About this project
hi i'm steve roggenbuck !!! i'm an internet poet, people mainly like my videos, i'm the first poet to be catalogued as a meme by Know your Meme, and i've been covered by gawker and the new york times. i can be very goofy sometimes, but i really want to change the world. i'm serious about spreading positivity and taking action to end oppression. now i'm launching a group project called Boost House, and we need funding to get it started
what in the frick is Boost House?
Boost House will be a publisher, and an actual house out of which that publisher is run.
Boost House as a publisher: our mission is to create culture and community at the intersection of positivity + activism + alt lit. we want to amplify voices who fuse poetry and internet humor with positivity and anti-oppression. we'll make books, posters, shirts, stickers, and other goods that promote ways of living we believe in. (more about two of our first books below!) we'll run blogs and a vibrant internet community, while planning live events across the country. we'll launch an online free school for the community to cross-pollinate and expand our knowledge of social problems and what we can do about them. we'll aim to be a resource and hub for alt youth committed to positivity and activism.
Boost House as an actual house: the Boost House team will live together in a house (also called Boost House) in Brunswick, Maine. it will be a drug-free, alcohol-free space, and all our house meals will be vegan. we'll compile a free lending library, hold poetry readings and potlucks for the local public, and host touring artists who are passing through. as we grow, we'll accept applications for more team members with our values and ambition to boost the world! we'll also broadcast from the house frequently, so people worldwide can engage and take inspiration from our communal boosting project.
Who is Boost House? a.k.a. the best team ever: Emily Elizabeth Scott (E.E. Scott) is a poet and activist from Michigan who'll manage our admin and financial planning to ensure that we're a legit, sustainable business, and she'll lead in creating a feminist lit mag out of the house. Joseph Kendrick is a vegan blogger from London who'll help create our super positive/active internet presence while helping with Vegan Frickwad. Rachel Younghans is an artist from Maryland who'll manage our shipping and store while offering custom airbrush designs on shirts and other items. lastly, Charlie is an awe-inspiring dog who'll provide morale boosts and oversight for the whole team and visitors. i chose this team via an intensive application process with many factors; i'm confident about this team!
the funding we need and why
Boost House will strive to be a reliably profitable business as quickly as possible, but your help can make its launch much more secure. your funding will help cover the first month's rent and security deposit (and gaps in following months if needed), printing costs for our first few books and shirt designs, moving expenses for the BH team, transportation costs for our first big tour, and other misc business and house costs in our first few months. basically, your support will help us get get through the launch period securely, to arrive at self-sufficently quickly!!
two of our first books (your rewards)
available for christmas, before the house even exists: I Love You, Before Long I Die is a book of walt whitman's poetry and quotes, selected and with a foreword by me (steve roggenbuck)! this is almost finished, and will easily be my favorite book that exists. walt whitman has changed my life more than any other person, and this is all my favorite whitman in one book, no filler. it's not a historical or balanced representation; it's my walt whitman mixtape. ESSENTIAL.
available in the first few months of Boost House's existence: The YOLO Pages will be an epic anthology of poetry, prose, tweets, images, and other material from 50+ people. not exactly an "alt lit" anthology, this book will compile some of the most positive and activist-minded writing from that community, along with other contemporaries and historical forebears. this book will set the tone for Boost House's future catalogue, and will introduce many of the writers and ideas we want to promote long-term.
other fun rewards
POEM POSTCARD: poem postcard in the mail from E.E. Scott at a surprise time!!
EXPRESSiVE TSHiRT PRiZE: custom airbrush t-shirt by Rachel Younghans , of ur own design ! or view previous stuff at imme.us
"RARE DOCUMENTS FROM STEVE ROGGENBUCK'S PAST" !!! old poems of mine, drafts, journal entries, essays from college!
+++ MORE !!! the other rewards are more expensive but check out the list in the sidebar ok !!!
thank you !!! thank you !!! thank you !!!
i love you !!!
Risks and challenges
at the time of creating this kickstarter page, we don't have our exact house secured. we've been watching the craigslist housing section for maine, and we believe we'll be able to rent a house that suits our needs, but it's possible we may not secure a house by january like we've been planning. but in any case, we will stick with the house-hunting effort. this would only become a delay, not a cancellation!!
overall i just want to say: when i want something, i work reallyyy hard to get it, i'm stubborn like that. and i reallyyy want boost house to be a legit long-term project that makes a real impact on the world. i want this team working together with me on these projects, instead of trying to do everything as a lone person. i've wanted this for a long time; i've talked about starting a house like this for almost two years. it's time to make it happen; we will make this happen. your investment is important and will not be wasted on us!!! i promise!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
at the end of the kickstarter, we will gather everyone's shipping address! look for an email sooon after the end :)
here is a blog post where i explain our rough business plan, including our projected costs:
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