About

“Buddy”
  • friend, pal, acquaintance, companion, peer, ally, confidant.
  • Buddy Bolden (1877-1931), Cornetist, New Orleans, considered by many to be the “father” of Jazz, committed to asylum for schizophrenia until his death, very little known of him or his music.
  • Buddy. a lit zine.
  • The Buddy team started with poets and writers in Oakland, Albuquerque and Minneapolis. In January 2018, the Founder (Welper) relocated to Denver and continues to develop Buddy with a great team from across the US.
    In the first year, Buddy could be found as advertised or mentioned in the following: AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Duotrope, Entropy’s Where To Submit, Poets & Writers’ Guide to the Book Deal and the May/June 2018 issue.
    Buddy also participated at: Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair (September 2017), Denver Zine Fest (June 2018).
Mission
  • Buddy respects all people who face any MH issue either personally or second-hand.
  • Buddy celebrates the use of writing and poetics to cope with and address MH.
  • Buddy attempts to increase awareness of the abilities of those affected by MH.
Goals
  • Educate about MH and creative writing and how they interact with each other.
  • Curate community programs such as readings and panel discussions.
  • Connect MH patients to more literature while hospitalized.
  • Connect MH facilities and the literary community.
  • Connect people via more interpersonal social interactions.
Core Values
  • Support
  • Positivity
  • Overcoming
  • Inclusiveness
  • Living with – not suffering from – mental illness
  • Keep writing, no matter what
“keep writing…”