Praise the Poetry Barn

Raise an ecofriendly poetry retreat in the beautiful Catskill Mountains!
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Lissa Kiernan
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Ulster County, New York
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The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative has been providing low-cost, high-quality online poetry workshops since 2007. Now, we're launching a new labor of love: to raise enough scratch to build a solid foundation for our permanent, physical home.

Yep, we're ready to turn off our computers (just for a little while; our online workshops will continue to thrive!) and turn on to birdsong, mountain shadow, waterfalls, wildflowers, river rocks.

The vitality of our online community has made us fast-knit friends, even though most of us have never met face-to-face. We now crave a space where people of all phases of their writing lives can gather in a resplendent setting to break bread, gawk at gorgeous sunsets, and talk poetry in-between plenty of private time carved out for writing. And all the thrills of New York City just one-and-a-half hours away by train.

We envision an energy efficient (solar-powered, geothermal heated and cooled), cooperatively-run building that will house poetry workshops, readings, and retreats in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, a bewitching location, certain to ignite that transcendent thing that happens whenever and wherever creative people gather: spontaneous inspiration sparking hot off a wood fire.

Key to the success of The Rooster Moans (poetrycoop.com) is our motto: “Workshops that work.” We believe that anyone can write poetry and improve their craft with hard work and a supportive community. 

We subscribe to the seven guiding principles of cooperatives: education and training, choice, voice, and non-discrimination, to name a few. Our workshops are gently priced to accommodate the starving artist budget, with a few higher-end workshops offered to support our philanthropy, and several each year offered free of charge.

Our retreats will also be easy on the wallet, because we'll offset their costs by reaping the greater-good benefits of working cooperatively. You'll be able to contribute your special talent, whether it's cooking, gardening, photography, marketing, or simply making sure everyone is having a sublime time.

We need just enough to offset the cost of building a solid foundation for a permanent, physical home. Based on gifts received, we'll begin to raise and equip our barn in phases. If our goal is reached, we'll open our barn doors in Summer/Fall 2014, or at latest, Spring/Summer 2015.

If we exceed our goal, those additional funds will be put toward labor, food, and honorariums sufficient to entice brilliant poets for conversations and workshops.

Perks are poetic; from books to online poetry workshops to gift certificates—to an exclusive invitation to our launch celebration—a veritable hoedown featuring fresh local food and bevvies, readings and tunes. You can even sponsor a barn board and have it inscribed with your name and a line of your own poetry.

Want to learn more about us? Check out the following press:

We have worked tirelessly and managed to self-fund since our incubation, but now we're asking you for a leg-up. Even if you can't spare a dime, you can still get involved:

  • Volunteer your time, labor and skills! Good at carpentry/construction? Looking to hone your catering, photography, or video documentary skills? Contact us at workshops@poetrycoop.com. We'll find a way to put your talents to good use.
  • Spread the gospel! Raise some hay! Use the Indiegogo share tools, email your friends, and talk to people who you think will love and support our campaign. The more people we reach, the better chance we have of reaching our goal.

Photos 1, 5, and 6: Alec Perkins
Photo 2: Chris Abramides
Photo 3: Charles Knowles
Photo 4: Pfadfinder am Lagerfeuer (Scouts around a campfire)
Illustration: Sean McMenemy
Photo 7: Leonardo Aguiar

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$3,007USD
raised by 67 people in 2 months
24% funded
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$12,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 11, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Flock Gatherer

    S-E-O, goodness! We'll add your name and a link of your choice (e.g. to your book, blog, or website) to The Rooster Moans "Birds of a Feather" page: www.poetrycoop.com/birds-feather. Just click on the "Comments" tab to tell us what link and name you'd like displayed, and/or email workshops@poetrycoop.com. (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $15USD
    Your Eggs-celence

    We like the cut of your jib! You'll receive a $5 gift certificate to an online workshop of your choice at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative AND we'll add your name and a link of your choice (e.g. to your blog or website) to The Rooster Moans "Birds of a Feather" page. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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  • $20USD
    Good Egg

    Valued benefactor! We'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $25USD
    Birds of a Feather

    Our heart-whole thanks! You'll receive a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology, courtesy of Susan Yount, Editor and Publisher, and Advisory Board Member of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative AND we'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. (amount over $7 is tax-deductible)

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  • $30USD
    Sunny-Side Up

    We’re soaring! We'll add your name and a link of your choice to The Rooster Moans "Birds of a Feather" page (www.poetrycoop.com/birds-feather) AND you'll receive a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology. (amount over $7 is tax-deductible)

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  • $35USD
    Eggs-ellerate

    Knock us over with a feather! We'll add your name and a link of your choice to The Rooster Moans "Birds of a Feather" page (www.poetrycoop.com/birds-feather) AND you'll receive a $5 gift certificate to an online workshop of your choice at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative AND we'll send you a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology. (amount over $12 is tax-deductible)

