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A traveling writing workshop / publishing adventure aimed at gathering 10-line poems from around the country and anthologizing them in a book.
A traveling writing workshop / publishing adventure aimed at gathering 10-line poems from around the country and anthologizing them in a book.
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Since June of 2005, I have been sending out a weekly 10-line, original poem ("10-line Tuesday") to a list of email subscribers. What began as a small number has grown to nearly 600 subscribers today. There are a good amount of people I know, but a far greater amount of people I don't. And I've been realizing, in this world of virtual everything, that I've been missing the kind of contact and mutual discovery and learning that can only happen when people are with each other in the same room.

So I want to change that. I want to stop missing and start doing. It's time to get out from behind the screen and to broaden the conversation.

My plan is this: To meet my readers personally by traveling TO them, holding readings and facilitating writing workshops in their homes and in their hometowns, and through the workshop create and collect their and other participants' 10-line poems that I will anthologize in a book once I return home to San Francisco. The trip will take me to places such as Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Boston, and Toronto, but will also include trips to lesser-known destinations such as Whitefish, Montana, Boone, North Carolina, South Bend, Indiana, and Nutley, New Jersey.

I will be traveling for approximately 8 weeks from September 7-November 4, 2010. My budget is $12,000 and includes support expenses (videography, photography, public relations & marketing), workshop materials and fees, and print publishing, as well as various and sundry travel expenses. My larger goal, besides the anthology of poems, is to create a documentary of this project so that it can exist beyond the lifespan of the trip itself and act as an inspiration to others, as well as a learning tool for classrooms, writing groups, and other contexts.

For more information, visit www.tourdeword.com

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    Access to the project's Kickstarter updates, a copy of Verse Purse: a pocket-sized, key-ring-bound collection of 15 “10-line Tuesday” poems.

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    Access to the project's Kickstarter, 3 versions of “Verse Purse,” credit in forthcoming “On the Road with 10-line Tuesday” book, and a copy of “Enough Water: The First Year of 10-line Tuesdays,” a four-color book featuring original poems and photographs.

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