This Sunday, May 23rd at 4pm PCT (7pm EST), #TravelByHaiku is getting far out on the digital road. We’ll be teaming up with Tomorrow Today in Los Angeles for an online release party. You can tune in from anywhere in the world!
RSVP here: https://bit.ly/TBHpartyLA You’ll have to RSVP to get the Zoom link. Tickets are FREE. You can also purchase a signed copy of the new book with your ticket.
The night will feature spoken word, music, live puppetry, dance, and video art performances by John Brantingham, Kendra Adler – Word As Movement, Phoenix (Jenna Love), Lance Robertson, Holly Zimbert, Erin White & Ethan Foote, Marian McLaughlin, Stephanie Beattie, Cameron Christopher Stuart, Augustus Depenbrock, and Rowan Vanskyver Killian
It’s time to introduce the writers whose haikus are featured in this new collaborative collection. Let’s start with Gus!
Augustus Depenbrock spends his time in Los Angeles puttering around the garden. He imbues his dreams into many objects whether they be words, soil, paint or stone. It is all a part of the magic to explore around us.
His haiku collaborations are featured in Travel By Haiku, Volume 6: Desert Jesters Swim In Ancient Seas. This section follows our journeys through the Big Bend area of West Texas. This trip took place in 2015, while I was on the second leg of my first US poetry tour from the east coast to the west coast.
It picks up right where Travel By Haiku, Volumes 1-5: Still Trippin’ Across The States leaves off. It’s right before I discovered Taos, NM, where you’ll see in the book, I end up returning to and making my homebase for the journeys that launch in the latter third of the book with Stephanie Beattie and Cameron Christopher Stuart in 2016. It’s a wild start to a wild journey. No better place than the desert for it to start! You can learn more about the new collection on my website: https://bit.ly/TravelByHaiku
You can join us on the road, on March 31st, 2021 at 8pm EST.
Sign up for at least $3 per month before March 1st, 2021, and I’ll add your name to the acknowledgements when the book is published. $7 a month and I’ll mail you a copy along with some other goodies.
If you’ve enjoyed a poem in the past, I encourage you to sign up. Thanks to current patrons, I’ve been able to focus on assembling this collection, pay for professional editing, pay for peer review, and do all this despite having less access to my normal income of typing poems in public places as a result of pandemic lockdowns and winter weather.
Subscribers at any tier of support gain access to all of the behind the scenes that goes into creating a book. You’ll see rough drafts, notes about the writing, time-lapse videos of design work, a peek into special collaborations, and much more. All that, as well as special discounts for my webstore and upcoming events including the Travel By Haiku release party.
Any support will go such a long way. I’m currently hoping to reach my next goal of being able to pay all of the performers at the online book release party on March 31, 2021. If even a quarter of my followers here, signed up for $1 per month, I’d be able to achieve that goal and curate such a killer event worth remembering.
We’d bring #TravelByHaiku to life like never before seen!
Thanks all for following along. I hope to see you over on Patreon and share more of this collection with you as we get closer to the March release!
You can also RSVP to the online release party. Tickets are FREE. There’s also paid tickets where you can get tea and other goodies from event co-host The Random Tea Room! Go check it out here: https://bit.ly/TBHReleaseParty
What is a crankie, you may ask? It’s an old storytelling device where a long, illustrated scroll is hand-cranked through a viewing window while a story is told. @marianmclaughlin makes them on demand on any topic or idea. Send her a message if you’d like to commission a gift like this for someone you love. She’s open for requests and as you can see an extraordinary dream laborer. This storyboard features the likes of Parse Seco, and the unicorn Ma Ja Ka, as well as a snapshot of the Poets For Peace.
As far as the new book, it includes haikus like the ones featured in this clip. We’re a quarter of the way to funding a release party that’ll feature performances like this. Your pledge to my Patreon campaign means I’ll be able to pay performers and promote the new book.
For as little as $1 a month, you can read all the rough drafts and watch the accompanying animations. For $7 a month, I’ll mail you a signed copy of the book when it’s released in March 2021. All tiers of support have a chance to contribute to the behind the scenes of a book of poetry being born out of the dust of the road.
