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Six poets. One Van. No Quit.
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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Thank you, thank you! You'll live on forever in the movie credits as a Line Assembly patron! You’ll also get exclusive live tour updates via our backers-only email list. Subscribing to the list is optional, but given the various pratfalls of the great American road trip—scorpion bites? dark, mysterious strangers? the world's largest ball of twine?—we're fairly certain this will be entertaining.

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    For just a little more, you get all the benefits of the $15 level PLUS your very own Line Assembly poetry notebook featuring our lovely logo on the cover, PLUS a poetry postcard we’ll compose from the road! Still want more? OK, DJ. At this level, you can join us on the tour (in spirit) by adding a song to our public Spotify playlist. But be kind! You know how rough it is to have "Kokomo" stuck in your head.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Assemble some lines of your own—with our help! In addition to the $25 rewards, we'll send a Line Assembly Poetry Kit right to your door. Each one-of-a-kind kit includes poetry games, prompts, favorite lines, and small totems from the tour guaranteed to help you fill up that fancy new notebook of yours. Did we mention it comes in a strange and surprising container? Because it does. (How mysterious!)

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    Want to bring all the glory and drama of the tour into your own living room? At this level, you get the $25 rewards PLUS a DVD of the documentary with commentary from the director and the poets themselves. Knowing this crew, the commentary could cover such disparate topics as snowboarding, snakes as pets, or the Sears-Roebuck Catalogue Game. And poetry! Always poetry.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    For one solitary Ben Franklin, you'll get BOTH $50 rewards: the Poetry Kit PLUS the documentary DVD. But that's not all! You'll also get backer-only bonus footage of readings, interviews, workshops, and what will surely be some coveted bloopers. And we'll all sign the DVD, too! Watch it or frame it? Tough call.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Can you put a price on being first? Yes: $150. You’ll get everything from the $100 level—the signed DVD with bonus footage, the poetry kit, et al—PLUS you’ll see the movie first! Yup, that means a sneak peek of the film before the official release! Comes with plenty of time to brag to your friends. AND you'll also be the proud owner of a limited-edition chapbook of poems composed by the Line Assemblers during the tour!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    If the sneak peek and the chapbook of our poems simply aren't enough for you, you'll ALSO be the proud owner of a limited-edition full-color copy of the resource zine we're distributing to libraries along the tour. In it, you'll find writing prompts, suggested reading, and our collective advice on growing and maintaining poetry communities—in small towns, in big mean cities, and everywhere in between. And just because we like you, we'll also send you three limited-edition 5x7 archival prints of movie stills or photos from the tour—you choose!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Wow! You're truly a shining star in our book. In fact, you oughtta be in pictures—or, at least, in the credit sequence. That's right: Your name will roll during the opening credits as a member of our production team. PLUS, you'll also receive signed copies of all of our publications in fancy, fancy wrapping AND one 8x10 archival print of a movie still or photo from the tour. (You choose from our tour gallery!) We'll also make you a personalized video to say thanks for your support. You wise and wonderful patron of poetry, you.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We love to break bread as a way of showing thanks and fostering community, which is precisely why, in addition to the $500 level above, we would love to cook you dinner! That's right: Six poets in your own kitchen (provided you live on the tour route or reasonably nearby), roasting vegetables in your oven and chatting up your dog. After dinner, we'll give a reading just for you and yours, with poems so sweet and subtle they'll put Aunt Edna's Baked Alaska to shame. (Sorry, Edna!)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Not on the tour route? Can’t have us over as your personal friend-chef-poets? Fret not, generous backer! We’ll host you at our film premiere as a VIP and cook for you then! (Sorry Edna, travel not included, but home-cooked meals, gratitude, and all kinds of rewards are included with gusto!)

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    We're so grateful for your support that it's tough to find an adequate way to show our thanks. Candygram? Too corny. Skywriting? Too potentially lethal to geese. So, humbly, we offer you the rewards at both $1,000 levels, AND an executive producer credit in the documentary itself. Move over, Harvey Weinstein.

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