ellenkushner: (IAF)
Coming to Readercon this weekend?

You are warmly invited to the annual Town Meeting of the Interstitial Arts Foundation:

FRIDAY 4:00 p.m. Concierge Lounge, 8th floor
(listed in your program as the "Mike Allen /Ellen Kushner Kaffeeklatsch!").

Our Town Meetings there are always a highlight for the IAF, giving new friends a chance to get to know us, and existing ones a chance to give their input on where you think the IAF should be going.... Hope to see you there! 

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The rest of my Readercon schedule is here (LJ) and here (Dreamwidth).  

I am particularly excited about the opportunity to present my latest research in the field of audiobooks - which is to say, a lecture/demo of Swordspoint and the forthcoming The Privilege of the Sword (TPOTS), with behind-the-scenes gossip on what it was like to narrate and co-produce my own work.  That's also on Friday (5:00 pm).

If you've never been to Readercon, I can't recommend it highly enough!   It takes place in Burlington, MA, just north of Boston.
Thursday night is free and open to the public. 
ellenkushner: (IAF)
Thank you, Harvard Book Store, for the signing Saturday, and thank you everyone who showed up!  (We did leave some signed books there, if you want  one.)  Thank you, Vericon, for the very nice time!  Got home to find copies of TEETH waiting for me.  Holy smokes - it really is as good as the reviewers say.  By not-quite-concidence, I read aloud my story therein, "History" (working title:  "Another Irritating Vampire"), at Vericon.  Was delighted to find it clocks in at <:25, so look for it in another half-hour reading slot near you!  Just read it in the book, now, as well.  It's amazing how much different - and better - a story looks when it's in print. Or maybe - and I'm not being facetious here - it is ennobled by the surrounding company.  Like fine wines complimenting a meal:  Is this the best duck I've ever had, or is the accompanying Morgon Beaujolais bringing it out some?

I have new glasses.  I think they're shocking & radical, but no one else seems to notice.

Oh, and if you haven't dipped your toes in the waters of the Interstitial Arts Foundation's MARCH MADNESS posts, please do.  You won't believe the goodies you'll find in there!  Not just reviews & interview of not just writers & books but designers & performance artists, but videos & whatnot.... Trust me.  There will be something you hate, and something you love.  Or we're not doing our job.

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Mar. 13th, 2011 07:35 pm
ellenkushner: (IAF)
 Got back last night from a completely wonderful day:  first to matinee of an Arthur Miller play I'd never even heard of,  The American Clock (directed by Cynthia Babak, writer & reviewer Paul Witcover's partner).  There's a nice review here, and [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  just wrote one as well (also see her last one, on the TFANA's brilliant revival of F. Murray Abraham's Merchant of Venice).   Final performance tonight.  A fusion of vaudeville, show tunes, video & a script written with Miller's genius for tight characterization, jumping from scene to scene, from monologue to monologue, so that you felt like you were switching channels on a collection of fabulous movies about the Great Depression, each of which you'd love to watch in its entirety, and all of which together gave you the genuine sense of what it was like to live through those times - as Miller intended.

Our companions were the delightful delicious pair Carlos Hernandez (author of "The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria"   and co-author of the Interfictions 2 Study Guide) and poet & educator Liz Clark. We started out at that fish place on 5th, wound down to Gorilla Coffee . . . and were still talking about books, writing, teaching and the best leather jackets when we parted at the Atlantic St. station.

I got home and checked e-mail, and was disappointed to see that there were no comments to the LJ post I had thrown off that morning . . . hadn't I?  I remembered writing it.   So where was it?  Oh dear, oh dear . . . nothing.  Went to bed certain psychosis was immanent.

Then I remembered that I'd posted it here.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
Interested in Interstitial Arts? Want to do more to help cross genre & artistic borders in 2010?

Here's our Wish List.

What's yours?

Please comment over at the IAF Blog, so we can start a great discussion there!
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
The Interfictions Auction has 7 great pieces up, most with still pretty low bids. The Auction ends tomorrow (Monday), so don't delay!

