quiet of chorus is a collection of community supported poetry that feeds the aliveness of our spirit and movements.
Welcome, welcome, in this momentous time.
Such gratitude for the encouragement and support of so many over the years! Because of you and our shared community, I'm now able to extend a wider invitation here for you to join us in completing my third wave of community-engaged revision for my first poetry collection, quiet of chorus, which was a finalist for Poets & Writers’ 2010 California Writers Exchange Award.
what is quiet of chorus?
My friend Morgan gifted me with this response: “quiet of chorus lifts up the often muffled legacies of resistance to genocide in contemporary life. These embodied life-worlds yearn for freedom and wholeness, and help enliven the path forward.”
The collection has germinated through our work together over the years to manifest our visions for prison abolition and social justice. It has engaged activists and organizers across the US in the work and practice of revolutionary poetics. Through this call and response, poetry from quiet of chorus has:
Traveled in letters to activists in prison; stood and sat with California's recent prison hunger strike and the Free Shifa, Justice for Melissa Roxas, Somos Georgia, and Troy Davis campaigns, and the #Occupy at Home-Decolonize Oakland-#Occupy Together-Liberate Everywhere! movement moment; and appeared in activist media from the US Social Forum, Queers for Economic Justice, and more;
Fed community building and grassroots fundraising around prison abolition, political prisoner support, collective healing, and transformative justice; community response to the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile; and vigil honoring the lives of loved ones lost to transphobic violence; and
Called on community organizers and cultural workers to invite and co-create gatherings healthy and accessible to beloved community members across dis/ability, so each and all of us can feed and be in our work of transformation.
how to harvest?
Donate now to sustain the practice feeding
this love and labor! As with community supported agriculture, your renewed support of poetry each season ensures continued offering to the aliveness of our spirit and movements:
$5-10* covers gas to offer poetry at a local rally such as Oakland's November 2 General Strike; $15* covers gas and toll to offer poetry at a rally in San Francisco
$20* covers the cost of a poetry mailing to activists in prison; $35* resupplies paper and printer toner; $50* supports the continued evolution of a web resource supporting fragrance-free event planning, so all of us can access and gift community with our presence and offerings; $90* hosts this resource for a year;
$100* helps birth new poetry to capture and feed critical movement moments and ongoing yearnings of our movement legacy, or covers a month of weekly access to community acupuncture to detox from chemical exposure in preparation for and recovery from poetry performance on the streets or a prison visit;
$250* helps cover the cost of a daylong visit with activist readers in prison; $500* sustains a week focused on preparation to offer poetry at a fundraiser or gathering; $750* sustains a week focused on staging a multimedia performance bridging our movement yearnings with literary and cultural work and community; and
$1000* sustains a week focused on manuscript revision so poetry from quiet of chorus can make wider connection with and offering to your work in book form.
Thank you for the gift of your attention,
PS. Please help harvest more support! We can raise the fundraising goal to sustain more, most, or all the season's labor by both pledging donations AND inviting loved ones to join us! As shared above, every $5-10* covers the gas needed to offer movement poetry at a local rally, and every $1000* sustains another week dedicated to manuscript revision. However, a minimum harvest of the Kickstarter goal is what we need to receive any of the pledged support.
*Estimate helps cover a 5% fee to Kickstarter and 3-5% credit card processing fee to Amazon
**Fulfillment of this "reward" might require stipend to cover travel-related costs, depending on location and scheduling
Yes, please help raise the fundraising goal to sustain more, most, or all the season's labor! We can do this by pledging donations AND inviting loved ones to join us! As shared above, every $1000 sustains another week dedicated to manuscript revision. However, a minimum harvest of the Kickstarter goal is what we need to receive any of the pledged support.
Access is love! More and more of us have become chemically injured by the toxins all around us where we live, work, and play. You can help ensure our community and movement gatherings are more collectively accessible by co-creating an environment healthy and accessible for community members with environmental illness. This means removing existing, known toxins from the space and requesting participants to prepare in advance to come free of fragrance on your hair, body, and clothing, i.e. without any scented products including colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils.
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Oct 31, 2011 - Dec 21, 2011
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Your name honored in a collective gratitude love note, and project updates!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Handcrafted letterpress poetry card to write in and gift to a loved one, in prison, back home, near and farEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Reading of poem by phone, skype, or in person from Decolonize Oakland to wherever and however you are, at #Occupy at Home, #Occupy Together, Liberate Everywhere!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Editioned letterpress print of poetry from most recent poems for #Occupy, Troy Davis, or California prison hunger strikersEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Editioned letterpress print of poem "Manifesto," inspired by the campaigns and organizing of Welfare Warriors and TransJusticeEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Set of four assorted letterpress poetry cards to support your letterwriting practice or gift the ones in your life who love to write old fashioned notes and mail them!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Signed copy of the anthology Revolution Starts at Home, which features "Manifesto" alongside essays and learnings from community accountability and transformative justice organizersEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Set of eight assorted letterpress poetry cards to support your letterwriting practice or gift the ones in your life who love to write old fashioned notes and mail them! Includes "oldies" and poetry excerpted from recent poems for #Occupy, Troy Davis, or California prison hunger strikersEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Signed copy of the anthology Captive Genders, which features reflection from anti-prison and gender liberation organizing that has inspired poetry from quiet of chorusEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Intimate poetry reading at fragrance-free brunch, cooked with fresh, body loving ingredients, either at my garden studio or another location supporting collective accessEstimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Intimate poetry reading at fragrance-free dinner cooked with fresh, body loving ingredients, either at my garden studio or another location supporting collective accessEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
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Gratitude poem written for you or a loved one, in prison, back home, near and farEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Priority registration in a fragrance-free Audre Lorde loving "poetry is not a luxury" class series designed for all of us yearning for more integration in our creative and political practiceEstimated delivery: May 2012
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Poetry performance at your fragrance-free and transformation-feeding backyard brunch, ceremony or celebration, or fundraiser gathering**Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Writing and performance of a poetry "manifesto" to feed and grow your organization's base of support, inspired by my poet-comrade visit to your fragrance-free movement building gathering, or through member interviews**Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Fragrance-free visioning and poetry workshop designed for your organization's members to amplify their heart, voice, and story in your campaign**Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Poetry "manifesto," fragrance free performance, and fragrance free workshop**Estimated delivery: May 2012