F126. Phoning It In: Using QR Codes to Bring Poetry to a New Audience

Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How can we bring poetry to a wider audience? When plugged in to phones, how do we get young people to plug in to poems? Partnering with publishers Copper Canyon Press and BOA Editions, Auburn University’s Poem of the Day uses QR code technology to bring a new contemporary poem to thousands of people across our campus each day. Come learn from a copyright permissions expert, small press development and programing administrators, and a university librarian about how to start a poetry reader revolution.



Keetje Kuipers was the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her books of poetry are Beautiful in the Mouth and The Keys to the Jail. She is an assistant professor at Auburn University, where she is editor of Southern Humanities Review.

Jaena Alabi is the English and psychology librarian at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Her research interests include diversity, peer review of teaching, and open access.

Victoria Poling is the annual fund director at Copper Canyon Press where she and her team raise over $500K annually to publish poetry from around the world. As an experiential educator, she supervises and trains new publishing professionals through the Press's Poetry Publishing Internship Program.

Melissa Hall is the development director at BOA Editions, Ltd. She also manages the BOA offices and performs all bookkeeping duties for the press. Melissa has more than two decades of administrative and project management experience, including ten years in the feature film business.

Fred Courtright is the president of The Permissions Company, Inc., a full-service rights and permissions agency, which administers rights on behalf of over seventy publishers, authors, estates, and agents. Previously he was the permissions coordinator at W.W. Norton & Company and Macmillan Publishing Co.


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