On May 5, poet, writer, and editor Maya Stein turns 40 and plans to begin riding the first 40 miles of her 40-day "Type Rider" project, a typewriter strapped behind her. Her journey, which will carry her from her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, birthplace of the typewriter, will include stops in numerous communities, where Stein will set up her "mobile typing booth" and invite the public to contribute to a collaborative piece of writing. Her project goal, Stein says, is two-fold: "to bring people together through the written word, and to do so in a way that's collaborative yet personal, free-form yet structured, and also offers a shared space for different viewpoints and voices, and to deliver a mobile, tactile, interactive, and accessible platform for creative expression to people of all writing levels."
In the video below, Stein describes what she hopes to accomplish by "Cycling the Great American Poem". Seeking to fund her project through Kickstarter, Stein needs to raise at least $15,000 by April 23.
Maya Stein's Website and Poetry Blog one paragraph at a time
Maya Stein's 10-line Tuesday on Posterous
Maya Stein's Online Workshops for Untamed Storytellers
Maya Stein's Tour de Word 2010: A Traveling Poetry Project
Maya Stein on FaceBook