Sep 2, 2008

Frank Stanford Festival Sponsorship (from Greg Bachar)

August 30, 2008

To Whom It May Concern,

From Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 19, 2008, poets and scholars from across the country will be in Fayetteville, Arkansas, celebrating the Frank Stanford Literary Festival. The festival will be the first dedicated both to Stanford’s creative works and to the proliferating scholarship on his astounding body of poems, fiction, essays, and letters.

Lost Roads Publishers, Typo, Fascicle, and The Burning Chair Readings, small press literary publishers with strong ties to Fayetteville, have joined together to organize the festival. Along with a celebratory reading spanning Stanford’s prolific publishing career, the weekend will feature panel discussions on Stanford’s life and growing influence on American poetry, a screening of Irving Broughton’s Stanford biopic It Wasn’t a Dream it Was a Flood (winner of a Judge’s Award at the 1975 Northwest Film & Video Festival), a marathon reading of Stanford’s epic The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, and a Small Press Reading featuring the works of poets whom Stanford has inspired. The festival will occur at various locations in Fayetteville, with main events held in the Walker Community Room at the Fayetteville Public Library.

As we would like to keep the events free or at minimal cost to the public, we seek sponsors to help cover our promotional and venue costs. Additionally, we hope to compensate some of our poets and panelists, many of whom are distinguished professors, poets, and friends of Stanford traveling from afar. Charitable sponsorships start at $100, tax deductible through Lost Roads Publishers, a non-profit organization, founded by Frank Stanford in Fayetteville in 1976. Sponsors of $300 or more will be recognized for helping to bring figures of historical literary significance to the event. Sponsors will be recognized in printed and electronic promotional material and websites, as well as verbally at each event during the festival. We will also recognize sponsors in a commemorative festival program designed by Cannibal Books, a book arts literary publisher, and will give as thanks a commemorative letterpressed broadside of Frank Stanford’s poem “Indeed,” a collaborative effort between Lost Roads Publishers, Cannibal Books, and Effing Press (of Austn, Texas).

If you would like to sponsor, seek further information, or offer alternative services, contact Matthew Henriksen at 917-478-5682 or Checks are payable to “Lost Roads Publishers” and should be mailed to event coordinator Matthew Henriksen at the address provided at the top of this letter. Include a mailing and/or email address for tax exemption identification number.

The festival will surely be a momentous occasion that unites an energized creative writing and publishing community with the unique local businesses and natural beauty of Fayetteville. We thank you for your time and consideration of our efforts.


Matthew Henriksen
The Burning Chair Readings

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