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Steve Shell is the three time Grand Slam Champion From Asheville, NC. He wants to publish a new book of poems. You would like it.
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FUNDED IN THREE DAYS!! YOU GUYS RULE!! BUT THE FUN ISN'T STOPPING!!

 Stretch Goal #1:  We have the bulk of a month. So here's the deal, if we can stretch this out to another $300 bucks before the end of the month, It will enable me to produce an audio companion version of the performance poems featured in the book on either your choice of fully packaged CD or Digital Download. If you gave $25 or more, you'll score a copy of this.

The Project

The project is simple.  Steve Shell is a poet from Asheville, North Carolina who has served as a leader and champion for the healing art of spoken word for both adults and young people. He wants to publish a new book of poems and have it not look like something that he made at Kinkos.  This is because his last book DID look like something he made at Kinkos, because it was something he made at Kinkos. 

Who is Steve Shell and Why Do I Care?

Steve Shell is a poet who was born in the rural mountains of Southwestern Virginia and in 2004 moved to his real home in the glorious city of Asheville, NC.   Steve Shell has worked in both public and therapeutic education for the past decade, building much of his success as teacher and as a mental health professional on the healing power of spoken word poetry.  In 2008, Steve founded Healing Voices: The Eliada Poetry Slam at Eliada Homes, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth who often have no other place to go and desperately need psychiatric treatment.  In 2011, Steve won his first citywide Grand Slam Championship, and his second in 2012.  In 2014 Steve not only won his third city championship but finished second  out of two hundred poets at the second largest adult slam in the nation: the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam.    After four years of successful and often groundbreaking programming, Steve Shell was recruited to be one of two coaches for the first ever youth slam poetry team to represent Asheville at the Brave New Voices festival.  Brave New Voices is the largest youth poetry festival in the world.  In the years since 2012, Asheville has been a semifinalist every year they have competed and have been featured on the final stage of the festival twice and in opening ceremonies once.    Currently Steve helps coach the Asheville BNV team, serves as slammaster and organizer for the adult slam in Asheville and fights tooth and nail for there to be opportunities for adults and kids alike to be able to express their voices in a public, performance oriented venue.  In short, he's a good dude who makes good art. Give him a dollar or fifty. 

Risks and challenges

If the spirits are willing and there are no natural disasters this should be a fairly low risk operation. Steve Shell is, among other things, a graphic designer who has done work for such notable poets as Taylor Mali, Bassey Ikpi and even got to do an event filer involving former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. So the layout and art for this thing will cost us nothing. If we run into delays we will do our best to put out fires, ship rewards and mow your lawn if we have to to make sure everyone is happy.

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    This gets you my undying gratitude, and a video of me reciting your name along with a list of other awesome people who gave fthat will be posted to the Poetry Slam Asheville facebook where all 3k+ of our friends will hear about how awesome you are. as well as a special digital premium package that will be related to the book. The awesomeness of said package will depend on where you fall in the listed donation range. There will also be customized print rewards for those who edge toward the upper end of the donation range.

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    If you want to donate fifty bucks or more, you get everything that's been listed thus far and a copy of the book. I can only offer this for a limited number of donors because really--what's the point of publishing a book if you have to promo them all away? It's a VERY limited first run y'all. I'll even sign this if you're into that sort of thing, but it would be a little weird. I'm afraid I have to limit this to my US friends so I don't lose an organ to shipping costs :/. If you live outside the US and REALLLLLY wanna do this, contact me directly.

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