Patti Smith launches new email newsletter via Substack
Patti Smith has announced the launch of her online newsletter, distributed through the email subscription platform Substack.
The punk legend announced the newsletter on Instagram, detailing that the new project will be sent to inboxes weekly and will feature original thoughts, poetry, music, commentary and more.
“Writing is what I have been doing, and have been for twelve years, imagining Jo March. Meditations, detective stories and poetry, hidden in piles of notebooks, written at every stage of life. Now, at the times of the pandemic, isolated from family, friends and colleagues, we are reinventing our processes,” Smith said on the newsletter webpage.
“Through Substack, I plan to form a body of interconnected work for a responsive community. Each week, I will post my weekly ruminations, fragments of poetry, music, and daydreaming on any subject from thought to pen, news of the spirit, pieces of this world, free for all.
A paid tier will also be available, titled cast iron, an unreleased series started on April 7 last year and written during the pandemic. Payments of cast iron will be delivered to paying subscribers on Tuesdays.
“I offer cast iron, words known only by the pages themselves, to be given new life here. In my Substack world, I hope you, dear reader, will be my notebook,” Smith said.
Smith recently announced a special outdoor performance in New York City as part of the Kaatsbaan Culture Park Outdoor Spring Festival to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. She will perform alongside longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan on May 22.