West Philly Community Poem in the Philadelphia Inquirer

@westphillycommunitypoem is in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning! Along with words from Philly Youth Poet Laureate Cydney Brown and LindoYes, who joined us in the pop-up offering personalized poems for participants to walk away with.

Read the full article here: https://www.inquirer.com/…/everyday-places-barnes-west…

“Doing poetry in public, Kavanaugh’s learned, can be a ‘healing medium’ that gives people space to ‘work things through, through poetry.’

“With emotions that can be difficult to express, he explained, poetry offers a chance to find language for them. As the words reach deep within ourselves, poetry can touch without touch, he continued.”

Thank you so much to writer Cassie Owens and photographer Jose F. Moreno for taking the time to capture so much of the scene at La Pearl Beauty Emporium, and further describe the purpose of the #EverydayPlacesWestPHL Artist Partnerships presented by #BarnesWest LoLa 38 and The Barnes Foundation!

Did you miss our first pop-up? That’s okay! We have several more pop-ups through October! Our next date is on Sunday, August 29th at La Pearl Beauty Emporium on Lancaster Avenue

West Philly Community Poem in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Travel By Haiku is available at your local bookstore

Hey, check it out! My new poetry collection #TravelByHaiku is available at local bookstores around the country, including:

More info and places to grab a copy on my website here: https://www.marshalljameskavanaugh.com/travel-by-haiku-volumes-6-10.html

Featuring collaborative haiku by 6 different authors on three separate road trips, the story follows our hero Marshall Deerfield who ties it all together as a young poet growing wilder. Those familiar with the American Pops of #JackKerouac, the blues-infused ku of Sonia Sanchez, or the travel fiction of Basho will especially enjoy these wild rambles and where they take the reader.

In a review in Tears in the Fence, John Brantingham, poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, had this to say about the new book: “What struck me immediately is how this feels like the volume that might have been written by a side character in #JackKerouac’s novel Dharma Bums. There is a joy here for nature that is infectious. With the haibun, these haiku create a narrative of young people going into the new American West to find what remains to take pleasure in. Much of what we have read in older works that have the same kind of approach is gone. Times have changed and we have lost that world. Marshall Deerfield is trying to find what is there now and how to lose himself in these places.”

Travel By Haiku is available at your local bookstore

Review for Travel By Haiku in Write Now Philly

A review of Travel By Haiku by Madison Betts, just in time for summer

Published in Write Now Philly:

“The artful entwining of anecdotes with poetry created by the six collaborators brings attention to the effect of connection. Whether through the connected lines of poetry, the bonds between Deerfield and his friends, the ties to those they meet on the road, or the immersion in nature, connection is felt throughout the book. It is exactly the energy needed in 2021 and in the coming years.”

Read more here: https://writenowphilly.com/road-tripping-from-home/

Review for Travel By Haiku in Write Now Philly

Travel By Haiku – Los Angeles Release Party!

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

Don’t miss out on the adventure!

Travel By Haiku – Los Angeles Release Party!

Travel By Haiku is out now!

Tonight is the night! Grab a ticket and take the ride. Tune in tonight, March 31st at 8PM EST for the online release party for #TravelByHaiku!

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/TBHReleaseParty

The show is FREE to attend. You need to RSVP to get the Zoom link. With your ticket, you can also purchase a signed copy of the new book.

The night will include a dynamic range of spoken word, music, live puppetry, dance, and video art performances
The night will be co-hosted by @therandomtearoom with tea and other cozy accoutrements.

Get in! Let’s journey together.

📸 by @sixnineteen

Travel By Haiku is out now!

Travel By Haiku – author bios

The Travel By Haiku online release party is on March 31, 2021. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/TBHReleaseParty

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.

RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TBHReleaseParty

The event is FREE to attend. You can also purchase a book with your ticket to enjoy this epic, wild journey as it is released into the universe!

Travel By Haiku – author bios

Travel By Haiku – Big Reveal

I’ve been waiting for this moment for months! The advanced reader copies for my new book #TravelByHaiku came in the mail. This moment was made possible thanks to subscribers on my Patreon campaign.

Join them and Subscribe to my Patreon: https://patreon.com/marshalljameskavanaugh

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

Travel By Haiku – Big Reveal

Travel By Haiku – crankie by Marian McLaughlin

This is just about the coolest gift imaginable! My sister commissioned the ever-amazing Marian McLaughlin to make a personalized crankie based on my cross-country road trips.

Subscribe to my Patreon to see the full video: https://bit.ly/PledgeToHaiku

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.

Travel By Haiku – crankie by Marian McLaughlin

Thank you everyone who subscribed to my Patreon!

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.

Subscribe here: https://patreon.com/marshalljameskavanaugh

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.

Thank you everyone who subscribed to my Patreon!

Become a patron and save the day!

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.

Click here to sign up for as little as $1 a month.

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.

Become a patron and save the day!