Eight days ago, I put out a post that asked readers, “When the word ‘series’ hits your ears, what comes to mind?” The answer for me is the realization that the project and the artist can either evolve or disappoint. In Alma Mater Vol. 2, what awaits is the noticeable evolution and progression of the Alma Mater series. The content goes deeper. The party schools go harder. The verse and comprehensive material is even more diverse than before.
Kirkus Reviews has described the series as “A thoroughly unique project” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” I see it as a project that reaches out to millions. Whether college alums, current undergrads, or those who seek to learn more about the country itself or maybe just have a love for poetry. I believe this series has the makings to cross boundaries and go beyond just the genre of “poetry.”
When Kirkus Reviews Magazine posted a feature on the series, they informed me that less than 10% of Indie Books make its pages. I can only imagine how much of that percentage is poetry. The percent is likely less than 2%. That shows me that there is valid hope that this book can jump barriers and really help advance poetry through its ability to connect with something nearly everyone can understand the appeal of: College Life. But the potential of this series can never be reached without your support.
In less than 48 hours Alma Mater Vol. 2 will be released. Those who order the book immediately upon its release and those who have already pre-ordered it will be the very first human beings to read the collection. No reviewer or literary organization has received advanced copies. They all will receive their electronic copies with the rest of you. I hope you think as highly of this volume as I do, and I hope you all will take part in this series and help spread the word not only to poetry lovers but also to friends and family who are attending or have attended college. Or maybe even to a high-schooler you are close with who wants to learn about universities in a non-boring way. And who knows? Maybe from what they’ve learned a chain reaction will ensue that leads them to their future destination. The highest honor I, and any writer could ever receive is to influence someone’s future even in the slightest by their work. Please show support and spread the word so that this series, and by extension – poetry— can reach the world in a brand new way.
Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast is available for pre-order below for 99 cents and will be released Tuesday, March 3: