Twice during April, I blogged about Melissa Carl, West York Area High School teacher and accomplished poet, and her participation in the Pulitzer Remix project.
I blogged at the beginning of April, then again at the halfway point. I also repurposed that original post to run in print in the Living section of the YDR, because I wanted the whole of our audience to know about what Melissa was doing.
What Melissa was doing, in fact, was writing truly incredible poems under a rigorous schedule and very strict set of guidelines: A new poem every day, using only words found in a Pulitzer-winning novel.
I became so impressed with Melissa, as a person and a poet, after reading only a few of her found poems. I “found” (ha) myself wanting to check in with her more often, see how she was doing. I’d go to the Pulitzer Remix website and be disappointed if her poem for that day wasn’t up yet. I wondered how many others felt the same.
(According to a Facebook post today by the Found Poetry Review folks, the Pulitzer Remix poems created by the 85 poets garnered over 150,000 page views and 12,000 comments in 30 days. Suffice it to say, I probably wasn’t the only one following closely.)
Then, after a social media meeting at work, in which Buffy Andrews, YDR’s assistant managing editor for features and niche publications and social media coordinator, explained Storify, I knew what I wanted to do.
I used this tool to search for tweets and links related to Melissa and her participation in the project. Storify will pull in information based on your search criteria and allow you to drag and drop elements into a blog-type interface. I included a link to all 30 of Melissa’s poems, in chronological order, and interspersed with pulled quotes and lines, commentary and links to my blog posts about her progress. My favorite parts are tweets between Melissa and I about some of her poems. All of these elements created the “story” and timeline of Melissa’s challenge.
I hope you enjoy it.