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2009 was a pretty awesome year for the Interstitial Arts Foundation: Interfictions 2 came out, they released some excellent fiction for free online in their Annex, and we had a successful auction of interstitial art featuring some amazing creations. I hear they also had some pretty fabulous Salons in New York and Los Angeles, but this Georgia lady wasn't able to make any of those. (Here's for an Atlanta-based Interstitial Salon in 2010! Who's with me?*)

By the by, if anyone is located in or near Indianapolis, Indiana: there's a Interstitial Salon happening at the Indiana Writer's Center on February 28th! See this post for access to more information.

I'm excited to see this interstitial arts movement flourishing, and more people both noticing and celebrating art that defies categorization. I'm delighted a support structure is growing for those artists who create works that side-step genre and dance between forms; I'm overjoyed that necklaces-what-are-also-stories and fiction-that-is-also-an-itemized-list and postcards-that-are-poems have a platform on which to glory. And I'm absolutely on board with the IAF's latest call: we need more people, more enthusiasm, and more ideas!

In short, we need YOU.

The Board and Working Group have already compiled a bit of a 2010 Wishlist and posted it on the main IAF blog, but I'll reproduce it for you below:

Post more regular news, reviews, events, and promotion of interstitial artists and their work.
Establish a forum for interstitial artists to exchange ideas, collaborate, network, and brainstorm.
Create an online art gallery.
Feature guest bloggers on a regular basis.
Organize an interstitial art symposium.
Begin work on Interfictions 3.
Generate a wider engagement with the interstitial art community through co-sponsored events with other artists & organizations.
Hold more salons in towns across the U.S. & in Europe (Please visit our new How to Host an IAF Salon page!)

Each of these items is a solid prospect for perpetuating and heightening the momentum the Interstitial Arts Foundation now has. I'm completely game for assisting in an Atlanta Salon - and you can easily get started on one of your own, with the tutorial already available on the website.

But what else should be added to that list?

I'm considering ways to get interstitial art in general (and Interfictions in particular) involved more academically. My ideas are still largely inchoate; however, given my current status as a graduate student, this is definitely an area where I'd like to focus some enthusiasm and elbow grease.

But come, bring your thoughts and suggestions! Bring your enthusiasm! You can comment here or join in the discussion on the original IAF post. And, if you've ever wanted to volunteer with the IAF, now's the time to speak up!


This entry was originally posted at Livejournal on February 15th, 2010. You can comment here or there.
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I really just made up my mind to start this yesterday, so forgive the paucity of this week's offerings! This week, I'm mostly just sharing stories that I have already read and recommended (but not lately) and one new offering: "The Horrid Glory of Its Wings" by Elizabeth Bear.

Now, I have sung the praises of the Interfictions Annex long and loud, but I'd like to inaugurate my first online fiction-oriented post by linking to my favorites in summary once more:

"To Set Before the King" by Genevieve Valentine - Of cooking shows and fairy tales, terrifying and strange.
"Four Very True Tales" by Kelly Barnhill - Of prose and poetry, true tales and ineffable fancies.
"For the Love of Carrots" and "The Luxembourg Gardener" by Kelly Cogswell - Of innocent, inanimate pornography, poetry and prose inextricably wound.
"Some Things About Love, Magic, and Hair" by Chris Kammerud - Of all imaginative creation, and a woman's hair.
"Quiz" by Eilis O’Neal - Of impossible questions and the hard choices present in every fairy tale.

If you've a bit of time, pick one or two and read them! Then come back here and tell me what you think.



I finally had a chance to sit down and read "The Horrid Glory of Its Wings" by Elizabeth Bear, published at Tor.com several weeks ago. With a title and character inspired by the harpy in Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, it concerns a very ill young woman and the filthy harpy that lives in the alley behind her home.

It is an incredibly ugly, bleak little tale and I'm not sure if it's redeemed by the fierce, transformative survivalism it advocates. It's provocative, for sure, but perhaps also a bit derivative. In short, my feelings are highly mixed and that actually increases the tale in my estimation. If you've read it, what do you think? I'd really like to discuss this one with others.

