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What do avant-garde writers have to say to children? Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs finds out!
What do avant-garde writers have to say to children? Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs finds out!
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One fan of Kindergarde recently described the anthology this way: "...personally, I love this project a lot because kids are smarter and weirder than many books give them credit for."

  • "The Aptitude of the Pickle" by Andrew Choate
  • "The Doomsday Song" by Christian Bök
  • "song from a beached music box" by Kaia Sand

Black Radish Books is proud to present KINDERGARDE: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children, an award-winning anthology that features 85 experimental writers from across the country. After selling out a smaller press run of KINDERGARDE at this year's AWP Conference in Boston, Black Radish Books is preparing for a much larger print run of the anthology. Our goal is to make the book as widely accessible to kids as possible. And since we are an independent, collective press, we need additional support to fund this project thoroughly. We're hoping that 100 people will purchase books through this Kickstarter campaign so we can fully fund a large print run of the KINDERGARDE anthology.

This Small Press Traffic-sponsored project was awarded a Creative Work Fund Grant a few years back and features the country's leading experimental writers including: Anne Waldman, Beverly Dahlen, CA Conrad, Christian Bök, Douglas Kearney, Eileen Myles, Etel Adnan, giovanni singleton, Harryette Mullen, Joan Retallack, Johanna Drucker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Julie Patton, Kenny Goldsmith, Kevin Killian, Leslie Scalapino, Lyn Hejinian, M. NourbeSe Philip, Noelle Kocot, Robin Blaser, Rosmarie Waldrop, Sawako Nakayasu, Vanessa Place, Wanda Coleman, and many others!

The KINDERGARDE project helps kids know that there are many ways to think and be in the world and that their ideas are important -- no matter how different or "strange" they may seem. By supporting this project, you are expanding kids' ideas about what literature can be and do. And you are also supporting creative risk-taking and open-mindedness. Join us!

Risks and challenges

This project has been a long time in the making, and there have been creative challenges all along the way--working with 85 writers, finding the right designer, trying to pair innovative writing communities with work for kids, and so on. But each of these challenges has been provocative and interesting in itself. The nature of collaboration is that we have to listen to each other and stay true to the project's essential vision while allowing things to change and morph creatively. In the process of publishing KINDERGARDE, we've met these challenges fairly gracefully.

Our first printing was rather small and to our delight sold out immediately at AWP in Boston. We had initially planned for the book to be released on April 30th, but now find ourselves in need of still more books. Our obstacle at this point is raising the needed funds to print a large print run, so we can send the anthology on its way and assure the book the life it deserves. Once the run is printed, we will send the anthology to our distributor, donors, and reviewers which will be a long-anticipated joy!

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    An artful postcard that contains a Kindergarde poem, song, or excerpt from a play or story and is signed by the author. Cool Kindergarde swag that you can send along... And, of course, our deepest gratitude.

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    A copy of the Kindergarde anthology, a signed postcard, and our deepest gratitude. Give Kindergarde to a hip kid in your life or stoke your experimental inner-child.

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    Two copies of Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories and Songs for Children, two signed postcards, and our deepest gratitude. Why not keep one at home and donate one to your local school or library? Share the experiment!

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    Three Copies of Kindergarde. One for home, one for the library, and one for the coolest baby shower or birthday gift ever! Perfect. After all, it is National Poetry Month. Everyone will appreciate it! And we'll throw in five Kindergarde postcards to send along to friends with our deepest gratitude.

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    Four copies of Kindergarde, a CD with recordings of many of the writers reading their original Kindergarde pieces, and our deepest gratitude. Come out and play!

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    Five copies of Kindergarde, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind, art hat designed by San Francisco Bay Area visual artist Patrick Maloney specifically for the Kindergarde performances at California College of the Arts, and our deepest gratitude!

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