I am seeking funds to attend the Autobiographical Fiction program at the BANFF Center in Canada and to visit the radical land project Comune Urupia in Puglia, Italy. This research will support my novel Dirty Joke.
I’m writing this on my bed, my kitty napping at my feet, just a few days before I leave for Italy. I got home from BANFF on Sunday and am still feeling the effects of that landscape, the generosity of The Banff Centre and Electric Literature for the space they held. Twenty writers all working in autobiography and autofiction came together for two weeks. I had the opportunity to work closely with Halimah Marcus and to meet and have conversations with Dionne Brand and Susan Choi. Something I loved about the program was the way all the residents were able to jump to the heart of the issues in our work, so many of us writing about intergenerational trauma or stories that, in the telling, complicate our lives. Dionne Brand, in her talk on autobiography, paraphrased the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci and explained how distinctly political autobiography is because it takes the things in our world that we refuse to look at, that are too painful and asserts that we must look at them. And in a culture of continuous amnesia autobiography and fiction are the primary ways that we actually have a record for what’s occurred.
For those of you who gave at the broadside level, I’ll have those out to you these week. There are still a few saints to be canonized. And, in November, a dinner to be cooked.
Thank you all for your support and for this opportunity. More to come from Italy.
I'm still trying to get my feet under me over the fact that this happened. Thank you all so much for your generosity, for dealing with my incessant posting about this and for the manipulative manipulated photos I put on facebook. I may share an update here once I'm in Italy in September with some photos as I research-- real photos where I haven't photoshopped myself in.
My story collection We Had No Rules will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in the Spring of 2020. So as I work on creating this new book Dirty Joke, I feel so honored to get to offer you a book that can make its way on to a book shelf in just a few months. These few weeks have been filled with teaching and sorting out details for the collection's spring release. But I haven't forgotten your gifts.
For those of you waiting for Saint Anthony info, broadsides, and consultations, you'll be hearing from me soon. My plan is to have all resolved before I leave for Banff on August 11th.
All my love and gratitude,
I'm so moved that in just a few days I've met 25% of my goal, which means I'll be going to BANFF. Thank you. Now on to the Puglia portion of my research. Thank you again for your donations and for continuing to share this campaign. It's humbling to make this ask and the support for this project is blowing my mind. xoxo
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