Tea & Gin is a
book of poetry, prose poetry, and docupoetry I started writing in 2009, after
returning to the U.S. from Tianjin, China.
During the nineteenth century, and early twentieth century, a number of
foreign powers (Great Britain,
France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, and Japan) had concession territories within Tianjin. My book is divided into sections named after
the foreign concessions and other locations in Tianjin. I am maybe 30% finished with the book, and
now, I need to travel back to Tianjin in order to finish it.
Rewards for Backers:
The Kickstarter funds will pay for the design and
production of a limited edition chapbook of poetry and prose poetry, titled Concessions Contained, that I will
create specifically for you, the backers of this Kickstarter project, while I am in
Tianjin. If you back the project at the $30 level
or higher, you will be able to choose one of the eight Tianjin concessions, via
e-mail (I will contact you and ask you to choose your concession the day after
the Kickstarter deadline, if the project makes its funding). I will then go to your concession in Tianjin,
photograph something I observe there, and write a poem for you in response to
the photograph. The photograph and the
poem will appear together in the chapbook.
This will be your poem, sponsored by you, and you will be listed as the
poem's donor in all of the copies of Concession
Contained (unless you would rather remain anonymous, without your name
appearing in the chapbook).
Where does the money go?
Funds for this Kickstarter project will pay for me to travel
back to Tianjin this summer, in order finish writing Tea & Gin. It is
absolutely crucial for me to be physically in Tianjin in order to complete the book,
because the structure of the book mirrors the structure of the city.
The Kickstarter funds will also pay for the design and
production of the limited edition chapbook of photography, poetry, and prose
poetry, titled Concessions Contained,
that I will create specifically for you, the backers of this Kickstarter project, while I am in
Here's a more detailed list of specific costs for the
Flight from Kansas City to Beijing/Beijing to Kansas City $3,000
Expedited travel visa $305
Ground transportation (airport shuttle, trains, taxis) $500
Bicycle in Tianjin (I know a guy...) $40
28 days lodging in Tianjin $400
Food & daily expenses $400
Design and production of limited edition chapbook $3,000
Packaging and mailing expenses for rewards $500
Kickstarter & Amazon fees (10%) $814
additional funds, beyond the project goal, will be funneled, joyfully, into
creating the best possible version of Concessions
Contained for you. For example, if
funds beyond the goal are generated, then that might mean I will be able to
hire an amazing letterpress printer in Kansas City to produce the book, rather
than going with an online publishing option, or that I might be able to pay artist friends of mine to design unique
bookmarks, or other personally crafted items, to include with your