Who are you?

Rich Butnotfamous, wandering wordsmith and mobile hat mannequine.

What is your art?

Difficult to say sometimes, I graduated from D***ington College of Arts in Music, but lost the joy in it about three years ago. I then discovered a love of dance whilst working a festival season, then the following season got inspired by Hibword to take up slam poetry, which I now busk with a menu of some of my poems.

What’s coming up for you?

Two really big things, but some back story first.

I was a chugger for Amnesty International for about a year and used to write my pitches into slam poems, which is how I got my sign-ups. It was the first time I’d found a function for my artwork, it wasn’t just aesthetic words and sounds, I felt like I was serving something bigger than I was.

So now, one of my most recent poems (“A 911 to the World”, released on September 1st at www.richbutfamous.net or you can watch it at the bottom of this post). This is the first poem I’ve written as having function. It communicates an idea as well as serving as an invitation to stand quietly outside governments all over the World on September 11th, and invite a space of peace and forgiveness. Now I’m going to do this dressed as loudly as I can and as much as I’ve become comfortable with attracting attention, I am a little nervous!

The second thing is my ‘Pound a Poem’ service that I started up through my website. You sign up to me and from £1 a month you get access to my two previously published poetry works online (as text and downloadable/streamable mp3s). Every month I’ll email you the title of a new poem which is the password to the site and I post the new poem for you to enjoy!

You can sign up here: http://www.richbutfamous.net/shoppe.html and you can still hear some of my previous work at http://www.soundcloud.com/richbutnotfamous.

I’m always happy to hear of other poets innovating ways of making a living, in a very real sense, and have even heard tell of a door to door poet. So, innovate in your practices by getting some new perspectives and as a performer you can do a lot worse than fundraising, there are lots of transposable skills involved, especially dealing with rejection, so go play! And sign up to me!