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Neruda's powerful epic, Canto General--first English translation by a native Spanish speaker, first by a Chilean, first by a woman!

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Thanks to the immediate outpouring of support, our initial goal of $25,000 was reached in only five days!  The Tupelo translation of Neruda's Canto General will be published. Thank you to all our supporters! 

We have 8 hours to go!  Please help us reach our stretch goal:
at $35,000 Canto General will be ILLUSTRATED!

JUST UNDER $2,000 TO GO!

Give a gift of $150 today and receive this beautiful, miniature, limited edition chapbook of lines from Canto IV (Liberators) of Neruda's Canto General. 

See the other rewards to your right, including manuscript reviews, a weekend in the Berkshires, and more!

Our Translation Project:

We at Tupelo Press, a 501(c)3 nonprofit literary press, are in the final stages of publishing the most important book of our 15-year history:  a fully contemporary, English translation of Neruda’s monumental work, Canto General:  the first translation by a native Spanish speaker, the first by a native Chilean poet of this famous Chilean poet, and the first by a woman.  We are honored to be working with poet/translator Mariela Griffor and to have the blessing of Fundacíon Pablo Neruda to publish this book for the English-speaking public.  A new translation for a new generation!

THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION

Visual art is a necessary piece of both the composition and publication history of Canto General. We would love to honor the original 1950 publication of Canto General by Talleres Gráficos de la Nación. That first edition of 500 copies included in its design breathtaking art by the famous Mexican artists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

We are drawn to the work of Gabriela Vainsencher, an Argentinean-born Israeli artist living and working in Brooklyn. She is preparing a portfolio of preliminary drawings for our consideration. Here is one of our favorite pieces by Gabriela:

To promote the illustrated edition we have added a sweet reward for our most popular backer levels: for a donation of $100 you will receive a copy of Canto General PLUS a set of 3 refrigerator magnets designed by Gabriela Vainsencher. Or, for a donation of $40 you will receive the set of 3 Vainsencher refrigerator magnets.

Another beautiful reward offered!

For a pledge of $150 you will receive a copy of Canto General and a miniature letterpress book (hand printed and numbered, limited edition) by book artist Kirsten Miles with Holly Odom the Virginia Art of the Book Center. Choice of Pablo Neruda--eight lines from Canto IV, "The Liberators," Canto General OR of Emily Dickinson Poem #52.

Miniature letterpress chapbook
Miniature letterpress chapbook

About Neruda and Canto General:

"Neruda was a kind of King Midas.  Everything he touched turned to poetry," said Gabriel García Márquez, who also considered the Chilean Nobel laureate "the greatest poet of the twentieth century, in any language."  Neruda's "Canto General" (1948), often called "The Bible of Latin America," is the stunning story of an entire continent--its natural history and its people. 15,000 lines of extraordinary poetry, a book to savor and cherish.  People all over the world have taken pleasure and strength from Neruda's poetry.  (Click here to see the Seattle Peace Chorus joyfully perform in Chile the beautiful choral translation of Neruda's poetry by Greek composer Nikos Theodorakis.)

About Tupelo Press:

Our mission is to bring luminous writing into print, to give each author the vessel of a beautiful book, and to share our passions with as many readers as possible.  Ever since our formation in November of 1999, Tupelo Press has been recognized as one of the preeminent literary presses in the country.

Tupelo has published over 140 books at a rate of 12-14 per year. Our books and authors have won countless awards, including Whiting Awards, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, Lannon Fellowships, Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters awards, and many, many more.

Tupelo Press, Eclipse Mill, North Adams, MA
Tupelo Press, Eclipse Mill, North Adams, MA

 About our Translator, Mariela Griffor:

Mariela Griffor is the author of Exiliana (Luna Publications, 2007), House (Mayapple Press, 2007) and The Psychiatrist (Eyewear Publishing, 2013).  Born in the city of Concepcíon in southern Chile, she attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985.  Mariela lives in Michigan where she is founder of the Institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and Publisher of Marick Press.  Mariela has recently been named Honorary Consul of Chile in Michigan.

