Yaya Atta is creating multimedia performance art, poetry & prose, and meme
21

patrons

$206
per month
ABOUT ME:

i am. sometimes i am specifically Yaya Atta, a bi-coastal, Harlem, NY (Lenape Territory) and Oakland, CA (Ohlone Territory) based artist, wordsmith, and the hood resource builder behind Cookie's Joint, a community-ran project that provides food, clothing, toiletries, gender-affirming items, emergency-housing, crisis support, and drug/alcohol recovery support to LGBTQI people of color.

i make extravagant memes challenging social norms, brutal poetry dissecting histories of abuse and violence, multimedia performance excursions through the life of the intersectionally oppressed, and nuanced prose and essay contemplating current events through tiny cracks and details that have been overlooked in our struggle to create easier, more binary narratives (see my posts for a sample of what those things look like). and i make connections between people and the resources they need to survive.

i want to make even more than that, to bring esoteric beauty and ideas to a public stage, to enable space travel from the comfort of your sofa, and to terraform your insides and live there. there will be books, there will be video, there with be interactive exhibitions you can choose to engage in, and there will be dozens of odd little things that i have wanted to give you for a long time but have no idea how to explain.

let me show them to you.

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ABOUT THIS PATREON:

i need support in order to make work that sustains me and for the art i create to be accessible to folks with similar intersecting oppressions. because we often cannot afford to engage with ourselves in this way and still have time to survive capitalism.

i also enjoy the idea of a place where all of my creativity can reside. i've appreciated illuminating seemingly disjointed shards of numerous lives and experiences before crowds whose awareness brought them to this piece or that. i believe that bringing all these disparate crowds together to see and react to my full body of work, at intersections they may have never perceived or thought of is a form of art in itself.

and finally, as someone who grew up knowing first hand what it meant to go hungry, being a starving artist is deeply unappealing to me. what does appeal to me is the idea of people with financial access creating an environment where people without it can thrive, create, and share their creations with the world.

thank you ahead of time, for helping me actualize that goal.
Tiers
bodega bougie
$5 or more per month 8 of 30 patrons
you might not have tons of cash but you make up for it with flawless taste. i dig that. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for #NationalPoetryMonth in April when I will write one new poem each day (the poems will be publicly posted on Facebook  and my blog and, if published off-line, be dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
dime piece
$10 or more per month 5 of 30 patrons
you know what you like & are willing to pay a little extra for it. i'm into it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for #NationalBlogPostingMonth in November when I will write one new blog post each day, and post to my blog,  Emphatically.Black (these can be in poem, prose or essay format, will be publicly posted on the blog and Facebook  and, if published off-line, be dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
emphatically black
$20 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
you are thirsty for consistently shady social commentary and are willing to pay to get it. my kinda person. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for my blog,  Emphatically.Black  monthly, with the exception of November (these can be in poem, prose or essay format, will be publicly posted on the blog and Facebook and, if published off-line, dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
it's sadurday
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
you are #sadbae and want to have something to read on the subway so everyone knows it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get a free copy annually of the collected works of my project #sadurday (viewable via twitter at @itssadurday  and on Facebook ) in print
the black gaze
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
you are #wokebae and want to have something to read on the subway so everyone knows it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get a free copy annually of the collected works of my project #theblackgaze (viewable via tumblr at The Black Gaze ) in print
petty god
$35 or more per month 0 patrons
EXPERIMENTAL: you want to see and support more meme & viral internet content-type art. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get private advance access to & input on a meme/internet campaign quarterly (these will not be revealed as my work to anyone else during the first month following the drop, for an example of the type of thing i'm talking about see The White Privilege Fundraiser)

- get 50% discounted admission to 1 live show a year (although I cannot say definitively where or when they'll be)

- have early access to cop any books i publish.


theatre bae
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
you want to see me shaking my tush and sayin stuff about it on a stage near you. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get free access to a private advance LIVE table reading of my work (NYC & Oakland-local ONLY) or access to an advance audio/transcript of the reading

- get 50% discounted admission to 2 shows a year (although I cannot say definitively where or when they'll be)

