Retriever Poets

A project by: Tiwalade Topia

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Help the Retriever Poets go to the CUPSI Competition in Houston, Texas

Help the Retriever Poets raise $2,800 to send 8 of our talented poets to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) which is being held every year in a different state. In the spring of 2019, it is being hosted in Houston, Texas, at the University of Houston.

Who Are We?

-The Retriever Poets, is UMBC's first and only Poetry club! We are dedicated to creating a safe and tolerant space for poets and creatives in UMBC to express themselves.

-The club was created in the Spring semester of 2018 and ever since then, we've been trying to build a community of poets in UMBC

-We perform in school and local Open Mics and Slams, but once a year we go to a national Poetry Slam Competition (CUPSI)

-In our first few months of being created, 8 of our poets auditioned and got chosen to compete in the CUPSI

-At this National Poetry Slam, poets from schools all over the country get the chance to showcase their talents, learn from one another, network, and attend workshops to improve their art!

Why We Need You

  • The last CUPSI was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Temple University, and we were fortunate enough to raise enough funds for a Greyhound bus ride from Baltimore --> Philadelphia
  • The upcoming CUPSI is at the University of Houston, in Texas, which is much further away than last year's event and will require additional resources.
  • For our talented poets to attend the CUPSI they will have to fly to Houston and book a hotel for a total of 6 days (April 9-14).

Where will the money go?

Your generosity will help to cover the following expenses for 8 UMBC Retriever Poets:

          1. CUPSI tickets for the 8 competing poets.
          2. Roundtrip airfare from Baltimore, Maryland to Houston, Texas.
          3. Hotel accommodations at the Hilton at the University of Houston.
          4. Daily meals for the UMBC competing poets.

          Help us succeed!

          We greatly need your donation and invite you to share information about Retriever Poets and this project, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, with anyone you think would support us

          In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

          We will be certain to provide updates on the progress of our project and when we do make it to the CUPSI, we will give real time updates from the competitions, including our UMBC Retriever Poets performances!

          Thank you, in advance, for your support and generosity!

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          All funds raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.