|Euterpe - Muse of Poetry|
To that end, I started my foray into definitions in that post (and I will continue to work on definitions throughout the whole audience-building process), and now I am going to start thinking about assessment.
By assessment I mean the suite of tools, data, and procedures that let you know if you are succeeding, and if not, what you need to change to put yourself on the right path. Assessment helps you define your goals and then lets you know if you've actually achieved them. Like definitions, it is something that goes with you throughout a project.
In considering what assessment I would develop for my little (har) project here, the first thing I need to know is, what do I really want to accomplish, what does that mean, and how will I know when I've done it? Trying to frame an overarching goal into words is tough ... so instead, here are some of the markers one might look for as they go forward. This is just a brainstorm at this point - I'm looking for input from you.
- More people writing spec poems (also could be more poems being written)
- More people reading spec poems (also could be more poems being read)
- More journals and mags publishing spec poems
- More general buzz about spec poetry (more blogs with spec poetry and related topics, more tweets, more general literary news about spec poetry.)
- More spec poetry events like readings, talks, panels, etc.
- More spec poetry education opportunities like IRL or online classes
- More spec poetry by POC, queer, marginalized, people-we-historically-miss authors
- More spec poetry awards
- More spec poetry groups, organizations, societies
- More spec poetry resources, such as bibliographies, Who's Who lists, etc.
- More interaction with spec poetry and other fields such as science, visual art, music, etc.
- More general respect for spec poetry as a genre
What would you like to see on such a list? What changes in the area of speculative fiction would really fire you up, make you happy, thrill you, etc.? What would success look like for you? (And here is the question to tip off the next blog post - how would you go about measuring it?)
Image Credit: Euterpe, Muse of Poetry by Guffens, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain