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About this project

We're here to get a book printed, but that is simply the tip of the iceberg. The true goal is to create a nationwide community based in small performances of poetry, and this kickstarter is funding that ambition. All funds will go towards printing the book, printing shirts, and transportation, along with a stipend for fulfilling our rewards to all the incredible people who will get us where we're going, that is to say, your homes. Dee Jay is a performing poet, who has a vision of living rooms and kitchens, belfries and basements, all filled with persons clicking electric together from the energy and power of poetry like the many crowds caroused by the musicians we know who pack house shows and solder folks together with that human heat. Following a trajectory down the West Coast, across the Gulf of Mexico, and up the East Coast, we will be using your support to visit bergs, villages, cities, 'burbs, and towns to teach workshops, deliver performances, and entwine lives through the shared experience of witnessing and interacting with the same art that may have seemed hidden and separate from them. By helping us, you will be funding humans coming together with other humans via an incredible piece of original artwork, a collection of poems titled boy. 

-Conor Lendrum, Manager

Risks and challenges

The risks posed by this project are many and varied, but fortunately for the community that supports us they by and large exist as barriers to being funded in the first place. Once we are out on the road, challenges and setbacks exist as facets of capricious fate: the vehicle fails, the camera is smashed, the PA is stolen. In all of these cases we will make do. We'll record our documentary and video postcards on our phones instead of our camera; we'll adjust our schedule to make time for vehicle repairs; we'll strengthen our diaphragms.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    A pack of six postcards, each emblazoned with an original Dee Jay DeRego poem.

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    A "Paper Walls and Wild Shine" tour tee, as well as a pack of six postcards, each emblazoned with an original Dee Jay DeRego poem.

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    The essential suite of a signed copy of boy., tour shirt, and the postcard pack. From this level on, all donations will include these items as a matter of course.

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    Dee Jay and Conor will send both video postcards and paper postcards to you from the road, keeping you updated with our experience as it unravels, effectively bringing you along for the ride. Also included are all previous rewards.

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    Along with the essential suite of swag, we will come to you and play for you, to you, with you! We will also send you a copy of a documentary we will be filming of our travels.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Along with all previously stated rewards, Dee Jay will run a workshop in your town, focusing on strengthening performances and how to craft presentation and writing for the mic.

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Funding period

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