The Completely Effable Business of Poetry

I’m not wild about linking to William Logan’s article, but even MY MOM is cutting it out of the New York Times and MAILING it to me: I’ll save you the bother of reading it. Every New York Times op-ed with a headline such as “Nobody Buys Poetry Books Anymore” is the victim of poor […]

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A Startup Idea Whose Time Has Come

Artie went to TWO different startup pitch events today. This is what happens inside his cartoon/poet brain when he spends this much time around technically-minded people. For the record, the people at American Airlines were very gracious and took it all in stride.    

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San Francisco’s Second Crowdsourced Poetry Book: Tandem, Volume 2

Is the Lit Slam still a startup? As Tatyana Brown prepares to close out the second season of her publishing experiment, it’s looking more and more like a success. The first “minimum viable product” out the door has sold out. An E-book tied to the Women of the World Poetry Slam racked up over 1,000 […]

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The Power and Peril of Free

We rolled out Alight, our first full-length E-book, one week ago, as a free download for most major platforms. And then our servers crashed. By “our servers crashed,” I really mean that we rapidly exceeded the free download allowance of our web store vendor, which suspended our store. This limit, of 100 downloads per day […]

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A Poet Goes to Pitch Club

Pitch Club SF held its inaugural event last night in the South of Market District (SOMA) of San Francisco. To my knowledge, I was the only poetry editor who bought a ticket. Money well spent. Because The Lit Slam is self-funded, and because we’re in the poetry space, not the mobile app space, it surprises […]

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What a Tech Startup can Learn from a Slam Poet

You have three minutes at the podium to impress a panel of so-called “experts.” If they like you, you’re a rock star. If they don’t like you, you’re heading back to your day job. Silicon Valley calls this a “pitch night.” Slam poets call it “our job.” Bicycle Comics is a startup. The Lit Slam […]

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