahmed is also on Facebook.
- The Typewriter Project, calling itself “The Subconscious of the City,” (that would be New York City) “is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide linguistic exchange” by means of a typewriter outfitted with 100-foot long paper scroll and an automatic archiving system. The Typewriter Project is on Facebook.
What’s happening on your keyboard?