Not the bidding kind? No worries! We've added, for a flat fee of $25, 5 signed prints of Connie Toebe's "In the Moonlight," which was also the cover of the first Interfictions anthology (see my icon, here). It's a gorgeous print, on beautiful paper.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
Our pal, new media guru & fabulous guy Henry Jenkins, was kind enough to write an introduction, On the Pleasures of Not Belonging, to Interfictions 2 - and to allow us to post the entire intro on the IAF website. I thought I'd clip & post a brief selection to entice you to read the whole thing:

Over the course of the 20th century, however, genre categories have become ever more specialized as media industries refine techniques for monitoring and targeting particular clusters of consumers . . . . And where the market doesn't impose such specifications, we add them ourselves. Catherine Tosenberger has argued that the best fan fiction is "unpublishable" in the sense that it operates across the genre categories, aesthetic norms, and ideological constraints that shape commercial publishing. Fans self-publish in order to step outside those filters. Yet, the fan community also imposes its own categories, which help readers find the "right story" through author's notes that tell us, for example, which "ships" (relationships between specified pairs of characters) are being explored, offer a rough sense of their sexual explicitness or emotional tone, warn us about vexing themes, and so forth. . . . All of this focus on using genres to classify and shelve works assumes that we know where one genre ends and another begins and that genre works stay where we put them. Genres may be optical illusions, which come and go like mirages, depending on the ways we look at the texts in question.

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You can read Jenkins' entire essay, and comment here.

And once you've done that, I hope you'll want to read Interfictions 2 in print or as an ebook. And don't forget the Auction!
ellenkushner: (IAF)
The Interstitial Arts Foundation's Shameless Commerce Division (well, OK, it all goes to support a non-profit dedicated to tearing down genre boundaries, but I couldn't resist), headed by Auction Guru [livejournal.com profile] ktempest Bradford, is making an offer you'd be mad to refuse:

1. Browse the images of art and jewelry we’re auctioning off and pick 1 – 3 favorites. Then share these favorites on your blog or social network of your choice. Tell your friends and family why you chose the pieces. Don’t forget to include a link back to IAFAuctions.com.

2. To enter, post one comment in the AUCTION'S POST HERE (not my LJ post) for each of the places you mentioned your favorite pieces.

3. Recipients of the free books must promise to review them (honestly & without bias) on their blogs/websites.

For more details, links & instructions: Read the Fine Print in this Auction post - and while you're in there, check out all the amazing pieces coming in every day!
ellenkushner: (Madame J.)
The Interfictions Auction is up & running, with 6 fabulous pieces, and a new one every day!

I have bid on several. But there is one piece I seriously want, and do not intend to lose.

Can you guess which one?
ellenkushner: (IAF)
As you may know, I'm a co-founder, currently serving as President, of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in between categories and genres – art that crosses borders.

We have just published our second anthology of original writing, Interfictions 2, edited by Delia Sherman ([livejournal.com profile] deliasherman) & Christopher Barzak, and we're celebrating with a multi-city chain of readings, signings, and musical collaborations.

TOMORROW (Friday) night we kick off the East Coast jam! I hope you can join me there: NEW YORK CITY )

This is Brian's baby: He enthralled KGB audience a few months back with a a words/music mix, and I can't wait to see what he does with the potent combo of all those Interfictions writers + his band. Here's a sample of some of Brian & band's past improv readings.

It really is art without borders.

Not in NYC? No fretting: Brian & a bunch of writers & musician pals are doing another show in Boston next Friday, Nov. 13th at Lily Pad in Cambridge!
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
Tonight at 7 pm I'll be at Borderlands Books, celebrating the Book Birthday of Interfictions 2 with a reading/signing by book co-editor [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman, and authors Anna Tambour, Ray Vukcevich & Amelia Beamer. We'll follow it up with a Q&A, so bring your deepest interstitial questions for us to answer!

What's our craziest Book Birthday present so far? Gotta be the listing of Interfictions 2 in the Amazon.com Top 10 SF&F Books of 2009!

And the IAF Auction is in full swing . . . new work going up every day! You'll want it, trust me.
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
Each week they put a new story up on the Interfictions Annex. And each week I think, Aha, this one's my favorite!

