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Two poets will ride 1,400 miles on a tandem bicycle through America's heartland, writing free poems & building Little Free Libraries.
Two poets will ride 1,400 miles on a tandem bicycle through America's heartland, writing free poems & building Little Free Libraries.
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CURRENT STATUS: WE ARE REACHING FOR OUR ABOVE-AND-BEYOND GOAL. For every $500 we go over our original goal we will build 1 MORE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY. You can help us build more than 20 libraries along our route. Keep spreading the word about Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour. We have 65 hours to go!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

{What's this project about?} A pair of poets riding a tandem bicycle and towing two typewriters 1,400 miles from Boulder, Colorado to Beloit, Wisconsin, building tiny libraries and promoting poetry, community, a love of reading, and the spirit of collaboration along the way.

During our 30-day journey, we plan on building approximately 20 Little Free Libraries along our route. 

{The background} Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour is the second installation of a traveling writing project begun by Maya in 2012. 

Type Rider: Cycling the Great American Poem was a 40-day, 1,200-mile trip from Amherst, Massachusetts to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during which Maya towed a typewriter behind her and invited people she encountered at each stop to contribute to a collaborative collection of writing. 

Her journey was documented by several publications, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Rails-to-Trails Magazine, and The Writer. For a full list of articles, visit www.mayastein.com/news

{Our Plan} Type Rider II builds on the experience of the first trip in several ways. First, we will be partnering with Little Free Library (www.littlefreelibrary.org). 

According to the organization, there are currently 11,000 towns in the U.S. that do not have public libraries. We want to change this statistic! 

During our bicycle tour, we will be helping to build new libraries in the communities we visit, as well as visiting some of the existing network of libraries. 

Secondly, we will be engaging local and national poets to hold poetry readings and participate in other events at our stops and donate books to these small community libraries. 

And finally, we will be creating personalized poetry on our typewriters for the people we meet, a keepsake of our trip and - we hope - an inspiration for others to tap into their own creativity. 

We will be giving these poems away but keeping copies to include in a final book about the project, which will also feature photographs from the road, interviews with local and national poets who will join us, and profiles of some of the members of the communities we'll be visiting. 

The tour is scheduled for July 1-August 1, 2014 and will cover four states - Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Our plan is to make 40-50 stops, mostly in small towns, and to build 20 or more Little Libraries together with people who want to join the fun."

The funds raised through this Kickstarter effort will help cover the cost of these new libraries, the special events we'll be launching in communities along our route, a support vehicle that will be with us through the entirety of the trip, and the audio-visual and written materials we will be assembling to create a final document of the project.

Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour is about creativity, collaboration, and community. We hope to serve, especially, those small towns along our Boulder-to-Beloit route without an existing public library, and to build on the work of the Little Free Library movement, which aims to promote literacy and the love of reading for children and adults everywhere. 

And by writing poems for the people we meet along the way, we hope to spark the spirit of connection through creativity and inspire young writers to keep pursuing their passion.

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The SPONSOR A ROUTE reward tier is a great way to personalize your pledge. For each sponsored route, we will hold up a sign bearing your name next to the welcome sign at the community we're visiting that day, then post a picture for you to share.

Here's how it works: Take a look at our planned itinerary below and pick one of the routes. The miles of that route equal a dollar amount. (For example 51.8 miles equals $51.80.) When you click "Back this project," simply fill in that dollar amount in the top box (instead of checking the "$26 or more Sponsor a Route" reward). 

JULY 1 Boulder→Longmont→Loveland 34.8 miles ($34.80)
JULY 2 Loveland→Greeley 28.3 miles ($28.30)
JULY 3 Greeley→Fort Morgan 53.7 miles ($53.70)
JULY 4 Fort Morgan→Sterling 45.3 miles ($45.30)
JULY 5 Sterling→Ogallala, NE 90.1 miles ($90.10)
JULY 6 Ogallala→North Platte 51.8 miles ($51.80)
JULY 7 North Platte→Brady→Gothenburg 35.9 miles ($35.90)
JULY 8 Gothenburg→Cozad→Lexington 26 miles ($26.00)
JULY 9 Lexington→Kearney 36.2 miles ($36.20)
JULY 10 Kearney→Grand Island 42.5 miles ($42.50)
JULY 11 Grand Island→York 44.9 miles ($44.90)
JULY 12 York→Seward→Lincoln 56.0 miles ($56.00)
JULY 13 Lincoln→Ashland →Papillion 51.4 miles ($51.40)
JULY 14 Omaha→Glenwood, IA 28.0 miles ($28.00)
JULY 15 Red Oak→Creston 54.3 miles ($54.30)
JULY 16 Creston→Indianola 60.2 miles ($60.20)
JULY 17 Indianola→Altoona 27.3 miles ($27.30)
JULY 18 Altoona→Newton 26.0 miles ($26.00) 
JULY 19 Newton→Grinnell→Iowa City 88.7 miles ($88.70) 
JULY 20 Iowa City→Mt. Vernon 26.0 miles ($26.00)
JULY 21 Mt. Vernon→Anamosa→Dyersville 51.1 miles ($51.10)
JULY 22 Dyersville→Dubuque→Potosi, WI 51.9 miles ($51.90)
JULY 23 Potosi→Lancaster→Prairie du Chien 42.5 miles ($42.50)
JULY 24 Prairie du Chien→Viroqua 46.0 miles ($46.00)
JULY 25 Viroqua→Cashton→La Farge 32.3 miles ($32.30)
JULY 26 La Farge→Boaz→Richland Center 30.6 miles ($30.60)
JULY 27 Richland Center→Spring Green→Madison 62.2 miles ($62.20)
JULY 29 Madison→Stoughton→Evansville 34.5 miles ($34.50)
JULY 30 Evansville→Beloit 31.5 miles ($31.50)

