About

Buddy considers writing on any topic, of any style and by writers of any experience.  We are also a safe space for writing about Mental Health (MH).
Buddy was started in 2017 by poet, David Welper, who’s two passions are creative writing and mental health.  The name “Buddy” is inspired by Jazz cornetist, Buddy Bolden*.  The name therefore represents the links between creativity and mental health, as well as unsilenced creativity.
The team started with poets and writers in Oakland, Albuquerque and Minneapolis. In January 2018, Welper relocated to Denver.  Since then our team has grown to include poets and writers from a broader area of the United States.
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 has participated at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair (September 2017), Denver Zine Fest (June 2018).
Mission
  • Respect all people who face any MH issue either personally or second-hand.
  • Celebrate the use of writing and poetics to cope with and address MH.
  • Increase awareness of the abilities of those affected by MH.
Goals
  • Donate books to MH patients, facilities and organizations via our BookDrive.
  • Educate/Advocate for MH issues at literary readings.
  • Connecting the MH and Writing communities.  Be a safe space for writing about MH, but also writing on any topic, of any style, and by writers of any experience.
Core Values
  • Support, Positivity, Overcoming, Inclusiveness, Living with – not suffering from – mental health, Keep writing no matter what
*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.
“keep writing…”