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All Day is a memoir of love and survival teaching incarcerated kids at Rikers Island. It's where The Wire meets Welcome Back Kotter.
All Day is a memoir of love and survival teaching incarcerated kids at Rikers Island. It's where The Wire meets Welcome Back Kotter.
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After 15 years of teaching incarcerated adolescents at Rikers Island Jail (as a teaching artist and a full-time regular school teacher), I have written a book about my experience. I have been working on several drafts of the manuscript and now it is ready to be published. With your generous support I will be able to hire a professional editor, have it proofread and properly formatted,  get beautiful cover art that speaks to the content and send it off to be bound and self published. (Yaay!) Funds are also needed to purchase enough promotional copies of the book which is necessary for marketing. The book will be available in paperback and digital formats.  Your amazing support is crucial to making my book, All Day, a successful dream come true. 

Book Synopsis:

 All Day is the story of artist, Liza Jessie Peterson's surreal odyssey down the rabbit hole of prison and education with a bunch of hyper, hormonal, teenage boys awaiting sentencing. When the pressures of New York City rent and dodging bill collectors gets to be unbearable, survival mode kicks in and Liza takes a full-time job teaching kids who are deemed unreachable and labeled criminals. It is here on the school floor at Rikers Island where The Wire meets Welcome Back Kotter in her classroom of adolescent thug rug-rats where she is determined against all odds to make a difference in spite of their rowdy antics and seasoned apathy.  But it was no easy task as her students challenged her on every level imaginable, sometimes forcing her to conjure her inner-thug mamma and dish out lessons with tough love, quick wit, a sharp tongue and a commanding bark. Every day was filled with outrageous jail house theater and being a classically trained actress Liza was adept in serving the drama right back at her students...a class full of drama kings, especially JaQuan.  Together with her students, Liza struggles to survive in an oppressive environment and find common ground in the belly of the beast, All Day

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Risks and challenges

Because the book is a memoir, I may have to seek legal counsel and get written consent from persons whose name I use in the book. There might be delays in the editing process, as editing is a specifically tedious process and I want to do two rounds of line edits/proofing before it finally goes to print.

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    4 signed copies of the book for your book club, café or just nice give-away gifts for your friends.

    Personal handwritten letter from me.

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    One-on-one Skype time to talk about the book, talk about you, and get a really good angel tarot card reading

    An original signed image from Liza Jessie Peterson's Peculiar Patriot prison pin-up calendar which is an inspirational pictorial on the prison industrial complex.

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    Personal handwritten letter from me.

    Name mentioned in special acknowledgements in back of the book.

    Backers-only access to special B roll footage from ALL DAY campaign film shoot.

    Brunch with me if you're ever in NYC.

    One-on-one Skype time to talk about the book, talk about you, and get a really good angel tarot card reading

    Two original signed images from Liza Jessie Peterson's Peculiar Patriot prison pin-up calendar which is an inspirational pictorial on the prison industrial complex. .

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    Name mentioned in special acknowledgements in back of the book.

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    Brunch with me if you're ever in NYC.

    Free tickets and backstage access to my next live performance

    One-on-one Skype time to talk about the book, talk about you, and get a really good angel tarot card reading
    4 original signed images from Liza Jessie Peterson's Peculiar Patriot prison pin-up calendar which is an inspirational pictorial on the prison industrial complex.

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