The Union Recorder

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March 21, 2013

What do tweets and likes have to do with poetry?

MILLEDGEVILLE — Social media has had a major impact on how we communicate with each other and how we find information. One website that has capitalized on this age of social media is Poetry247.com which allows people to find spoken word poetry events in their city, or cities they may be traveling to soon.

This Thursday, March 21 the founder of Poetry247.com, Christopher K.P. Brown, will speak to high school and college students about the impact Facebook, Twitter and other social media has made on the current poetry community by allowing for easier networking opportunities between poets, hosts, and audience members at events. He will discuss how individual local poetry scenes have now become a part of an international poetry community due to today's social media.

Christopher K.P. Brown, a 28-year-old spoken word poet, publisher and event promoter, began writing poetry at the age of 14 in his hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 2003 he launched his own poetry website titled www.twopensandlint.com (2 Pens & Lint) which now publishes chapbooks for poets from across the nation.

After traveling throughout the south and east coasts for poetry performances, Brown realized there needed to be a website that made it easier to find poetry venues. Therefore, in January of 2010, he launched a new website called www.poetry247.com. The site gets about 3,000 visitors per day and it has a strong following on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Currently, the site covers New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and the entire state of Georgia. Brown's goal is to cover events across the United States within the next two years.

Students will have a chance to speak with Brown Thursday about how social media has made an impact on his websites, his career as a traveling poet, and the poetry community in general. 

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