Translator Mariela Griffor
Translator Mariela Griffor

Poet Ilya Kaminsky says of Mariela's book, House:  "The author's voice is ours: And, yet, the politics are inescapable, their deeply felt human urgency pierces the reader with the sense of recognition, compassion, understanding. The love poem and political poem are brought together in these lines and their unity is clear."

About our Managing Editor, Jim Schley:

Jim Schley, our Managing Editor for seven years, is one of the top editors in the business.  As overseer of the Neruda project, Jim puts his expert eye on every line of the poetry and every aspect of the book's realization.  Jim is known for his scrupulous and compassionate attention to the work and to the author (and, in this case, the translator).  The Tupelo Canto General is in the best possible editorial hands!

Managing Editor Jim Schley
Managing Editor Jim Schley

About Our Book Designers:

Tupelo Press is known as a publisher of books that are as pleasing to the eye and hand as they are to the mind.  Year after year our designers have won top awards for design including the Eric Hoffer - da Vinci Eye Award.

About our Kickstarter movie, the moviemaker, and the cast and crew:

The Neruda Movie, made by filmmaker and visual effects pioneer Diana Walczak in the winter of 2014 on her iPhone, means many things to us.  First of all, the movie is Tupelo's statement of why we need your help via Kickstarter to complete this exciting book. Just as Mariela has done as translator, Diana immersed herself in Neruda's poetry to make this movie.

Diana films actor John Strachan (Neruda) at his typewriter.
Diana films actor John Strachan (Neruda) at his typewriter.

Tupelo's readership and support base is national and international.  But Tupelo Press is also a proud resident of Berkshire County where we have been happily located for seven years in an artist's loft in the Eclipse Mill in North AdamsMassachusetts loves poetry.  All the actors in the movie (even the alpacas!) are from our local community.  Thanks to Diana's vision of community, the Neruda Movie represents the true homecoming of Tupelo Press.

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Here is an enhanced description of some of the rewards we are offering.  See the Kickstarter list above and to the right for details of how to make a contribution and redeem your rewards.  Thank you for your support!

Donate any amount and we will proudly post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor.  The names of those who give $1000 or more will appear on an Honor Roll page in the book!  Other rewards include:

  • Letterpress broadsides (hand-printed, numbered & signed) of Ilya Kaminsky's "Author's Prayer" or Aimee Nezhukumatathil's "The Ghost-Fish Postcards."  Designed and printed by award-winning Tupelo designer Joseph Beery.
  • CD of music used in Neruda, the Movie: "La Voz de Tres" (Chilean-born vocalist Natalia Bernal, guitarist Jason Ennis & pianist Mike Eckroth) 
    Vocalist Natalia Bernal
    Vocalist Natalia Bernal
    • Set of four, high-quality postcards made from stills from Neruda, the Movie.
  • Gift subscription to Tupelo Press (value: 9 books of your choice for $99)!
  • Cooking lesson for yourself and a friend with award-winning chef and best-selling cookbook author in Manhattan, Chef Myra Kornfeld
    Chef Myra Kornfeld
    Chef Myra Kornfeld
  • The cooking class will be tailored to suit your particular needs and preferences. If you're interested, Myra will include a walk through the best NYC greenmarket to select ingredients--though the class can be held at night if you prefer. This cooking class is also transferable as a gift certificate. It's great for tourists as well as for people who live in the NY area.
  •  Letterpress broadsides (hand-printed, numbered & signed) of verses by Neruda from Canto General, translated by Mariela Griffor.  Designed and printed by Berkshire master printer, Jim Walczak. 
  • Super soft, gun-metal gray cotton tee-shirts, guy's and girl's styles, designed in-house, emblazoned by the red "Neruda" logo.  (Note: You will have a chance to choose size etc. at time of fulfillment.)
Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine
Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine
  • Artist Karl Mullen's original watercolor paintings on paper (on pages of the Spanish edition of Canto General).
  •  CD of Celtic music for fiddle and guitar performed by Duo Eamon (Jeffrey Levine and Cassandra Cleghorn, Tupelo Press Associate Editor).
  • Writer's retreat weekends for two at the Tupelo Press artist loft in the beautiful Berkshire mountains. Luxury accommodations, gourmet kitchen, walking distance to Mass MoCA, only a few miles from the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the many wonders of Northwestern Massachusetts/Southwestern Vermont.  All area motels are booked for foliage season -- here is your chance for an autumn getaway...
The View from Tupelo Loft
The View from Tupelo Loft
  •  AND OF COURSE (with your help) COPIES OF OUR BEAUTIFUL FORTHCOMING TRANSLATION OF CANTO GENERAL!
  • And more...
  • Peruse the Kickstarter rewards we have assembled (above & to the right). We are so happy to welcome you to the Tupelo family! Thank you for believing in the power of poetry. 

