I’m happy to announce that the Empty Shoes anthology, poems edited by Patrick T. Randolph and published by Popcorn Press, made its first donation for the hungry and homeless today. A payment of $1,203.83, based on sales through December 31 of last year, was donated to the Wisconsin branch of Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest).
The Empty Shoes project was originally conceived by Mr. Randolph, an instructor in the UW-La Crosse English as a Second Language Institute. He spent two years assembling the anthology’s contents from works by a wide variety of poets, all of whom donated their verses to the project. The Popcorn Press staff then donated their own time to bring the book to publication and to continuing its sales and distribution. All profits from sales of the book are to be given to charitable organizations that feed the hungry and homeless.