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TAKING IT TO THE STREETS an interview with Lynne Hayes

H.O.P.E. is proud to interview Lynne Hayes about her brilliant new concept of “People getting words to people who don’t get words.” ~~By Tracie Skarbo

Tracie: I know about the concept of “Take it to the Streets”, but perhaps you can tell the readers what it is and how this concept works.

Lynne: The concept is about offering words and art to those that have limited access to these gifts. Getting the words to those that are in confined environments, living on the edge, the homeless and lonely, etc. By “dropping” the volumes in random places around the world, hopefully the lucky ones to get them will smile and enjoy the moments of reading and perhaps start a spark or rekindle their admiration for the arts. I take the submissions and compile them into poetry volumes that are then

printed (downloadable as well), and we take them to the streets. People take the words to hospitals, libraries, coffee shops, placed them on cars, in bars, restaurants, on bus benches, motorcycles, and handed them to the homeless.

Tracie: When you started this idea what were you hoping to accomplish?

Lynne: I told a friend, I will be happy if I received 25 poems and just had one tiny booklet to hand out. It grew to almost 200 poems and 7 volumes in one week. Pretty amazing.

Tracie: Wow that is some response! How did you come up with the idea, what was your inspiration?

Lynne: A friend of mine distributes small story books around his hometown and one day I realized, why not do that with poetry and artwork. So many people either have no exposure to the arts or have lost that connection.

Tracie: What has been the biggest surprise along the way?

Lynne: The entire project has been a huge surprise. It has gotten bigger than even I dreamed in such a short amount of time. The support from fellow writers/artists has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Tracie: How are you keeping costs low with your ezine?


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