Those of you who’ve been following the Ark of Identity for a while know I’ve never shared any crowd-funding campaigns here, but I’m going to do so for the first time today. Damilola Michael Aderibigbe is Nigerian poet (and personal friend) who has received the honor of a residency opportunity at the Dickinson House in Belgium later this year.
Between small grants and crowd-funding, we have raised enough to cover the balance of the residency costs and initial passport and visa applications; we are still trying to find enough additional funding to cover the international airfare, and perhaps allow for an additional week or so of travel in Europe. (He has already received an invitation from a publication in another European country to do a reading of his poetry if he is able to extend the scope and duration of his travel.) Airfare is our first priority, and anything beyond airfare will go toward accepting additional reading opportunities in Europe.
Donations in any amount at all are welcome. If you are not able to donate, but are able to share or reblog to reach more people who might be willing to help in a small way, I would be deeply grateful. The GoFundMe link to his campaign is HERE.