Ron Pasquariello's "The Chipper Dialogues" is so short that if I quote you all my favorite passages, I'll have almost the whole thing up here! Suffice it to say that it's a conversation, in haiku, between a man & his beloved dog. Samples:

A human in a rush.
Dog, a leash, a row of trees.
Hurry @#$%& dog.

Morning ritual –
A tree sniffed. A leg lifted.
Thus, each tree I bless.


To take cares away,
The prescription: Hold cute dog.
Rub belly, throw kiss.

Lo, a prescription
Take two biscuits. Feed to dog.
Call him in the morning.

If you like the story, please help spread the word about the Annex! You can also leave a comment on the IAF Blog here.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
. . . oh, and we've moved the Auction Deadline for mailing art to Oct. 2.

I've just posted all the lovely info here.

I know there's a lot of talent out there - if you've been wanting to get more involved with IAF, and have coding/photoediting skills, and/or brilliant organizational/leadership abilities, now's the time to get involved with the IAF AUCTION, a limited-time project that should end in December.
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
There's still time to get your work into the Interfictions Auction! Sign up now, and get your free story 2 months before book publication!

Sneak peek:
On Sept. 15th we're launching the Interfictions Online Annex, with 1 new, online-only, story/week until the book publication November 3rd:

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"
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
I just made my (tax-deductible) contribution to Interfictions 2, the forthcoming original anthology from the IAF. They offered a space to make your donation "in honor of" or "in memory of," and I decided to make mine in honor of Terri Windling, for her great editorial & visionary contributions to interstitial fiction over the years - especially with her 16 years of co-editing THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY IN HORROR. In those collections, she constantly made bold choices that were not standard genre fare. She opened us all up to a wide range of styles and visions, international & sometimes radical: Kelly Link, Pagan Kennedy, Osamu Dasai, Rosario Ferré . . . .. She took a flack for it in some quarters, too. "This stuff isn't fantasy!" critics objected. It sure wasn't commercial genre fantasy. But it was fantastical, and fantastic. And an entire generation of writers grew up reading it, and being told that it was all right to stretch the boundaries of genre until it became something new.

Read more... )

Donations of $200+ will be guaranteed a space on the printed Donors Page in the actual book, if we receive them by tomorrow. (Don't be thrown by the text on the donations form saying it has to be $375; that just needs updating!) Donations of any size, at any time from now through November, will be listed on our online Thank You page, along with a link to your preferred website.

You can make your own contribution here. Dedicate it to someone who's made a difference to you.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
2 new posts from http://syndicated.livejournal.com/interstitialart/
worth noting:

The Interstitial Arts Foundation has extended the date to July 31, 2009 for making your donation of $200 or more to get your name printed in the Acknowledgements section of Interfictions 2. The deadline is only a couple of days away, but it’s not too late to make your gift.

The easiest way to give is by visiting the IAF’s web site: http://www.interstitialarts.org/donate

Your support is very important to the IAF and to Interfictions 2. Thank you for your help!

== please help spread the word ==


Want to throw an Interstitial Salon in your town? We have a new national Salon head: Larissa Niec! Drop her a comment here.
ellenkushner: (INTERFICTIONS)
Dear LJ Friends:

When is the last time anyone invited you to sponsor an actual book?

I’m asking you to sponsor not just a book, but an idea, too – the idea that artists need to be able to express themselves freely and directly to their audiences, without the restraint of conventional genre limitations. We live in a world of niche marketing, where many forces, financial and cultural, conspire to keep artists locked into tiny, cramped spaces. The Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF), a non-profit group dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of art that crosses borders, works to break down the many barriers that force artists into categories and genres. I feel strongly enough about all this to be currently serving as President of the Executive Board of the IAF, and organization Delia & I helped to found. We are about to publish Interfictions 2: a New Anthology of Interstitial Writing, edited by Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak (November, 2009, in collaboration with Small Beer Press), the second anthology of original work by writers who joyfully seize the opportunity to explore the big imaginative spaces between conventional genres—realistic and fantastical, scholarly and poetic, personal and political.

