We’ve kind of tried similar things before, but as we gets things going with InDigest again after a bit of a break, we’re going to try and round up some good crowdsourced projects on a semi-regular basis. The idea is partially to keep an eye on interesting projects happening in the literary world, but also to support projects that help keep our literary community vital.
Out of the Binders
Out of the Binders: Symposium on Women Writers Today
“A symposium to empower women and gender non-conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers.”
A book about internet cats
“The most interesting writers we know, all asking and answering the same question: why can’t we stop watching cat videos?”
This isn’t a fluff book. This is being put out by the good people behind Coffee House Press and will feature writing by folks like Alexis Madrigal (deputy editor of Atlantic.com), poet and critic Stephen Burt (who published a Pushcart Prize finalist poem in InDigest), poet and artist Matthea Harvey, and many others. This is a good idea.
If you aren’t convinced by Henri, this quote from the Kickstarter page did it for me:
The poet and critic Stephen Burt on time-wasting and how cat videos demonstrate either that nothing matters, or that any art matters if anyone thinks it does.
PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship
“Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship aiming to deepen program components through increased operating funds.”
PEN is a great organization and this is a great fellowship.