My name is Imogen Arate. I am the Founder and Host of Poets and Muses
, an award-winning BIPOC-focused
weekly poetry podcast that has featured 149 poets from 18 countries (pics below).
I launched Poets and Muses at the end of 2018 to bring the personal stories of poets from diverse walks of life to address the under-representation of marginalized literary voices and show how people from all kinds of backgrounds use poetry to tell their life stories.
During our three-year-plus journey and from my past nonprofit work experience, I found that in addition to providing a platform for marginalized voices, people also need to find ways to make a living doing what they love. This is why, after much soul-searching and research
, I decided to combine two of my great loves--film and poetry--to start a paying literary magazine: Beyond Projections
It will allow under-represented voices from two media to take center stage and get paid while creating art that people from all corners of the United States and the globe can relate to. Specifically, I'm asking for $30k to
- launch a paying journal and
- profit-sharing anthologies;
- pay contributing poets, artists and editors;
- offer free submission opportunities; and
- launch a companion podcast series.
Please donate and share to launch Beyond Projections.