Elizabeth Torres (Madam Neverstop), Multimedia artist, poet and translator – Colombia, 1987

Who is behind the Poetic Phonotheque?

My name is Elizabeth Torres. I am a Colombian/American poet, multimedia artist and translator residing in Denmark. I collect typewriters, adore books, and believe that poetry is the connecting thread of everything in this universe.

I am the author of over 20 books of poetry published in various languages and have traveled to over 30 countries because of my cultural work. For this reason, I believe in the power of community, and in the connections that poetry brings.

I am the director of Red Door Magazine, an arts publication I founded in NY in 2009, which is now also a gallery here in DK. I am also the founder of Tremella Radio and the Poetic Phonotheque. My dream is to expand this concept so that it isn’t an I, but a we, behind the wheels, threading the world with poetry.

What is the Poetic Phonotheque?

Essentially, the poetic phonotheque is a multimedia archive of poetry, designed to be available to the public for free, so as to provide easy access to culture and entertainment wherever our audience might be. This is not a for-profit project, but a platform to help us document the voices, ideas, languages and main concerns of our communities (voiced through poetry) – while also helping us expand our network to promote the many cultural activities we direct.

The potential in this phonotheque is that it allows for individual, one-on-one interaction with poetry, as well as for a custom-made experience for large audiences both online and in real life. Additionally, it serves as a connection point amongst cultural organizers and provides opportunities for extensive co-promotion.

What benefits are there to the partners?

Exclusive ambassador title in your city. Your organization becomes the base of the Poetic Phonotheque, receiving a page on its website, your logo on its videos, and access to its network to promote your own projects and events. This includes an identity package of logos, fonts, social media posts, audiograms and the drafting of press releases and posts to announce our collaboration.

Your own campaign for collecting poetry internationally and locally. We can pick a theme that best suits your organization, and create an open call together. This includes posters, videos, social media posts… and the culmination can be an event, a publication, or another hybrid compilation depending on your goals, with the added incentive of all poetry remaining permanently in the collection.

Documentation of your work: The Red Transmissions Podcast is an Art & Culture podcast where I interview cultural organizers, activists, authors and other creators and share their latest projects. We can draft a series of interviews to highlight your organization, main guests and other characters important to your festival or project.

Access to Red Door Magazine as a partner organization. The magazine is released 4 times a year, in print and digitally, and you are welcome to have a permanent segment for your articles.

Access to the archive which is both an audio collection and a video collection. This means that during the”time off” in your calendar, you can organize screenings of the phonotheque or listening parties, as well as encourage recording events for poets to add their voice to the collection. Customized selections of the phonotheque can be created for your festival.

-Tremella Radio: If you already have a podcast or radio show or would like to start one, I can help you set up your show on our radio station (which focuses on literature, sound art and community) and guide you so it also becomes a podcast on the web. There is a small yearly membership for all hosts/shows of 60 dollars, which covers station expenses.

*In the future, I also want to build physical prototypes of the phonotheque as traveling art objects we each have in our cities, where people can listen to poetry and add their own voices… but that’s not developed yet.

How can I become a partner?

A one time fee
10K DKK = 1350 eu / 1580 USD
That’s what it costs to cover the expenses of the recording plugins, domain, hosting, and maintenance of the Poetic Phonotheque’s huge archive online for 2 years. I have covered the first round, and take care of all the other work behind it, but invite you to help me ensure the archive remains online through this investment, which in exchange gives you unlimited access to all you saw listed above. It’s a one time fee, yes, because I am actively searching for various partners so that together we can secure the duration/stability of this project.

*Please keep in mind that this fee does not include the production costs of events or projects we come up with in the future, but already gives you access to a great archive, network and promotional opportunities, while ensuring the phonotheque remains online for years to come.

Additional steps
I can provide you an agreement and invoice for the organization of your choosing and a welcome letter.
Afterwards, if you desire for the entire website to be translated, I can provide you the text of the website and add your language to the website.

I will also need text about your organization, photos, mission statement and links, to create your own page.

If you have additional questions or ideas please feel free to write
I am always looking for new collaborations and ideas, so if you have a vision of how we can customize and expand this concept together, please feel free to reach out to me.