Hello, my name is Jerry Brunoe. I am a Wasco Indian and was raised on the Warm Springs Reservation. After graduating from high school (circa 2001), I attended OSU and immediately immersed myself in the writing world. For a better understanding of who I am, please visit my staff page.
I am starting an indiegogo fundraiser to keep myself connected to my beloved craft. I understand that I may never make it into the mainstream literary world, so I decided to start my own literary tradition.
By becoming a Toe Good monetary contributor you will help not only myself become a part of the literary world, but also the poets that I will be publishing in book form. I asked a friend what it was like to be published and she mentioned it was one of the best feelings she ever had.
What We Need & What You Get
We are trying to raise 7,500 dollars to start the book publishing part of Toe Good Poetry.
- Rhino would print 500 copies at 2,2150.10$.
- Neebin would do the cover design, table of contents, and typography at 500$.
- 750 dollars for book review (postage, copies, etc).
- 500$ for my web designer, Eric Sears.
- 120$ to set up a Pay Pal account for the website.
- 50$ fee for State of Oregon Central Business Registry.
- 250$ for 10 ISBN's through myidentifiers.com
- 250$ for 10 Barcodes through myidentifiers.com
- 750$ in postage for First Copy, Signed Copy, and First Five Book donors' books.
- The remaining money is for the leeway that I will need to ensure a succesful first printing.
We have six different monetary donation levels for potential contributors. Please see the right-hand sidebar for more information.
Some Fun Facts
- The Literary Arts, especially poetry, often takes a back seat to other artistic endeavors. By contributing to our start-up fund, you are helping many poets achieve their personal goals.
- Toe Good Poetry published their first poem on March 3, 2011.
- We originally intended to publish only one poem per month, but started publishing two poems after our first submissions call was met enthusiastically.
- We will be publishing 4-5 poems a month by March 3, 2013.
- We have an International Fan Base. We have readers that visit our site weekly. They are from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, and Portugal.
- We also have semi-regulary (monthly) readers from The Phillipines, Russia, Sweden, and a handful of other Countries.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about the Toe Good Poetry Campaign.
- Sign up for our subscription notices via facebook (facebook.com/toegood), twitter (@toegoodpoetry), or on the website's subscription notice page.
Why Contribute to us?
- We are looking to publish those who don't get a chance in the traditional or mainstream literary communities.
- To be succesful in this literary art, you are either raised by a handful of academic institutions and receive a stamp of approval through them such as a BA, Masters, or PhD; or you are an unbelievably talented and lucky spoken word artist that has a set of places to perform.
- We want to support those that are between those two mediums--those Native Americans, Minorities, and other Literary Outcasts.
- If you don't believe that it is the case, that it is hard for groups of people to make it in the literary world, please view Phillip Levine's quote below:
"I think that with blacks and Chicanos-- and Indians... something else has taken place that isn't so much in the awarding and judging. It is something that takes place in their education where they are told that they can't write. It's as simple as that. They are discouraged from writing, so that you don't have chicano poets to speak of until rather recently. They endured a school system which conspired, I think consciously, to tell them they could not write and even if they could learn to write they wouldn't write anything sophisticated or interesting enough to ever please this tremendous audience... In fact, they were told they were illiterate." -- Phillip Levine