Thursday, April 12, 2012

Maya Stein the 'Type Rider'

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


Kathleen said...

Sounds like a fun challenge, an American walkabout.

Joyce Wycoff said...

Wouldn't it be ever so much easier with an iPad ... I guess iPad Rider doesn't have the same ring.

Louise Gallagher said...

LOL -- not sure my comment got through, I seemed to have hit too many buttons -- at least I think that's what blogger said!

-- what a fabulous trip, creative endeavour, spirit! How exciting.

As always -- thank you Maureen for inspiring me with your finds.

S. Etole said...

I've had company all week, so I'm enjoying catching up today. Hope you are having a great weekend.