six poets + one printmaker = poems for everyone! pocket-sized, postcard-sized, hang-it-on-the-wall-sized.
I'm Laura Brown (the printmaker in the equation) and I have been awarded a residency at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (YAY!), which means I have four months of access to some of the best letterpress, typesetting, book binding, and papermaking facilities in the country. It also means I get to take the work of some of my favorite local and local-ish poets, and make it into visual art! Not only that, but we will hold a reading and presentation at the end of the residency and YOU could get an invitation to have dinner with those of us involved!
Because I like exploring size, form, sequence, and narration, this project will take a few different forms: a pocket-sized chapbook (because who doesn't want a little poetry in their pockets?), a set of poem postcards (printed exclusively for Kickstarter backers!), and a set of larger broadsides for those blank walls.
Until very recently, the residency also came with a stipend for supplies, but because of budget cuts, that is no longer the case (I found this out the day I submitted my application). Boo, economy; hello, Kickstarter community! In order to make this project a reality, I need materials like paper, linoleum blocks, and polymer plates. The goal amount of $1,500 would cover these supplies, as well as postage to make sure everything arrives to my backers safe and sound. If I am able to raise more than that, yipee! I get to be a little more extravagant in my paper choices, making the project especially fancy. Here's the thing: I don't have much time! The residency starts April 1 and I want to be ready to get to work as soon as I can.
This is a really exciting opportunity for me because not only will I learn a lot and get the chance to work with a wonderful community of artists, it is also a really big step in my career. Last summer, I quit my job in cubeland and have been working on making it as an artist ever since. I have a few other exciting things lined up for this year (my first solo show! my first magazine publication!) and I am looking forward to working hard and applying for graduate school and gallery representation by the end of the year. I am incredibly thrilled to be able to do all of this, and I am so grateful for your support.
I will keep you all updated as much as I can between now and the deadline (and after, of course), here on my Kickstarter page, under the 'updates' tab. I will announce the finalized list of poets, and show you what I am working on in preparation for the residency, so stay tuned! I am an avid tweeter and blogger, so feel free to find me elsewhere (links are in my profile!).
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POEM + PRINT ON A SCREEN: get a pdf version of the chapbook, read it online or print it out wherever you choose + get all the updates with photos!
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POEM + PRINT IN THE MAIL: An original, letterpress printed poem postcard (printed exclusively for kickstarter backers!) will arrive in the mail, covered on one side with my original artwork and a poem by a Midwestern writer, and the other side with my hand-written expression of gratitude (I have really great handwriting). Also, receive regular updates with photos and progress of the project.
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MORE POEMS + PRINTS IN THE MAIL: Get your own thank you postcard + regular updates. Also, choose a friend (or anyone!) to receive a second poem postcard with your own custom message (written in my really great handwriting).
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POEMS IN YOUR POCKET: Poem postcard thank you + updates + a pocket-sized chapbook of six poems and six original prints by me. The pages will be printed digitally, the cover will be letterpress printed on handmade paper, all bound by my own two hands (and made with love).
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POEMS + PRINTS IN YOUR POCKET: The poem postcard + updates + the illustrated and letterpress printed version of the chapbook. Six poems and six original prints by me, all bound by my own two hands (and again, made with love).
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POEMS + PRINTS IN YOUR POCKET (AND A FRIEND’S!): Just like the poems + prints in your pocket, but get a second copy to share for only ten dollars more! You get the option of having it sent directly with a custom message or receiving it and choosing the who and when at your own whim.
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IN YOUR POCKET AND ON THE WALL: The poem postcard + updates + the illustrated/letterpress printed chapbook + your choice of a broadside poem + print.
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POEMS + PRINTS ON THE WALL (OR WHEREVER YOU WANT): The poem postcard + updates + the entire set of six broadsides. Six poems and six original prints, all together in a beautiful portfolio.
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POEMS, PRINTS + RECOGNITION: The poem postcard + updates + both the illustrated version of the chapbook AND the set of six broadsides. PLUS! Your name appears on the colophon at the end of the book so everyone in the world knows you made it possible!
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POEMS, PRINTS + A PARTY: On top of everything in the RECOGNITION package, please join me and the poets for a special private gathering before the reading this summer so we can all tell you how much we appreciate your support. Bring a friend if you want. If you are not in Minneapolis, but want to send someone in your place, just let me know.
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POEMS, PRINTS + NAMING RIGHTS: That’s right, in addition to everything in the PARTY package, if you pledge $1,000 you can name the project (nothing vulgar, punny, or idiotic, please!). Also, please join me in the studio for an afternoon to get a behind-the-scenes, in-process look at the project. Again, bring a friend! And again, if you are not in Minneapolis but would like to send someone else, just let me know.
- (35 days)