Jo Walton is creating Poetry
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Hi, I'm Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy award winning author Jo Walton

I write science fiction and fantasy novels, and also poetry. I've been posting poetry for free on my livejournal since 2002. I just checked to make sure that was right, and indeed, the sixth thing I ever posted to LJ was the poem "Next Talking Fish, Five Hundred Miles". (Updated to add: I deleted my LJ after 15 years when they started being homophobic. I miss it, but I can't give countenance to that.)

I believe that speculative poetry is having a Golden Age right now, with so many people producing such wonderful stuff and showing it to each other. Many of these speculative poets have Patreons, because there isn't a whole lot of money to be made out of poetry, and I've decided to join them.

I don't intend to do anything different, I'm just setting this up so people who enjoy my poetry can directly contribute and let me know. I'm just adding this as an extra place -- the poems will still be posted on my website, and here as well, with an email going out to contributors to tell them when there's a new poem. I'm pretty sure there has never been a month without at least one poem, and sometimes I get on a tear, so you might want to do a monthly amount, or set a limit, in case I do something like the Godzilla Sonnets and just keep going. 

My orignial intention for this Patreon was to use it to support the other artists I already support on Patreon, because I love Patreon, I love the democratization of patronage. It's such a nifty thing, supporting creation. This goal was met almost instantly. This Patreon is making more than enough to support all the people I was already supporting, and a bunch more that I've added. This is awesome. The rest of it, for now, is going into my theatre, books, and museums budget, with some of it being saved towards the long term goal, see below. 

As of now, this Patreon pretty much is my entertainment budget, it's paying for my books, theatre, and travel. This Patreon has made it possible for my family to live on my income, and for me to still have fun. It makes a huge difference to my life and my ability to write. 

I also have a long term goal of producing a really solid "Collected Poems" volume. I've started saving for this again, and it looks like it could be a possibility in 2020.

My novels are published by Tor in the US and Corsair in the UK and other publishers in translation in nineteen (unless I've lost count) countries. I am very happy with this and have no desire to change it and go into business for myself. My non-fiction essays are published on Tor.com, and have been collected by Tor, and probably will be again. I like traditional publishing, it does a lot of things for me that I would be terrible at doing for myself.

But poetry isn't commercially possible in the same kind of way, and I have dealt with that mostly by just giving it away online. If you want to support me continuing to do that, I really appreciate it.

I very occasionally post something for patrons only, generally offers to betaread my novels as I finish them, or personal stuff, but mostly my poetry is posted so that everyone can see it. It's fine to link or share anything visible here. I usually link on Twitter when I post. Comments are welcome and enjoyed.

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Poem
58 patrons
My thanks, and the continuing stream of poems.
Pledge $5 or more per Poem
10 patrons
I will share the Eowyn poems I wrote in 1996 with everyone at this level. There are seven of them, and a couple of them are really pretty good pastiche feminist Anglo-Saxon poetry.
Pledge $11 or more per Poem
0 patrons
Everyone at this level can suggest a subject or mode for a poem, and every month I will pick one and write it.
Pledge $20 or more per Poem
6 patrons
We joke about producing a volume of "Jo Walton's False Starts" -- all the novels I begin and then can't actually write. I'll go through my hard drive and find some that I'm definitely never going to finish and post them for patrons only. Will include the Mori on the moon fragment of Among Others sequel "Beside Ourselves".
Pledge $51 or more per Poem
0 patrons
As with the $20 reward, you get unfinished fragments, and you can suggest subjects for poems, PLUS I will have dinner with you at Worldcon, or another con we're both going to, once a year.
Goals
$221 of $10,000 per Poem
I've published three chapbooks, all with small presses. What I'd like to do is either find a small press that would go for it or self-publish a twenty or twenty-five year retrospective volume that had everything I'd written since 1996 that's worth having. If Patreon raised enough money for me to do that at the beginning of next year, I could do Poems 1996-2016. Wow, that would be so great, it would feel so real! If not, then maybe I could save up and do it in 2021. I don't mean the $10,000 to be per poem, that's insane, but as a flat amount that's about what I think it would cost.
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Hi, I'm Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy award winning author Jo Walton

I write science fiction and fantasy novels, and also poetry. I've been posting poetry for free on my livejournal since 2002. I just checked to make sure that was right, and indeed, the sixth thing I ever posted to LJ was the poem "Next Talking Fish, Five Hundred Miles". (Updated to add: I deleted my LJ after 15 years when they started being homophobic. I miss it, but I can't give countenance to that.)

I believe that speculative poetry is having a Golden Age right now, with so many people producing such wonderful stuff and showing it to each other. Many of these speculative poets have Patreons, because there isn't a whole lot of money to be made out of poetry, and I've decided to join them.

I don't intend to do anything different, I'm just setting this up so people who enjoy my poetry can directly contribute and let me know. I'm just adding this as an extra place -- the poems will still be posted on my website, and here as well, with an email going out to contributors to tell them when there's a new poem. I'm pretty sure there has never been a month without at least one poem, and sometimes I get on a tear, so you might want to do a monthly amount, or set a limit, in case I do something like the Godzilla Sonnets and just keep going. 

My orignial intention for this Patreon was to use it to support the other artists I already support on Patreon, because I love Patreon, I love the democratization of patronage. It's such a nifty thing, supporting creation. This goal was met almost instantly. This Patreon is making more than enough to support all the people I was already supporting, and a bunch more that I've added. This is awesome. The rest of it, for now, is going into my theatre, books, and museums budget, with some of it being saved towards the long term goal, see below. 

As of now, this Patreon pretty much is my entertainment budget, it's paying for my books, theatre, and travel. This Patreon has made it possible for my family to live on my income, and for me to still have fun. It makes a huge difference to my life and my ability to write. 

I also have a long term goal of producing a really solid "Collected Poems" volume. I've started saving for this again, and it looks like it could be a possibility in 2020.

My novels are published by Tor in the US and Corsair in the UK and other publishers in translation in nineteen (unless I've lost count) countries. I am very happy with this and have no desire to change it and go into business for myself. My non-fiction essays are published on Tor.com, and have been collected by Tor, and probably will be again. I like traditional publishing, it does a lot of things for me that I would be terrible at doing for myself.

But poetry isn't commercially possible in the same kind of way, and I have dealt with that mostly by just giving it away online. If you want to support me continuing to do that, I really appreciate it.

I very occasionally post something for patrons only, generally offers to betaread my novels as I finish them, or personal stuff, but mostly my poetry is posted so that everyone can see it. It's fine to link or share anything visible here. I usually link on Twitter when I post. Comments are welcome and enjoyed.

Recent posts by Jo Walton

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Poem
58 patrons
My thanks, and the continuing stream of poems.
Pledge $5 or more per Poem
10 patrons
I will share the Eowyn poems I wrote in 1996 with everyone at this level. There are seven of them, and a couple of them are really pretty good pastiche feminist Anglo-Saxon poetry.
Pledge $11 or more per Poem
0 patrons
Everyone at this level can suggest a subject or mode for a poem, and every month I will pick one and write it.
Pledge $20 or more per Poem
6 patrons
We joke about producing a volume of "Jo Walton's False Starts" -- all the novels I begin and then can't actually write. I'll go through my hard drive and find some that I'm definitely never going to finish and post them for patrons only. Will include the Mori on the moon fragment of Among Others sequel "Beside Ourselves".
Pledge $51 or more per Poem
0 patrons
As with the $20 reward, you get unfinished fragments, and you can suggest subjects for poems, PLUS I will have dinner with you at Worldcon, or another con we're both going to, once a year.