Women-led NFT poetry gallery theVERSEverse receives grant to build the future of literature and poetry’s home in the metaverse on Tezos
The metaverse is no longer a fad and it’s becoming inescapable. Since Facebook changed its name to Meta, no day goes by without another headline about the metaverse. The talk about the metaverse is slowly making its way into everyday conversations in the boardrooms, on the web, in mainstream media, and in pop culture, and not just those who regularly read technology and cryptocurrency-related news and websites.
Today, the metaverse can be described as a digital world where the real and virtual worlds converge into a vision of science fiction. You can also think of the metaverse as a virtual world where millions of people could gather to work, play, and socialize in immersive virtual environments and communicate across shared spaces across different platforms. From gaming to medicine, the metaverse has the potential to transform our ways of life.
Though nascent, some of the best metaverse applications are in areas such as education, gaming, medicine, finance, and immersive learning. As the metaverse evolves, we also see how creators and writers are using technology to share their creations and artwork.
For example, theVERSEverse is a recently launched curated platform where collectors discover poets, and poets discover the infinite potential of the Metaverse. A place where writers, artists, and technologists come together to make magic, and readers encounter words in new ways.
theVERSEverse is a women-founded cross-chain NFT gallery dedicated to celebrating poems as works of art. It provides a platform where writers can share their poetry can in all forms — printed, spoken, visual, new media, experimental, and unite them on the blockchain.
Today, theVERSEverse announced it has received its first major grant awarded by the Tezos Foundation to support and drive literary innovations in web3 plus community engagement via the clean Tezos ecosystem. The award will help fund a series of planned initiatives to raise awareness of the potential for literature on the blockchain, and empower theVERSEverse to evolve its virtual home at theVERSEverse.com.
Founded in late 2021 by three key voices in crypto and writers Ana Maria Caballero, Kalen Iwamoto and Sasha Stiles, theVERSEverse has become a leading destination for poetry in the metaverse and is among the first literary projects to receive funding for advances in the crypto realm. Having built on Tezos since launch, the gallery will now deepen its Tezos tech integrations and community engagements in order to scale its mission to empower writers via blockchain, enable meaningful, next-gen poetic experimentation, and bring mainstream readers into the metaverse.
Commenting on the grant, theVERSEverse said: “With their cost efficiency, minimal eco-impact, and ease of use, proof-of-stake protocols present exhilarating opportunities for writers experimenting with metaversal literature. That’s why theVERSEverse has been committed to exploring the future of literature via Tezos since launch. We are very grateful for the ongoing interest from the global Tezos community, and are honored to receive essential support from the Tezos Foundation at this pivotal moment for writers, editors, publishers and readers on the blockchain.”
As the leading destination for poetry in the metaverse, theVERSEverse mission is to empower writers via blockchain technology, by pairing acclaimed poets with crypto-native artists to create media-rich, immersive 1/1 NFTs, pushing the boundaries of poetry in the digital, web3 age, and enabling writers around the globe to experiment with cutting-edge technological tools, such as AI generative text and algorithmic verse.
Empowered by a grass-roots community-driven movement, Tezos has emerged as the de facto art-driven NFT blockchain of all art genres. By leveraging the energy-efficient Tezos blockchain technology’s versatile and infinite possibilities, and the low transaction gas fees, theVERSEverse will contribute to opening new doors to explore the literary art of poetry in novel creative forms for new and established poets around the globe.
theVERSEverse is also a literary gallery where text is art, poetry is technology, and language has no limits. Their goal is to seek out and spotlight poets whose work transcends mediums, celebrating their words as common ground.
Tezos is smart money, redefining what it means to hold and exchange value in a digitally connected world. A self-upgradable and energy-efficient Proof of Stake blockchain with a proven track record, Tezos seamlessly adopts tomorrow’s innovations without network disruptions today. For more information, please visit www.tezos.com.
The Tezos Foundation is a Swiss foundation, supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority which is part of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs. The Tezos Foundation’s purpose is the promotion and development of new technologies and applications, especially in the fields of new open and decentralized software architectures including the promotion and development of the Tezos protocol and related technologies.