Art in the interstices....

Brother & Sister by Terri Windling

Today is the opening day of the Interfictions Online Indiegogo campaign, and I've donated some prints (including the one above)  to this excellent cause. Two of the prints are up on the page now, and others will appear as the campaign goes on. There are lots of other donation rewards too -- signed books, e-chapbooks, and more -- so please go over to the Indiegogo page and have a look.

Interfictions Online provides a sanctuary for artists who refuse to be constrained by category labels. The journal is dedicated to Interstitial Art, which is art that flourishes in between different genres, disciplines, mediums, and cultures.

"Someone who’s breaking the rules needs a place where it’s safe to break them," says 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 highwire in the attempt to make breakthrough art for an audience that's hungry for work that doesn't fit into neat little boxes."

The goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to pay contributors professional rates for the next two issues of the journal, and to create a new visual arts section, while remaining free to the public online.

Go here to read the latest issue of Interfictions Online, which is absolutely packed with treasures.

And go here to support the Indiegogo campaign, which runs through July 14.

Stone Telling

Stcover-iss5 Don't miss the new issue of Stone Telling Magazine, which is focused on myth and mythic poetry this time out. The poetry gathered here is simply stunning, the photographic illustrations are terrific, and the Roundtable on Story and Identity (Julia Rios with Mike Allen, Erik Amundsen, Shira Lipkin, Koel Mukherjee, Delia Sherman, and JT Stewart) would be worth the price of admission alone -- except there is no price of admission, all these treasures are generously offered up free of charge.

You'll also find an insightful review from Mike Allen, a discussion of multicultural myths and poetry from Emily Jiang, and some very kind words about The Journal of Mythic Arts from Amal El-Mohtar, Brittany Warman, and Alan Yee. (*blush*)

Midori Snyder and I do miss JoMA...but we're thrilled beyond telling that a younger generation has picked up the editorial torch and is lighting new pathways into the mythic tradition. The editors here are Rose Lemberg and Shweta Narayan, with editorial assistant Jennifer Smith.  It's the magazine's fifth issue, and it's going from strength to strength. Bravo to everyone involved.

And thank you.

The Tales of Scheherazade

Edmund Dulac

The 10th issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest is now online, containing some true gems for fans of fairy tale arts. Scheherezade’s Bequest is a tri-annual offering of fiction and poetry from the good folks behind the Cabinet des Fées website and journal: Helen Pilinovsky, Erzebet YellowBoy, Donna Quattrone, and Nin Harris.

Erzebet YellowBoy has a new website up, by the way: Tria Prima, which is filled with beautiful art and objects like the piece below. (To view the art, the navigation bar is at the bottom of the first page. I mention this because on some laptime screens, like mine, you have to scroll down to see it and it took me a while to find it...but maybe I just haven't had enough coffee this morning....) The image below, writes Erzebet, is a "collaborative work including Sonya Taaffe's poem, Carne Vale. Coffee stained frame encloses a book cover overlaing a collage of binder's materials. The spine has been replaced with bone and coffee stained pages are bound to it with sinew."

Hmmm, coffee seems to be a theme this morning. Time to go brew a fresh pot....

Erzebet Yellowboy

The art at the top of the post is by Edmund Dulac.

The goblins strike again....

The new issue of the Goblin Fruit poetry webzine is now online, with a special feature on poet Jennifer Crow and other delights. The webzine is created by the young, absurdly talented team of Amal El-Mohtar (Cornwall), Jessica Wick (California), and Oliver Hunter (Australia). This is their third anniversary issue (congratulations!), and it is gorgeous, so please do check it out. (And don't miss the new Mischief section of the site.)

 Speaking of gorgeous, the Goblin Fruit video above features the magical, magical art of Oliver Hunter. The music is by Oliver too, with lyrics drawn from a poem of mine. (Thank you, Oliver, for that honor.)


Roffeb2007cvr I'm a little behind on the news, so y'all may know this already, but I was delighted to learn this morning that Realms of Fantasy magazine is not dead after all. Warren Lapine of Tir Na Nog Press has closed a deal to buy the magazine from Sovereign Media, which is very good news indeed. Shawna McCarthy will still be the editor, Doug Cohen will still be the assistant editor, and the stories previously contracted for will be published after all. They hope, apparently, to carry on with only one missed issue. 

Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my last post. It's very nice to be back at my desk at last. Both Midori and I have been waylayed by time-consuming Big Life Events since we closed down the Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts last summer (our timing seems to have been remarkably prescient)...but we will be getting back to regular blogging and Endicott Studio projects just as soon as the dust settles around us.

The "Magic of Food" article mentioned on this Realms cover, by the way, was by Midori. Titled "In Praise of the Cook," it was one of my favorite Folkroots articles. (You'll find a copy of it online here.) The art on the cover is by my friend and neighbor Wendy Froud, from her remarkable book The Art of Wendy Froud.

Another one bites the dust....

KinukoCraftcover Damn. More bad publishing news. Hot on the heels of the announcement that The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthology series is folding, now Realms of Fantasy magazine is ending with the April issue. (Locus has the story here.) Shawna McCarthy, who has edited the magazine since it's first issue in 1994, has done a fine job of showcasing the field's best writers, developing new talent, and keeping the short story form alive. This is another real loss for the field . . . and for short fiction, and the writers thereof.

I worked for the magazine for 14 years, supervising (and often writing) the "Folkroots" column on folklore, fairy tales and myth. My friend and fellow-folklorist Ari Berk took over the editorship of "Folkroots" in 2008, and it's been a delight to read the columns that have been published on his watch. To Shawna, Ari, Laura Cleveland (RoF's terrific managing editor): Thank you for all your hard work, and your support of fantasy, myth, and mythic arts.

Damn. This is sad news indeed.