Will Work For Change (The Tour)
$1,370 of $1,000 goal
WE DID IT! Between this and private giving, we were successful.
THANK YOU, everyone who shared and supported this cause.
No job is too small, no dream is too big.
What Is This?
To put it in a phrase:
I'm taking my poetry to Europe!
Specifically, the Salerno World Conference, in Salerno, Italy - put on by 100,000 Poets for Change to push for peace in America.
There, there will be workshops, opportunities to perform, and introduce my work to an audience that would never get to see my work out-and-abroad in Europe.
The problem: funding.
The solution: hard work.
Like I say down below, this isn't a "give me money" scheme. What I'm looking for, simply put, is work. As an artist, as an employee, as a mover, doing home care - I've done it all, and more.
If you have access to work, I can be paid via this website (or, I will deposit the money given into this account).
As I say on my website (linked here , and above), I don't just want the money. I want the story of being able to work hard to make a dream come true.
Who Am I?
I'm a Sacramento-local poet, Featured across this fair city, with an opportunity to go overseas with a crew of Sacramento's finest to tour the European country - spreading this first-generation Cuban-American's story and good-word across the world.
I've taught high school students (the most at one time: 500+ in a series of workshops at California State University, Sacramento), I've taught adults, I've Featured across this fair city, and it's time to make this dream come true.
I have hosted shows (the biggest of which was the Love Jones Experience Part II at Laugh's Unlimited), performed improv for the past three years with ComedySportz Sacramento, and have been a member of the National Poetry Slam-registered group !X Ethnic Theatre Workshop.
What I Need, by May 25th
A US Passport (this is the first priority)
Entry fee into the Salerno World Conference
An airline ticket to Italy
An airline ticket back from Italy
Room and board in Italy
Money for taxis, trains and local transit
This Is Not A Handout
The last thing I want to be is yet-another guy who's using the Internet to beg for money. I am not that person.
What I want is simple:
I want to work for it. I want to earn it. I want the story.
If you know anyone who needs work done, I am available to work. Please share this with them. If you need work done, I am available. If you know any ins for work being done, I am eager and looking.
It's an interesting choice of websites, then, to use "GoFundMe" as a payment method - as, typically, it's used for people with their proverbial hands-out, hoping someone will fund them for free.
The logic behind this is: I certainly wanted to leave the option open for people to choose to donate to the cause, without requesting work from me - hence using this service - but I also wanted to be able to track my goal as I work for this tour.
I will be depositing the money I earn, here, until I reach the goal.
So enjoy, please feel free to contribute (be it in the form of a donation or in the form of work).
And please Share this with others, using the buttons above or below. I need your help to make this dream come true.
And I am dying to make this dream come true.
I am very accessible.
Feel free to contact me at:
or @DavidDemola (Twitter and IG)
Please refer me to work, businesses and if you have a job that needs to be done, contact me!
And/or if you donated, I'd appreciate it!
Work hard. Kick ass. We got this.
Salerno seems more real than ever. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me get to where I am, right now.
TEACHING THE YOUTH -
In the three weeks leading up to Salerno, I'll be teaching kids at a low-income school all about poetry. I've done it once before, with this class (I taught them haiku - they picked it up so fast, it was ridiculous). I am beyond excited, and honored, to be able to do this.
David Loret de Mola
Since I last updated The Tour, life has been beautiful. There are so many updates and exciting announcements, I’m going to just bullet them -
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED -
While GoFundMe.com won’t let me actually deposit the amount I worked for…WE REACHED THE GOAL! My Social Media work with The Safety Center paid enough to hit the $4,000 mark (and a touch extra). I am still going to fundraise, because this amount was meant specifically for basic-living expenses. But – obviously – if I’m in Italy (and Europe), I should absolutely take advantage of it.
NEW BOOKS! –
As we speak, 100 physical copies of my second book, “Beautiful” are being printed for when I go to Italy. If you have bought an online copy, I will be giving you a physical copy. Also, if you donated to The Tour, you’re getting one (when I can get it into your hands).
ALSO, I have a new book that is formatted, ready-to-print and sitting on my computer as I type this. “Confessions of a First Generation Alien”. It features all new work, with only one or two poems in it having been spoken at Features, but never published. I am so excited to get this printed, and bring it out to Salerno. If you donated to the cause, when this gets printed you’re getting a copy.
A SECRET PROJECT -
I don’t want to spoil the details, because things have a funny way of not happening after I say them out loud. But I have a project that I’m hoping to finish before I leave for Salerno that will put my work in a very different format than you’re used to hearing.
UPDATE ON THE TOUR –
The ticket is purchased, the passport is on its way, and I am shipping out June 1st, 9pm, to Paris, France. From there, Ike Torres (and possibly Russell Cummings) will be heading down to Salerno by train to meet Graffiti Bleu!
GUEST SPEAKER/PERFORMER –
I have been chosen to speak at the conference about the Oral Tradition, and Spoken Word, at a roundtable. Also, I’ll be performing on their main stage with my work translated in Italian behind me.
This life is ridiculous. It’s beautiful. If you aren’t doing what you love, go do what you love. The worst that can happen is you get a little lost on the way to figuring out what you want.
Take care, and have a beautiful day!
David Loret de Mola