The Stafford Challenge is a commitment to writing a poem every day for a year, starting January 17, 2024, inspired by the legendary poet who made it a practice to craft a daily poem.
The Stafford Challenge is more than just a commitment and stretch to craft a poem a day for an entire year. It's also a community of creatives who are all embarking on this poetic journey together. Within this collective, we not only explore the realm of creativity but also open the door to the potential of self-discovery through the art of poetry.
As part of this endeavor, we offer monthly Zoom events featuring accomplished poets who'll impart their wisdom, share their work, offer inspiration, and celebrate the magic of poetry. Our roster includes distinguished poets such as Kim Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many more.
In addition, you'll receive bi-weekly emails, access to a moderated Facebook group for connecting and sharing with each other, and (depending on volunteer support to help with the logistics) the opportunity to join small writing groups if you wish.
Everyone will have a different purpose and reason. The hope is that this practice offers an opportunity to pause daily, to observe your inner or outer world - a chance to make art in words to help give a voice to what you experience.
Certainly, you can embark on this challenge solo, but signing up signifies your commitment to join a worldwide collective of fellow poets. It provides a layer of accountability to bolster you in your poetic journey.
By becoming a part of The Stafford Challenge, you'll also gain access to all the stated benefits.
Besides knowing that you are a part of a rich community of poets embarking on the same stretch, by signing up you will also gain access to:
Join us in this beautiful journey of words and self-discovery, starting January 17, 2024 (the birthday of William Stafford)
Please know, there is no cost to participate. The Stafford Challenge is a deeply personal endeavor envisioned, created, and led by me - poet and storyteller Brian Rohr. All the work, time, and resources poured into developing this website, managing our mailing list, maintaining a Zoom subscription, organizing webinars, and more have been through my own contributions.
To help offset these expenses and support this project, I invite you to participate in a pay-what-you-want initiative. While there is no cost to participate, you are invited to contribute any sum that feels right for you.
Let's do this together.