The illustration above - which I emphatically love - is the piece John Jude Palencar created to accompany Elizabeth Bear's story. You can see the bigger version at Tor.com.

Originally posted at Livejournal. You can comment here or there.

Last Calls

Dec. 7th, 2009 10:59 am
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Did you want to receive a holiday card from me? If so, and if you haven't commented yet, hie you to this post! (Also, if you wanted to send me a card, but don't have my address, ping me there as well.)

I'm sending cards out sometime soon, so don't delay.



Also, all of the auctions for the Interstitial Arts Foundation expire today! There are some remarkable, lovely things going for remarkably low bids:




[personal profile] ktempest talks about all the remaining pieces here at her journal and challenges us to raise just $400 more for the IAF in its last day of auctions.

Can we do that? With items like the above on the table, I'm pretty sure we can. But when you add in the below final action, I'm certain of it:



That necklace is utterly gorgeous and really captures some of the feeling of "To Set Before the King" by Genevieve Valentine, the story that inspired it. I wish I could snag it for myself, but I'm already strapped this holiday season. You should go out and win it in my honor!*


* Just in my honor: you don't have to give it to me or anything, obviously. Though that would be nice. ;) Ha!
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Now we come to the end: the end of my semester, and the end of the 2009 IAF Auction. I won't regale you with harrowing tales of the four books and ten articles I'm reading, along with the two papers I'm writing. Instead, I'll throw shiny things at you. As usual. Behold the final auctions! Behold beaded bookmark glory and breathtaking jumbled masks and gorgeous pendantry!

Remember, hovering over the image with your mouse will reveal the title of the piece and clicking will take you directly to the auction pages:



All auctions end Monday, December 7th, 2009! This is your last chance in 2009 to get something unique, shiny, and beneficial to the Interstitial Arts Foundation!
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For your Black Friday safety and pleasure, I exhort you to stay at home! If you have the need to throw money at shiny things, please consider doing so at IAFauctions.com. Not only will you be bidding on remarkable, one-of-a-kind items, but you'll be donating to a fascinating cause: the transgressing of borders, the breaking of genres, and the creation of art without categorization. I'm a fan of that kind of artistic freedom; aren't you?

Behold the tiny promo-pics of the auctions currently running below! If curiosity moves you, hovering over the image with your mouse will reveal the title of the piece and clicking will take you directly to the auction pages:




And now, to repeat myself from last week (mostly because I have to work all day and the rest of the time I'm neck-deep in a paper about Irish folklore and the Wildes):

In case you needed more evidence that interstitial art is worth the plunge into weird and uncharted seas, remember that you can read several stories for free at the IAF Annex. I never did get to mention the ultimate offering: "Quiz" by Eilis O'Neal, and it was another of my favorites. So, tell me, "Which is harder to get rid of: a wicked stepmother or a frog that insists you keep your promises to it?"

Also, the introduction to Interfictions 2 by Henry Jenkins has been put up over at the IAF's website: "On the Pleasures of Not Belonging." I heartily recommend it as it's quite fascinating.
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I'm really impressed by the creativity being featured at IAFauctions.com! There's an alien doll by C. Jane Washburn that gives me the willies even as I'm cooing "awww...!" and an utterly sublime Chimera Fancies pendant based on "Remembrance is Something Like a House." There's an intoxicating hair-fall of indigo and trinkets and a couple of art-books by Erzebet Yellowboy and Lisa Bernier that I especially have to wrest my grabby hands away from. (Gosh, the blank journal based on "The Long and Short of Short-Term Memory" especially!)

There's... well, just click on the promo pictures below! If you mouse-over, you can view the title of the piece and clicking will take you directly to the description and auction.




For those who haven't been able to purchase a copy of Interfictions 2, the IAF is giving away several copies! All you have to do to enter is follow the directions in this post. They're selecting winners on Friday, so do it quick!

