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Hunt & Light is an independent publisher raising funds to publish its second book of poetry; Constellations by Esther Mathieu
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Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,

Hunt & Light asks you to support a new voice this National Poetry Month. We are an independent hand-publisher of beautiful volumes of poetry. Our first collection, *****Original Message***** by Matthew Frazier, launched at Poet's House in New York to a crowd of 150 people. There is a great video of the event by Ben Cawiezell on our homepage at www.huntandlight.com.

*****Original Message***** was produced thanks to the generosity of a group of individuals who believe new poetry is important. A local business, Montauk Printing, made the book as perfect as the volunteer art director and designer envisioned it. A few thoughtful and creative publicists helped spread the word about the launch at Poet's House, a great place for poetry. We spoke with friendly booksellers in the Hamptons, New York, and London, who agreed to carry the books. They are BookHampton, Harbor Books, Berl's Poetry, Posman Books, Housing Works, McNally Jackson, Engine and The Society Club (UK). Our books are also available on Easy and Amazon.com.

For our second book, Constellations by Esther Mathieu, we decided to run a campaign during National Poetry Month to raise funds for printing and a book tour. Esther writes about how the particular things of this world relate to the universe, in melodic language. This campaign is not just about poetry, but a way for us to help others achieve their dreams. Please take a minute to donate, and then share our cause with family, friends and colleagues.

Thank you,

Lucas Hunt, Founder and Director of Hunt & Light

Risks and challenges

The challenges we may face after successfully funding this project are getting the book printed in a timely manner to sell it at Printer's Row Book Festival in Chicago in early June. It's a tight deadline, but we are working with Radix Media in Brooklyn, locally owned and operated, to make it happen.

We are making a second round of edits for Constellations by Esther Mathieu, as the book cover is being designed, and event planning happens for a series of book launch events at NOoSPERE gallery in Manhattan, Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, and at Engine in Maine, with the sponsorship of Engine and Maine Writer's Alliance.

If we secure $5,000 funding by May 1st, then Hunt & Light will be able to print Constellations in May, release it in Chicago, our bookstore outlets, and online, then put Esther on a book tour this summer, and early fall.

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    Receive a copy of Hunt & Light's second volume of poetry, Constellations by Esther Mathieu, plus an invitation to the launch party in New York.

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    Receive a copy of Hunt & Light's first volume of poetry *****Original Message***** by Matthew Frazier, plus an invitation to the launch party for Constellations by Esther Mathieu in New York.

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    Receive a copy of Hunt & Light's first volume of poetry *****Original Message***** by Matthew Frazier, and Constellations by Esther Mathieu, plus an invitation to her launch party in New York.

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    Receive a custom made watercolor print pocket square designed by Jesse Elliott of Whitewash Collection exclusively for the Gentleman Poet Collection, plus an invitation to the launch party for Constellations by Esther Mathieu in New York.

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    Receive a hand made wool and cotton houndstooth bow tie designed by Kyle Patrick Winn exclusively for the Gentleman Poet Collection, plus a copy of Constellations and invitation to the launch party in New York.

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    Receive a pair of American Oak cufflinks designed by Thom Kostura of Walking Dunes exclusively for the Gentleman Poet Collection, plus an invitation to the launch party for Constellations by Esther Mathieu in New York.

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    Receive a two hour session with Lucas Hunt, Director of Orchard Literary, to discuss your book project, where and how to publish it, plus copies of *****Original Message***** and Constellations, and VIP invitations to the launch party in New York.

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    Receive a home cooked dinner for your self and a guest, featuring a live poetry reading by Lucas Hunt at his Brooklyn apartment, plus copies of *****Original Message***** and Constellations, and VIP invitations to the launch party in New York.

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    Receive a public or private poetry reading featuring both Hunt & Light poets Matthew Frazier and Esther Mathieu, plus signed copies of *****Original Message***** and Constellations, and VIP invitations to the launch party in New York.

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