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The Best Reading and After-Party Ever! is where the best poets and writers read and relax. Help us film it and spread the word!
The Best Reading and After-Party Ever! is where the best poets and writers read and relax. Help us film it and spread the word!
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Last year my friends and I (with the help of Gold Line Press and USC) began The Best Reading and After-Party Ever! series in Chicago, concurrent with our favorite writing conference.

We were a dozen readers, a hundred bodies, and ten thousand words in a gorgeous Chicago condo having the time of our lives. 

Unfortunately, the only record of the event outside our memories are some shaky cellphone videos on YouTube.

I am determined that this year's experience will be better preserved. To that end, I have engaged the services of a videographer. I'd love, however, his work to become documentary in nature--not only chronicling the reading but also giving insights into the poets, the process, and the party.

So I come to you, Kickstarters--help us throw and document the greatest poetry and prose party Boston has ever seen and get some amazing rewards in the process!

This year's readers are (in first name order): 

Annie Finch
Erica Dawson
G.M. Palmer (me)
Heather O'Neill
Jessica Piazza
Michael Bobbitt
Nick Courtright
Rebecca Lindenberg
Tara Skurtu
Thaddeus Gunn

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be making sure we can have a party and reading experience and still provide adequate sound and lighting for the video. Indeed, this requirement is the biggest reason to seek crowdfunding through Kickstarter.

After the project is funded and the poems and stories have been read, our greatest challenge will be producing and distributing a product that does justice to the work of these great artists. I believe this challenge is surmountable and I pledge to keep in close contact with all supporters to let them know of any snags or delays.

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    Poetry on the Page, Electronic Version: a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage, Electronic Version: A download of the finished documentary and readings and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage, Physical Version: A physical copy (DVD), a download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage With Rough Gods: A signed copy of my book, With Rough Gods, and
    a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Page and Stage, Signed: An exclusive 11x17 poster of poems from the After Party Poets, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Page and Stage With Rough Gods, Signed: An exclusive 11x17 poster of poems from the After Party Poets, a signed copy of my book, With Rough Gods, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage With Rough Gods, Personalized and Creative: A signed copy of my book, With Rough Gods with a personalized and unique sonnet handwritten on the inner cover, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage With Jessica Piazza: A signed copy of Jessica's forthcoming book, Interrobang, with a unique brief poem on the flyleaf, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry on the Stage With Love, An Index: A signed copy of Rebecca Lindenberg's book Love, An Index, with a unique brief poem on the flyleaf, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry time with Jessica Piazza: Jessica will critique up to five pages of your poetry, communicating directly with you, and you'll get a physical copy (DVD), a download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    Poetry time with Rebecca Lindenberg: Rebecca will critique up to five pages of your poetry, communicating directly with you, and you'll get a physical copy (DVD), a download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    After Party Poets Complete Edition: A signed copy of the latest collection of poetry from each of the After Party Poets, and an exclusive 11x17 poster of poems from the After Party Poets, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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    After Party Poets, Obsession Edition: a signed copy of every commercially available collection of poetry from each of the After Party Poets and An exclusive 11x17 poster of poems from the After Party Poets, and a physical copy (DVD) and download of the finished documentary and readings, and a .pdf of exclusive poems from the After Party poets, your name as a supporter in the documentary credits, and our eternal gratitude!

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