(The next in our series of Interfictions Zero essays is now available in the Projects section of our site: Sofia Samatar’s “Interstitial International? Ibrahim al-Koni and the Question of Genre“. Samatar is a PhD student in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studies 20th-century Arabic literature with [...]
Interfictions Zero co-editor Helen Pilinovsky writes:
Our latest essay, “Don’t Let It Be Forgot: The Once and Future Story,” written by Kat Howard, is now up at these addresses (the first takes you to the front-page and synopsis, the second is a direct link):
This month, Kat Howard gives us a fascinating meditation on the nature of [...]
[Ed. Note: Guest Blogger Kris Saknussemm brings this essay on the interstitial creative process. Kris Saknussemm is the author of the novels Zanesville, Private Midnight and Enigmatic Pilot, along with a short story collection, Sinister Miniatures. A multimedia artist, his paintings have been published as a portfolio book The Colors of Compulsion, and he records [...]
Today we posted a second essay from Interfictions Zero, the rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts. Author J.M. McDermott in his essay “On Mosaic Novels” posits :
I’m going to propose that there exists such a thing as a Mosaic Novel, as I will define it contrary and in addition to any [...]
IAF’s newest project, Interfictions Zero, the rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts, launched April 1 – no kidding! Our first essay author, Carlos Hernandez, says:
Hey gang, my essay “Oscar Wao: Murdering Machismo” is inaugurating Interfictions Zero, a new web anthology of essays about genre-busting literature. It’s lit. crit. by way of memoir, [...]
(Eds. note: We have almost reached the end of Interstitial March, and though this is not the final post, you could definitely call it the finale. It’s possible readers of this blog need no introduction to either of these two luminaries. Alternative rock/folk/Celtic/mythpunk singer S.J. Tucker performs both solo and and as a member of [...]
(Eds. note: Interstitial March continues as guest blogger A. M. Kerstetter brings us this report on the third annual Chapbook Festival at City University of New York Graduate Center, where attendees discussed the role chapbooks play in blending literature and art.)
Literature or art? Product or process, private or public? Fiction, poetry, or fragmentary sparks of [...]
(Eds. note: Interstitial March co-editor Mike Allen, previously profiled in our “Meet the IAF” series, shares reflections on assembling Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, the anthology series he edits that toys with interstitial elements.)
As I help to compile this year’s batch of Interstitial March entries, the words of a number of artists resonate [...]
DEAR March, come in!
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
— Emily Dickinson
Welcome to March Madness at the Interstitial Arts Foundation, Second Edition.
To celebrate the interstitial in the arts is to toast accomplishments that succeed in new space, that proceed as if the boundaries of discipline and category weren’t even there.
To address the concept in [...]
Here at the IAF, we’re always saying that interstitial art is art without genre conventions to fall back on, art that demands you read it on its own terms.
How does that work, exactly?
Veronica Schanoes (author of “Rats” in the IAF anthology Interfictions, and an Assistant Professor of English at Queens College-CUNY) offers a few hints:
People often ask me if I think I was born bitextual, or if something in my environment made me that way. Do I write both science fiction and mainstream novels, both fiction and nonfiction, because I had an absent father and an overbearing mother, or because I was exposed to too many different kinds of [...]
This week the IAF is pleased to share a guest essay from interdisciplinary artist-turned musician-turned writer Jorge Socarras, whom we met through mutual friends in the worlds of music, fashion and literature: a perfect interstitial meeting point!
Jorge started as a painter, but is perhaps most known for his work as a singer-songwriter with producer legend [...]