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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.

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    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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  • Meet the IAF: Larissa N. Niec
    by Larissa | April 2nd, 2010 |

    (Ed.: The ninth profile in our Interstitial March project features IAF Executive Board member Larissa Niec. Previous profiles in this series have included Stephen H. Segal, Felice Kuan, Wendy Ellertson, Deborah Atherton, Erin Underwood, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.)

    Larissa Niec

    Who are you and what do you do?

    By day, I’m a clinical child psychologist and a professor of psychology working in the “middle of the mitten” in Michigan. I teach graduate students, conduct treatment outcome research, and run a clinic for families with young children with disruptive behavior disorders. The overarching goal that guides what I do as a professor and a researcher is to reduce barriers that prevent families from accessing effective treatment for mental illness.

    In the wee hours of the night, I become a writer of fiction. For a long while, I kept this part of myself hidden from my academic colleagues. In a science department, it earns you no cred to write fiction. Now that my first novel is published and doing well, I speak more freely about my creative moonlighting. It was in part the isolation I experienced as a boundary-crossing academic that caused me to rejoice when I found the IAF.

    What first attracted you to the interstitial arts?

    Be it in science or art, I’ve always been skeptical of anyone professing to hold The Answer. In my own field of clinical psychology, for instance, I still observe with bemusement individuals who cling rigidly to the belief that a single theory can encapsulate the complexity of human behavior. We are messy, multifaceted creatures; our societies are messy. To capture genuine human experiences, I believe an artist must borrow images, analogies, theories, and traditions from a myriad of sources.

    Interstitial art excites me in the same way that interstitial science excites me, for it is when we discover connections among remote aspects of human existence that we come closest to understanding who we are.

    How is your work interstitial?

    I’m not yet certain whether my fiction is interstitial. In my first novel, Shorn, I attempted to subvert readers’ expectations about fantasy heroes and constructed worlds. I dealt with issues of oppression and the consequences of maltreatment for individuals and society in ways that don’t fit comfortably within mainstream fantasy. Some reviewers have called Shorn literary fantasy. However, I believe my work breaks too many of the rules to find a good home in that category, either.

    I think you’ll need to ask me the question again when I’ve finished more projects. Cael’s Shadow will be released next spring. I’ll get back to you then.

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    6 Responses to “Meet the IAF: Larissa N. Niec”

    1. Ellen Kushner Says:

      Great photo, Larissa!

    2. Felice Says:

      Ditto – gorgeous!

    3. Larissa N. Niec Says:

      Thank you! The photographer, Gail Spiro, is a wonderful and talented woman from the east side of Cleveland.

    4. Deborah Atherton Says:

      I love the idea of interstitial art being messy, and connecting aspects of human experience that seem remote from each other. When we do our “Are you an interstitial artist?” personality quiz, some of the questions ought to be about messiness!

    5. Meet the IAF: Christopher Barzak ¦ The Interstitial Arts Foundation Says:

      [...] (Ed.: Continuing our series of profiles of IAF people, Christopher Barzak is both a member of the IAF Working Group and, with Delia Sherman, the co-editor of Interfictions 2, our 2009 anthology of interstitial fiction. Previous profiles in this series have included Larissa N. Niec, Stephen H. Segal, Felice Kuan, Wendy Ellertson, Deborah Atherton, Erin Underwood, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.)) [...]

    6. Meet the IAF: Mike Allen ¦ The Interstitial Arts Foundation Says:

      [...] (Ed.: Continuing our series of profiles of IAF people, Mike Allen is a member of the IAF Working Group. Previous profiles in this series have included Christopher Barzak, Larissa N. Niec, Stephen H. Segal, Felice Kuan, Wendy Ellertson, Deborah Atherton, Erin Underwood, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.) [...]

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