Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page and considering a donation. Forest and Tree is a group of artists and writers working on the publication of Letters from the Earth. It is a book about our world, a look at environmental traumas in the United States, and a call to conscious action.
We are raising money to pay for the printing and shipping costs of books and art. We'll be printing at Rolling Press - an environmentally sustainable press in Brooklyn that uses recycled paper, organic dyes and renewable wind energy.
Letters from the Earth began as a reaction to something that I (jeff, the poet) read last summer about Blair Mountain, West Virginia. There was a movement taking place to save the mountain. This startled me. People were trying to save a mountain?
I'd say I was conscious of the things that happen in our world that make our lifestyles possible, but let's just say there was an aha moment. A waking up if you will. I sat down after the article with my reaction, and began writing. When I was done, I had a letter written from the earth to a child. Great idea! But, I wanted people to experience these words with a visual accompaniment.
I reached out to artist friends throughout the country and pitched the idea. Yahtzee! They said they'd love to collaborate on an illustrated book. We've poured a lot of sweat equity into making a vision turn into a reality, and now we want you to see it.
Letters from the Earth is a result of a collaboration and conversation about how we live our lives, and what it is doing to the world. It is a collection of poems and various styles of art that address contemporary environmental catastrophes.
Our hope is that through this publication people will join the conversation about the environmental issues taking place in our backyards. Using original writing, art, and photography we seek to recognize the growing concern and need for change.
We plan to launch our first publication this summer, with the intent of following it with future editions and publications.
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We'd like to make this venture a sustainable one that continues to create space for important words and art about our world. A big dream we have is to buy a letterpress to make our own books. You can help us fulfill that dream.
Thank you so much for your support.
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