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When we first started The Watering Hole, we had no expectations. We weren't expecting to be well-known or popular. We weren't expecting to be a voice for poets of color. We weren't even expecting to get paid! We just wanted to gather really dope poets and learn from them!

A lot has changed since those simple days in 2013. We’re a 501(c)3. We’re a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe. We've hosted hundreds of hours of workshops, classes, released videos, etc. for youth and adults that have touched people around the nation. We've worked with countless talented and good-hearted poets. We even have a TWH studio now! It's been an amazing ride that we're infinitely grateful for.

With all that change comes things that make it harder for us to exist. The more The Watering Hole grows, the more time, dedication, and funding it needs. We’re reaching the point where we--Candace and Monifa--cannot continue to work full-time jobs AND work as poets AND build educational resources for the community through The Watering Hole. Something’s got to give.

Thankfully, we have a strong #TWHtribe behind us! They have been key to helping us grow and adapt. And they’ve been lighting the poetry world on fire! Publications, performances, awards, you name it! This next era for us will be an era of strengthening--delivering more quality content and more educational opportunities, despite the obstacles.



We want to venture beyond posting a video here, an article there, hosting a workshop here, a slam there, a panel here, a table there, a trip here, hustle, hustle, hustle, with one big adult project and one big youth project a year. We want to venture into the future by building poets from the ground up.

  • NEW SIX-WEEK ONLINE CLASSES! Not everyone can come to our workshops in South Carolina. We want to bring back our online class series so that we can reach and help more poets!
  • NEW MONTHLY VLOGS, INTERVIEWS, AND ARTICLES! Not everyone can attend a six-week class, so we want to re-record previous vlogs and create new content for hungry poets.
  • NEW YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS! We are already teaching in Florence District Schools twice each week, but there are 45 other counties in South Carolina. We want to be able to give our Tribe members teaching fellowships to teach poetry in each of these counties. This is how we build a future of empathy.
  • DEVELOP NEW TALENT! We are a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe and we want to put resources toward finding rising talent wherever they are--the grandmother, the college student, the insurance worker.
  • PROGRAMMATIC CONSISTENCY! We want the programs we already do--our slams, festivals, readings, open mics, workshops, retreats, etc.--to be held on a more regular basis.




We have all these goals! Why can't we just do them now?

We--Candace and Monifa--already work around the clock JUST to keep The Watering Hole going as it has been for the past 6 years. One open mic or reading per month, one school district per year, one youth trip every two years, and so on. That's all we can do with our full-time jobs, the cost of the events, the bills The Watering Hole incurs. That's all we can do with the money we're generating through sporadic grants and unpredictable sponsorships.

Patreon would allow us to rely less on those revenue streams, and give us more to work with so that we can take on these new ventures!

If you have the means to contribute, that's great; we'd love for you to join our community. And anytime you feel like you want to pause/end your membership, no worries! Any amount helps! Take a look at our rewards! There’s everything from exclusive content to early access to discounts and more!

If you want more donation options, visit twhpoetry.org/donation
Tiers
Welcome to the Tribe
$2 or more per month
Ain't got much but still want to help? Thank you! Seriously! At this rewards tier, you’ll receive access to our Patreon feed, our endless gratitude and adoration, PLUS Monthly TWH Update posts.
Exclusive Partial Content
$5 or more per month
Now, that’s Tribe! At this level, you get everything above PLUS Half of Exclusive Raw Pre-release or Un-released Content--like half of an interview, half of a vlog, part of a craft talk or lectures, and so on--each month
ALL Exclusive Content
$10 or more per month
You’re our Ride-or-Die! At this level, you get everything above PLUS the Entire Raw Pre-release or Un-released Content--like entire interviews, vlogs, craft talks or lectures, and so on--each month. 
Insider Access
$25 or more per month
Teamwork makes the Dream work!  At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS PLUS Early and Discounted Access to all TWH application cycles, Early and Discounted Access all “Open to the Public” TWH events. PLUS one new rough Draft of Poetry or Prose direct from the desk of Candace Wiley or Monifa Lemons. 


(The poetry or prose has to be a rough draft because of laws around first publication rights, but it’ll still be good. You’ll get to see it, hear it read, and then hear us talk about what we’re trying to do and what it might become.)


(Current or new retreat fellows, residency fellows, and manuscript coaching fellows can receive discounted registration fees.)


(This reward does not include automatic entry into the retreat or any other merit-based event, access to school events that are restricted to the school’s students and personnel, or access to events that are restricted to people of color if you are outside of this demographic. )

Behind-the-Scenes Content
$50 or more per month
You’ve got Soul and you’re Super Bad! At this level, you’ll get everything above, PLUS Early Access to Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content. This includes to our directorial lives and writing lives--what we’re learning about the nonprofit world, what we’re learning about the poetry world, what we’re reading and find exciting, how we prep. for events, our personal organizational process, and so on.
Swag Bag
$100 or more per month
You Can’t Teach Swag! At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS a Semi-Annual Swag Bag with TWH Merch, books, and such. (U.S shipping only)
Sponsorship Status
$250 or more per month
At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS a Sponsorship Status on our website and all TWH events. We’ll use your name and/or logo.
Goals
2 of 150 patrons
This would be a great show of grassroots support! If we reach this mark, we'll have fewer anxiety attacks and stressful conversations about which one of us--Candace or Monifa--will pay for which underfunded TWH program.
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When we first started The Watering Hole, we had no expectations. We weren't expecting to be well-known or popular. We weren't expecting to be a voice for poets of color. We weren't even expecting to get paid! We just wanted to gather really dope poets and learn from them!

