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A poetry book & workshop about self-worth, love, and the freedom that comes with airing your dirty laundry.
189 backers pledged $10,515 to help bring this project to life.

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LAUNDRY & LOVE NOTES is a collection of poems I wrote between ages 10 and 25.  In high school and college, I am anxious and naive about love-- I change myself to impress guys, chase mister-wrongs, and make decisions I know are unhealthy for me.  Through poetry, I develop a deeper relationship with myself and discover an inner resilience that steers me away from regret and brings me back to optimism, self-love, and peace.  Laundry & Love Notes is a celebration of the courage it takes to look for your truth, and the freedom that comes when you boldly speak the truth that you have found.

To find out about purchasing the book, visit www.laundryandlovenotes.com

Content:  Besides love & dating, the book touches on subjects like: my father's absence, self-esteem & self-worth, spirituality & religion, biracial identity, and travel.

Setting:  The majority of Laundry & Love Notes takes place in Berkeley, California, but readers will also come along with me to 6-month trip to Costa Rica and experience island life with me during my semester in Barbados.

Tentative tour stops
Tentative tour stops

As a new author, I could not be more thrilled about the opportunity to take my book on a nationwide tour!  Funding through this Kickstarter campaign will allow me to teach free writing workshops in 15 cities across the states.

In the Laundry & Love Notes workshop, I will perform selected poems from my book, speak about the power of poetry in my life, and guide participants through writing exercises to start them down their own path of self-discovery through poetry.  I want to encourage young women to use poetry in a creative and self-reflective way, and learn to speak their truths boldly.

For info on booking, or to donate to workshop series visit www.laundryandlovenotes.com or contact: info@aliciazakon.com

REWARDS:

I am thrilled to offer the debut print run of Laundry & Love Notes, Limited Edition L&L memorabilia, and exclusive performances as rewards for backing the campaign.

Laundry & Love Notes (available in Hardback & Paperback).  Hardback copies are only available through this campaign.
Laundry & Love Notes (available in Hardback & Paperback). Hardback copies are only available through this campaign.
Limited Edition "Speak Your Truth" T-Shirt  (Women's sizes)
Limited Edition "Speak Your Truth" T-Shirt (Women's sizes)
Limited Edition "Speak Your Truth" T-Shirt (Men's sizes)
Limited Edition "Speak Your Truth" T-Shirt (Men's sizes)

WHERE YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL GO

The money raised from this campaign will be used for travel expenses related to the tour, including:  travel (rental car + gas + full coverage insurance), lodging, workshop supplies, printing & promotion (paperbacks, hardbacks, t-shirts, etc).  All of the funds raised will be used directly for the tour, and any amount raised above the goal will be used toward creating a tour documentary + a Laundry & Love Notes anthology with poems from tour participants.

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THE BOOK: Laundry & Love Notes is finalized and ready for production. As soon as our project reaches our funding goal of $10,000 we will start ordering books and other rewards.

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    L&L BOOKMARK: A Laundry & Love Notes (L&L) bookmark featuring a poetry excerpt from the book

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    POETRY PRINT: A signed print of one of my favorite poems from Laundry & Love Notes + a L&L bookmark.

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    LAUNDRY & LOVE NOTES DEBUT: The long-anticipated book is here! You will receive a signed paperback copy from Laundry & Love Notes first print run + a L&L bookmark. Made with years of love, laundered to perfection.

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    L&L GIFT SET: Get two signed paperback copies of Laundry & Love Notes-- one for you & one to give to a friend/cousin/mentee. Includes two L&L bookmarks.

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    LAUNDRY & LOVE NOTES TOP SHELF: You will receive a Limited Edition signed Hardback copy of Laundry & Love Notes, a L&L bookmark, and a poetry print.

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    LAUNDRY & LOVE NOTES PREMIERE:

    A Limited Edition "Speak Your Truth" T-shirt (choice of style). PLUS: a Hardback copy of L&L, bookmark, and poetry print.

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    L&L GROUP SPECIAL: This reward is for teachers or bookclubs who want multiple copies of the book for group discussion. You get: 10 signed paperback copies of Laundry & Love Notes + 10 L&L bookmarks.

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    L&L COLLECTORS SET: 2 Hardback books, 2 bookmarks, 2 T-Shirts, a framed, signed poetry print PLUS a framed art print of your choice by artist Fisseha Moges (images on project page).

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    LAUNDRY & LOVE NOTES LIVE! I will deliver an inspired spoken word performance for your event, featuring poems from Laundry & Love Notes. * Limited to SF Bay Area *

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    L&L GROUP READING: Bring me to your class or bookclub! I will read selected poems from Laundry & Love Notes and host a Q&A session. INCLUDES: Group set of L&L (10 paperbacks + 10 bookmarks) *Limited to SF Bay Area, or Q&A can be held via Skype*

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    L&L WORKSHOP SPONSOR:
    Each $650 donation will sponsor one workshop along the tour for a group of up to 30 young women. You will listed as a tour sponsor on the L&L website and you will receive: A L&L Anthology with poems from workshop participants, A DVD with tour highlights, and a personalized video thank you from me. ALSO: A signed Limited Edition Hardback book with your name printed in Thank You section & a Limited Edition T-Shirt.

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Funding period

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