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A book featuring women photographed in rivers across the US, and the unfoldings of the artist who gave it all up, to capture them.
A book featuring women photographed in rivers across the US, and the unfoldings of the artist who gave it all up, to capture them.
290 backers pledged $20,751 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal!

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”

-Mary Oliver

We made it to our goal in less than a week!  We did it! But we are so far from done. The more we raise, the more women we can reach and the more stories we can share. 

HERE WE GO TRIBE! 

For every $2,000 mark we hit (12k, 14K...) we will do awesome backers-only drawings with seriously fantastic prizes!

I'm SO excited!! 

River Story

A book. 

It's the one thing that wakes me in my sleep and rattles my deepest core. 

A book. 

I have words that swirl and swim beneath my skin, and I have never been more ready to set them free.

But publishing is an astronomical endeavor. So, I stand before you, asking for your help, to off-set the enormous publishing and printing expenses before me. The $10,000 is the minimum needed to publish this book. The more we raise, the more pages and images can be added, and the more stories I can share. 

The river is the source of a million songs, and as I step into the currents with these women, my own composition unfolds. It is the overpowering chorus that truly sets me free, "You are radiant," they sing, "And you are here for a reason. You must preserve these things endangered. Now. Go. Write."

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The River Story project attempts to preserve these things endangered:

-Women's Wise and Primal Knowing

-Books

-River Waters

-Life un-plugged

With this book, it is my hope to illustrate that all of these things are incredibly important, and all completely worth saving.

This book will feature women of all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes. Recording, once and for all, the stories I was put here to share. Woven between these images will also be my own story. My own truth. The current and the sacred undercurrent. Together, they will form, The River Story. 

To make a pledge to River Story, click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the Amazon checkout process. The book is expected to be published by January 2015, and will ship out the second it is complete.

A book. A movement. A declaration of bravery and perseverance. But, I need your help to keep the current flowing, to help the rivers find new cracks to burst through. PLEASE consider sharing this project with your friends on social media to keep the waters raging on. That's what is so supremely gorgeous about this book. By opening it up on Kickstarter, it becomes OUR River Story. A celebration of community and the power of the tribe.

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Many people ask, "Why don't you just make a blog? You could make SO much money advertising and and and..." And all I can respond is that I believe in the power of printed words and images. I believe in the beauty of curling up and sinking in. I believe in preserving time spent un-plugged, and off-screen. Maybe they're right. Maybe this whole project would be far more industrious and marketable if it was online. But I can't help it.  I believe in books. With all of my heart. 

I am so proud to share that the incredible sisters of Artifact Uprising are working with me to create a gorgeous, fine-art, hardcover, Kickstarter exclusive, limited edition book. All pages are made from recycled materials, and with a mission statement of, "Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible," it is clear to see the fit is Divine.

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I want you to know, and I mean this with every single fiber of my soul, that however you help to support this book, I am so completely and overwhelmingly grateful. And not just me, now. I need for you to know that, little Michelle, who would write her poems on papers and watch them fly out of her window, she thanks you, too.

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Color profile photo by Logan Cole. All videography by Thomas Gardella. Eternally grateful. 

Risks and challenges

We are a family of four living in a 25-foot camper, making our way across the country. It seems that the risks and challenges are endless. But the more we live life on the road, the more we realize that it is the obstacles that make this an adventure. The flat tires and stomach bugs and wild bobcats outside our window (yup!), all of these things make this whole journey worthwhile. We wouldn't have it any other way.
This book will be written. The words and the images and the stories will unfold as they need to. Setbacks will arise. They will. But we will totally go with the flow and trust the process as it comes.

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    Contributors of $20 or more will have their names listed in the book. When I close my eyes, I can see the names all side-by-side and it makes my heart glow. How beautiful the circle of generosity and support is. Thank you to the moon.

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    EARLY BIRD LOVE // The first 5 contributors to give $60 will receive a signed copy of a hardcover, kickstarter-only, limited edition of the book. Your name listed in the pages. So grateful for your early support of this project!

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    FOR THE NIGHTSTAND // Contributors at this level will receive a signed, hardcover, kickstarter-only, limited edition copy of the book. Your name listed in the book. Thank you so much for believing in the power of this project.

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    THE ESTUARY // If you contribute $150 or more you will receive a signed, hardcover, kickstarter-only, limited edition copy of the book, a one-of-a-kind Land Camera Polaroid print from our cross-country travels, and also, a thank you email, with a top-secret excerpt from the book, sent directly to your in-box. My heart is overwhelmed by your support. Thank you.

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    SHOUT IT FROM A MOUNTAINTOP // Contributors at this level will receive a signed, hardcover, kickstarter-only, limited edition copy of the book. Your name listed in the credits.
    A large signed print from our cross-country travels.
    A one-of-a-kind Land Camera polaroid print.
    And a post card from our little ones.
    You will, of course, get the top-secret excerpt from the book, too.
    I am going to hold a very special gratitude ceremony in a river, and make a movie about it, and share it with the whole wide world, and if you back me at this level, I will share your name, aloud, in the movie. Because I really don't know what else to do with my gratitude, but shout it from a mountaintop. To be supported at this level means the world to me and my little family. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for you. Thank you.

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    YOUR RIVER STORY // Come with me to one of my most beloved rivers. This contribution covers your entire session fee, as well as 5 fully-edited digital files. Your River story. The session must take place between September 30, 2013 - October 11, 2013 in Connecticut, at my luminous location, an hour before sunset. Experience the beautiful magic for yourself.
    This reward is very limited, and very, very sacred. (Serious/boring talk: All other fees and expenses, such as travel, lodging, and anything and everything else, are your responsibility. This reward is for the session fee and files only).

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