- have early access to cop any books i publish.
Goals
$206 of $300 per month
when i reach $300 per month, i will be able to write and self-publish my first collection of short stories/prose, to be available for sale through my personal website (and at any potential tour stops), with an initial guarantee of one new book annually (for a total of two if you include the book of poetry).
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ABOUT ME:

i am. sometimes i am specifically Yaya Atta, a bi-coastal, Harlem, NY (Lenape Territory) and Oakland, CA (Ohlone Territory) based artist, wordsmith, and the hood resource builder behind Cookie's Joint, a community-ran project that provides food, clothing, toiletries, gender-affirming items, emergency-housing, crisis support, and drug/alcohol recovery support to LGBTQI people of color.

i make extravagant memes challenging social norms, brutal poetry dissecting histories of abuse and violence, multimedia performance excursions through the life of the intersectionally oppressed, and nuanced prose and essay contemplating current events through tiny cracks and details that have been overlooked in our struggle to create easier, more binary narratives (see my posts for a sample of what those things look like). and i make connections between people and the resources they need to survive.

i want to make even more than that, to bring esoteric beauty and ideas to a public stage, to enable space travel from the comfort of your sofa, and to terraform your insides and live there. there will be books, there will be video, there with be interactive exhibitions you can choose to engage in, and there will be dozens of odd little things that i have wanted to give you for a long time but have no idea how to explain.

let me show them to you.

----------------

ABOUT THIS PATREON:

i need support in order to make work that sustains me and for the art i create to be accessible to folks with similar intersecting oppressions. because we often cannot afford to engage with ourselves in this way and still have time to survive capitalism.

i also enjoy the idea of a place where all of my creativity can reside. i've appreciated illuminating seemingly disjointed shards of numerous lives and experiences before crowds whose awareness brought them to this piece or that. i believe that bringing all these disparate crowds together to see and react to my full body of work, at intersections they may have never perceived or thought of is a form of art in itself.

and finally, as someone who grew up knowing first hand what it meant to go hungry, being a starving artist is deeply unappealing to me. what does appeal to me is the idea of people with financial access creating an environment where people without it can thrive, create, and share their creations with the world.

thank you ahead of time, for helping me actualize that goal.

Recent posts by Yaya Atta

Tiers
bodega bougie
$5 or more per month 8 of 30 patrons
you might not have tons of cash but you make up for it with flawless taste. i dig that. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for #NationalPoetryMonth in April when I will write one new poem each day (the poems will be publicly posted on Facebook  and my blog and, if published off-line, be dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
dime piece
$10 or more per month 5 of 30 patrons
you know what you like & are willing to pay a little extra for it. i'm into it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for #NationalBlogPostingMonth in November when I will write one new blog post each day, and post to my blog,  Emphatically.Black (these can be in poem, prose or essay format, will be publicly posted on the blog and Facebook  and, if published off-line, be dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
emphatically black
$20 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
you are thirsty for consistently shady social commentary and are willing to pay to get it. my kinda person. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get to propose a writing prompt for my blog,  Emphatically.Black  monthly, with the exception of November (these can be in poem, prose or essay format, will be publicly posted on the blog and Facebook and, if published off-line, dedicated to you in the finished book).

- have early access to cop the above book if published.
it's sadurday
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
you are #sadbae and want to have something to read on the subway so everyone knows it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get a free copy annually of the collected works of my project #sadurday (viewable via twitter at @itssadurday  and on Facebook ) in print
the black gaze
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
you are #wokebae and want to have something to read on the subway so everyone knows it. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get a free copy annually of the collected works of my project #theblackgaze (viewable via tumblr at The Black Gaze ) in print
petty god
$35 or more per month 0 patrons
EXPERIMENTAL: you want to see and support more meme & viral internet content-type art. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get private advance access to & input on a meme/internet campaign quarterly (these will not be revealed as my work to anyone else during the first month following the drop, for an example of the type of thing i'm talking about see The White Privilege Fundraiser)

- get 50% discounted admission to 1 live show a year (although I cannot say definitively where or when they'll be)

- have early access to cop any books i publish.


theatre bae
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
you want to see me shaking my tush and sayin stuff about it on a stage near you. you will:

- have access to my personal journals thru Patreon

- get free access to a private advance LIVE table reading of my work (NYC & Oakland-local ONLY) or access to an advance audio/transcript of the reading

- get 50% discounted admission to 2 shows a year (although I cannot say definitively where or when they'll be)

- have early access to cop any books i publish.