Poetry is making things happen! Installment #2 (Help Him Woo Sarah Silverman)

Can poetry help this man woo the woman of his dreams (and support at-risk youth in the process)?


Rob Gitin, Executive Director of At The Crossroads, a San Francisco-based not-for-profit organization, turned to poetry as part of his 2009 fund raising campaign.

The campaign is a unique one.  Gitin describes it as “kind of a walk-a-thon where people take any goal they have and turn it into a sponsorship activity to raise money for homeless kids.”  Goals include reading all seven novels of Proust's , running 500 miles in 50 days, and introducing 20 new people to At The Crossroads.  One man pledged to read a bedtime story to his children every night.  Gitin's goal?  He wants to woo Sarah Silverman.

To pitch the woo, Gitin turned to poetry.  Check out his open mic debut here.

Originally Published: April 13th, 2009

Poet and editor Camille T. Dungy was born in Denver but moved often as her father, an academic physician, taught at many different medical schools across the country. She earned a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.   Dungy’s full-length poetry publications include Trophic...

  1. April 14, 2009
     Catherine Halley

    Will you please write a poem that begins with this line: "To pitch the woo, Gitin turned to poetry."

  2. April 15, 2009
     Jason Guriel

    That sounds like it could be the opening line of an August Kleinzahler poem, Cathy!\r

    Camille, has Sarah Silverman responded to any of this? Is she aware of the campaign?

  3. April 15, 2009
     Camille Dungy

    Jason, Sarah hasn't swooned quite yet, but undoubtedly it's imminent.