Lost Key Collective, a grassroots, nonprofit literary organization
Lost Keys Collective was created to address the dearth of literary events in Macon while strengthening the local writing community. Beginning with the Lost Keys Literary Festival, this nonprofit initiative developed year-round programming and conducted community outreach to further the art of literature.
Throughout our 2.5 year run, I managed the collective’s marketing, planned events, wrote grants, organized fundraisers, and fostered community partnerships. I used creative and low-cost tactics to generate buzz and funding. Strategies included pop-up promotional performances, online poetry contests, local news features, and support of existing community programs.
As far as programming, the Lost Keys Collective created two festivals, organized a poetry pop-up garden, developed a resume writing workshop, hosted a People’s State of the Union event, coordinated a book drive, held annual fundraisers for Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia, provided writing curriculum for disadvantaged youth, and partnered with Storytellers Macon to host a weekly event to give everyone in the community the power to tell their stories. (They are now an amazing nonprofit with its own mission and goals!)
Although the Lost Keys Collective disbanded due to new opportunities for myself and the two founders, it remains on the backburner, ready to be reignited at any moment.