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Arizona writer, Aaron Johnson, will be opening a used bookstore and local publishing house in the Downtown Phoenix Arts' District!
77 backers pledged $2,228 to help bring this project to life.

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Lawn Gnome Publishing is an independent zine and chapbook publisher, created by writer Aaron Johnson, that was started in Flagstaff, AZ in 2004 and moved to Phoenix in 2008.  In the eight years we have been up and running, we have edited, designed and printed over 40 titles from over 20 poets and distributed over 45,000 copies all over North America.

In 2011, Aaron Johnson and Lawn Gnome Publishing launched it's first bookstore inside The Firehouse Gallery.  Aaron lived and conducted business inside the 12 by 14 foot room, focusing on producing and selling handmade independent chapbooks and zines from over 200 artists in five different languages alongside a selection of used classics and photo books. Eventually, Aaron ran out of space to print, bind, sort, and ship books, while trying to sleep, entertain guests, and change clothes.

This is where we need your help.  Recently, one side of a duplex home on 5th St and Roosevelt opened up (on the same street as Conspire Vegan Cafe, Jobot Coffee Shop, Lost Leaf Bar, & Made Arts Boutique) and it would be the perfect place for Lawn Gnome to move into.  Lawn Gnome Publishing Bookstore would be the first local and used bookstore in the heart of Downtown Phoenix's Art District, adjacent to Arizona State University's Phoenix Campus.

Opening a bookstore in Downtown Phoenix is not easy!  First, we had to find talented and inspiring writers, trust a pool of dedicated editors, obtain hundreds of great classics, lift and sort beautiful glossy photo essays, search for a new location, speak to the owner about our creative vision and why we are perfect for the neighborhood, build safe and sturdy bookshelves out of reclaimed materials in the neighborhood, and now we need to pay our rent and turn on the utilities to show off our new store to the community!

Aaron Johnson is going to sign the lease on January 4th, 2012 and we will move in January 8th, 2012 with plans on opening the bookstore to the public on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, at 8am.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    You will receive a Lawn Gnome Publishing "Gnomes Are Sexy" bumper sticker designed by Aaron Johnson and printed by Think Graphics and we will email you an album of photos of Lawn Gnome Publishing Bookstore's Grand Opening (February 1st, 2012).

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    We will give you a download of Aaron Johnson's last spoken word and music album, "Plenty to Waste". There's Gnome place like Gnome.

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    You will receive a gold cover copy of Aaron Johnson's last chapbook, "Roach Killer For Her".

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    You will receive 2 digital spoken word with music albums written and recorded by Aaron Johnson, plus a never-before-released digital copy of the "Gucci Canoe" EP from 2008 immediately after the Kickstarter campaign is over! These albums include "Spoken Circus" (2007) and Plenty of Waste (2010).

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    You will receive a DVD of Aaron Johnson poetry performances, FFNL sketches, and the grand opening of Lawn Gnome Publishing Bookstore!

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    Thank you! You will get a digital copy of 5 of Aaron Johnson's books and two albums!

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    Thank you thank you thank you! We are going to send you an autographed bundle called "Meaty Johnson". This is a grocery meat Styrofoam package filled with every book and cd Aaron Johnson has printed to date. This includes poetry and music from Hot Noise, Liam and the Ladies, Dogbreth, Aaron Johnson, Ben Jammin', Shaikh Sammad, Ashley Naftule, and Ernesto Moncada. Overall, this package contains 9 books and three compact discs.

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    Aaron Johnson will perform for an Arizona school of your choice, all day long. Aaron Johnson's high school and college performances focus on the importance of writing and literacy while tackling difficult topics like violence, race and gender, poverty, sustainability, and love.

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    Aaron Johnson will come perform for you in any venue for two hours straight. Yes, this could be your living room, a school, military base, dorm hallway, comic book store, movie set, sketch comedy show, bar, backseat of a Volkswagen, etc.. The only restriction is that it must be in the continental United States. And he must only perform poetry.

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