Success!Not only did we raise enough money to publish Interfictions online for another year, but we reached our stretch goal and will now be paying contributors at higher rates. Thank you, backers!
If you're just finding out about us now and wish you could have contributed, don't despair: you still can! Just head to interstitialarts.org/join to make a tax-deductible donation.
WE ARE FUNDED! THANK YOU! Our first stretch goal, at $10,000, means increased pay for our artists. Please see Updates for more.
Many one-of-a-kind works of art now available! Please see Henry Lien's latest update, and please scroll down the page for the new rewards (images of the artworks are available in the Gallery).
We're the Interstitial Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and we're asking for your help to maintain an online home for artists who aren’t afraid to create art that smashes genre boundaries. Our goal is to raise $8,500: enough money to pay our contributors professional rates for the next two issues of Interfictions Online, to expand our offerings to include a new section with visual arts — and to continue offering it all to the public for free!
Interfictions Online was created by the IAF as a way to publish and promote interstitial art in all its forms. So far, the IAF has produced two print volumes, Interfictions 1 and Interfictions 2, and an online academic journal, Interfictions 0.
In 2013, Interfictions Online launched online, bringing new genre-bending fiction, non-fiction, poetry and the in-between to a global audience, with three issues published in the last twelve months.
With your help, Interfictions Online will continue giving artists the space for interstitial art to happen, and can expand to fund visual artists as well.
Our community of creative supporters has stepped forward to contribute an exciting array of awards, including two exclusive e-chapbooks. All our backers’ names will be displayed on the Interfictions Online website Donor Page. And since we're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Basically, whatever you give us that doesn't go toward a reward can be used for a tax deduction.)
Our exclusive E-Chapbooks are made up of stories, poems, videos, photographs and illustrations, generously donated from past contributors and supporters of Interfictions Online:
Interfictions E-Chapbook 1: Interstitial Offerings from:
Jeffrey Ford & Derek Ford
E. J. Taylor
Daniel Rabuzzi & Deborah Mills
N. K. Jemisin
Interfictions E-Chapbook 2: Interstitial Offerings from:
E. J. Taylor
Delia Sherman & Ellen Kushner
Interstitial art is made in the interstices between genres and categories.
The Interstitial Arts Foundation is devoted to giving border-crossing artists, academics, critics and the general public a forum and a focus to discuss and create works of art that defy categories and confound boundaries.
We support an ongoing conversation that treats art as a continuum rather than as a series of hermetically sealed genres. We support the development of a new vocabulary with which to talk about border-crossing works.
We crave new words, new techniques, new ideas, bad ideas, false starts, restarts, revisions, mutant offspring and ugly stepchildren. We savor work that's audaciously not commercial, startling work that confuses the critics because they love it but don't know what to call it.
We want everyone to be able to engage with this work on its own terms.
The Elevator Pitch is our worst enemy. The forces of Commercial Marketing are against us. Reviewers flail their arms and waste space trying to describe what we’re not, instead of meeting us head-on in the borderlands.
If you’ve seen or heard a work of art you can’t neatly describe in one sentence, it’s probably interstitial.
Interstitial art is a moving target.
What’s visionary and startling one year can become a genre of its own a few years later.
When Laurie Anderson first took the stage with some stories and a violin, people were confused. When J.R.R. Tolkien published three volumes with battles, hobbits, and elves reciting poetry, people were confused. When Art Spiegelman published a comic about Nazis and mice, people were confused.
We want to keep people confused. And we want to give them a word for that confusion:
Since we began, transmedia pundit Henry Jenkins, critic Adrienne Martini, playwright Liz Duffy Adams and many more have started using the term to describe new work. We hope it helps.
“We are seeing greater cultural churn as more and more works move across national borders, get picked up by new artists and audiences, get combined in new ways, paving the way for nouvelle culture in the same way that the global availability of spices and ingredients has led many of our best chiefs to experiment with radical departures from and reinventions of traditional cuisines.”
– Henry Jenkins, in his Introduction to
Interfictions 2, “On the Pleasures of Not Belonging”
Interfictions Online is that house in the bordertown between the Fields We Know and some other place, the one people are scared to go into.
"If genre and categories are all happening in different rooms,” says Executive Editor Delia Sherman, “interstitial art is the conversations happening in the hallway outside.”
As writers and artists with one foot in the academic world and one in all kinds of genre fiction, the editorial staff of Interfictions Online seeks to bring together a diverse roster of work that plays at the edges of both. Its mission is to blur boundaries, not reinforce them, publishing work that might not find a home anywhere else, and connecting that work with a community of readers and creators.
Jeffrey Ford reading his short story from INTERFICTIONS 2 at St. Marks Bookshop in New York City.
The editors of Interfictions Online see the boundaries between genres and forms as permeable membranes, not fortified borders. Our mission is to gather 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.
"Someone who’s breaking the rules needs a place where it’s safe to break them," says Interfictions Online editor Sofia Samatar. "That's us. We're the latest project of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and we're asking for your help to maintain a place for artists who walk the high wire in the attempt to make breakthrough art for an audience that's hungry for work that doesn't fit into neat little boxes."
It's about making sure artists get paid for their work, and that's what the Interfictions Online IndieGogo campaign is for.
Delia Sherman: Executive Editor, Interfictions
Sofia Samatar: Nonfiction & Poetry Editor, Interfictions
Christopher Barzak: Fiction Editor, Interfictions
Meghan McCarron: Fiction Editor, Interfictions
Henry Lien: Arts Editor, Interfictions
Kris Dikeman: Campaign Co-Manager
Carlos Hernandez: Campaign Co-Manager
Sam J. Miller: Campaign Outreach
Ellen Kushner: Campaign Outreach
Anthony LaRusso: Campaign Operations
Ariel Franklin-Hudson: Campaign Operations
Susana Aguilar-Marcelo: Campaign Operations
Terence Taylor: Video
Nathanael Tronerud: Music