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Traveling pop-up bookstore wants your Passion

Books & Shovels, a nonprofit traveling pop-up bookstore, has begun accepting book / zines / [ anything that exhibits passion ] donations once again! We distribute the materials we receive at a pay-what-you-can rate to rip monetary drive out of the throat of art, and promote Passionate Living > Making a Living.

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We get dirty doing this jazz. We live out of the Books & Shovels vehicle, hitting open mics, slams, festivals, and street corners, setting up our shelves, and pairing classic literature alongside independently published content. We debuted at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival last year, and have since gone through N.H. / M.A. / N.Y. / O.H. / I.N. / I.L. / M.O. / K.S. / C.O. / V.T. / C.T. / M.D. / P.A. / D.C. / V.A. / N.C. / S.C. / G.A. / S.C. / A.L. / L.A. / T.X. / N.M. / A.Z. / N.V. / & C.A..

We are currently taking a brief break in Tucson, Arizona, while Christopher Morgan & I put focus into the 2015 Nostrovia Poetry Chapbook line up. We’re currently planning to head towards San Diego, and follow Route One towards Oakland for Beast Crawl Literary Festival 2015. From there, we are shooting along the Northern States towards the 2015 N.Y.C. Poetry Festival.

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Here is what we do across the country

We’ve been able to distribute hundreds of books, / pieces of art, in our travels. We do not make any $$ doing this. All funds go towards getting us to the next show. Our team is currently composed of Sam Lennon / Neeko Ford / & I, rompusing around, encouraging others on an individual basis to not be afraid to make sacrifices to chase their dreams.  The virus is silence.  Individually, we are whispers.  Collectively, we can be a scream.

If you’d like to donate your publication / zine / broadside / etc, please email jeremiahwalton [at] nostroviatowriting [dot] com, and we will shoot you a mailing address. You can also comment / pm / email me w/ questions.

Shout out to the cats who’ve shown this project much love & support, and props to the NYC Poetry Festival for providing a wonderful event for Books & Shovels to debut at, and continue participating with.  Also to the cat who saved our asses post Kansas car crash, to the folks over in Santa Cruz who filled our bellies when they ached.

We might not be causing mass rifts in peoples’ lives w/ what we’re doing, but the impact we have made on those we have come in contact w/ have kept us going. Passionate Living > Making a Living.  We encourage you to make sacrifices to chase your dreams.  A life well lead doesn’t result without scars.

More information on the bookstore available here @ N!P’s mainsite.  There are photos of our travels, adventures, and background information on the project’s development.

Cheers, nostrovia!

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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