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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
    Now [...]

    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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  • Interview with Author/Editor Mike Allen
    by Deborah | August 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »
    Mythic_Delirium

    This week we revisit Interstitial Author/Editor Mike Allen, well known in our community for creating and editing Clockwork Phoenix and Mythic Delirum to learn about his current projects and the success of his recent crowdfunding campaigns.

    IAF: Can you re-introduce yourself and give us a little background on who you are and what you do?

    Sure! I’m a journalist, novelist, poet, occasional visual artist, and most relevant to the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an editor and publisher. I’ve been curating my own idiosyncratic assortments of weird fiction and poetry for a couple decades now. My best known project is without a doubt the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series, which blends genres like nobody’s business.

    IAF: Please fill us in on the outcome of the project you were working on during your last interview here, Clockwork Phoenix, and your [...]

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    New Artisan Consignment Gallery in NYC
    by InterstitialArts | July 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

    IAF friend John Ordover in NYC writes:
    I have rented out what -was-the Soho Gallery for Digital Art to a store called GLLAM that sells artisan-work on consignment. If you know anyone looking to sell artisan things on consignment, please pass the word – they only take what they think they can sell, but anyway, here’s their website:
    http://www.gallerylala.com/
    and FB page:
    https://www.facebook.com/gallerylala/info

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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal
    by InterstitialArts | July 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
    Now [...]

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    Graduate’s Corner: What is “Interstitial,” and Is It Contagious? by Ellen Denham
    by InterstitialArts | July 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    Read this guest blog by IAF Board Member Ellen Denham at the Odyssey Writing Workshop blog:
    What is “Interstitial,” and Is It Contagious?

    The short answer is, “yes!” Read the blog post to find out why this is a good thing.

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    Sneak Peek at our New Arts Department
    by InterstitialArts | June 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
    marlboro_mildasamay

    Interfictions Online’s Arts Editor Henry Lien begins a new series of posts describing some of the proposed projects for the new Arts Department that the Indiegogo Campaign will help fund.

    Proposed Arts Department Project 1: “When Brands Undergo Radical Gender Identity Reassignment”

    The U.S. Supreme Court Justices tell us that corporations are people. However, what the Supremes don’t tell us is that brands have genders. Or so the corporations would want us to believe. Witness, for example, the hilarious customer review responses to the BIC Cristal for Her Ball Pen.

    We’re planning a piece in Interfictions about brands that undergo some sort of radical gender identity reassignment, or even more interesting, brands whose gender identities, as decided by their corporate parents, are threatened by outside forces. It will be an interdisciplinary essay/gallery/found media piece emphasizing the art and graphic design elements necessary to change, or defend, [...]

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    The Birth of The Interstitial Arts Foundation
    by InterstitialArts | June 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

    In honor of our Indiegogo campaign in support of Interfictions Online (the online journal of interstitial art)–and we’re almost to our first goal, please help put us over the top!–we present our two-part series by the Founders of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner.

    Delia: As I remember it, the Interstitial Arts Foundation was born one chilly afternoon in our house in Somerville, MA, maybe 1998?  Our dear friend, editor, writer & artist Terri Windling was visiting, and as usual we were discussing the State of Universe and how to fix it, and . . .

    Aw, heck.  Ellen Kushner’s already written about this, so I’ll just let her tell it:

    “We’re in my livingroom, drinking something or other, munching biscuits and gently moaning about how hard [...]

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    Intersitial Finland
    by InterstitialArts | June 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

    There’s a new Interstitial game in town – if we consider the world as one giant village, that is:

    FINNISH WEIRD, the self-named “community of weird writers in Finland” is thriving, and producing  stories that blur and bend genre boundaries with their unbridled flight of imagination.  Sounds interstitial to us!

    Their new online (and downloadable) publication introduces you to suomikumma, “Finnish Weird”, showcases a few of its bright stars, and also gives us a couple of short stories to read, with new downloadable books (in PDF or EPUB).

    While published by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, they are using the same kind of language the IAF does to describe interstitial fiction.
    Let’s take a look, and see how we can support this kindred vision.

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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!
    by InterstitialArts | May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
    interfic_cover

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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    Interview with Bobby Previte
    by Deborah | January 19th, 2014 | No Comments »
    Bobby Previte

    Interstitial Arts is excited to bring you this interview with composer/performer Bobby Previte. Bobby has worked with for/with creators as diverse as John Adams, Terry Adams, Robert Altman, Johnny Copeland, Lejaren Hiller, Charlie Hunter, Lenny Kaye, John Lurie, Sonny Sharrock, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, and possibly Iggy Pop (though he can’t quite remember that.) He has recorded on Sony, Nonesuch, Palmetto, Gramavision, Enja, Thirsty Ear, New World, Ropeadope, Veal, Spacebone, and received the Guggenheim Fellowship. He’s in the midst of creating a recording of his highly interstitial work Terminals, and took a few minutes to speak with IAF Board member Deborah Atherton about it.

    1) Can you introduce yourself and give us a little background on who you are and what you do?

    I am a performer/composer. My “instrument” is the trap drums. I’ve been performing since the age of 13. I got my start [...]

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    Charles Wright
    by Deborah | September 7th, 2013 | No Comments »
    Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About

    Written by Ron Bass

    Charles Wright was born in 1933 and published three books within a decade: The Messenger (1963), The Wig (1966), and Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About (1973).  All are riveting. The first book is a relatively conventional novel. The second is an alternative present novel and a scathing satire that is definitely interstitial. The third, which is the topic at hand, is nearly unclassifiable, although I think it reads like a novel.

    The book flaps of Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About contain blurbs from Kay Boyle, Anthony Burgess, Ishmael Reed, and Clarence Major. Burgess writes: “It would diminish Charles Wright to call him merely an important black writer. Such talent as his transcends race: his concern is with the human condition.” Reed writes: “Charles Wright is the aristocratic poet-in-residence of America’s seamy side. He doesn’t flay so much as he haunts.”

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