Help Make "Inner East" a Reality

$9,709 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 107 people in 3 months

Over the past 15 years I’ve been working on a project that pairs my writing with my paintings to re-create prayer from an inclusive, nonpatriarchal perspective. Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings arises out of my deep convictions as a feminist Jew, but it is not intended only for women or only for Jews. I do not write prayers for a single gender or group; my goal is to offer words that are inclusive and welcoming. I write as a poet because I believe that poetry is the most direct path to the heart.  

Like my several collections of meditative poems and blessings published by university and trade presses, this new project, which I am self-publishing, offers fresh language for the prayer of the heart. But it also goes a step further, accompanying the words with visual art to create a “dialogue” that reaches beyond the limits of verbal expression to deepen a prayerful state. I hope that Inner East will speak to everyone who is looking for new ways to enrich their inner lives. 

Because I am self-publishing, I’ve had the rare opportunity to work directly with excellent professionals—book designer, editor, typesetters—to bring to life my ideal vision. Inner East is now ready to be printed as a fine-art book, which will cost $10,000. But, having spent thousands on production costs so far, I’ve broken my piggy bank. This is where I’m hoping you will come in. 

If this fundraiser attracts $7,500 in donations, I’ll be able to move forward and Inner East will become a reality at last. Donations of any amount will be deeply appreciated.

$50: Friend
$100: Advocate
$250: Angel
$500: Seraph
$1,000: Best Friend Forever

Those who donate at least $50 by August 15 will be acknowledged and thanked by name inside the book. Angels, Seraphs, and Best Friends will receive personally inscribed copies. 

I plan for Inner East to be available within four months of reaching its fundraising goal. You’ll be notified by email when it’s out and where to find it. You can also check my website  for updates. 

Many thanks in advance for your support!

With all good wishes,
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About Marcia Falk

Marcia Falk is the author of several books of highly acclaimed poems and translations, including The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible. Her books The Days Between and The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival have been acclaimed as "full of timeless spiritual wisdom, eloquently signaled in concise lines" (Read the Spirit). Marcia is also a life-long painter and a Life Member of the Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited in juried group shows and solo shows at galleries and universities across the country and in Israel.


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Dear supporters,

You've made my dream a reality--Inner East will be off to the printer ​shortly ​after Yom Kippur. Thank you for making this joyous event come to be.


I'll be closing the GoFundMe campaign soon, and once it's closed I will no longer have a way to reach you through the GoFundMe website. I am now creating an email list of donors so I can write to you directly and send you updated information about the book's publication, including how to place an order at a discount.

Because GoFundMe is prohibited from giving me your email addresses, I need you to PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL NOW SO I CAN ADD YOU TO MY DONORS LIST. Put "donor" in the subject line. Please do this whether or not you think I already have your email address. (Your address, of course, will not be made public or visible to the rest of the list.)

You can write to me through my website,, or directly to my email address (which is my first and last name, with no spaces, at

Thank you once more for your loving support of my work, which has made the start of my new year a very joyful one.

G'mar hatimah tovah--may it be a fulfilling and fruitful year for you and yours!

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Dear Friends,

In my last update I didn't give you a way to respond directly to me. In case you don't have my email address, it's my name (no caps, no spaces) at gmail. Or you can write to me through my website: You can reply to my thank-you messages, if you wish, through my email as well.

Sorry for the oversight!

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Dear Donors,

Thank you once again for your generous gifts, your lovely comments, and your wishes for success. Your support has meant more than I can say.

If you have given $50 or more to the campaign, I will be thanking you by name in the book. We're in production now, and I'm finalizing the list of names. If you wish to be listed differently from the way your name appears on the GoFundMe page, or if you want to add a partner's name to your own, please email me back by September 12.

Please continue to let friends know about Inner East. New donations are welcome, and the price of the book will depend in part on the total amount of funding raised.

With gratitude and warm wishes to you for a shanah tovah um'tukah--a sweet, good year!

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Dear Friends,

You did it! You helped me reach my fundraising goal--in less than a month--and INNER EAST is now going to print! I can't thank you enough for making the publication of this book possible. It has meant so much to me to know that you support my work. Your donations and warm comments have lifted my spirits daily.

I'll be keeping the campaign up until the end of the month, and donations are still very welcome. The price of the book will depend, in part, on the final amount of funds raised by August 31.

If you've been meaning to donate and haven't gotten around to it, now's your chance. If you wish to be thanked by name in the book, please make a donation of $50 or more by August 24.

If you have donated to the campaign anonymously, please let me know whether you want your name printed in the book. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you want to remain anonymous.

And please continue to spread the word to your friends.

Many thanks, and all good wishes,
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