Hi, I'm Annie Baldwin. I'm an improvisational spoken word poet embarking on my first east coast tour at the near end of January 2019. I've been called to spread joy across america by sharing my love poems on roses, performing my unapologetic feminist poetry, and hosting experimental storytelling workshops all throughout the country. The first stop on my tour is Mt. Vernon, OH where I'll be spending a month at an artist residency at Community Roots Greenhouse. Here, I'll be teaching spoken word to trauma survivors and people with disabilities, performing improvisation poetry sets that fuse blues music + poetry, and sharing my love poems attached to roses all over town. Then at the near end of February, I travel to Buffalo, New York City, Boston, and Providence to continue the project leaving my poetry all along the way. There is something so magical when you witness someone's face when you give them a love poem and a rose. There's this beautiful moment of oneness and connection that is created. I want to share these moments of tenderness, softness, and joy throughout post-trump america while performing poetry and holding space for other's to write their own.
Thank you for choosing to fund this project! All of you who do will be receiving some incredible pieces of joy to reward you for your donation. A few include pins, love potions, and experimental cassette recordings to name a few! Here's a sneak peak at what you may receive:
More on My Work and the Three Things I'm Taking Across America:
My Love Poems On Roses
My rose love poems were born as an experiment for Chicago Zine Fest in May 2018. I walked around the whole fest carrying a vase of roses and would give them to anyone who I intuitively felt needed one. I would trade them for zines or a few bucks too. I found that they brought on these moments of joy and connection like I've never felt before. I knew then I was on to something. Ever since then, I've been sharing them with strangers and friends alike. They have this sort of magical way of lighting a person up- maybe a person who needed extra love and softness that day. I think the "happy, pretty, good" we're inundated with on social media makes us forget that a lot of people are struggling or beating themselves up daily. My project and tour is my way of using my talents to spread joy, forgiveness, and ultimately love in our divided and hurting country right now.
My poetry is rooted in stream of consciousness improvisation. I write about overcoming sexual assault, trauma, heartbreak and grief. I write to bring hope and healing to the world. My poetry values authenticity and accessibility. I tell my story unapologetically without flowery language that often hides truth in hopes that others will too. During my sets, I ask the audience to give me a word and I become entranced as I tune into the music and viscerally feel songs burst out of me. A lot of the times too, I play with humor in my spoken word as to comment on the cosmic hilarity I experience on the daily. It's this fusion of poetry, music, wandering prose, storytelling, and comedy that I think is so truly needed in the world today in order to acknowledge grief, transform it through comedy, and understand it through the poetry. <3
Spoken Word Jam: music making & truth telling sessions
Spoken word jams are expiremental sound healing workshops I facilitate. I hold space for people's stories to be witnessed without shame or judgement while creating this improvisational symphony with all involved. I started these circles a year ago to give others a chance to create music in the way I do because there is something so healing about being authentic, loud, messy, and just howling out in stream of consciousness!
HOW IT WORKS: We gather in a peace circle on comfy chairs and pillows with hot tea and flowers. We get grounded together in a short meditation. Then, we make music & sounds! Everyone brings instruments to play or share. Truth-tellers can snap their fingers or sing while we go around making music, telling our truths and expressing what’s on our hearts without shame or judgment!
The cool thing about my workshops are that they are for EVERYONE not just poets + musicians. I create a space that takes the pressure off of us sounding good because the intention is authentic, uncensored expression over all else. This gives a chance for “bad” + wild music to come out too and their is so much freedom in this!
Thanks again for funding my work & dreams. <3
Stay wild. Share roses and love poetry with everyone you meet. <3
Risks and challenges
I think the challenges I may face are all based on the level funding I can receive for my Tour of Joy! If I exceed my $1700 goal, I will be able to more smoothly travel through the country & more easily fund bumps that may occur along the way like if I experienced car trouble or need to find new ways to travel to the East Coast. Another challenge I may face could be keeping roses alive during the winter in my car. To fix this potential problem, I plan to strategically map out places to purchase roses along the way and make each rose poem day of by keeping scissors, ribbons, and poems at the ready in my front seat. The key is to lovingly secure as much funding as possible so that the project can grow and touch more people who need it! <3 Otherwise, my schedule at the residency allows me to prep rewards in a timely manner + my vast experience with the post office makes me an expert in shipping my art in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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