In case you needed more evidence that interstitial art is worth the plunge into weird and uncharted seas, remember that you can read several stories for free at the IAF Annex. I never did get to mention the ultimate offering: "Quiz" by Eilis O'Neal, and it was another of my favorites. So, tell me, "Which is harder to get rid of: a wicked stepmother or a frog that insists you keep your promises to it?"

Also, the introduction to Interfictions 2 by Henry Jenkins has been put up over at the IAF's website: "On the Pleasures of Not Belonging." I heartily recommend it as it's quite fascinating.



Before I sign off, I must warn you all of more impending shininess! If you are a fan of Chimera Fancies or Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue, Mia is having a sale of pendants inspired by that excellent urban fantasy tomorrow! These really represent some of Mia's most breathtaking work yet and I exhort you to visit Chimera Fancies immediately.

Did I mention she's also auctioning off a couple of special pendants already, in advance? Ones that capture the essence of Rosemary and Rue? Or that all of these pendants (including the ones going on sale tomorrow) are signed by Seanan McGuire, and made from an ARC of her recently-released novel?

No? Well, they are:

Gorgeous.
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The auction is in full swing! I know I promised to post this round-up on Friday, but the best-laid plans of cats and women... a nine-hour shift at the Paycheck Factory ate my day. Here I am now, though, to enthuse with you about the gorgeous images and pendants and shiny things up on the auction block over at IAFauctions.com.

(Hover over the pictures for the title of the piece and the story from Interfictions or Interfictions 2 they're based on! Click on the image to see the piece better, find out more about it, and, of course, to bid!)




So many gorgeous interstitial works of art up to benefit interstitial art - it's brilliant, really. Please take a look and see if you don't take a shine to one of the current or upcoming auctions! 

For my part, I really wish I had disposable income to throw at these auctions. (Loved ones? This. Or this. I'm just sayin'.)
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The Interstitial Arts Foundation's 2009 auction in honor of Interfictions 2 has begun! Bid early and often on marvelous pieces!

Auction #1: A Necklace for Valentines

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(I promise not to spam y'all with a post once every auction goes up - instead, I'll do weekly round-up posts on Fridays. Still, I hope you'll check IAFAuctions.com every day!)
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Oh my! Y'all, this week's installment in the IAF Annex is exactly my sort of thing! It is brilliant and evocative and messed up and yes. Seriously, I could plagiarize myself from the IAF blog post and tell you "[t]his evocative interfiction prompts us to reflect on monsters and the liminality of experience," but I really just want to tell you "GO READ IT ALREADY. NOW."

From "Some Things About Love, Magic, and Hair" by Chris Kammerud:

“The thing about Allison is she hated having her name sung to her but loved Elvis Costello. She hated unicorns, too, unless they were bad-ass unicorns that used their horns to impale enemies in the heart. Also, she had hair like the Jersey shore, thick and brown and full of broken glass, among other things. Seashells, gum wrappers, plastic shovels, the occasional condom or lost child. Parts of Allison existed in other dimensions. Her ankle moonlighted as a moonlit hill in one universe, her hip, a smooth fjord in another. She was half-magic, on her father’s side, if you believe her mother. If you believe in that sort of thing at all.”


GO READ IT ALREADY. NOW. (And pre-order your copy of Interfictions 2 - it comes out a week from today!)
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Interfictions 2, the second anthology of new “interstitial” fiction from the Interstitial Arts Foundation, will be released by Small Beer Press on November 3rd, 2009. The anthology, edited by acclaimed authors Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak, further explores the interstices of genre and form, drawing ever-changing maps of what literary art can be.

In honor of their first Interfictions anthology, the IAF held a jewelry auction in the summer of 2007: each piece was inspired by stories within that pioneering collection, which critics hailed as “odd, deep, delightful…”. Now, in 2009, the Interstitial Arts Foundation is crossing their own previously-erected borders and has opened the auction up to all manner of portable art.

