Donation to CURE

I cannot express how gratifying it is to share this. From our fundraiser (so far…), we just made a donation to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy in the amount of

$622.20

Thank you to all who volunteered their time (and money) to help put on Speaking of Seizures. It was a success and we could not have done it without the dedication and friendship that is found in our beautiful little poetry community.

We have leftover items from the silent auction and since the whole month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy, we have decided to keep the auction going. I’d like to make another donation at the end of the month. If you see something you want, please email us a bid and item number. As an incentive to raise as much as we can, we’re not going to post bids, so this part of the auction is going to be silent AND blind.

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Speaking of Seizures in the News

This morning, I got an email from, Kate, our contact from Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) wishing us luck on Speaking of Seizures. In the email, she said the article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle was amazing. 

We have been so busy working on this project, that it had slipped my mind that Rachel Hergett was writing something for the paper on SoS. I read the article and teared up. Thank you Rachel!

Today is the last day before the event. We have a few more items to add to the auction page. We’ll be downtown handing out quarter flyers. 

Please take time tomorrow and come hang out with us at 5:00 at Eagle Mount (6901 Goldenstein Ln, Bozeman, MT 59715) and learn about epilepsy. It affects you (or it will). You should know what to do, what it is and help us raise funds for CURE.

Speaking of Seizures, Epilepsy Awareness Month, November 2018

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Happy Halloween from the BPC!

Greetings Bozeman area Poets and lovers of Poetry! 

Our 4th annual Dead Poets Slam at Townshend’s Bozeman Teahouse went off successfully! We all had a lot of fun and we are so grateful to Melissa and Scott for making their awesome space available for this event (as well as our monthly open mic), and we are looking forward to next year! Stop in, have a delicious cup of tea and tell them thank you!

Our next event is Speaking of Seizures, on January 10th at Eagle Mount to benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. Things are shaping up to make this an amazing event to raise funds and awareness for Epilepsy in our community.

We still need help!

If you have been wondering how to contribute to this event, here are some ways you can get involved:

  1. 1) We need voices. If you have a story about Epilepsy, Seizures, Caretaking, Mental Health, or anything that can be related to the world of Epilepsy, we want to give you a safe space to share! Please get ahold of us at bpcsubmissions@gmail.com and let us know you are interested in sharing your story. If you have a story and do not want to read it yourself, we would be happy to read it for you!
  2. 2) We need items for our silent auction. Local businesses and community members have been so generous, but we still need more items. We have art, gift cards, gift baskets, and a wide collection of other items available. We’ll post a full list of items to the event webpage a few days prior to the event so you can browse what you’d like to bid on, but if you have some cool valuables, art, or, well… anything at all, please consider donating it to the BPC for this event. We will list you as a sponsor for the event (unless you wish to remain anonymous.
  3. 3) We need cash. We will likely be cooking food for this event all day, but we lack funds for ingredients. So, if you would like to donate ingredients or cash for ingredients, we would be grateful.
  4. 4) We need you. If you have any other way in which you would like to participate, please get ahold of us! Other than that, please come lend a hand cooking, setting up between 1:00 and 5:00. And mark your calendars and set reminders for the main event at 5:00PM. (Bring your friends and neighbors too!!!)

This event is in partnership with CURE, so all donations are tax deductible and we can provide you with a receipt upon request as well as CURE’s tax id. 

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Updates, updates, updates!

Greetings Bozeman Poets and lovers of Poetry! 

There is a whole bunch to tell! 

First, Open Mic at the Country Bookshelf

is tonight from 6:00-8:00. Bring your art and share it with us, and find out how you can get involved with all that BPC has going on!

Second, Dead Poets Slam

is Friday, October 26th at Townshend’s Bozeman Teahouse! This will be our fourth year of DPS and we couldn’t be happier! We still need people to participate, so if you’re even mildly interested, please check out our DPS page for more info or get ahold of Kelly Mullins or Jon Rudd.

Third, Speaking of Seizures

we are producing our very first fundraiser. November is Epilepsy awareness month, so we are raising funds (for Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) and awareness through art and poetry. If you are interested in participating, please contact us.

