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Help spread poetry far and wide - on the internet and into classrooms.

UPDATE: Wow! We've reached my initial funding goal! w00t! Now, all additional money I raise (funding stays open until May 9th) goes towards MORE school visits at no cost to schools. Yup, more poetry for more kids. So please read on... and thanks!

I love poetry. And I love sharing my excitement about poetry with kids (and their adults). Not only that, but I think poetry - like music, art and the arts in general - is critical for kids to experience. Yet with budget cuts and shifting priorities, it's happening less and less. It's time to find creative and replicable solutions to the problem.

If Poetry: Spread the Word is funded, over the course of the next year (roughly May, 2011 through April, 2012), I will do 40 school visits (via Skype or, if it works out, in person) at no cost to the schools, and I'll put 100 more of my original poems up on my blog and out into the world for free. I'll also create a collection, described in more detail below, that will celebrate and document the visits and the poetry.

By supporting this project, each of you can become a patron of the arts. You'll help get poetry into classrooms, take the fundraising and organizational burden off teachers and parents, and enable me to have time to write and publish free poetry on my blog.

At the same time, I hope I can make "doing good" be even more rewarding for you by offering something of value in exchange for your support. I love win-win-win situations, and I hope that's what has been created here.

There are more details about the visits, the poetry, and the Poetry: Spread the Word collection (the project's signature add-on) below. And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you so much for reading and for your support - emotional, moral, and/or financial!

THE CLASS VISITS

Whether by Skype or in person, my goal is to excite everyone about the wonders and joys of poetry... of language... of creating... and leave them ready to explore further on their own.

You can see more about various presentations I do on my blog, but the short version is that we will talk poetry and writing in general, often talk about Fibs in specific, usually hit on sports (a frequent writing topic of mine), math, and wordplay, and, time permitting, work together to create poetry.

The visits will either be to specific schools, as chosen by sponsoring donors (the $100 level and above), or will be given away by request, by design, and by my own research. Schools and teachers have different needs and freedom, so the visits can anything from full class periods to 15 minute one-topic blasts to whatever makes sense.

THE FREE POETRY!

During the course of the year, I'll post 100 poems on my blog, GottaBook. None of these poems will have been published or blogged before... and all will be free to everyone who stops by my blog, subscribes to it, or belongs to my poetry email list.

My hope, as always, is that folks enjoy and share the poetry... are inspired to read more poems... and are driven to write their own poetry, too.

THE POETRY: SPREAD THE WORD COLLECTION

I'll compile the 100 poems I post on my blog during the year, the reactions/stories I have from visits, responses from backers about why they helped this project and any impact it may have had on them, and any notes or poems from teachers/students who write in response to my visits (and where permission can be granted, of course) and put this all into a big old PDF or ePub file so everyone involved can see the end result of this project.

The collection won't be sold, since this is not a self-publishing project. Instead, it will be given to all backers who pledge $10 or more as well as to teachers who've been part of the year (who can then share with students) if they'd like it. The collection can also be used, I hope, to show everyone proof of the impact a project like this can have.

Again, thanks for reading, and I hope you'll help me Spread the Word!

(Oh... if I raise more than my initial goal, I'll add one class visits for every extra $100 raised. I suppose it's possible that this will be so successful that I won't be able to do all the visits in one year (hey, a guy can dream), but then I will simply keep doing them until they're done and documenting as I go!)

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    You get my gratitude. Or my thanks. Or both! Your support is truly appreciated.

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    You'll receive a PDF or ePub file of the Poetry: Spread the Word collection (see descrption to the left). You'll also receive my gratitude as well as acknowledgment in the collection and on a special page on my blog.

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    You get the Poetry: Spread the Word collection, gratitude and acknowledgment, and another file containing 100 poems from GottaBook as well as 10 never before seen poems. It's a poetrypalooza!

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    All of the above, plus I'll either print out a poem of your choice from my blog, sign it to you, and mail it on (it'll be suitable for framing, I tell ya!), OR I'll send you 6 postcards during the year, each with a different poem. It's old school... and who knows how long it'll even be possible! (Please add $5.00 for shipping outside the U.S. and Canada)

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    All of the above plus you can pick the topic for one of my poems (though remember, please, that my audience is full of the under 12 set!). You'll get credit (or blame, perhaps) when the poem hits my blog, too.

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    All the above (your choice on the printed poem or post cards) PLUS you get to sponsor a class visit. This can mean you have a specific class in mind and we arrange the visit OR you get featured and acknowledged as the sponsor of a visit I do (in the Collection and on the blog, too).

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    All of the above items, plus we'll do some one-on-one poetry work. I'll critique up to 10 pages of poetry... talk/Skype with you to go over my notes and discuss in more detail... then do it all again when you've revised.

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    All of the above items, plus I'll write a poem just for you. The poem can be for an event (a birth, someone's birthday, a wedding, etc.) in which case we'll chat so I have the right information to make it personal and fitting. Or the poem can be written just because you want one.

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    Tour Sponsor! You can pick a topic for me, specify a school, get the collection and framable poem and postcards, plus you'll be included in the collection's dedication (with a link to your own website, assuming it is child-okay) and be prominently featured in any material related to this project. Also, I'll send you signed copies of any books of mine published in the next five years. And when we meet, coffee's on me!

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