A wide array of artists – dollmakers, painters, jewelry-crafters, knitters, and more – were invited to create pieces inspired by the border-crossing works in the first and second Interfictions anthologies. Through the alchemy of word and imagination and raw materials they have created over 30 stunning pieces, ranging from an evocatively alien sculpture by Jane Washburn (inspired by Theodora Goss’ “Child-Empress of Mars”), an eloquent necklace by SToNZ (inspired by “Valentines” by Shira Lipkin), complex and exquisite handmade art books from Wendy Ellertson and Erzebet Yellowboy (of Papaveria Press), a hat that can be both worn and read from Kate Schaefer, and many other intriguing pieces that are themselves works of interstitial art: illustration and handcraft, fine art and utilitarian . . . all and none of the above.

The online Interfictions Auction is set to begin on November 1st and will run through early December. All of these pieces make excellent holiday gifts. Opening bids will range from $10 – $50, though of course the value of many is much higher. All proceeds go toward supporting the Interstitial Arts Foundation and its projects.

To learn more about the auction and see previews of the available art, please visit IAFAuctions.com.

About the Interstitial Arts Foundation:

The IAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in the interstices, the places between categories and genres – art that crosses borders. www.InterstitialArts.org

About Interfictions 2

Delving deeper into the genre-spanning territory explored in Interfictions, the Interstitial Arts Foundation's first groundbreaking anthology, Interfictions 2 showcases twenty-one original and innovative writers. It includes contributions from authors from six countries, including the United States, Poland, Norway, Australia, France, and Great Britain.

Newcomers such as Alaya Dawn Johnson, Theodora Goss, and Alan DeNiro rub shoulders with established visionaries such as Jeffrey Ford (The Drowned Life), Brian Francis Slattery (Liberation), Nin Andrews (The Book of Orgasms), and M. Rickert (Map of Dreams).

Interfictions 2 is now available for pre-ordering from Small Beer Press (smallbeerpress.com), Powells.com, Amazon.com, and via IndieBound. The book will be available on November 3rd, 2009 online and in stores.


Press Contact for IAF Auctions:

Mary Kay Kare
IAFAuctions Press Relations
PR@iafauctions.com





P.S. Please feel free to spread this press release far and wide! Or drop a comment here with a creative group or Livejournal community or online site that you feel should receive is so that I may do so. Thank you!
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The IAF Annex has been continuing apace these past couple weeks, bringing us further examples of engrossing fiction that denies categorization, instead sprawling web-like across our concepts of narrative and genre.

In "Stonefield," Mark Rich has developed an unsettling piece: a ghost story, perhaps, of time and place… or maybe a rumination on a type of American Atlas. Click on the excerpt below to read the full story:

Days at the drafting table had provided such neat mental constructions - perfect lines and angles within which he could situate himself, to feel measured and squared… he must have slipped away from sensing the roundness and fullness of the world.


This past Tuesday saw the release of Kelly Cogswell's "For the Love of Carrots" and "The Luxembourg Gardener," a short fiction and poem inextricably wound. Kelly's piece is innocently pornographic, in a way, an ode to sensation and misapprehension and the ridiculously feared animalism of taste and touch. It's also provocative: of thought, of laughter. Click below to see for yourself:

"Work dried up after the crash. My magazine folded, and the creditors came around demanding the office furniture and telephone and rent. They got one chair, a cancelled stamp, and a hundred and twelve copies of the second edition of Honeypot, which hadn't sold as well as the first. "And why should it?" Betsy asked. "Nobody's into poetry. Especially in the language of bees. They could be saying anything."


There are only two more weeks remaining in the Annex! Chris Kammerud's "Some Things About Love, Magic, and Hair" goes up on October 27th, and "Quiz" by Ellis O'Neal will be released on November 3rd. November 3rd, by the way, is also the release date of Interfictions 2. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?
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Kelly Barnhill was up last week in the Interfictions Annex, ensnaring readers in a shining net of the natural world and lifelong relationships: her offering is both prose and poetry, true stories and ineffable fancies, about one's relationship with the sacred and the profane.

