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THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2017
IS AWARDED TO
Jim Bennett of Poetry Kit said "Back in the dark ages of the internet there were poets who could see the potential of this great super highway to promote and develop a market and an audience for poetry. Ted Slade was one of those and so to was the winner of this years award. He began publishing other poets online in 1997 and Poetry Super Highway Poets of the Week soon became required reading for many people. Events and Podcasts of poets reading their own poems are other regular features.. The Great Poetry Exchange, where poets send their books to each other, The E-Book Free For All where for 24 hours poetry e-books, usually specially produced for the project, are available to download to everyone.. Prompt-a-Day for National Poetry Month and the huge links directory to resources on the internet. Poetry Super Highway is now a major international resource that adds to the landscape of poetry. These innovations together with The Annual Competition where the aim is for every entrant to win a prize, are yearly milestones for many poets, For the first time this year the Ted Slade Award will represent the international nature of the internet and it is my pleasure to make this award to Rick Lupert from California in the USA, the founder and operator of Poetry Super Highway which this year is celebrates 20 years of service to poets worldwide."
Rick Lupert responded
"I’m excited and humbled to be recipient of the 2017 Ted
Slade Award. Poetry Kit has always been a sibling to
Poetry Super Highway…our missions essentially the same,
to be an accessible resource to poets and writers. We’ve
electronically marched forward since almost the dawn of
the public internet doing the good work of exposing as
many people to as many other people’s poetry as
possible. The internet has made the term
international so much smaller. It used to be contact
with people in foreign lands was the stuff of
fantasy…expensive phone calls…physical letters that
might someday arrive. Now the click of a button allows
for an immediate response to people as far away as they
can possibly be. With this in mind, it is incredible to
be the first international recipient of this award, and
I applaud Poetry Kit’s expanded global vision. I
dedicate this award to anyone who does the often
thankless work of providing space for art to be shared.
Thank you very much to the Poetry Kit editors. Let’s
keep providing that space. Let’s do everything we can to
help artists grow. "
Ted Slade was the founding editor of The Poetry Kit in every respect it was his vision and determination that saw the site grow to become one of the most visited poetry related sites in the world. This was done with the ethos of providing a service for our readers and always putting their needs first when developing the site. For all his work Ted received no official thanks and no payment, he did it because it was necessary and if he had not done it some others with less integrity might have.
Ted died suddenly (Memorial Page) and we always felt that we wanted to find a way to honour his memory and so we introduced an award in his name which is given to a person, or persons, who has given their time and energies over an extended period to ensuring the continuance and development of poetry,. This will include people who have kept poetry as a presence in an area or community. Those who have pursued a poetic vision through a magazine or regular reading events. Those who have developed other media to explore its poetic use or have published poets who could not have otherwise found an outlet for their work.
In 2005 we gave the first TED SLADE AWARD and since then the following people have received it;
Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling
Peter Thabit Jones
All recipients of the Ted Slade Award are acknowledged for their endeavour and dedication in the promotion of poetry. Without such people many of today's well known poets would not have had the opportunity to find a platform, develop their skills or find an audience.