Hello team! Welcome to new and returning supporters of the Center for New Americans, which serves immigrants in Western MA, including providing free English classes and a range of other support services. 30 Poems in November! is a literary fundraiser similar to a walkathon, in that we ask friends, family, coworkers, and maybe strangers on the street to sponsor us for the month, or per poem written, to help Center for New Americans maintain is powerful ability to educate and support immigrants.
Participating in 30 Poems in November! has been a gift for CNAm, for me, and hopefully for many of my readers. Writing a poem daily (or at least 30 poems in a month) is an amazingly enriching practice. Daring to share those poems with others, especially in the poems' essentially unedited stage, has been an important part of my process of claiming an identity as a poet. Being part of a community of writers has brought joy and an new richness to my practice. But most importantly, I feel gratitude for being part of a group which has raised money so that immigrants have the opportunity to get a foothold in our community, via English lessons (including practicing some poetry!), study for naturalization, education re job training, and practical tips about staying safe in the community.
Last year was my first time chairing this event. It was wonderful! I started planning for this year before last November was over. Hopefully we will share the same energy and productivity, and you will share it with us. Thank you for being here. Tell your friends, too. Let them join us.