Read her story, "Four Very True Tales," and tell me: which one speaks truth to you?

Ron Pasquariello's "The Chipper Dialogues" went up yesterday and is perhaps the most challenging interstitial piece debuted so far: told sometimes in haiku, sometimes not, it is the collected debris of conversation between dog and man.

Have any of you been following the Annex from week to week? What have you thought of the stories debuted there thus far?
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So many things to post about - yesterday's Annex story, the flooding we experienced here in Georgia last week, nattering about writing - and no time to do it in! I have Richard III and Henry IV breathing down my neck this week and it's a struggle to prevent Shakespeare's plays from eating me!

I would like to bring your attention to something near and dear to me, though, so I hope you'll forgive me if I just crosspost something whole-hog from the Interstitial Arts Foundation's site:

The Interfictions 2 Auction, sponsored by the Interstitial Arts Foundation, is well underway, with over forty artists committed to creating original pieces of art based on the Interfictions anthology series of original interstitial writing. We’re seeking a few more volunteers to help with the web aspect of the auction.

Web assistants will help the web manager with getting each of the items listed on our WordPress-driven auction site throughout October, November, and December 2009.

Do you have:

1. Basic HTML and/or CSS skills. Even if your main experience is just creating blog posts, you know enough to help with this aspect. More advanced web designers/editors are welcome as well.
2. Basic to Intermediate photo editing skills. We’re very much in need of people who can color-correct and polish the photos so items look their best. We can also use folks who can help with the tedious task of cropping/resizing all of the photos so they fit into the auction template.

We’re hoping to get enough volunteers that no one person will have to spend more than a few hours a week on their tasks. And if you can only give us time for a week or two, we’d still love to have your help! Volunteers can work from anywhere in the world as long as you have email and can access Flickr and iafauctions.com.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact iafauctions at gmaildot COM by email (and cc. us at info at interstitialarts dot ORG) and let us know what your skills are and what level.

* * * We are also seeking an Auction Project Manager to oversee all aspects of the work from now through December, and would be happy to hear from you at the edresses above. * * *

Related Links:
Interfictions 2 Auction Announcement – http://iafauctions.com/interfictions-2/
Auction Call to Artists – http://iafauctions.com/interfictions-2/call-to-artists/
Interfictions Auction FAQ - http://iafauctions.com/interfictions-2/faq/
Interfictions 2 Table of Contents – http://www.interstitialarts.org/wordpress/?p=80
IAF Fundraising Announcement – http://www.interstitialarts.org/wordpress/?p=94
The IAF Mission – http://www.interstitialarts.org/wordpress/?page_id=5


Please, if you've any fragment of time and possession of skill to help, do so! This is an excellent Foundation of a great group of people doing something remarkable. It'll be worth your while!
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A new story went up yesterday in the Interstitial Art Foundation's Online Story Annex. If you missed my explanation of this ingenious bit of free fiction offering from last week, allow me to quickly recap here:

"You see, Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak received so many remarkable submissions for Interfictions 2 that they simply couldn't whittle their selections down to only the number of pieces that would fit into the book. And so, in a truly interstitial move, they decided to bleed past the borders of bound paper and publication limitations into the world of digital press. What that means for us is another entryway into the world of interstitial art via a smorgasbord of liminal hors d'oeuvres."

Last week, we were treated to a cruelly sumptuous interweaving of cooking tips and fairy tale from Genevieve Valentine.

This week, we're given the winding together of prose and song, in a compelling and stark combination of lyrics and scenes. There's even musical accompaniment by the author!

"Nylon Seam" by F. Brett Cox


What are you waiting for? (Headphones? Oh, okay. Hurry now.) Click on over to the Annex!
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Yesterday, the Ides of September, heralded the beginning of something wonderful and strange: an online showcasing of interstitial writings. You see, Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak received so many remarkable submissions for Interfictions 2 that they simply couldn't whittle their selections down to only the number of pieces that would fit into the book. And so, in a truly interstitial move, they decided to bleed past the borders of bound paper and publication limitations into the world of digital press. What that means for us is another entryway into the world of interstitial art via a smorgasbord of liminal hors d'oeuvres.

