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A Table, A Typewriter, A Way of Life

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Apr 15, 2014 10:16 AM

Abi Mott

Photo by Joe Ulrich

Name a price. Pick a subject. Get a poem.

Abi Mott's business model is simple. Abi is from Lancaster originally but now lives in Denver, CO. After high school she met a man in San Francisco who typed poems for people on the street, and then she took up the craft herself. She's traveled across the country and set up a small table, a typewriter and a sign with her simple business model printed in big letters.

"The benefits of this [are] I feel like I'm practicing my craft," Abi says. "The interaction with people is amazing. I love meeting people and hearing what they want me to write about. Also it's having something of my own...this is mine. I can't get fired from this job. I can take it wherever I want to go. It allows me to be mobile or not be mobile if I don't want to be. So it gives me an immense freedom."

Abi Mott

Photo by Joe Ulrich

While writing poetry in Portland she caught the attention of independent filmmaker Barrett Rudich who subsequently followed Abi around with a film crew and produced the film A Place of Truth

The film will be showing at Zoetropolis this weekend and both Abi and Barrett will be there for a talk after the film.

More photos of Abi below.

Abi's website:

A Place of Truth:


Watch the trailer:

The Trailer from Portfolio Productions on Vimeo.

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