What a REAL 'Poetry Gladiator' looks like.

Travis Photo

Click here to see other photos from this poetry event — sf zinefest 2009.

Click here to see where Blog:Harriet’s Travis Nichols went.

Click here to see what some concerned citizens felt about his activities while on  The Poetry Bus Tour (our Travis Nichols was, of course, the organizer). [This is that URL : http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2009/08/post-on-the-post/#comment-23904 but you can’t access it because Comment # 23904 was deleted by Travis Nichols.]

We kept a copy of all the Comments that were deleted. Here is the exchange on The Poetry Bus Tour — and The Poetry Foundation “Code of Conduct” was deleted too, if you can believe it — just to cover up the tracks!)

Posting the code of conduct made me laugh, particularly because the editors here violate it daily with “rules” which vary from person to person. The Foundation should bring in an outside speaker and give some of the editors a little workshop in cultural competency, ageism, classism, etc. I’m totally unsurprised that the “manager” of the Poetry Bus Tour — which only included minorities and women at some stops after poetry bloggers pointed out the problem — is one of the most problematic editors here. Or do I have the wrong Travis Nichols?
POSTED BY: ALAN CORDLE ON AUGUST 26, 2009 AT 12:17 PM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Frc9PYAW8
POSTED BY: TOM HARR ON AUGUST 26, 2009 AT 1:07 PM

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Thanks for the video. Does your Travis exclude women and minorities from the game?

Because the Travis here at the Poetry Foundation singles out people living in “different” cultures and older people, who are trying to post and leaves their comments in “moderation” for days at a time or just deletes them completely.

Perhaps he and the hipsters should get on the bus and drive back to wherever poetry can be white, male, young, and safe.
POSTED BY: ALAN CORDLE ON AUGUST 27, 2009 AT 5:37 AM

The “older person living in a different culture” referred to in the penultimate paragraph is Christopher Woodman who is 70 and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It also refers to Desmond Swords who is not too old (!) but is from Dublin, Ireland. Both Christopher Woodman and Desmond Swords were, of course, banned from  Harriet.

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