Behold: the Interstitial Arts Foundation's Online Story Annex!

Sept. 15: Genevieve Valentine, “To Set Before the King”
Sept. 22: F. Brett Cox, “Nylon Seam”
Sept. 29: Kelly Barnhill, “Four Very True Tales”
Oct. 6: Ronald Pasquariello, “The Chipper Dialogues”
Oct. 13: March Rich, “Stonefield”
Oct. 20: Kelly Cogswell, “For the Love of Carrots”
Oct. 27: Chris Kammerud, “Some Things About Love, Magic, and Hair”
Nov. 3: Eilis O’Neal, “Quiz”

It is uniquely appropriate that we begin our annex with such a literal and literary feast as Genevieve Valentine's "To Set Before the King." Her deft interweaving of fairy tale tropes with practical cooking techniques will send a shiver down your spine and redistribute your perceptions of archetype and fortune.

While you're visiting the Annex, be sure to check out the rest of the new Interstitial Arts Foundation site! There are some great new features.
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Remember that Interstitial Arts Foundation Call for Artists I've been putting out over the last few months? Well, I thought you might like to see a sneak preview of one of the resulting creations:



“Information is sacred. I don't remember why, or who told me. But I know that information is sacred, so I write it down, scraps of knowledge and observations. I used to write in leather-bound journals with elegant heavy pens, but my fetish for elegance has fallen by the wayside in my rush to commit everything to paper. Now I use cheap marbled composition books, purchased by the dozen. The pen is still important, though. It must write in smooth lines of black, not catch on the page. There is too much to capture.”

From "Valentines" by Shira Lipkin. Necklace by SToNZ.


Isn't that gorgeous? It'll be up for auction come November! And, other artists, there's still time to participate!
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Hello! If you've a bit of a donation to spare and are interested in helping out the interstitial arts, please read the following post - because Small Beer Press is fabulous, they've extended the deadline for sending in a donation and subsequently having your name printed in Interfictions 2 as a sponsor to today, July 31st, 2009!


The Interstitial Arts Foundation understands that it takes a community to produce a work of art, especially interstitial art. The way that people come together, the labyrinths they walk among each other, meeting and parting, sharing pieces of themselves and encountering re-mixed and -constituted fragments of themselves as those pieces are shared deeper in the community, fusing and re-fusing ideas and inspiration and works in progress: this is the very heart of interstitiality. Interstitial can't happen in a vacuum or a homogeneous zone: only where people come together can interstices and inter-genres and interzones spring into being.
Interfictions 2 - available for pre-order at Amazon.com!
The IAF has enacted this belief again and again: first, by being. Again by building multiple anthologies based on interstitiality. Again by calling for artists to create multi-categorizable wonders, to eradicate borders and just create. And, finally, in their latest endeavor: offering the community the chance to directly support interstitial artists by private patronage.

From the official press release:

"We’re asking you to sponsor not just a book, but an idea - the idea that artists need to be able to express themselves freely and directly to their audiences, without the restraints of conventional genre limitations."

Please, follow the link to the press release and find out how you can become a private patron of art without borders. Since some levels of sponsorship will see your name printed in Interfictions 2, I urge you to look over the information soon: the anthology will be finalized and sent to the printers by June 30.
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The Interstitial Arts Foundation understands that it takes a community to produce a work of art, especially interstitial art. The way that people come together, the labyrinths they walk among each other, meeting and parting, sharing pieces of themselves and encountering re-mixed and -constituted fragments of themselves as those pieces are shared deeper in the community, fusing and re-fusing ideas and inspiration and works in progress: this is the very heart of interstitiality. Interstitial can't happen in a vacuum or a homogeneous zone: only where people come together can interstices and inter-genres and interzones spring into being.
Interfictions 2 - available for pre-order at Amazon.com!
The IAF has enacted this belief again and again: first, by being. Again by building multiple anthologies based on interstitiality. Again by calling for artists to create multi-categorizable wonders, to eradicate borders and just create. And, finally, in their latest endeavor: offering the community the chance to directly support interstitial artists by private patronage.

