D. Allen

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Community Member
$3
per month
I'm so glad you're here. This tier is for anyone, artist or arts-appreciator, who is craving access to an arts community that centers queerness, disability, and multidisciplinarity. You'll have access to:
  • Blog posts exclusive to Patreon, about my projects and creative process
  • Resources for all on a range of arts topics:
    • identifying your work style & organizing your work space
    • beginning or deepening an artistic practice
    • applying for residencies, fellowships, & grants
    • reading/viewing/engagement recommendations
  • Ongoing opportunities to connect with me and the community in this space
Community Supporter
$9
per month
Thank you for being here and believing in my work. You'll have access to: 
  • A gallery of my projects across disciplines and time periods, including excerpts of unpublished drafts, audio and video files + transcripts (from readings, performances, and experiments), visual images, and work from my personal archives
  • Early notification and first dibs whenever my visual work becomes available for sale
  • And all of the good stuff available to Community Members
Community Sustainer
$18
per month
Thank you for being part of my survival and continued development as an artist. You'll receive: 

  • An original postcard broadside designed by me, with a handwritten note, mailed to you anywhere in the world
  • Access to occasional, exclusive virtual readings and performances
  • And everything else available to Community Supporters

14

patrons

$161

per month

About

Hello, dear community—I’m glad you’re here. Thank you for joining me on this journey. 

For those who are new to me and my work: My name is D. Allen, but you can just call me D. I’m a genderqueer poet and multidisciplinary artist living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and I call upon diverse forms and media to explore queer disabled embodiment. Across disciplines, I have found that my most consistent material is time; I am interested in pursuing process-oriented durational works rather than relying on particular products to measure my creative success. Since Spring 2019, I have published A BONY FRAMEWORK FOR THE TANGIBLE UNIVERSE, my first book of poems, lyric essays, and visual work (via The Operating System), and presented NET/WORK, the premiere of a still-evolving performance and my first full-length piece for the stage, as part of 20% Theatre Company’s Q-STAGE: NEW WORKS fellowship. Both of these projects have helped me see my identity and my social responsibility as a poet-artist in new ways, and connected me to a lineage of queer, trans, and disabled/chronically ill creative laborers in whose work I find refuge.

I am very lucky to be currently supported by a 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, which offers me a bedrock of basic financial support through 2021. This generous fellowship has allowed me to slow down, focus on planting seeds that will take longer to grow than I had previously been able to nurture, and immerse myself in research, draft-making, experimentation, and open-ended collaboration. I chose to divide the full fellowship package over three years to ensure that I can prioritize my creative expenses and take a year off from applying for other grants and fellowships, but this also has meant scrambling to pay monthly bills. As a disabled and chronically ill human, it’s often difficult for me to supplement my income with gig work and outside projects because of the likelihood of exacerbating my health condition, which can prevent me from doing work of any kind if I'm not careful. At this moment in my artistic life, after nearly three years of being fully self-employed as a writer-creator, I am ready to dive deeply into other long-term and more spontaneous projects, but am in need of more monthly stability and more meaningful ways to stay connected to others. This is where you—and my Patreon page—come in.

My specific goals for the next few years, which this Patreon will help make possible, are to:

  • Continue to research, draft, and revise material for my manuscript-in-progress, a collection of autobiographical lyric essays revolving around queer disabled embodiment and the natural world
  • Continue developing new large-scale textiles, audio/video, movement & choreography, and other components of my ongoing hybrid performance project, NET/WORK
  • Self-produce an audiobook version of my first manuscript, making it accessible to readers with visual impairments and those who prefer to read via audio, which will become available to anyone who already has a copy of the book
  • Create a regular series of pieces across media/disciplines called EDITIONS, which incorporate leftover materials from my long-term projects and pieces which are not available to the public; this will allow me to include more community members in my arts practice without having to part with my largest-scale projects 
  • Pursue paid collaborations with new and ongoing collaborators across media, so I can share the support I receive from Patreon with my fellow artists (these will take the form of chapbooks, broadsides, performances, and work across other media)
  • Offer supportive resources to my community of artists, writers, activists, and beyond--including accessible professional development services, signal-boosting, and other partnerships--in a sustainable way that still allows me to protect my health and my own work time
As a full-time artist who lives alone and works out of my home studio, I’ve been seeking more meaningful ways to stay virtually connected to my communities near and far, new and established. I invite you to explore this page the way you would if you came to visit my studio: look around, get comfortable, and feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts. I’m so grateful you’re here. 

And this is by no means the only way we can connect: other ways to offer support and engage with my work include visiting my website, sharing this page and my projects with others in your community, asking your local library to stock my book, or ordering a signed copy for yourself, or inviting me to participate in an event at your organization or institution. 

If you made it through this intro, I truly appreciate your time and energy. I look forward to connecting however we do. 
Goals
$161 of $600 per month
With this support, I will be able to work full-time in my home studio and focus on my durational projects, as well as on connecting with my community. 
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