From Tom Hanks

From Texas teachers to Maine lobstermen, Typewriter Rodeo, the book, tells the real stories of people all across the country — through original poems hand-typed for them on-the-spot.

Published by Andrews McMeel Universal, it’s an inspiring round-up of humanity, filled with poetic portraits of love and longing, whimsy and wonder, healing and hope. (Sample pages.)

It’s also a much-needed reminder that we all still need genuine connection — to simply be seen and understood. And that we’re all in this beautifully messy thing together.

“Filled with the delicious danger of creativity in front of strangers, your heart is hungry for this art.”

— Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak

“Thank you for the book of damn fine poetry (and faces). And for keeping the sound and fury of typewriting available to all … Yee Haw!”

— Tom Hanks, actor & author

“Here in your hands is a lively, collage-form gathering of poems, photos, and back stories, which puts the work of these mad, ambush-style typists on colorful display.”

— Billy Collins, two-term U.S. poet laureate