Marlanda Dekine is creating poetry
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patrons

WHO IS SAPIENT SOUL? 
A poet and social worker residing in South Carolina, Sapient Soul is the author and recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia project exploring black queer identity, the legacy of white supremacy, and spirituality in the South. Her poetry and thoughts have been shared with USA Today, Sojourners, SC Public Radio Walter Edgar's Journal, Spartanburg Magazine, TEDxGreenville, Flycatcher Journal, Spark & Echo Arts, Minerva Rising's Sparrow Trill, the Brighter Futures’ Conference for Child Abuse Prevention, Children’s Trust Prevention Conference, The New Social Worker Online, and various open mics & poetry slams across the Southeast.

Currently, Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit providing encounters that transform our life together across our human differences, using honest dialogue & spoken word poetry as its primary tools for healing & justice. She teaches with Writers Well Youth Fellowship. Her work has been honored by Spirit, her family, and her tribe. She gratefully served with the Hub City Writers Project Board of Directors for four years.

WHY PATREON?
I have chosen my individual path as a writer, and it requires community. I have worked in various settings as a social worker. I have never stopped writing. Recently, I took a leap and applied to attend New York University's MFA Writers' Workshop in Paris. I have never been outside of the United States. Heck! I have not been beyond Denver, Colorado. I have written deeply from personal experience, research and field work. I seek my growth as a writer: engaging new places, people, and challenging myself to my next and next and next level as a carrier of the word.

When I originally began my Patreon account, I stated:

"It is time for me to dive into what restores, regenerates, confronts, and challenges. The artist. Listen to what James Baldwin says about "The Artist's Struggle For Integrity". Whew! I came to Patreon to share my process and to be held accountable by a tribe of creators & supporters. Now, it looks like you will have access to not only my process, but the powerful uncovering of the artist sitting within. Let's ride!"

We are indeed...riding. Or flying!

I am so thankful!
Tiers
LOVE.
$1 or more per month
7 free signed copies of an upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"!
YOU LOVE
$3 or more per month
15 free signed copies of an upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!).
LOVE HAS BEEN CALLING MY NAME
$7 or more per month
20 free signed copies of an upcoming project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), and an in-person or virtual face-to-face Q & A session related to poetry!
YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE
$15 or more per month
25 free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, and a Q & A session related to poetry.
YOU LOVE LOVE, LOVE!
$25 or more per month
Free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, a Q & A session related to poetry, and one (1) commissioned poem.
Invite Only: Artist Development
$40 or more per month
Free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, a Q & A session related to poetry, and ongoing artist development.
Goals
9 of 324 patrons
Brief Answer: To get the people free
Longer Answer: To co-create a free world with free artists who own their gifts by writing, speaking, and publishing. 

"[This is] a time … when something awful is happening to a civilization, when it ceases to produce poets, and, what is even more crucial, when it ceases in any way whatever to believe in the report that only the poets can make."
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WHO IS SAPIENT SOUL? 
A poet and social worker residing in South Carolina, Sapient Soul is the author and recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia project exploring black queer identity, the legacy of white supremacy, and spirituality in the South. Her poetry and thoughts have been shared with USA Today, Sojourners, SC Public Radio Walter Edgar's Journal, Spartanburg Magazine, TEDxGreenville, Flycatcher Journal, Spark & Echo Arts, Minerva Rising's Sparrow Trill, the Brighter Futures’ Conference for Child Abuse Prevention, Children’s Trust Prevention Conference, The New Social Worker Online, and various open mics & poetry slams across the Southeast.

Currently, Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit providing encounters that transform our life together across our human differences, using honest dialogue & spoken word poetry as its primary tools for healing & justice. She teaches with Writers Well Youth Fellowship. Her work has been honored by Spirit, her family, and her tribe. She gratefully served with the Hub City Writers Project Board of Directors for four years.

WHY PATREON?
I have chosen my individual path as a writer, and it requires community. I have worked in various settings as a social worker. I have never stopped writing. Recently, I took a leap and applied to attend New York University's MFA Writers' Workshop in Paris. I have never been outside of the United States. Heck! I have not been beyond Denver, Colorado. I have written deeply from personal experience, research and field work. I seek my growth as a writer: engaging new places, people, and challenging myself to my next and next and next level as a carrier of the word.

When I originally began my Patreon account, I stated:

"It is time for me to dive into what restores, regenerates, confronts, and challenges. The artist. Listen to what James Baldwin says about "The Artist's Struggle For Integrity". Whew! I came to Patreon to share my process and to be held accountable by a tribe of creators & supporters. Now, it looks like you will have access to not only my process, but the powerful uncovering of the artist sitting within. Let's ride!"

We are indeed...riding. Or flying!

I am so thankful!

Recent posts by Marlanda Dekine

Tiers
LOVE.
$1 or more per month
7 free signed copies of an upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"!
YOU LOVE
$3 or more per month
15 free signed copies of an upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!).
LOVE HAS BEEN CALLING MY NAME
$7 or more per month
20 free signed copies of an upcoming project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), and an in-person or virtual face-to-face Q & A session related to poetry!
YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE
$15 or more per month
25 free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, and a Q & A session related to poetry.
YOU LOVE LOVE, LOVE!
$25 or more per month
Free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, a Q & A session related to poetry, and one (1) commissioned poem.
Invite Only: Artist Development
$40 or more per month
Free signed copies of the upcoming book project, my continued support, & a poem that includes a word of your choosing in the finished project, making you a "Writer Prompt god(dess)"-(you will be credited!), exclusive access to my Patron feed, including weekly writings, images, and/or video related to my personal creative process during the creation of the project, a Q & A session related to poetry, and ongoing artist development.