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    The Interstitial Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in between categories and genres – art that crosses borders. Find out more!

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    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.
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    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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    The dictionary definition of "interstitial" refers not only to the space between things, but also to that which binds two or more things together. Interstitial literature can fall into the cracks between genres or it can bind two or more genres together. The IAF is here to give support to writers working between or across categories.

    Interstitial fiction can be found all over the bookstore, tucked away under various genre labels. How, then, can a reader find it? By sharing recommendations, IAF contributors provide a guide to the best interstitial fiction available today.

    On these pages contributors present an ongoing selection of writers, old and new; of well-known authors whose very interstitiality may have made them slip under the public's radar.

    Terri Windling, 2004
    "When I'm asked for good examples of border-crossing fiction, the works of Kevin Brockmeier and Kelly Link immediately leap to mind."
    Delia Sherman, 2003
    "Those of us who have been talking for years about what makes a piece of art more or less Interstitial tend to use Angela Carter for our touchstone. Her art, with its unusual juxtapositions of conventions and traditions, is virtually impossible to classify."
    The Interstitial Arts Foundation
    Here is an ongoing list of interstitial books recommended by diverse contributors. These are works that cross the borders between genres, or defy categorization altogether. Different contributors have different ideas about what makes a book interstitial, which is why we have asked them to annotate and sign their recommendations.
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