Risks and challenges

With two Kickstarter projects successfully funded and completed, we are well aware of the risks, challenges, obstacles, and (occasional) delays that come with launching a project and seeing it through to the end. And as creative collaborators who facilitate art and writing workshops in New Jersey and elsewhere, we are adept at navigating the unexpected twists and turns that come with new experiences. For us, the biggest value of launching a project publicly is straightforward, honest communication. We have learned that vulnerability is a strength and that building a supportive community demands transparency at all times.

A unique challenge that we may face is the weather during our ride. It will be the middle of summer and we will be in the midwest, an area of the country prone to sudden storms and even tornadoes. Safety is our primary concern, and we will do everything we can to stay protected from the elements, even if it means not riding for a day!

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FAQ

  • Aside from the cost of building the new Little Free Libraries, creating celebratory events to mark their inauguration, and the travel costs associated with this human-powered endeavor, there are particular numerological significances to the number 26:

    • There are 26 letters in the English alphabet
    • There are a total of 26 bones in the human foot & ankle
    • There are 26 miles in a marathon
    • In the Hebrew system of gematria (a kind of numerology), the number 26 has several meanings, among them "to explore," "to join together," "pleasantness," and "window"

    Also:
    • It is the atomic number of iron
    • The number of red cards and black cards (each) in a deck of cards
    • Twinning the intuitive 2 and the peace-making 6, this is the number of success and shows great leadership potential (source: http://numerology-thenumbersandtheirmeanings.blogspot.com/2011/05/number-26.html)

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  • Our preliminary itinerary is as follows:

    JUNE 30
    Kickoff event in Boulder, CO

    JULY 1
    Boulder→Longmont→Loveland

    JULY 2
    Loveland→Greeley

    JULY 3
    Greeley→Fort Morgan

    JULY 4
    Fort Morgan→Sterling

    JULY 5
    Sterling→Ogallala, NE

    JULY 6
    Ogallala→North Platte

    JULY 7
    North Platte→Gothenburg

    JULY 8
    Gothenburg→Cozad→Lexington

    JULY 9
    Lexington→Kearney

    JULY 10
    Kearney→Grand Island

    JULY 11
    Grand Island→York

    JULY 12
    York→Seward→Lincoln

    JULY 13
    Lincoln→Ashland →Papillion (Omaha)

    JULY 14
    Omaha→Glenwood (Red Oak stay)

    JULY 15
    Red Oak→Creston

    JULY 16
    Creston→Indianola

    JULY 17
    Indianola→Altoona

    JULY 18
    Altoona→Newton

    JULY 19
    Newton→Grinnell→Iowa City

    JULY 20
    Iowa City→Mt. Vernon

    JULY 21
    Mt. Vernon→Anamosa→Dyersville

    JULY 22
    Dyersville→Dubuque→Potosi, WI

    JULY 23
    Potosi→Lancaster→Prairie du Chien

    JULY 24
    Prairie du Chien→Viroqua

    JULY 25
    Viroqua→Cashton→La Farge

    JULY 26
    La Farge→Boaz→Richland Center

    JULY 27
    Richland Center→Spring Green→Madison

    JULY 28
    Madison

    JULY 29
    Madison→Stoughton→Janesville

    JULY 30
    Janesville→Beloit

    JULY 31
    Beloit (Finale celebration #1)

    AUGUST 1
    Beloit→Milwaukee

    AUGUST 2
    Milwaukee (Finale celebration #2)

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    Our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    A commemorative Type Rider II magnet

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    Special Valentine's Day backer reward: A postcard from Loveland, Colorado, America's "Sweetheart City," which will be our second stop of the Type Rider trip.

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    A typewritten postcard from Maya and Amy sent from the road + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free LIbraries to communities everywhere.

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    SPONSOR A ROUTE!! Take a look at our planned itinerary and pick a route distance, then pledge that amount. For each sponsored route, we will hold up a sign bearing your name next to the welcome sign at the community we're visiting that day, then post a picture for you to share.

