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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. Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity. Now our work begins in earnest. We will […]

    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    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. With the publication […]

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  • Charles Wright
    by InterstitialArts | September 7th, 2013 | No Comments »
    Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About

    Written by Ron Bass Charles Wright was born in 1933 and published three books within a decade: The Messenger (1963), The Wig (1966), and Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About (1973).  All are riveting. The first book is a relatively conventional novel. The second is an alternative present novel and a scathing satire that is definitely interstitial. The third, which is the topic at hand, is nearly unclassifiable, although I think it reads like a novel. The book flaps of Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About contain blurbs from Kay Boyle, Anthony Burgess, Ishmael Reed, and Clarence Major. Burgess writes: “It would diminish Charles Wright to call him merely an important black writer. Such talent as his transcends race: his concern is with the human condition.” Reed writes: “Charles Wright is the aristocratic poet-in-residence of America’s seamy side. He doesn’t flay so much as he haunts.”


    The Language of Cats
    by InterstitialArts | June 14th, 2013 | No Comments »
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    Although not capable of being subjected to any kind of quantitative test, I have no doubts about the accuracy of the following proposition: After the death of its creator, an interstitial work of the first rank is more likely to be lost to future generations than a work of equal rank that resides within a clearly-defined genre.

    Spencer Holst (1925 – 2001) was a writer whose interstitial works were widely appreciated during his lifetime; but only a dozen years after his death they have nearly fallen off of our collective cultural radar screen. Although Holst’s stories were published in many literary magazines, and were collected in books, he was known primarily as a storyteller who performed in front of live audiences.


    Interfictions is Live!
    by InterstitialArts | May 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
    Interfictions Online

    [I'm reading it now. It's like a box of chocolates. The pieces are so different, absorbing, and consumable. I can't stop.]

    Congratulations and thanks again to Editors Christopher Barzak, Meghan McCarron, and Sofia Samatar, Executive Editor Delia Sherman, and webmistress Tara O’Shea.


    New Interfictions journal Table of Contents announced!
    by InterstitialArts | May 21st, 2013 | No Comments »

    The Interstitial Arts Foundation is so pleased to announce the launch of the newest installation of our Interfictions series: Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, edited by Christopher Barzak, Meghan McCarron, and Sofia Samatar, with IAF Co-Founder Delia Sherman as Executive Editor.

    The new, bi-annual online journal seeks to push the boundaries (of course!) of what it means to publish on the web. To that end, the editors have gathered pieces from wildly different corners of the writing, visual arts, and music worlds in order to showcase weird and wonderful work that falls outside conventional categories. The results are truly fascinating. We’re immensely proud of this inaugural issue, and we can’t wait to share it with you in less than a week!


    The Butterfly Kid
    by InterstitialArts | April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

    The Butterfly Kid, which was nominated for a Hugo for best novel in 1968, is itself interstitial – it’s a science-fiction novel, a detective story, and a comedy of manners (or lack thereof) that depicts Greenwich Village undergoing a psychedelic sneak attack of unknown origin. The visuals are quite vivid and in places potent enough to trigger a contact high.


    Stand-Up Tragedy
    by InterstitialArts | April 14th, 2013 | No Comments »
    Stand Up Tragedy

    Stand-Up Tragedy moves beyond genre, drawing not just from stand-up comedy, but from hip hop music, comic book art, and a variety of dance traditions to create an entirely new work which nonetheless has deep roots in the community.


    William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. at Space on White!
    by InterstitialArts | January 28th, 2013 | No Comments »

    Sometimes genre cannot hold an artist, and their gift for telling a story spontaneously overrides the confines of traditional form. William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., is just such an artist, and on Friday night an excited audience jammed Space on White in New York City to celebrate his work.

    Many of us in New York spend any evenings of our lives in readings of work in progress, whether it is poetry, fiction, music, or theater, and once in a while you walk into something exciting just because it is so unexpected. I attended an event called W’anishi (Thank You in Lenape), produced by The Eagle Project, a very new theater company dedicated to exploring the American identity through performing arts and their own Native American heritage, and this particular reading and celebration was being held in support of their future production of the play Wood Bones by Mr. Yellow Robe.


    A Letter from IAF President Larissa Niec
    by InterstitialArts | January 3rd, 2013 | No Comments »

    I’m delighted to share news of the Interstitial Arts Foundation’s movement and growth this past year. With your help, we were able to lend our support and promotion to more artists, reach wider audiences in new locations, and begin an exciting new project. As we head into 2013, I invite you to join us by renewing your membership and coming to one of our salons or town halls (or hosting one!)

    The Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF) is a non-profit group dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of art that crosses borders, working to break down the many barriers—commercial or creative—that force artists into categories and genres.


    What Must Be Said
    by InterstitialArts | November 15th, 2012 | No Comments »

    By abandoning the borders that separate art forms, by introducing new ways of presenting and performing, and by doing it in the tiny but lovely space that is the cell theater. Ensemble Pi said What Must Be Said with intelligence, humor, and compassion, and offered its audience, which had been through enough in the last few weeks, an opportunity for both reflection and inspiration.


    Interview with Mike Allen
    by InterstitialArts | July 25th, 2012 | No Comments »

    This is the first in a series of interviews with the editors, curators, and supporters of the Interstitial Arts – the people who help artists get their work to an audience.  Today we’re interviewing Mike Allen, long-time IAF member and editor of last year’s March Madness on our blog. IAF:   Can you introduce yourself and give us a little background on who you are and what you do? MA:  I like to say I wear a lot of hats. I write poetry and fiction, and I edit poetry and fiction, I record narrations for podcasts and occasionally act in amateur theater. To be more specific about a few things, my poetry collection Strange Wisdoms of the Dead was a Philadelphia Inquirer Editor’s Choice Selection in 2006, my short story “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist in 2008, and I’ll have my first collection of short stories, The Button […]