2016 Fundraiser

Please visit our Indiegogo fundraiser to donate and receive one of the following gifts:

*Sentimental Asylum Hand-Printed Cards



*Handwritten poems by the author. Pick from:

Kaveh AkbarKaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in Poetry, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Narrative, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, will be out in January 2017 with Sibling Rivalry Press, and his debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is forthcoming with Alice James Books in early 2018. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, previously ran The Quirk, and has served as Poetry Editor for BOOTH and Book Reviews Editor for the Southeast Review. Along with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer, Kaveh stars on All Up in Your Ears, a monthly poetry podcast.

Heather BellHeather Bell‘s work has been published in Rattle, Grasslimb, Barnwood, Poets/Artists, Red Fez, Ampersand, and many others. She was nominated for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize from Rattle and also won the New Letters 2009 Poetry Prize. Heather has also published five books. She currently lives in the woods in upstate NY, like a bear or tree leaf.

Sarah BlakeSarah Blake’s first book, Mr. West, is an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West and came out March 9, 2015 from Wesleyan University Press. Her poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Horsethief, Tinderbox, TriQuarterly, Sixth Finch, Freeze Ray, and more. A co-founder of Submittrs, Blake lives outside of Philadelphia and is excited to spend much of the next few years traveling to schools, reading from Mr. West and talking to students.

Chen ChenChen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. His work has previously appeared in two chapbooks, Kissing the Sphinx (Two of Cups Press, 2016) and Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015), as well as publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock, TX with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Siaara FreemanSiaara Freeman is your friendly neighborhood hope dealer. If the something in the world saves you, you should try and save something in the world with whatever it is you got. She’s got poems. Siaara’s poetry has appeared in Up the Staircase Quarterly, cahoodaloodaling, and Button Poetry; her chapbook, Live from District 11, is available on Kindle.

Megan PeakMegan Peak received her M.F.A. in Poetry from The Ohio State University, where she was former Poetry Editor at The Journal. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Blackbird, DIAGRAM, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, North American Review, PANK, The Pinch, Ploughshares, Sou’wester, Tupelo Quarterly, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. She lives in Fort Worth, TX, where she teaches English at TCU.


*Limited edition signed set of two postcards with artwork by Meggie Royer

Meggie Royer Postcards Signed


Meggie Royer is an artist and writer from the Midwest. She is the founder of literary magazine Persephone’s Daughters and has had poems in Words Dance, The Harpoon Review, and more. In 2013, she won the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ gold medal for poetry and the silver medal for her writing portfolio. She was also an Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.


*Custom Drink Recipe by Sam Slaughter

Have your very own signature drink recipe created by spirits writer Sam Slaughter!

Sam SlaughterSam Slaughter is a spirits writer based in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his BA from Elon University and his MA from Stetson University. He is currently at work on his MFA at the University of South Carolina. He writes for The Manual and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of places, including Midwestern Gothic, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Heavy Feather Review. He was awarded the 2014 Best of There Will Be Words and his debut chapbook When You Cross That Line was published in May 2015. His debut short story collection God in Neon will be published by Lucky Bastard Press in 2016. He loves playing with puppies and a good glass of bourbon.


*Milkweed Book Bundle


Receive brand new copies of: Vessel by Parneshia Jones, Beautiful Zero by Jennifer Willoughby, Double Jinx by Nancy Reddy, Bone Map by Sara Eliza Johnson, and Dandarians by Lee Ann Roripaugh, donated by Milkweed Editions.

*Sundress Book Bundle

Get two single-author books of your choice from Sundress Publications.


*Copper Canyon Book Bundle


Receive brand new copies of four first-book authors: When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz, Bangalore by Kerry James Evans, Incorrect Merciful Impulses by Camille Rankine, and Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, donated by Copper Canyon Press.


*Alice James Book Bundle


Receive brand new copies of three Spring 2016 titles: play dead by francine j. harris, The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May, and Driving without a License by Janine Joseph, donated by Alice James Books.


*BOA Book Bundle


Receive brand new copies of four BOA award winners AND a limited edition copy of Li-Young Lee’s new chapbook: Shame | Shame by Devin Becker, Reptile House by Robin McLean, Trouble the Water by Derrick Austin, Remarkable by Dinah Cox, and The Word from His Song by Li-Young Lee, donated by BOA Editions.


*Maverick Duck Press Book Bundle


Receive brand new copies of 5 chapbooks by Maverick Duck Press: Mile Zero by Ryan W. Bradley, Cautionary Tales by Raina Masters, Monarch by Taylor Emily Copeland, Bone Transmissions by Christian Ward, and How to Disappear by Kendall A. Bell, donated by Maverick Duck Press.


*Francesca Bell Broadsides with art by Jeremy Gaulke

Francesca BellFrancesca Bell’s poems appear in many journals including B O D Y Literature, burntdistrict, Flycatcher, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Styx, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, and Zone 3. She has been nominated eight times for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2014 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle. Her translations from Arabic, with Noor Nader Al Abed, appear in Berkeley Poetry Review, Circumference, and Laghoo.


*Custom Digital Broadside of Your Work Designed by Orooj-e-Zafar

examples of broadsides made by Orooj for cahoodaloodaling


*SAFTA Workshop Gift Card, good towards any SAFTA workshop or retreat!


Located 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, Firefly Farms is a 45-acre farm that focuses on subsistence farming and raising small livestock and serves as the home for the Sundress Academy for the Arts, an artists’ residency that hosts workshops and retreats centered on creative writing, visual art, filmmaking, theater, and more.


*Naming Rights to President Rhiannon Thorne’s New(ish) Grad School Ride

Any name goes, but nothing offensive please as this name will be printed on a bumper sticker for the world to enjoy. Receive your certificate of naming rights by mail.


For these, and additional donation options, visit our  Indiegogo campaign!