    JULY 1
    Boulder→Longmont→Loveland
    34.8 miles

    JULY 2
    Loveland→Greeley
    28.3 miles

    JULY 3
    Greeley→Fort Morgan
    53.7 miles

    JULY 4
    Fort Morgan→Sterling
    45.3 miles

    JULY 5
    Sterling→Ogallala, NE
    90.1 miles

    JULY 6
    Ogallala→North Platte
    51.8 miles

    JULY 7
    North Platte→Gothenburg
    35.9 miles

    JULY 8
    Gothenburg→Cozad→Lexington
    25.1 miles

    JULY 9
    Lexington→Kearney
    36.2 miles

    JULY 10
    Kearney→Grand Island
    42.5 miles

    JULY 11
    Grand Island→York
    44.9 miles

    JULY 12
    York→Seward→Lincoln
    56.0 miles

    JULY 13
    Lincoln→Ashland →Papillion
    51.4 miles

    JULY 14
    Omaha→Glenwood, IA
    28 miles

    JULY 15
    Red Oak→Creston
    54.3 miles

    JULY 16
    Creston→Indianola
    60.2 miles

    JULY 17
    Indianola→Altoona
    27.3 miles

    JULY 18
    Altoona→Newton
    26 miles

    JULY 19
    Newton→Grinnell→Iowa City
    88.7 miles

    JULY 20
    Iowa City→Mt. Vernon
    26 miles

    JULY 21
    Mt. Vernon→Anamosa→Dyersville
    51.1 miles

    JULY 22
    Dyersville→Dubuque→Potosi, WI
    51.9 miles

    JULY 23
    Potosi→Lancaster→Prairie du Chien
    42.5 miles

    JULY 24
    Prairie du Chien→Viroqua
    46.0 miles

    JULY 25
    Viroqua→Cashton→La Farge
    32.3 miles

    JULY 26
    La Farge→Boaz→Richland Center
    30.6 miles

    JULY 27
    Richland Center→Spring Green→Madison
    62.2 miles

    JULY 28
    Madison

    JULY 29
    Madison→Stoughton→Evansville
    34.5 miles

    JULY 30
    Evansville→Beloit
    31.5 miles

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    "Because It's Small" DVD - a short documentary chronicling the Little Free Library movement, showcasing builders and stewards

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    A copy of "The Language Between Us" an audio CD of 10-line poems written and read by Maya Stein + the "Because It's Small" DVD - a short documentary chronicling the Little Free Library movement, showcasing builders and stewards + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    Limited Edition Type Rider II T-shirt AND a copy of "The Language Between Us" an audio CD of 10-line poems written and read by Maya Stein

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    A spot in “Choose Your Next Adventure,” our 4-week online course starting in March (take the course yourself or gift to a friend) + a typewritten postcard sent from the road from Amy & Maya

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    Two (2) Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy before the trip begins, a copy of "The Language Between Us" an audio CD of 10-line poems written and read by Maya + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    A typewritten postcard from Maya and Amy sent from the road + a copy of "The Language Between Us" an audio CD of 10-line poems written and read by Maya Stein + the "Because It's Small" DVD - a short documentary chronicling the Little Free Library movement, showcasing builders and stewards - AND Maya's booklet "Writing Prompts for Ordinary People" (21-day version) + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    A Little Free Library tote bag filled with "Books in a Box," (a chronicle of the First Lady of Little Free Libraries), a Limited Edition Type Rider II t-shirt, the DVD "Because It's Small," and a 21-day Writing Prompt booklet + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip + a Little Free Library tote bag filled with "Books in a Box," (a chronicle of the First Lady of Little Free Libraries), a Limited Edition Type Rider II t-shirt, the DVD "Because It's Small," and a 21-day Writing Prompt booklet + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    Sponsorship of one Little Free Library along our route. Your name will be hand-painted on a library we build along the way + 2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip + a Little Free Library tote bag filled with "Books in a Box," (a chronicle of the First Lady of Little Free Libraries), a Limited Edition Type Rider II t-shirt, the DVD "Because It's Small," and a 21-day Writing Prompt booklet + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.

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    1 Basic Little Free Library Kit* (preconstructed, includes official charter sign) to install in your yard or neighborhood + 2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere.
    * THIS IS A GREAT GROUP REWARD! GET TOGETHER WITH A FEW FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS OR CO-WORKERS to SPONSOR A Little Free Library to be placed in a special spot in your town or neighborhood.

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    1 Little Free Library Two-Story Brownstone Library* (preconstructed, stained and finished, includes official charter sign) for you to install in your yard or neighborhood + 2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere. * THIS IS A GREAT GROUP REWARD! GET TOGETHER WITH A FEW FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS OR CO-WORKERS to SPONSOR A Little Free Library to be placed in a special spot in your town or neighborhood.

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    1 Little Free Library Neighborhood Building Party Kit* (4 pre-constructed libraries) + 2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip

    + our undying gratitude for your support of our adventure to bring poetry and more Little Free Libraries to communities everywhere. * THIS IS A GREAT GROUP REWARD! GET TOGETHER WITH A FEW FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS OR CO-WORKERS to SPONSOR A Little Free Library to be placed in a special spot in your town or neighborhood. Keep all 4 libraries for your community or donate one to a nearby town OR allow us to donate one in your honor to a community along our route!!

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    1 Red Sky Little Free Library for you + 1 Cedar Sunset Library to be donated in your honor to a community along our route + 2 Personalized Poems using a word or phrase of your choice written by Maya and Amy during the trip

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