Alison Bergblom Johnson is creating Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist
1

patron

$5
per month
Hi there,
The Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist
are stories - letters, if you will - I've created about gender, bipolarity, trauma and sexuality.

The Patreon for Open Letters launches with 4 brief letters; they're each between three and six minutes. For now, every month a new letter will launch for patrons only. In fact, Patreon is the only place you can get the audio letters.

These are true stories, but some details have been omitted or changed to protect others' privacy. These audio letters are NSFW. All images are SFW.

History
I've performed some of these stories live at various performance spaces around Minneapolis such as Patrick’s Cabaret, The New Sh!t Show Minneapolis and other storytelling venues.

I also created a temporary installation at A-Mill Artist Lofts in which to listen to the stories. It was up through May 29th, 2017.

Why a Patreon?
  • Peer pressure (the good kind). I'll know you're all looking for a new letter, and I'll have professional incentive to crank them out.
  • Artists need money to live, too. The Patreon will give me a base from which to expand both the frequency and quality of the letters (think better recording equipment and mixing, etc) and other related projects, which, I promise, you'll hear about first.
  • If you've got questions about how Patreon works, they've got a really helpful faq.

Why be my Patron?
  • You want insight into either the extremes of the human condition or bipolar disorder in specific.
  • You value good storytelling.
  • You're curious what the what is.
  • You believe nothing is too "private," "taboo," or "embarrassing" to be told. In other words stories can contain multitudes.
  • This - or something similar - is your story, too.

So, to anyone who pledges: y'all are my heroes.

Best,
Alison

Banner Photo Credit: Brandon Han
Rewards
Darlings
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Y'all are helping keep the Open Letters coming, so you get:
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Your name on my website honoring you as a patron of the Open Letters for as long as you're a patron.
  • Access to patron-only community in the Patreon feed.
'I'm down,' you said...
$6 or more per month 1 patron
Contributing at this dialogue-loving level gets you:
  • High-quality downloads of the Open Letters (.mp3)
  • Low-res downloads of photos of people listening to the Open Letters in the installation and of the installation itself.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
GGG
$13 or more per month 0 patrons
You're good, giving, and game (Dan Savage's own explanation at the bottom of the link); so you get:
  • Higher-res downloads of photos of people listening to the Open Letters in the installation and of the installation itself such as in the banner image
  • The opportunity to be my sounding board: you get access to polls and a virtual suggestion box
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons
  • Plus all previous rewards
You Need Mail
$25 or more per month 0 of 125 patrons
  • I'll mail you something small each month. It might be a business-card sized image of people listening to the stories or a postcard image from a photoshoot.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
So Sexy...
$60 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
  • A monthly text-only chat on Slack!
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
You Want Mail in a HUGE Way
$150 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • I'll mail you something substantial every month. It might be 50 business card size images of people listening to the stories in the installation. It might be a few signed 8x10 photographs from a photoshoot. It might be a story draft with hand edits on it bound into a neat little un-editioned book. You get the idea. 
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
You're a Unicorn!
$300 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You're rare. So you get:
  • A group date, in Minneapolis, with me. I'll show you around my city for a few hours. Perhaps some of Mpls' excellent theater or live music? How bout happy hour or a coffee shop? Each month I'll put out a poll to patrons at this level offering a few options. Majority rules. Also, I promise nothing will happen that will get you into a letter.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$5 of $2,600 per month
When I hit this goal I'll release two audio letters instead of one to all Darlings each month.
5 of 5
Hi there,
The Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist
are stories - letters, if you will - I've created about gender, bipolarity, trauma and sexuality.

The Patreon for Open Letters launches with 4 brief letters; they're each between three and six minutes. For now, every month a new letter will launch for patrons only. In fact, Patreon is the only place you can get the audio letters.

These are true stories, but some details have been omitted or changed to protect others' privacy. These audio letters are NSFW. All images are SFW.

History
I've performed some of these stories live at various performance spaces around Minneapolis such as Patrick’s Cabaret, The New Sh!t Show Minneapolis and other storytelling venues.

I also created a temporary installation at A-Mill Artist Lofts in which to listen to the stories. It was up through May 29th, 2017.

Why a Patreon?
  • Peer pressure (the good kind). I'll know you're all looking for a new letter, and I'll have professional incentive to crank them out.
  • Artists need money to live, too. The Patreon will give me a base from which to expand both the frequency and quality of the letters (think better recording equipment and mixing, etc) and other related projects, which, I promise, you'll hear about first.
  • If you've got questions about how Patreon works, they've got a really helpful faq.

Why be my Patron?
  • You want insight into either the extremes of the human condition or bipolar disorder in specific.
  • You value good storytelling.
  • You're curious what the what is.
  • You believe nothing is too "private," "taboo," or "embarrassing" to be told. In other words stories can contain multitudes.
  • This - or something similar - is your story, too.

So, to anyone who pledges: y'all are my heroes.

Best,
Alison

Banner Photo Credit: Brandon Han

Recent posts by Alison Bergblom Johnson

Rewards
Darlings
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Y'all are helping keep the Open Letters coming, so you get:
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Your name on my website honoring you as a patron of the Open Letters for as long as you're a patron.
  • Access to patron-only community in the Patreon feed.
'I'm down,' you said...
$6 or more per month 1 patron
Contributing at this dialogue-loving level gets you:
  • High-quality downloads of the Open Letters (.mp3)
  • Low-res downloads of photos of people listening to the Open Letters in the installation and of the installation itself.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
GGG
$13 or more per month 0 patrons
You're good, giving, and game (Dan Savage's own explanation at the bottom of the link); so you get:
  • Higher-res downloads of photos of people listening to the Open Letters in the installation and of the installation itself such as in the banner image
  • The opportunity to be my sounding board: you get access to polls and a virtual suggestion box
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons
  • Plus all previous rewards
You Need Mail
$25 or more per month 0 of 125 patrons
  • I'll mail you something small each month. It might be a business-card sized image of people listening to the stories or a postcard image from a photoshoot.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
So Sexy...
$60 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
  • A monthly text-only chat on Slack!
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
You Want Mail in a HUGE Way
$150 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • I'll mail you something substantial every month. It might be 50 business card size images of people listening to the stories in the installation. It might be a few signed 8x10 photographs from a photoshoot. It might be a story draft with hand edits on it bound into a neat little un-editioned book. You get the idea. 
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards
You're a Unicorn!
$300 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You're rare. So you get:
  • A group date, in Minneapolis, with me. I'll show you around my city for a few hours. Perhaps some of Mpls' excellent theater or live music? How bout happy hour or a coffee shop? Each month I'll put out a poll to patrons at this level offering a few options. Majority rules. Also, I promise nothing will happen that will get you into a letter.
  • Access to the audio-version of the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist, only available to patrons.
  • Plus all previous rewards