Denise Levertov Plaque - Kickstarter Fund Project #39

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What's the project this week?

Denise Levertov Plaque. We've put $60 in as a non-reward backer — that's our normal $20, plus $40 from the fund for the two unsuccessful projects we've backed that we decided to put towards this campaign.

Who is the Creator?

Paul E Nelson / SPLAB.

What do they have to say about the project?

A plaque to be installed outside of Levertov's last home, in Seattle's Seward Park neighborhood.

What caught your eye?

We're fans of Levertov, here at the Seattle Review of Books. Our co-founder, Paul Constant, wrote a dedicated plea for her to be better recognized last year in LitHub. We love the idea of a plaque, one of those urban markers that cement the past to the present. We love the idea of the city bearing a tattoo of her presence, and the idea that it may lead a few curious bypassers to investigate her name, and discover her work.

Why should I back it?

Because you're a Levertov fan who feels that her work is under appreciated. Because you like the idea of the history of a place informing and shaping it. Because you're a booster and fan of local poetry, and marking something like this, albeit a small gesture in the grand civic scheme, puts a thumb-print on the city that says: this work was important to us; this woman was important to us. Let's take a moment to recall her.

How's the project doing?

52% there, with five days to go. We'd love to see this worthy project backed. If you can afford to, please get involved.

Do they have a video?

Kickstarter Fund Stats
  • Projects backed: 39
  • Funds pledged: $780
  • Funds collected: $660
  • Unsuccessful pledges: 2
  • Fund balance: $260