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    $40USD
    Salt of the Earth

    Two words: endless gratitude! Receive a signed copy of “The Tiferet Talk Interviews,” a fascinating collection of twelve interviews transcribed from the Tiferet Talk Radio show, hosted by Melissa Studdard. Some of the world's most notable writers and spiritual leaders share their thoughts on writing, tolerance, and the world we live in today. Peek inside the book at: tinyurl.com/tiferet-talks We'll also brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. (amount over $16 is tax-deductible)

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  • $40USD
    Bird’s Eye View

    I believe we can fly! Receive a signed copy of bestselling novel “Six Weeks to Yehidah” (winner of the Forward National Literature Award and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award) by Melissa Studdard, book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, and host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk. A book for all ages, for all time: wonderful, wacky, and bursting with truth! Peek inside the book at: tinyurl.com/yehida (amount over $17 is tax-deductible)

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  • $50USD
    Feather Our Nest

    We're all aflutter! You'll receive a $15 gift certificate toward an online workshop of your choice at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative: poetrycoop.com (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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  • $55USD
    Shell-Out

    You're the hen's teeth and then some! We'll add your name and a link of your choice to The Rooster Moans "Birds of a Feather" page (www.poetrycoop.com/birds-feather) AND we'll send you a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology AND we'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. (amount over $7 is tax-deductible)

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  • $60USD
    Barn Raiser

    Our forever-love! You'll receive a $25 gift certificate to an online workshop of your choice at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative AND a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology AND we'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. (amount over $32 is tax-deductible)

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  • $75USD
    Ranch Hand

    Our most cordial thanks, pardner! We'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. You'll also receive a gratis invitation to our exclusive barn-raising launch celebration, a veritable hoedown featuring fresh local food, bevvies, readings, and live music (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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  • $75USD
    Fine-Feathered Friend

    You redefine divine! You'll receive a $50 gift certificate to an online workshop of your choice at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative AND a copy of the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal anthology AND we'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. (amount over $57 is tax-deductible)

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  • $100USD
    Leg-Up

    You’re a spark plug for good! We'll brand your name AND a line of your original poetry on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. You'll also receive a gratis invitation to our exclusive barn-raising launch celebration, a veritable hoedown featuring fresh local food, bevvies, readings, and live music (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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    $100USD
    Foghorn Leghorn

    You're a visionary! Receive free enrollment in our August 2014 online workshop: "Poem as Comic, Collage, and Graphic Design," with Rachelle Cruz, author of "Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood" (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Rachelle is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from PAWA, an Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, and a VONA writer. Learn more: http://poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/poem-comic-collage-and-graphic-design (amount over $85 is tax-deductible)

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    $100USD
    Free Bird

    We’re soaring! Receive free enrollment in our March 2014 workshop: "The Art of Borrowing: Centos, Erasures, and Other Acts of Poetic Sampling”," with Sara Tracey, author of, most recently, “Some Kind of Shelter” (Misty Publications). Learn More: http://poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/art-borrowing-centos-erasures-and-other-acts-poetic-sampling (amount over $85 is tax-deductible)

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  • $135USD
    Idea-Hatcher

    You remind me what ‘possible’ feels like! Receive free enrollment in our December 2014 online workshop: "Snow's Inaccurate Dictations Retell The Story," with Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. author of, most recently, Mantic (Augury Books) AND we'll brand your name on one of our barn boards and email you a high-resolution photo. Maureen is a winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award: Learn more: tinyurl.com/nqerh9o (amount over $125 is tax-deductible)

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  • $300USD
    Barn Blesser

    You’re the place the sun rises! Receive free enrollment in our May 2014 online workshop: "Flashing the Border: Poetry and Prose in Cahoots," with Melissa Studdard, professor, book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk. and author of the bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah (winner of the Forward National Literature Award): Learn more: http://poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/flashing-border-poetry-and-prose-cahoots (amount over $255 is tax-deductible)

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  • $300USD
    Roost Ruler

    You rule! Receive free enrollment in our December 2014 online workshop: "Ekphrastic Poetry: Dialoguing with the Greats," with Melissa Studdard, professor, book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk. and author of the bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah (winner of the Forward National Literature Award and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award): Learn more: http://poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/flashing-border-poetry-and-prose-cahoots (amount over $255 is tax-deductible)

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  • $400USD
    Matter Maker

    You matter—full stop! Receive free enrollment in our April 2014 workshop: "Making Matter Move: Philosophy and Physics in the Key of Poetry," with Amy King, author of most recently, “I Want to Make You Safe” (Litmus Press), one of The Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. Amy is also a board member for VIDA, moderator of the Women’s Poetry Listserv and the Goodreads Poetry! Group: Learn more: http://poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/making-matter-move-philosophy-physics-poetry (amount over $300 is tax-deductible)

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