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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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  • IAF 2011: What we’ve done, what’s still to come
    by Larissa | April 22nd, 2011 |


    While the first quarter of 2011 has sped past us, the Interstitial Arts Foundation has been remarkably active.

    Since our productive face-to-face Board meeting in January, the Planning Task Force has developed a list of priority issues to tackle regarding future directions of the IAF. Coming this year will be new ideas about how to make the IAF an organization that can best support and promote the interstitial arts.

    Ongoing projects have not slowed down, however. Throughout the month of March, we celebrated the interstitial arts with March Madness. Through the fabulous efforts of Erin Underwood and Mike Allen, the IAF blog offered 31 days of interviews with authors, musicians and playwrights, as well as book reviews and discussions about what it means for a work to be interstitial.

    As March came to an end, we launched the third anthology in the Interfictions series: Interfictions Zero is an ongoing, online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts. Many thanks to Stephen Segal for designing the cover for the anthology. The goal of Interfictions Zero is to begin to create a historical context for how interstitial writing affects the development of various literary genres and to work towards a practical definition of interstitiality. The first essay, “Oscar Wao: Murdering Machismo,” by Carlos Hernandez has already stimulated interesting discussion. The submission process for Interfictions Zero is rolling, and we are currently accepting additional essays.  Please see our submissions page if you are interested in contributing.

    I am also pleased to announce that the “Interfictions 2 Study Guide,” a free teaching resource for the second IAF literary anthology, is now available for dissemination from Scribd or from the Interfictions 2 page at Small Beer Press. Interfictions 2 was designed not only as an anthology of genre-bending, boundary-crossing stories, but also as a text for literature and fiction classes. To that end, editors Christopher Barzak and Delia Sherman, with author Carlos Hernadez and publishers Small Beer Press, have created the guide. We hope it will help to continue the conversation about possible ways in which literature develops new forms.

    My sincere gratitude to all the people who have spent time and creative energy to bring these projects to life! We could not exist without your talent and passion. With your continued support, the rest of the year looks to be as active as the first quarter. We are currently preparing for a Summer Salon Celebration throughout the month of July. Across the country, artists and art enthusiasts will gather to share their work, exchange ideas, and develop a greater sense of community. Look for more information about the Summer Salons coming soon. Consider hosting a salon in your town!

    Hosting a salon is only one of the many ways to support the IAF. By becoming a “Friend of the IAF” you can provide us with the funding necessary for the organization to continue. If you are seeking to become directly involved, consider joining our Working Group, where you can play an active role in developing projects like the ones above. Even if you are not ready to jump into the Working Group, we are still interested in hearing how you think the organization can best champion artists and the interstitial arts.

    Please contact me at LarissaNiec(AT)interstitialarts(DOT)org to express your interest and ideas. If you would like to meet some of us face-to-face, you can find IAF Board and Working Group members at a number of venues this summer. Look for panels on the interstitial arts or IAF “town meetings” at Wiscon in Madison, Wisconsin May 26-30 and ReaderCon in Boston from July 14-17.

    I am excited and honored to be serving the IAF as president during this period of planning and transition. I look forward to working with more of you as the year progresses!

    Larissa Niec

    IAF President

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