A colleague of mine said in a recent interview that if we’re really interested in supporting literature, be it poetry or fiction, we should be prepared to support at least ten “writers writing.” That support could take many forms. We could buy their books, invite them to read with us, share their successes on our social media spaces. We could offer them a place to stay if they read in our towns. We could share hotel rooms with them at expensive conferences. A creative list is endless.
I took a hard look at my own support of writers writing and I wasn’t too impressed with myself. I have, like many of us I imagine, fallen too firmly on “lack of finances” as a reason not to be a writer actively reading/supporting/championing. I am determined to change that.
The first step is to assemble my ten. I want to invest in writers whose work I respect and enjoy reading. I’m up to three so far. Three writers who are new to me and whom I support purely on the strength of their writing
If you were to put together your own stable, whose names would you paint on its stall doors?