Project Verse




Project Verse has a simple mission.  Poetry.


Poetry is for anyone who has been silenced by their circumstances.  Poetry opens us, gives voice to our feelings, and helps build up communities.  For a person who has become isolated, whether through incarceration, social, mental health, or economic factors, the act of learning to write and appreciate poetry can be life-changing.  It is our mission to cultivate awareness of the power of self-discovery and healing through the linguistic, artistic expression of feelings that a poem offers. Poetry is available to anyone, anywhere by way of a little encouragement, skill building, and the diligence to practice.


the HEAD, by way of the EAR, to the SYLLABLE
the HEART, by way of the BREATH, to the LINE

                                                -from Projective Verse by Charles Olson


Currently, Project Verse collaborates with a JumpstArt Grant, through The Ink People Center for the Arts, bringing the language skills, craft, and self-discovery of poetry to at-risk youth of Humboldt County.  We teach poetry workshops in Humboldt Juvenile Detention as well as at The Ink People offices as part of the Marz Project Team.


Watch for the Project Verse Youth Poetry Contest, coming soon …


Please consider donating to help support our mission. 

All donations are tax-deductible.

Click the Donation link below.


Project Verse is in need of…


Important:  Please make a note in the notes box on our donation page to indicate what item(s) on our wishlist your donation dollars are intended to support.


Project Verse is seeking donations for a recording device so our workshop poets can listen to themselves reading their poems.   Our writers will be able to hear how moving and rich their poems are, and you will, too!  We’ll post clips of our writer’s of work when this wish is fulfilled.

Zoom H1n Digital Handy Portable Recorder and 16GB Deluxe Accessory Bundle  - $160



Administrative costs add up.  Your support is invaluable and goes toward making our community a healthier, happier, more poem writing place to live! 

Printer Paper  $5

Ink Cartridges  $30

Lined Paper $1



Our goal is to ensure that each of our writers have access to reference books for their personal use outside of our workshops.  We purchase books locally and used, whenever possible.  If you have books you’d like to donate, please email Project Verse.


Paperback Rhyming Dictionaries  $8—$20

Paperback Thesaurus  $8—$15

Inspirational Poetry Books $8—$20

Poetry Reference Books $15—$20


Interested in becoming an ongoing Supporter or you’d like to Sponsor our Upcoming Youth Poetry Contest?  Please contact Jenny for details.


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