Literary Magazine: Poems Against Sexual Assault
The Department of English and the Office of Sexual Assault Education and Prevention at Washburn University collaborate in a poetry workshop and reading—a Speak Out Against Sexual Assault event—in April of every year to acknowledge Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to promote a healthy campus of consent. Both Washburn and Topeka communities are invited.
This year, the departments are looking to do something different and create a book (aka literary magazine in book form) tentatively titled Ichabods Speak Towards Consent. It will begin with a call for such poetry that will speak up and out against sexual assault for publishing consideration in the book. An additional deadline extension and workshop will be offered. Finally, the book will be a physical representation of the campus and community collective to speak out against sexual assault. Based on Dennis Etzel's research, this is the first for a university to publish a literary magazine of poems specifically against sexual assault. With this project, Washburn University establishes another use of media to show we, too, are a campus of consent.
The funds raised from this crowdfunding project will be able to create 400 copies of a 70-page perfect-bound book. Each contributor will receive two copies, and the remaining copies will be distributed for free via the open-mic poetry reading and book release party in April 2018, as well as community partners such as the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. Imagine those students who might have a copy of this book in their dorm rooms?
This extension of Washburn’s mission to create a campus of consent helps to extend the conversation through poetry’s powerful message. With the on-campus messages in the form of flyers, classroom discussions in WU101, and programming, the book becomes a portable representation and platform for a healthier campus. This book will be given a place on the shelves of Mabee Library and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library as well as in offices and community places. This can reach up to 2,000 students, estimating five people will look thorough each book. That means around fifty cents per person impacted. The collection will be available online, too, but—as Dennis Etzel learned at the 2017 Conference for Community Writing—the book can reach more students with its presence versus aiming to use social media or other means for students to read the publication.
BUDGET FOR PROJECT
Cost per book $2.15 est. $860.00 est.
Est. total $1085.90
Any funds raised over the $1,085.90 amount will go toward the purchase of more books.