The Monarchs, my first book of poems, arrived in today's mail!
I'm here on Kickstarter because I'd like to do a West Coast Reading Tour of the book in the Spring and I'd love it if you were a part of it in some way.
The tour would include:
- a silent film by poet Don Mee Choi made in California in the 1980s
- a reading of poems from The Monarchs, and
- live improvisational music or dance in some of the tour cities
It will start and end in Seattle and will visit these wonderful places:
- Walla Walla
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
I also plan to conduct 1 1/2 hour workshops, mini-versions of longer experiential workshops on synesthesia and imagination I've been teaching over the last five years, in cities along the tour route. More about the longer versions of those workshops is here:
I'm trying to raise $5,000 to pay for the ferries, food, workshop materials, and time, as well as places to stay or camp for this three week tour. Funds would also provide income for other artists participating along the way, as well as pay for a projector for the film, and a camera for documentation.
I would be most grateful to you for any support you could give, and understand if it isn't possible, and either way I thank you kindly for taking the time!
Thank you to Britta Johnson for helping me with video!
Thank you too to Lori Anderson Moseman at Stockport Flats for publishing The Monarchs, and to Lori, Matthew Klane, and the Meander Scar authors, for including it in the Meander Scar series.
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges of this project is that I've offered 50 rewards that would involve my completing 50 poems by August! One year I did write a sonnet each morning (a long time ago! those sonnets are not publicly available!), and while none were dazzling, I hope they demonstrate my capacity to commit. I will write these personalized poems in the same spirit of play and practice as those sonnets, and with contributor input providing the spark, I feel spun with inspiration already.
If for some reason I cannot get these done in time, I will communicate with you, and together we can come up with an alternative reward!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)