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This project will launch poems into the sky to scatter near and far across the Midwest.
Created by

Katie Haaheim

48 backers pledged $1,475 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

For my curious backers

Hello to my backers-- it is wonderful to communicate with all of you once again after such a long break.

I would bet that many of you share some questions about my project-- did it happen? How did it go? When will I be able to read the poems?

Well... I can't wait to tell you.

The project was amazing. On a beautiful summer day, my friends, family, and backers gathered to assemble and release my poem-laden balloons. Some shot almost immediately out of view, others drifted lazily in the sky-- one even released my poems onto a freeway (whoops). A crowd eventually gathered in the sculpture garden, curious spectators peppering my family with questions about what we were doing and why. Children ran gleefully, chasing my balloons as they flew rapidly away. And in the end, after those balloon's long journeys, I did get responses to my poems-- those will be detailed more fully in the chapbook.

A short clip from the launch is available here

As far as the chapbook goes-- with careful thought, I have decided to push back production for a few more months. I hope to release it as soon as March, but I will have it finished by the end of May at the very latest. This decision comes in part from the fact that I have decided that I want this to be a highly interactive book, and its design will take a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, I have approval pending to present this project as a part of the Whitman Undergraduate Conference-- a day-long collection of presentations scientific, artistic, and everything in between. I strongly suspect that my experience at the conference is one that I would like to include in my chapbook in some way; as the conference does not happen until April, my publication date would be pushed to May by default.

BUT, there is no need to wait until then to read my poems. I have added many of my "Drifting Thoughts" poems to my website-- The formatting is pretty much impossible to get right using wordpress, so I would only ask that you bear in mind while you read them that the layout is actually very, very different.

Please let me know if you have other questions or comments-- I love getting to hear from all of you. YOU made this possible, and this experience has been truly life-changing.

All of my thanks, and all of my love--


Leapin' lizards, that prototype is FLYING!

Greetings to my backers!

As the time for the event draws closer and closer, I am delighted to announce that finally (FINALLY), one of my balloon tests has succeeded! I filled the balloon with helium at 4pm yesterday, and as of this morning it is leak-free, full of helium, and still straining against its tether.

Look for an update soon detailing the location and time of the event. I am so excited to share this with all of you.

All my best,


FUNDED!!! (hip-hoorah, hip-huree!)

Hello, backers! It's been a wonderful morning. Thanks to all of you, I can now count on my project happening. It is a wonderful feeling, as well as somewhat scary. 

Now that I have an event to plan, my work really starts-- in the next couple of weeks, I will be advertising like crazy to try and sell some chapbooks and get people to the event. I have just started a Google adwords campaign, and I have some new rewards and public advertising in the works. Stay tuned for updates!

Once again, thank you all so very much. I am so grateful to take the planning of this on, and I can't wait to deliver on an awesome display of poetry for you all.

All my best,


78% funded, and a new reward!

Hello to all of my wonderful backers! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your generosity and excitement. Thanks to you, I am 78% of the way to my goal. With ten days to go, I think we may be looking at an event even bigger than I originally hoped.

I am in the process of drafting a set of alternate budgets, so that if and when I do reach my goal I can be ready with a new set of ideas and a new goal. As long as people are interested in the heart of this project, my commitment is to make the event as fun, engaging, and creative as possible. 

Very soon, expect to see some new rewards announced. There is already one new one-- since I have now sold out of the $50 increment reward, I am now offering a new one. If you find yourself wishing you had selected a different reward, even one that has been newly added, it is possible to change your reward after your initial selection (it is also possible to increase your pledge if your original donation does not meet the price point for a reward you wish to swap to).

Thank you all so much for your support. I couldn't do it without you.

All my best,