We are also accepting sponsorships for this event as well. Sponsorship packages include monetary as well as in-kind (or combination of) donations:

  • Gold level – What we need: A donation of items for our silent auction – what you get: your business name on all ad media for the event as well as gratuity plugs during the event
  • Platinum level – What we need: Cash or in-kind* (or combination) donation up to between $100.00 and $500.00 – what you get: Gold Level rewards, plus a booth at the main event
  • Purple level – What we need: Cash or in-kind* (or combination) donations over $500.00 – what you get: Platinum level rewards, plus gratuity plugs on BPC ad media/events for a year.

What happens with your sponsorship money? Operational costs of the event (including costs of promotional material) will be taken from the pool and 100% of remaining money will be donated to CURE with a list of all contributing sponsors. The BPC will take NO funds. We will total up the costs of the event and divide expenses evenly among all cash donating sponsors and the excess of your donation will go to CURE. CURE will provide a letter of guarantee that these funds are going to them. The BPC will provide an event expense report upon request after the donations have been sent to CURE and every sponsor will receive a receipt letter from the BPC detailing the donation that was made on their behalf.

Fourth, Winter Slam

Tentatively set for January 25th at Verge Theater. This is still in the planning phase, but if you’re interested in being part of the team, please contact us.

Fifth, Poetry for Pi[e]

A fundraiser for the Gallatin Valley Foodbank has been set for Pi-day (March 14th, 2019).  This is still in the planning phase, but if you’re interested in being part of the team, please contact us.

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Ekphrasis Submissions Closed

Yesterday was the last day for poetry submissions for the upcoming Ekphrais show at the Verge Theater! The BPC would like to thank all the wonderful and talented artists that submitted art and poetry. We will be notifying everyone selected for the show within the next week. If you have informed me of a poem you have been working on for the show, please get those in within the next few days. We will be scheduling some pre-show gathering/practice/discussions for all poets/artists involved, so if you’ve submitted art or poetry, keep your eye out on your inbox!

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Ekphrasis Art submissions closed, but Poetry Submissions still being taken

Greetings Bozeman area artists and lovers of art! Yesterday was the end date for art submissions for Ekphrasis, and we are very pleased with all the wonderful art we received! We are now pushing for more poetry submissions, which will be accepted until the end of July. If you are interested, please pick a piece you enjoy from the Ekphrasis page, write a poem about that piece and send it to us via the form upload on the page.

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Ekphrasis art submission update

Greetings Bozeman Poets and arts community! We’re excited at how submissions have been coming in for art! There are some great images up, so be sure to check them out. We want to remind you that submissions are being accepted for poetry as well. If you’d like the opportunity to read a poem: 1) visit the Ekphrasis page, 2) pick your favorite image or two (or three or…) from the galleries on that page, 3) write a poem about it/them and 4) submit it to us as a word document here

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Email Issues #2

The BPC email issues seem to have been resolved. If you send an email to *anything*@bozemanpoetry.org and receive a bounced email error from mailer-daemon, please forward the original email to bpcsubmissions@gmail.com and let us know about the bounce. The issue should now be resolved, however, so we don’t anticipate these errors. If you have submitted art for Ekphrasis and you do not see it displayed on the Ekphrasis webpage, please resend it to us.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we worked through this.

~BPC Admin

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Email Issues

Greetings Bozeman Poets! We are currently experiencing issues with our email servers. The issue is being resolved, but may take some time. If you have been trying to reach us, please send emails to BPCsubmissions@gmail.com for the time being. The issue should be resolved by Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience! Thank you!

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Email update

Greetings Bozeman Poets.

It has come to our attention that email submissions for art are bouncing. This was due (I think) to not enough space in the email inbox to receive large emails with images. This has (hopefully) been fixed. If you have submitted for Ekphrasis and had your email returned, please try again. If the bouncing continues, please let us know either in a comment to this post, messenger, or send an email (without images attached) to admin@bozemanpoetry.org.

Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience!

See you at the mic!

~BPC

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