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Here's the latest in our series of behind-the-scenes shorts, a portrait of our very long-legged Managing Editor, Jim Schley:  "Aloft: a Tupelo/Neruda Minute":

Risks and challenges

Publishing always carries the risk of unforeseen complications and costs. While we are extremely experienced in the field and confident in our due diligence, we expect that something will come up during the editing, design, and printing process. We have prepared for this by leaving room in the budget to accommodate such occurrences.

Another potential challenge is the time needed to complete editing and design elements of a translation project consisting of approximately 600 pages. Taking into account these factors, we expect to send the completed volume to the printer in March of 2015.

In that we have 15 years of experience in bidding out every aspect of publishing projects, we are confident in the preparation we have done and the professionals with whom we are working. Provided we can secure the funding needed (with your help), we do not foresee any major stumbling blocks in completing this project on-budget and on-time!

Again, thank you for helping us make our goal!

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor (http://tupelopress.wordpress.com/the-canto-wall/)!

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive your choice of one Tupelo book from our list of over 100 titles!

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    17 backers

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one set of 4 high-quality postcards made from stills from Neruda, the movie ("Alpacas," "Neruda Noir," "Earth Tree," & "Cold Type").

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one CD: La Voz de Tres (Andean music and Latin jazz from Neruda, the movie).

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    3 backers

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one CD: Duo Eamon, Celtic fiddle and guitar music performed by Cassandra Cleghorn (Associate Editor of Tupelo Press) and Jeffrey Levine (Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press).

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    1 backer

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive one set of refrigerator magnets designed by artist Gabriela Vainsencher (choice of design to be made at time of fulfillment).

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    20 backers

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one soft, gray, high-quality tee-shirt, emblazoned with our distinctive red "Neruda" logo (specify men's or women's and size).

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    12 backers Limited (18 left of 30)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive a letterpress broadside (signed and numbered) of Ilya Kaminsky's poem, "Author's Prayer," 14" x 17".

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    6 backers Limited (24 left of 30)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive a letterpress broadside (signed and numbered) of Aimee Nezhukumatathil's poem, "The Ghost-Fish Postcards," 14" x 17".

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    4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one set of 4 high-quality postcards made from stills from Neruda, the movie ("Alpacas," "Neruda Noir," "Earth Tree," & "Cold Type") PLUS one broadside of Neruda's verses from Canto General (translated by Mariela Griffor, numbered and signed by printer Jim Walczak).

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    29 backers

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one soft, gray, high-quality tee-shirt, emblazoned with our distinctive red "Neruda" logo (specify men's or women's and size) PLUS one copy Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    18 backers

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor, you will receive either La Voz de Tres CD or Duo Eamon CD PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor, you will receive either the Kaminsky broadside or the Nezhukumatathil broadside AND one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    3 backers

    NEW REWARD! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor AND one set of 3 refrigerator magnets designed by Gabriela Vainsencher (choose your designs at time of fulfillment).

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    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive one limited edition, miniature letterpress chapbook of lines from Canto IV, Liberators of Neruda's Canto General (translation by Mariela Griffor). Chapbook made by Kirsten Miles, Virginia Arts of the Books Center, Charlottesville, Virgina.

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    4 backers

    Oodles of goodies: We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor AND you will choose one book from over 100 Tupelo titles PLUS one soft gray, hand-designed tee-shirt emblazoned with the red, Neruda logo PLUS one 12" x 12" framed photograph (choose from one of four stills from the Neruda movie: "Alpacas," "Neruda Noir," "Earth Tree" or "Cold Type") PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive a copy of Canto General (signed by translator Mariela Griffor) AND one miniature letterpress book (hand printed and numbered, limited edition) of eight lines from Neruda's Canto General (from Canto IV, "The Liberators") by book artist Kirsten Miles with Holly Odom the Virginia Art of the Book Center.