A lot has changed since those simple days in 2013. We’re a 501(c)3. We’re a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe. We've hosted hundreds of hours of workshops, classes, released videos, etc. for youth and adults that have touched people around the nation. We've worked with countless talented and good-hearted poets. We even have a TWH studio now! It's been an amazing ride that we're infinitely grateful for.

With all that change comes things that make it harder for us to exist. The more The Watering Hole grows, the more time, dedication, and funding it needs. We’re reaching the point where we--Candace and Monifa--cannot continue to work full-time jobs AND work as poets AND build educational resources for the community through The Watering Hole. Something’s got to give.

Thankfully, we have a strong #TWHtribe behind us! They have been key to helping us grow and adapt. And they’ve been lighting the poetry world on fire! Publications, performances, awards, you name it! This next era for us will be an era of strengthening--delivering more quality content and more educational opportunities, despite the obstacles.



We want to venture beyond posting a video here, an article there, hosting a workshop here, a slam there, a panel here, a table there, a trip here, hustle, hustle, hustle, with one big adult project and one big youth project a year. We want to venture into the future by building poets from the ground up.

  • NEW SIX-WEEK ONLINE CLASSES! Not everyone can come to our workshops in South Carolina. We want to bring back our online class series so that we can reach and help more poets!
  • NEW MONTHLY VLOGS, INTERVIEWS, AND ARTICLES! Not everyone can attend a six-week class, so we want to re-record previous vlogs and create new content for hungry poets.
  • NEW YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS! We are already teaching in Florence District Schools twice each week, but there are 45 other counties in South Carolina. We want to be able to give our Tribe members teaching fellowships to teach poetry in each of these counties. This is how we build a future of empathy.
  • DEVELOP NEW TALENT! We are a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe and we want to put resources toward finding rising talent wherever they are--the grandmother, the college student, the insurance worker.
  • PROGRAMMATIC CONSISTENCY! We want the programs we already do--our slams, festivals, readings, open mics, workshops, retreats, etc.--to be held on a more regular basis.




We have all these goals! Why can't we just do them now?

We--Candace and Monifa--already work around the clock JUST to keep The Watering Hole going as it has been for the past 6 years. One open mic or reading per month, one school district per year, one youth trip every two years, and so on. That's all we can do with our full-time jobs, the cost of the events, the bills The Watering Hole incurs. That's all we can do with the money we're generating through sporadic grants and unpredictable sponsorships.

Patreon would allow us to rely less on those revenue streams, and give us more to work with so that we can take on these new ventures!

If you have the means to contribute, that's great; we'd love for you to join our community. And anytime you feel like you want to pause/end your membership, no worries! Any amount helps! Take a look at our rewards! There’s everything from exclusive content to early access to discounts and more!

If you want more donation options, visit twhpoetry.org/donation

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Tiers
Welcome to the Tribe
$2 or more per month
Ain't got much but still want to help? Thank you! Seriously! At this rewards tier, you’ll receive access to our Patreon feed, our endless gratitude and adoration, PLUS Monthly TWH Update posts.
Exclusive Partial Content
$5 or more per month
Now, that’s Tribe! At this level, you get everything above PLUS Half of Exclusive Raw Pre-release or Un-released Content--like half of an interview, half of a vlog, part of a craft talk or lectures, and so on--each month
ALL Exclusive Content
$10 or more per month
You’re our Ride-or-Die! At this level, you get everything above PLUS the Entire Raw Pre-release or Un-released Content--like entire interviews, vlogs, craft talks or lectures, and so on--each month. 
Insider Access
$25 or more per month
Teamwork makes the Dream work!  At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS PLUS Early and Discounted Access to all TWH application cycles, Early and Discounted Access all “Open to the Public” TWH events. PLUS one new rough Draft of Poetry or Prose direct from the desk of Candace Wiley or Monifa Lemons. 


(The poetry or prose has to be a rough draft because of laws around first publication rights, but it’ll still be good. You’ll get to see it, hear it read, and then hear us talk about what we’re trying to do and what it might become.)


(Current or new retreat fellows, residency fellows, and manuscript coaching fellows can receive discounted registration fees.)


(This reward does not include automatic entry into the retreat or any other merit-based event, access to school events that are restricted to the school’s students and personnel, or access to events that are restricted to people of color if you are outside of this demographic. )

Behind-the-Scenes Content
$50 or more per month
You’ve got Soul and you’re Super Bad! At this level, you’ll get everything above, PLUS Early Access to Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content. This includes to our directorial lives and writing lives--what we’re learning about the nonprofit world, what we’re learning about the poetry world, what we’re reading and find exciting, how we prep. for events, our personal organizational process, and so on.
Swag Bag
$100 or more per month
You Can’t Teach Swag! At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS a Semi-Annual Swag Bag with TWH Merch, books, and such. (U.S shipping only)
Sponsorship Status
$250 or more per month
At this rewards tier, you’ll receive everything above, PLUS a Sponsorship Status on our website and all TWH events. We’ll use your name and/or logo.