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  • Meet the IAF: Matthew Kressel
    by Erin | February 6th, 2011 |

    (Ed.: Continuing our series of profiles of IAF people, Matthew Kressel is a member of the IAF Working Group. Previous profiles in this series have included Mike AllenChristopher BarzakLarissa N. NiecStephen H. SegalFelice KuanWendy EllertsonDeborah AthertonErin UnderwoodEllen KushnerDelia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.)

    Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m Matt Kressel.  By day I’m an IT Consultant.  I set up and maintain corporate networks, program websites, and in general do all things computer.  I’ve been writing short fiction for several years now, and some of my stories have been published in Clarkesworld Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, and the anthologies Naked City (forthcoming), The People of the Book, Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, and several other markets.  I also publish Sybil’s Garage, a speculative fiction and poetry magazine/anthology now in its seventh issue.  I published Paper Cities, which won the World Fantasy Award.  And I co-host the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow.

    What first attracted you to the interstitital arts?

    I believe my first introduction to the term interstitial when applied to the arts was during Readercon at a panel Ellen Kushner moderated.  I liked the idea of the weird and not easily classifiable fiction that falls, so to speak, between the cracks of traditional genre fiction.  I also like the idea of using multiple types of media in the same work of art, which features prominently in Sybil’s Garage.

    How do you consider your work interstitial?

    The most interstitial thing I do is probably Sybil’s Garage.  At first blush, Sybil’s Garage resembles a ‘zine, or more recently, an anthology.  But listed under each story and poem is a suggested musical accompaniment, which the author chooses.  With each issue, I publish an iTunes playlist and a track listing for folks to download and enjoy.  This is, as far as I know, unique among speculative fiction magazines.   In addition, the pages are peppered with marginalia.  Each issue has a distinct theme.  Issue 4 was languages.  Issue 5 was OMD’s album, Dazzle Ships.  Issue 6, Gary Numan’s Replicas, Issue 7, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Airplane Over the Sea.

    In issue six, there was also a story, hidden within the margins, of a woman and her robot lover traveling through time.  In issue seven, the ghost of Anne Frank writes love letters to Jeff Mangum (the lead singer of Neutral Milk Hotel) after she hears the album he wrote about her.

    The covers, too are also interstitial.  Issue 4 has a fish jumping out of a brownstone window while Jupiter looms in the sky.  Issue 5 has an alien watching TV.  Issue 6 has a scarecrow standing before a subway station in the middle of a pumpkin field.  Issue 7, a photo collage of machinery local to my neighborhood.  I try, with each issue, to make it a full sensory experience.  Why would someone choose a print book over an e-book?  Because the print book offers something an e-book (currently) cannot do, namely provide a visceral experience.  As SFF Portal says of Sybil’s Garage, “Each issue [is] a complete work of art…put together with a huge amount of love and attention to detail…”

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