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Help me create 100 postcard poems--each inspired by a backer's writing prompt and illustrated with a watercolor painting.
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou

As a writer and high school teacher, I've learned there is no greater experience than sharing the power of Story with others. Story isn't just a tale with beginning, middle, and end; Story is about speaking from the heart, connecting with others, and growing together.

This year, I want to invite you to create a story with me. Give me a few words to write with, a theme or an idea, and I'll craft it into a short poem that I'll send to you on a postcard customized with a watercolor painting illustrating an image or emotion from the poem. For a moment our lives will touch, and a beautiful Story will be born from that connection.

Left: "Symmetry with a Star," and right: a two-page reflection called "Lions"
Left: "Symmetry with a Star," and right: a two-page reflection called "Lions"

The Gift of Story

Of course, just because you help create the story doesn't mean the story must be for you: If you'd like me to send the postcard and poem to a special person in your life, I'd be happy to do so. What better birthday or holiday gift can you give than a personalized poem?

And don't forget, Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

Art is always best when shared, so if 100 people back this project for a postcard poem, I will compile the poems and paintings into a PDF that will be given to all backers.

Left: an illustrated Tolkien quote, and right: an untitled poem
Left: an illustrated Tolkien quote, and right: an untitled poem

Risks and challenges

I attempted a similar project last year that wasn't funded, and while I had promised my few backers I would still write poems for them, I wasn't able to follow through with it. This year, however, I'm no longer in grad school, my puppy is far less demanding, and I've simplified the scope of this project to make the final product easier to create and deliver. I'm confident that these changes will allow me to prioritize my project, if funded, to deliver the best poems and paintings possible for each of my backers.

All artistic endeavors may be delayed due to writer's block or multiple revisions, but I promise to be transparent with any delays that arise.

The $225 will cover materials, shipping within the US, and Kickstarter fees.

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    Support the project without a physical reward. If 100 Collaborators back this project, Supporters will receive a PDF collection of all 100 postcard poems.

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    Become a Collaborator to send me a writing prompt for a postcard poem. Every poem will be illustrated with a watercolor painting.

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    Postcards and poems not your style? Rebels will each receive a handwritten short story inspired by a writing prompt you create.

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