Thank you so much to everyone who subscribed to my Patreon campaign! The next collection of #TravelByHaiku is going to be released in March 2021 and my Patreon is all set up to offer a backstage pass to publishing process.
Any support will go a long way during this time when my main income of typing poems on the street is put on pause. Pledge as little as $3 a month and I’ll even throw your name in the book to acknowledge your support. $7 or more a month and I’ll mail you a signed copy when it’s released in 2021! There are multiple tiers of support each with their own rewards available for all budgets.
If you’ve enjoyed a poem in the past, please consider signing up for a monthly subscription! Otherwise, thanks for dreaming here with me all year. I hope a poem finds you well, in this period of collective struggle.
Travel By Haiku, Volumes 6-10 is a collection of haikus written on 3 separate road trips, with 3 separate groups of friends. There are 3 sections of collaborative haikus written with the friends on each road trip, and 2 sections of travel essays to give context to the wild ride. The result is a page-turner that guides the reader through a dreamy adventure across deserts and forests and blue lakes filled with wonder. I can’t wait to share it here with you and take all of you on the road with some far out friends.
I’m having to change things a little now that I’m unable to type poems in public places because of the statewide stay-at-home order in New Mexico. I could use a few more monthly patrons to be sustainable through what looks to be the worst part of the pandemic. If you’ve enjoyed a poem in the past, please consider signing up for a monthly subscription on my Patreon and I’ll mail you a monthly dream poem typed with clean hands about any topic you choose.
There are other tiers available also. Even $1 a month really helps, and I’ll send you a Postcard Haiku to say thank you. I really appreciate all of the support! Thanks for dreaming here with me all year. I hope a poem finds you well, in this period of collective struggle.
Hey, I’m mailing out poetry grab bags for the holidays! Need some good reading for your quarantine this winter? Just send me $35 and I’ll mail you a package with both Poets For Peace zines and 2-3 other books written by myself and/or several other authors that I’ve published over the years. Send $50 and I’ll include a personalized poem for you on any topic. Each grab bag will also include stickers, a postcard haiku, and some other literary extras to brighten your day. A discount is available for folks subscribed to my Patreon campaign!
In the spirit of giving, I’ll also donate half of the proceeds to mutual aid funds providing food and water sovereignty to at-risk communities during this difficult time.
Money can be sent through Venmo (@DreamPoetForHire), CashApp ($DreamPoetForHire), or PayPal (paypal.me/DreamPoetForHire). Just be sure to include your mailing address in the message.
Sale goes through Tuesday. These packages will go out Wednesday, December 2. Support an indie author this holiday season, and get some great books to warm you through the winter!
From Jay Morris on this new collection of poems: As a follow-up to Vol. 1: Poems for Resistance, we felt called to shift our focus to the importance of resilience to grow through the burdens that weigh us down. For that reason we chose to articulate resilience through the symbolic language of flowers. What we know of flowers is that they transcend the burdens of burial to arise in light and thrive in their ultimate beauty. Consider the lotus and the common weed; one a symbol of inner peace and enlightenment, the other a reminder that we all carry the gift of breaking ground to claim our space in the world.
Volume 2 features writing by: Javan Howard, Quentin The Poet, Lindo Yes, and Cashmere Harper allied voices include: Ludlow, Valore, and Marian McLaughlin infographic about POLICE BRUTALITY + RACIAL TRAUMA by Jay Morris cover designed by Lawson Chambers
I hope that you consider getting a copy today! All proceeds from the zines go to support BIPOC organizations. These orgs provide a platform to fight systemic racism and offer various forms of mutual aid to at-risk groups throughout the region and across the country. Submit your order and I’ll mail you the zines by the end of the week!
AUGUST 23rd: at Poets For Peace Online Zine Release Party LIVE on Zoom at 8pm EST Join us on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 at 8pm (EST) for an online release party for the Poets For Peace zines. There will be live readings performed by the poets and a community forum about the various mutual aid organizations that are necessary in our communities to keep this movement going.
performances by: Javan Howard, Lindo Yes, Kyky Renee Knight, Jay Morris, Elaina Valore, Jeremy M. Brownlowe, Julia Daye, Quentin The Poet, Marian McLaughlin, and Juan Camillo Garza
with music by Ludlow