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Short poems published on pressed pennies. (Lea's Quick Pitch #1)
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Bring Lucky Penny Press's first publication into the world! 

Short poems embossed into real pennies from a hang-crank souvenir pressed penny machine? YES, PLEASE!

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Welcome to Lea's 'QUICK PITCH" Kickstarter series! Here's the scoop: Lea's notebook is bursting with fun ideas, but she's not sure which ones on her wish list you will love most! So she is running an experiment here on Kickstarter -- pitching a handful of quirky, wondrous ideas to you this year instead of just one highly-polished idea. It takes way too much time and resources to package up an idea into a perfectly-produced Kickstarter page, so with QUICK PITCHES, Lea will jump straight to the good stuff: SHARING her ideas with you, TESTING the waters, and then MAKING them come true! And then pitching another awesome idea to you AGAIN and ASAP. Expect these quick pitches to be rough around the edges, but full of all the heart, dedication, and ability to execute that you've come to expect from Lea Redmond over the years. She's can't wait to find out what you're excited for her to make!

WHO IS LEA? Lea has made things like crazy since she was a wee one, such as this tiny paper soda pop machine. You can explore her world at LeaRedmond.com. Her participatory art projects, such as With A Pencil In My Pocket and Sugar Books invite people to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Lea dreams up and designs whimsical goods such as Seed Money and Matchbox Theater for her business, Leafcutter Designs. Her World’s Smallest Post Service has charmed tens of thousands of people with teeny tiny mail. Lea also creates books, journals, and games via various publishers, including Letters To My Future Self, All Lovely Things, Knit The Sky, and Paint Chip Poetry. She recently opened Lucky Penny Parlor in Downtown Oakland, a tiny 250-square-foot storefront and wonder cabinet. She was the first ever "Artist In The House" at Chronicle Books, where she turned the publishing house's elevator into a tea room.

Lea's previous 9 successful Kickstarter projects:

World's Smallest Post Service: A Magical Future 

Lively Matter: A Grand Adventure of the Ordinary 

World's Smallest Post Service Kit - Special Editions! 

Keep Me Posted: Tiny Tales Delivered By Mail 

World's Smallest Post Service - DIY Activity Kit 

Trade Tokens: A Currency of Kindness 

Chai Dice: A Playful Way to Make Spiced Tea 

Seed Money: Coins You Can Plant! 

Retro Punch Boxes for Valentine's Day 

GET TO KNOW LEA by watching her recent talk for Creative Mornings SF:

Risks and challenges

Even though this project is part of Lea Redmond's "QUICK PITCH" series, rest assured that she has done the necessary research and budgeting to be sure that the rewards can be filled in a timely manner. Lea has over a decade of experience crafting and manufacturing small objects in her studio in Oakland, CA, and Lucky Penny Press is fairly simple in terms of making. As always, fulfillment only gets tricky if we get TONS more backers than we expect. If that happens, we'll do our best to move as quickly as possible, hiring extra staff, etc., to get all these penny poems pressed for you ASAP!

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    Pledge US$ 12 or more About US$ 12

    THREE sets!

    You will receive THREE sets of our first publication (3 sets X 3 penny poems per set = 9 poems total). One set for you to keep and some to share, drop on the sidewalk or into tip jars!

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    "Friendship" batch - FOUR sets!

    FOUR sets of our first publication (4 sets X 3 penny poems per set = 12 poems total). Two sets for you + two sets for a friend (shipped separately to your friend).

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    TEN sets

    You will receive TEN sets of our first publication (10 sets X 3 penny poems per set = 30 poems total). One set for you to keep, and lots more penny poems for you to spread around, drop on the sidewalk, into tip jars!

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    300 penny poems!

    You will receive 300 penny poems, either loose or packaged as sets of 3 ("Issue no. 1), according to your preference. Pocketfuls of penny poems to spread around!

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    Pledge US$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,500

    Your own custom edition!

    Lucky Penny Press will produce a custom publication for you including THREE unique penny texts / illustrations of your own choosing or creation. This pledge comes with 500 custom pressed pennies.

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