Olivia Olivia is creating Writing
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As many of you know, rent in Portland isn't cheap and the cost of living has pushed many of the city's creative class, especially people of color, out of town. For over 10 years, I have contributed writing, readings, lectures, workshops, translation and other work to my communities, and it's not something that can easily be given a price tag. I want to keep my work accessible to people of all backgrounds and income levels, and I can't do that without your help. If you have benefited from my work or would like to contribute to keeping my skills and content available free of charge to the Portland community (and other communities - people as far as Berlin and San Salvador benefit from the work we do right here in Oregon), please consider supporting my efforts on a small sliding scale monthly donation. Not all of us have access to the same resources, so I don't expect everyone to contribute every time, but if we want to keep the city's creative and multicultural classes alive and well I believe we must find ways to let them survive, and I'm trying to do that today through the power of social media and content networking. Portland deserves to keep this part of itself, and I think together, we can make sure that happens together.

Concrete examples of my support for the city include low-cost work that is distributed free of charge in historically black newspapers such as the Portland Observer, free online sites such as Queen MobsThe Rumpus, and Salon. I attend dozens of readings a month and maintain a monthly literary calendar for The Rumpus called Notable Portland. I helped Literary Arts reach out into communities of color and ensure that this year's Wordstock literary festival catered to readers and writers of all backgrounds by sitting on their advisory council this year - something again I did for this city and for this nonprofit free of charge, because it mattered to me, because I wanted to create visible change in the place we call home. 

I have distributed hundreds of free zines on womanism and immigration at my countless free readings throughout Portland. I have provided free workshops on zine making, letter writing, journalism as an activist and writer of color, trauma writing for survivors of domestic violence, and at every opportunity I have tried to highlight stories and give press to the disenfranchised among us - with a heavy emphasis on Portland's rental crisis, police brutality, racism, and transmisogyny. 

I urge everyone us to recognize labor that does not fit into a traditional pay model. Women have historically performed emotional and psychological labor for communities in ways that we cannot easily survive off of, but I believe a woman raising her voice to power or lifting her pen to condemn a landlord advocacy group is just as valuable and meaningful as a man picking up a brick to build a house. I cannot survive off my meager wages alone, but the work is there, and we are collectively there as people who will not let Portland's creative class disappear. Young women of color belong here, even if it's not easy to see how our labor changes the city and atmosphere. 

With your support, I believe I can find a way to stay and survive in Portland and continue to provide work that is accessible to people of all means and backgrounds, and serve communities who otherwise might not have their stories heard.
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Everyone who donates even $1 a month will have full access to content that I will only post here - meaning you get exclusive content that you might not get elsewhere.
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Receive exclusive updates and content and hear about events and readings before any one else. All donors at this price point and above will also be able to hear exclusive interviews and songs uploaded at random points.
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A signed copy of one of my original stories of your choice, a postcard, and a personalized drawing sent to your home.
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An original poem written just for you, along with a signed copy of one of my original stories of your choice.
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A consultation on your social media management for your book or author page, help setting up a twitter or author page should you so need it along with a headshot if you are willing to meet in person.
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I will read at any event in the Portland metro area and provide a free question and answer service at the end of the reading. For this price, I am also willing to host any event or MC for your reading or other event.
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Cover your event with social media and promotional press, and offer photography or event live blogging and updates to keep people interested in the matter.
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Provide workshop and reading at your organization or school. Teaching can focus on a variety of social justice and writing issues, from decolonization, womanism, domestic violence survival and advocacy, testimonio, writing in translation, urban experience, and political content and memoir.
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An online opportunity to get literary feedback and goal making - for writers who want to enter journalism, freelancing, or other forms of work where negotiation is necessary, and can alter a workshop for the level of competency available to the writers in question.
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As many of you know, rent in Portland isn't cheap and the cost of living has pushed many of the city's creative class, especially people of color, out of town. For over 10 years, I have contributed writing, readings, lectures, workshops, translation and other work to my communities, and it's not something that can easily be given a price tag. I want to keep my work accessible to people of all backgrounds and income levels, and I can't do that without your help. If you have benefited from my work or would like to contribute to keeping my skills and content available free of charge to the Portland community (and other communities - people as far as Berlin and San Salvador benefit from the work we do right here in Oregon), please consider supporting my efforts on a small sliding scale monthly donation. Not all of us have access to the same resources, so I don't expect everyone to contribute every time, but if we want to keep the city's creative and multicultural classes alive and well I believe we must find ways to let them survive, and I'm trying to do that today through the power of social media and content networking. Portland deserves to keep this part of itself, and I think together, we can make sure that happens together.

Concrete examples of my support for the city include low-cost work that is distributed free of charge in historically black newspapers such as the Portland Observer, free online sites such as Queen MobsThe Rumpus, and Salon. I attend dozens of readings a month and maintain a monthly literary calendar for The Rumpus called Notable Portland. I helped Literary Arts reach out into communities of color and ensure that this year's Wordstock literary festival catered to readers and writers of all backgrounds by sitting on their advisory council this year - something again I did for this city and for this nonprofit free of charge, because it mattered to me, because I wanted to create visible change in the place we call home. 

I have distributed hundreds of free zines on womanism and immigration at my countless free readings throughout Portland. I have provided free workshops on zine making, letter writing, journalism as an activist and writer of color, trauma writing for survivors of domestic violence, and at every opportunity I have tried to highlight stories and give press to the disenfranchised among us - with a heavy emphasis on Portland's rental crisis, police brutality, racism, and transmisogyny. 

I urge everyone us to recognize labor that does not fit into a traditional pay model. Women have historically performed emotional and psychological labor for communities in ways that we cannot easily survive off of, but I believe a woman raising her voice to power or lifting her pen to condemn a landlord advocacy group is just as valuable and meaningful as a man picking up a brick to build a house. I cannot survive off my meager wages alone, but the work is there, and we are collectively there as people who will not let Portland's creative class disappear. Young women of color belong here, even if it's not easy to see how our labor changes the city and atmosphere. 

With your support, I believe I can find a way to stay and survive in Portland and continue to provide work that is accessible to people of all means and backgrounds, and serve communities who otherwise might not have their stories heard.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Everyone who donates even $1 a month will have full access to content that I will only post here - meaning you get exclusive content that you might not get elsewhere.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Receive exclusive updates and content and hear about events and readings before any one else. All donors at this price point and above will also be able to hear exclusive interviews and songs uploaded at random points.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
A signed copy of one of my original stories of your choice, a postcard, and a personalized drawing sent to your home.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
An original poem written just for you, along with a signed copy of one of my original stories of your choice.
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 patrons
A consultation on your social media management for your book or author page, help setting up a twitter or author page should you so need it along with a headshot if you are willing to meet in person.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
I will read at any event in the Portland metro area and provide a free question and answer service at the end of the reading. For this price, I am also willing to host any event or MC for your reading or other event.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Cover your event with social media and promotional press, and offer photography or event live blogging and updates to keep people interested in the matter.
Pledge $300 or more per month
0 patrons
Provide workshop and reading at your organization or school. Teaching can focus on a variety of social justice and writing issues, from decolonization, womanism, domestic violence survival and advocacy, testimonio, writing in translation, urban experience, and political content and memoir.