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    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive a copy of Canto General (signed by the translator Mariela Griffor) PLUS one miniature letterpress book (hand printed and numbered, limited edition) of Emily Dickinson Poem #52 by book artist Kirsten Miles with Holly Odom the Virginia Art of the Book Center.

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    5 backers

    Welcome to the Tupelo Family! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive a one-year subscription to Tupelo Press (value: 9 books for $99).

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive one signed copy of Canto General (translated by Mariela Griffor) AND one limited edition, miniature letterpress chapbook of lines from Canto IV, Liberators of Neruda's Canto General (translation by Mariela Griffor), PLUS one limited edition letterpress chapbook, hand printed and numbered, of Emily Dickinson Poem #52. Chapbooks made by Kirsten Miles, Virginia Arts of the Books Center, Charlottesville, Virgina.

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    4 backers

    Welcome to the Tupelo Family! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor AND you will receive one set of 4 high-quality postcards made from stills from Neruda, the movie ("Alpacas", "Neruda Noir", "Earth Tree" & "Cold Type") AND one soft, gray, hand-designed tee-shirt emblazoned with the red, Neruda logo PLUS a one-year subscription to Tupelo Press (value: 9 books for $99) AND one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor and you will receive one letterpress broadside of Neruda's verses from Canto General (translated by Mariela Griffor, numbered and signed by printer Jim Walczak) PLUS a one-year subscription to Tupelo Press (value: 9 books for $99) AND two copies of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    4 backers Limited (2 left of 6)

    The Chapbook Tune-up: We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor; you will receive a review of your chapbook-length manuscript (32-page limit), including in-depth focus on every line, every poem and evaluation of overall coherence and poem order; PLUS one copy Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor AND you will receive a soft, gray Neruda tee-shirt AND you will receive a cooking class for yourself and a friend with renowned NYC chef and best-selling cookbook author, Myra Kornfeld (see full description to your left) PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor.

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    Manuscript Magic! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive a complete poetry manuscript review (up to 54 pages) by Tupelo Press Editor-in-Chief, including line-by-line comments and suggestions for poem-order PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor. IN ADDITION, you will receive an invitation to the Canto General book launch party in Manhattan, catered by chef Myra Kornfeld, with Tupelo board members, cast and crew of the Neruda movie and live music.

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    Outsider Art! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive one original, signed painting on a page of the Spanish edition of Canto General, by nationally-exhibiting artist Karl Mullen AND one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor. In addition, you will receive an invitation to the Canto General book launch party in Manhattan, catered by chef Myra Kornfeld, with Tupelo board members, cast and crew of the Neruda movie, and live music. Moreover, your name will be prominently displayed on the Honor Roll page in the new Canto General!

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    The Writer's Life! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive two Neruda tee-shirts AND one weekend writer's retreat in the beautiful Berkshires at the Tupelo Press loft in the historic Eclipse Mill (two nights) PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor AND an invitation to the Canto General book launch party in Manhattan, catered by chef Myra Kornfeld, with Tupelo board members, cast and crew of the Neruda movie, and live music. Moreover, your name will be prominently displayed on the Honor Roll page in the new Canto General!

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    Workshop Deluxe! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will receive a one-day poetry workshop for yourself and four friends to be offered in your home, anywhere in the continental U.S. Led by Jeffrey Levine, Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, the workshop will be scheduled at a mutually-convenient time. You will also receive one copy of Canto General, in which your name will be prominently displayed on the Honor Roll page!

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Berkshire Bonus! We will post your name on our Canto Wall of Honor PLUS you will enjoy one weekend writer's retreat (two nights) in the beautiful Berkshires at the Tupelo Press loft INCLUDING passes for two to Mass MoCA or the Clark Art Museum AND two Neruda tee-shirts AND one set of high-quality Neruda postcards PLUS one copy of Canto General, signed by translator Mariela Griffor AND an invitation for two to the Canto General book launch party in Manhattan! Moreover, your name will be prominently displayed on the Honor Roll page in the new Canto General!

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