Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Type Rider

Take one poet, add a typewriter, a bicycle and a birthday wish to travel cross country, and you have the makings of a great story. Maya Stein soon hopes to publish this story of her dream of the open road, and it will be written by people she meets along the way. She turns 40 years old in May and wants nothing more but to cycle at a clip of approximately 40 miles a day, for 40 straight days to Milwaukee, WI, the birthplace of the typewriter. Along her journey she wants to meet up with people and invite them to contribute their voices to a communal typewritten poem, or series of poems. She wants to bring people together through the written word and has developed a Kickstarter campaign to reach $15,000 in the next 40 days to do so. I admire her spirit of adventure, her sense of purpose, and the image of a Remington ten forty; the "moveable typewriter" in tow behind her bicycle. Just the numerology alone—of the 40 miles, 40 days, 40 years and a ten forty Remington is all too Pythagorical (if there is such a word ;) So donate $4 or $40 and send Maya on down the road from Amherst, MA to Milwaukee, WI. With all my talk of the open road lately, I'm thinking it's near time I take Letterology on a big road trip.
::Thanks to Rob for this Type Rider link. He bravely types for peace, democracy, and the glory of the typosphere at Typewriter Heaven.

4 comments:

  1. Flushed Left -

    The interweb is an amazing thing...thank you for publicizing my project here, and I love how you wrote about it too. All of this gives me great hope that the project will be funded in time for departure. I am grateful for your enthusiasm and support!

    Maya

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  2. I'm so happy you discovered my post and enjoyed it Maya. I love your project and wish you great success in reaching your goal. Will there be a blog or any updates of your journey? I do hope you have someone available to document some of it with photos and video. I would love to receive updates somehow.

    Best wishes!

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  3. Hi Jennifer - Yes, I was Googling the project and found myself here...love how that works! There WILL be a blog and updates of the journey, and I am working on having someone tag along in a support vehicle to provide some documentary footage from the road. I always take photos, though, so there I can definitely promise those. Thanks again for your help with funding and in spreading the word!

    Maya

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