Tara Hardy Fundraiser 2.23.12

from Daemond Arrindell:

Hi everyone,

Tara Hardy

Two months ago, our dear friend and loved writer Tara Hardy went to the emergency room. She was extremely fatigued and little red spots were appearing on her legs and cheeks. When doctors told her that the platelets were low in her blood, so low that it was a miracle that her brain didn’t suddenly hemorrhage, she found herself with a sudden life threatening (but un-diagnosed) condition.Being both stubborn and proud, Tara told only close friends and struggled to pay for mounting medical bills on a poet’s salary. She is still without a diagnosis, but in a dire medical struggle and her savings is gone.

On February 23rd, at the Fremont Abbey, Tara’s friends and colleagues will host a benefit to raise funds.  BOOST: Poetry to Uplift Your Spirits will feature a line-up of Tara’s nearest and dearest, reading feel-good poems for this great cause.  We do hope you’ll join us there!

An important note:
The money raised from this show will help greatly.  However, it’s not enough. We need to raise $10,000 to help Tara with one year of medical care.  You can make a donation today, right on this page. You can also post an encouraging message. We believe that helps too.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on February 23rd.

Kristina Armenakis
Daemond Arrindell
Patch Avery
Greg B
Ela Barton
Sara Brickman
Debbie Carlsen
Elaina Ellis
Karen Finneyfrock
Andrea Gibson
Tara Hardy
Maya Hersh
Kathleen Nacozy
Sonya Renee
Casey Tonnelly

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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2 Responses to Tara Hardy Fundraiser 2.23.12

  1. Judith Roche says:

    Sorry to hear this about Tara. Her brave spirit has been an inspiration to all of us in the poetry community. I will be at the benefit.


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