Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Time to Give

Who wants to give a goat for Christmas? I'd rather give my money to the arts organizations I love.

Duotrope Digest is a wonderful free resource for all us struggling writers out there. They offer an extensive database of print and electronic publications to which you can submit your precious poems and fine fiction. In addition, they give users access to a free submission tracking service, and recently they have added small presses who are looking for the next big thing in publishing. Duotrope relies on donations in order to keep going, and if you have ever used their service, you should give a little something.

The PEN Center USA, and its east coast companion, the PEN American Center, are organizations committed to the freedom of speech and the fostering of marginalized voices throughout the world. A membership will help support their prizes and causes, and will give you access to their writing community, publications, and special events.

Local Sacramentans can attend the Sacramento Poetry Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration tonight from 6 to 8. Your $30 donation will get you in the door for a night chock full of food and drink, frivolity and fun. Teresa Vinciguerra and Danyen Powell will read poetry and music will be provided by the American River College Vocal Jazz Quartet.

Is your wallet yawning after all that giving? Well, charity doesn't have to cost a dime. For those of you with a Facebook account, consider voting for Dzanc Books in this contest sponsored by Chase. Dzanc is a small press dedicated to new and emerging voices, and to growing a literary community from the ground up through grant programs. They are in the running for some well-needed funds, which Chase happens to be giving away. The organization with the most votes gets the money...it's that easy.

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