landscape heartbreak

People walk me to places where they've had their hearts broken. I write poems and compose maps to create a literary cartography of heartbreak in Seattle.
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Michelle Penaloza
Writing
Seattle, Washington
United States
2 Team Members

Who Are You & What Is landscape / heartbreak?

Hello! I'm Michelle Peñaloza and I am a poet living in Seattle. You can learn more about me and read some of my poems here

landscape / heartbreak is my literary and cartographic project.  

I'm asking people to take me on walks from the Hugo House to places in Seattle where they've had their hearts broken (I take "heartbreak" to extend beyond romantic heartbreak to trauma of any kind that my volunteers are willing to share). I’m recording the audio of these walks and writing poems based on these conversations to create a chapbook of poems and maps, which will result in a literary cartography of heartbreak in Seattle.

landscape / heartbreak takes up the project of discovering a city by way of its people’s stories and exploring the interplay between the emotional and physical landscapes of a specific place. I begin the walks from Seattle's Hugo House to focus the project in a meaningful way by linking all of the walks to this physical landmark of Seattle's literary history and present. 

This project is a priority for me now because of the richness of opportunity for healing—for myself, for the participants, and for the larger audience the project will reach if this campaign succeeds. I believe landscape / heartbreak will speak to a wide audience and, hopefully, spark conversation, empathy, and catharsis in Seattle and beyond. 

What I Need & What You Get

Your contribution to landscape / heartbreak will fund essential aspects of the project:
  • Transportation: the cab / Car 2 Go rides / gas money post-walks to get my volunteers home (some of these walks are pretty far!)
  • Recording and Editing Equipment
  • Website
  • Printing (of maps and cool swag!)
  • Illustration, Mapping, and other Artwork
  • Time: for walking, editing the recordings, and, of course, writing and revising the poems. 

I need $3000 dollars to fund the continuation and completion of this project. 

You can help me raise it! And look at all the cool swag you’ll get! 

Other Ways You Can Help

  • If you can't contribute monetarily (I know, ya'll. I'm a poet. I'm a teacher.), you can help  by getting the word out about landscape / heartbreak. Please share the link to this page or to my website. Like landscape / heartbreak on Facebook! Tweet! Help me spread the word throughout Seattle and beyond.
  • If you're a letterpress or printing maven or master who believes in my project and are interested in contributing discounted or in-kind printing--please contact me!
  • If you have a specific place in Seattle you can name as a place of heartbreak, send me a query. I still have some walking to do.

I teach part-time at a community college and work part-time for human services non-profit; I strive to protect some number of hours a week dedicated to the creation of art. The success of this campaign will determine the ways in which I can devote time, attention, effort, and resources to landscape / heartbreak. 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my project!

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$3,590USD
raised by 106 people in 1 month
120% funded
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$3,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 6, 2014
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  • $10USD
    AMBLE

    A landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks.

    10 out of 200 claimed
  • $50USD
    WANDER

    A fold-out map of Seattle’s heartbreak and a landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks.

    7 out of 50 claimed
  • $75USD
    STRUT

    A copy of the landscape / heartbreak chapbook once published and a landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks.

    6 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    STRIDE

    An hour-long poet date with me via Skype (or, if in Seattle, at a coffee shop in Capitol Hill) in which we'll read poems, and write together based on prompts I prep for our date. You'll also receive an illustrated broadside of a poem from the completed chapbook, your name (laden with thanks) on the landscape / heartbreak website, and a landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks.

    3 claimed
  • $100USD
    TRAIPSE

    An hour-long “Share-Your-Heartbreak” Session with me via Skype (or, if in Seattle, at a coffee shop in Capitol Hill) along with my rapt attention, an illustrated broadside of a poem from the completed chapbook, your name (laden with thanks) on the landscape / heartbreak website, and a landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks. (Note: I am not a licensed anything, but I am an excellent commiserator and experienced empathizer in matters of heartbreak.)

    1 claimed
  • $300USD
    SASHAY

    (only applicable if in Seattle): A yummy dinner home-cooked by yours truly along, a landscape / heartbreak mix-CD, an illustrated broadside of a poem from the completed chapbook, your name (laden with thanks) on the landscape / heartbreak website and in the acknowledgements of the completed chapbook, and a landscape / heartbreak postcard with a personal message along with my sincerest thanks. (Please provide notice of any dietary restrictions).

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  • $500USD
    PROMENADE

    (only applicable if in Seattle): A heartbreak tour of Seattle. I'll take you on a personal tour of Seattle via the highlights from the landscape / heartbreak walks. You’ll also receive a landscape / heartbreak mix-CD, a fold-out map of heartbreak, an illustrated broadside of a poem from the completed chapbook, your name (laden with thanks) on the landscape / heartbreak website and in the acknowledgements of the chapbook and a landscape / heartbreak postcard along with my sincerest thanks.

    0 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    A DAMN PARADE IN YOUR HONOR

    Pledge of $1000 or more: All of the above. Good juju. My undying love and affection. My sincerest thanks.

    0 claimed
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