From the official press release:

"We’re asking you to sponsor not just a book, but an idea - the idea that artists need to be able to express themselves freely and directly to their audiences, without the restraints of conventional genre limitations."

Please, follow the link to the press release and find out how you can become a private patron of art without borders. Since some levels of sponsorship will see your name printed in Interfictions 2, I urge you to look over the information soon: the anthology will be finalized and sent to the printers by June 30.
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Artists! Creators! Various makers!


The time approaches for a new auction to benefit the Interstitial Arts Foundation! This Fall will see the publication of Interfictions 2, an anthology of interstitial writings-- pieces of art formed of words, but exploding the boundaries of story, poem, list, fiction, genre. No boundary is safe! Nor should we concern ourselves with the safety of such borders, for they are membranous things and meant to be liminal. (Great work has already been done in this area through Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writings and the auction of last summer inspired by the pieces therein.)

In last year's auction, readers and authors took the stories from Interfictions and rendered them in wearable art form. As I said before:

Through the alchemy of word and imagination and raw materials, Mia crafted evocative poem-pendants, Elizabeth Genco knotted intoxicating skeins of glittering black beads, Helen Pilinovsky invoked a terror of rats in black stick pearls, and so many others conceived of and brought into the world so many shiny things. Even I found myself moving to select beads, thread wire, and execute in necklace form the tale of a girl and her lost brothers.

This year, the Interstitial Arts Foundation is crossing their own previously-erected borders and opening the auction up to all manner of portable art! Fancy turning out a pendant, necklace, earrings, or other jewelry item? Fantastic! Delight in weaving fiber, knitting yarn, crocheting fancies? Brilliant! Maker of bags? Shaper of masks? Binder of books? Creator of paper? The IAF wants your beautiful wares inspired by the stories in Interfictions 2!

Now for the tricky part: the auction will run concurrently with the book's release. But never fear! Intrepid artists can still read stories beforehand so their art is well inspired: simply go to this website and cycle through until one of the story excerpts catches your fancy. Then fill out the form and soon you'll be shaping wire or clicking needles or heating metal as inspiration flits on the heels of prose.

Relevant reading:
The Interstitial Arts Foundation's press release.
The Call to Artists page where you can request a story.
The Interfictions 2 auction FAQ.
Read more about the intersitial arts on my journal.

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"e" by Alex MyersLast year, I participated in a marvelous exercise in interstitiality: an auction of remarkable jewelry inspired by stories collected in Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writings. Through the alchemy of word and imagination and raw materials, Mia crafted evocative poem-pendants, Elizabeth Genco knotted intoxicating skeins of glittering black beads, Helen Pilinovsky invoked a terror of rats in black stick pearls, and so many others conceived of and brought into the world so many shiny things. Even I found myself moving to select beads, thread wire, and execute in necklace form the tale of a girl and her lost brothers.

This fall will see the publication of Interfictions 2 and, with it, another fundraising event for the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Once more, they are putting out the call for creators to donate liminal art so that such art -- visual, aural, whatever wondrous creations fall through the cracks of easily codified existence -- can continue to be fostered. A self-fulfilling dream.

Right now, they're looking for volunteers to help run this fundraising event smoothly. They need project managers, web assistants, photographers, and more. Check out this post by Tempest Bradford (coordinator extraordinaire and excellent contributor to the maiden voyage of Interfictions) and see if you can't lend a hand. And thank you if you do!

N.B. The painting to the left is by Alex Myers and was chosen by the IAF to be the cover for Interfictions 2. It is entitled "e" and is part of his art as commodity series.

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