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This fundraiser seeks to complete the effort begun by Amber Tamblyn last spring; Diane is still in need from her current medical issues.

I studied poetics with Diane di Prima in San Francisco from 1998-2004. During that time, I learned a great deal about writing, but I learned so much more about what it means to be fully committed to poetry and engaged in life, politically and in every other way. Those of us who know Diane know that she's been ill for quite some time -- when I visited her last winter, it was clear that she was having trouble with a range of issues, from her vision to her teeth to her lungs; her partner, Sheppard, was experiencing kidney failure. He has since had a kidney transplant, and Diane's condition has worsened. This fundraising effort is much needed, and comes at a critical time to help Diane address these ongoing medical issues.

Amber Tamblyn generously created a fundraiser on Give Forward for Diane last spring, which managed to raise approximately $23,000 towards its goal of $40,000 before it expired on July 16th. I am now continuing that effort, in conjunction with a fundraising event I am helping to produce in Buffalo, NY, in partnership with the organization Just Buffalo. The event features

Dale Smith

special appearances (via Skype) by Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy

a Poets Theater production of Diane di Prima's play

Murder Cake

Saturday, 8pm Oct. 27, 2012

at Western New York Book Arts Collective

468 Washington St.

Buffalo 14203

(716) 348-1430

If you are in the area, please come to the event; if not, please consider donating through this page!

--David Hadbawnik

I am also including a link to Amber's prior page, which includes more details about Diane's medical situation, as well as a note from Diane herself.

I can only add, from recent conversations, that Diane's partner, Sheppard, had a kidney transplant in August, and has been in and out of the hospital since; that the pain issues Diane describes from arthritis have progressed to the point where she can only sleep a few hours at a time; she has now had numerous oral surgeries for her teeth; there are still the glaucoma and lung issues, etc. Please contact me if you need more information: dhadbawnik at

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