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About this project

Annie Finch blessing the poets is what The Best Reading (and after-party) Ever! reading series is all about. Poets and their best performances filmed and shared for everyone to see. 

Throwing a party is pricey and filming one even moreso. Last year we had our first quasi-professional crew film the reading. As you can see, while the quality of the reading is stellar, the audio and video leave room for improvement. 

This year, with your help, we'll be hiring a professional film crew to come with us to Seattle for five days to film the entire reading and after-party process. 

Our present lineup of incredible readers is:

Claire McQuerry
David Yezzi
Emily O'Neill
Erica Dawson
G.M. Palmer
Jessica Piazza
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Joshua Mehigan
Michael P. Bobbitt
Moira Egan
Nick Courtright
Tara Skurtu

(note: the lineup is subject to change due to illness or inability to travel)

While our goal of $4,000 will allow us to make our film, surpassing our goal will allow us to do some great things as well:

$6,000: This will fund a dedicated photographer to capture the event in stills as well as our film crew capturing all the action. Additionally, we will include a signed poetry broadside from our readers for all backers $10 and above.

$8,000: Will allow us to offer an honorarium to our readers, helping them out with travel to Seattle; not all poets are those rich moneybags you read about in The Onion. Additionally, we will make "Poetry Isn't Safe" cloisonne pins for all backers $10 and above.  

$12,000: Will allow us to make the "Poetry is for You" BONUS FILM: Select readers will perform poems (of all stripes) selected from suggestions by backers. This will be a lot of fun if we can reach it!

Thank you all for backing this project. Poetry is best when it's performed. Thanks for helping us share great performances!

The Best Reading (and after-party) Ever! series is dedicated to the memory of my daughter Margaret, who died during the editing of our first film, Poetry Here Tonite.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is getting quality audio and video. Last year, as a novice filmmaker, I was blindsided by the low production values of the (admittedly cheap) company we hired to film the reading.

Since I finished editing the first film (this August) I have been on the lookout for a crew who could do us right. I have found them and secured their time for the end of Feburary/beginning of March and they are 100% on board.

Our risks will be the possibility of sickness on the part of crewmembers and readers. We minimize this at all points by having multiple performers and crew.

Recordings, of course, are backed up immediately after they are created and stored in at least three different locations.

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    Our Eternal Gratitude and Your Name in Lights!

    Backers at this level will be BFFs forever with G.M. Palmer AND they'll get a nod in the production credits at the end of Poetry Isn't Safe.

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    Gratitude, Credits, Party, and the Film!

    Backers at this level will get all of the previous reward AND DIGITAL ACCESS in the form of a downloadable link to both the completed version of Poetry Isn't Safe AND the previously produced Poetry Here Tonite.

    Also: if you're in the Seattle area or are planning to be during the Party/Reading (Friday, Feb 28) we will welcome you with open arms (and bottles)!

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    Backers at this level will get the previous rewards, an ebook of G.M. Palmer's With Rough Gods, AND a random signed poem or chapbook from one of our poets!

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