The Background: )

To do all this, we need your support. The IAF is a nonprofit 501© 3 organization, so your contribution will be fully tax-deductible. But more important than a tax deduction, when you make a gift to the IAF, you can bask in the knowledge that you are helping to build a new work of literature that can change people’s lives.

Here are some ways you can help us publish Interfictions 2:

$25 – send out five review copies
$50 – pay one author for an Annex story (The Annex will feature 8 stories available only online, with one appearing every week from September to November 2009.)
$100 – help us print promotional postcards
$200 – buy Interfictions 2 a magazine ad
$250 – send Interfictions 2 to a conference
$375 pays one author for a 7,500 word short story
$400 covers typesetting fees
$500 pays the artist’s honorarium for use of his painting on our cover by Alex Myers

Contribute $375+ by July 31 and we'll print your name in the book: )
Contributions of any size are most welcome. And if you know anyone else you think might like to be involved, please feel free to pass this along to them!

Thanks for being the sort of people I feel I can turn to for help with a project like this! I know many of you are already working on cool stuff for the Interfictions Auction, too. Whatever and however you contribute, many thanks for helping us to keep the borders open!

Ellen Kushner, President
Executive Board
Interstitial Arts Foundation
ellenkushner: (IAF)
Much to my surprise, events fall out such that Delia & I will be attending, along with [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna and a couple dozen other fine folks:

The Interstitial Arts Foundation presents
A Social Event for Artists and Art Lovers in Maine!

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Frontier Cafe
Street: 14 Maine Street Brunswick, ME

Phone: 207-725-5222
Email RSVP: erin_underwood at hotmail dot com . . . or just show up!

Artists and enthusiasts are cordially invited to the first Brunswick Interstitial Salon for an evening devoted to the pleasures of conversation among boundary-crossing artists, writers, musicians, and creators. What better place to gather than in the thriving artistic community of Southern Maine?

Read more... ) Also on Facebook.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
The Interfictions 2 Auction, sponsored by the Interstitial Arts Foundation (which I helped to found), is well underway, with over twenty artists already committed to creating original pieces of art based on the Interfictions anthology series of original interstitial writing (thanks, folks!). We have a great team of volunteers working on every aspect of the auction, from sending out stories to maintaining databases to photographing incoming work (yay, vols!).

We are seeking a Project Manager to coordinate & oversee the Auction committee. The IF2 Auction Project Manager is a non-paying volunteer position that should only require a few hours per week from now through December 2009. It can be performed from anywhere as long as you have reliable Internet access. In addition, the Project Manager will have a volunteer assistant to help on an as needed basis.

The position responsibilities for the Project Manager include:

* Maintaining communication with auction volunteers and the IAF Board
* Coordinating efforts between auction volunteers
* Keeping people on task
* Setting goals for the project
* Being an organizational god or goddess for which you will be worshipped

Please send an email introducing yourself along with your resume or description of your relevant experience to us at: volunteers AT interstitialarts -dt- org

For more info & related links, click here.
ellenkushner: (IAF)
As you may know, I am a co-founder and currently serve as Vice President of the Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF). It's a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging work in all the arts that falls between recognized genre (and marketing!) categories. One of the ways we've decided to encourage this is through a series of live Salons where interstitial folks can get together. Our very first one is coming up this Thursday in NYC. All are warmly invited to attend, or to help spread the word.
Here's the invitation: )
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More Interstitial Salons coming soon to Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles and Indianapolis! Want to host an Interstitial Salon in your town? Write to info at interstitialarts dotorg and let us help you get started connecting with other interstitial artists.

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Ellen Kushner
Interstitial Arts Foundation
ellenkushner: (IAF)
My dear old friend [livejournal.com profile] jaguartist, welcome to FaceBook! Thank you for your insights and your wisdom. I've always loved walking & talking with you. (Hey, [livejournal.com profile] paddymeboy, when are you going to start posting some of those great letters you send me, so I can link to them & share the joy??)

Also, friends please cruise on over to the newest IAF post to see how you can sponsor an idea - and a book!

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