Monthly Archives: October 2010

I had some thoughts on fundraising

Yesterday, I had some thoughts on fundraising over at HTMLGIANT. You should maybe go read them.

If you don’t go read them, at least do the following:

1) Pick an amount of money, that, when multiplied by 3, doesn’t seem like an overwhelming amount of money. The amount of money I picked was $15.

2) Pledge that amount of money to Knee-Jerk Magazine’s Knee-Jerk Offline campaign.

3) Pledge that amount of money to Pop Serial’s campaign to print issue #2.

4) Pledge that amount of money to The Understanding Campaign.


Since Diving East Is Madness Much: Part 2, NYC, Cambridge + Shout Outs


The lineup in NYC was awesome: Andy Farkas, M. Kitchell, David Silverstein, Keith Meatto, plus the infamous “bagel story” (AKA “Serious Accusation”) by Fred Sasaki, read by editors James Tadd Adcox and Rebekah Silverman.

The venue was pretty awesome too:

Special thanks to Keith Meatto for hooking us up with the space at The Penny Farthing.


We finished things up in Cambridge with the biggest line-up of the tour: M. Kitchell, Andy Farkas, Elisa Gabbert, Jessica Bozek, Carol Berg, Ori Fienberg, Jeremy Bushnell, and Kent Leatham (whose poem, “Since Diving East Is Madness Much,” provided the title for our tour).

We also finished up our Kickstarter Shout-Outs in Boston (to people who donated $35 to our Kickstarter Campaign).

Special thanks to Tim Horvath, who hooked us up in Cambridge with The Enormous Room, and thanks to everyone who made it out during the tour.

Since Diving East Is Madness Much: Part 1.1

A few videos from our stay in DC:

Artifice Ed-in-Chief James Tadd Adcox, clearly feeling the freedom of the road life, breaks into his Ezra Pound on the way to the Wonderland Ballroom.

And we give a shout-out onstage at the Wonderland Ballroom for Neal and Clara, who not only helped us fund the trip through Kickstarter, but also let us crash for two nights at their beautiful DC apartment.

Since Diving East Is Madness Much: Part 1, Baltimore & DC

Just got back from the East Coast leg of our Issue 2 release tour. Photos!


Jamie Gaughran-Perez of Narrow House offered his apartment for our reading in Baltimore. Here he is, to the left of David Blomenberg (whose work will appear in Artifice Issue 3). Artifice’s Baltimore reading was the first of Narrow House’s Monumental Reading Series, and thus the second reading series (after Indianapolis’s Vouched Presents) that our tour helped to kick off. We like being firsts.

In addition to alcohol and some excellent cookies, Jamie provided a whole roasted chicken from a place in DC called “Pollo Wow.” “Pollo WOW,” Jamie would say, gesturing to it. “Pollo WOW!”

I wish we’d gotten a picture of that chicken. It was pretty spectacular.

Baltimore looked kind of like this from his back porch:


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Why is a magazine going on tour?

This week (tomorrow night, actually) we will be departing via van for the East Coast leg of our Issue 2 tour. I’m only mildly trepidatious. (This is Rebekah writing.) Baltimore, Washington, New York, Boston.

These pictures were all taken at our Indianapolis tour stop this weekend. By the extremely talented Ashley Adcox. That one above has Ian McCarty on the left in the background, and James Tadd Adcox in the foreground on the right.

Indy was really fun. Huge thanks to both Big Car Gallery and to Vouched Books’ Christopher Newgent. (That’s his bike, below.) Christopher, I think, is helping coalesce an exciting Indy lit scene. There’s a lot of interest, it seems like.

This tour is my fault. Kind of. It was initially my idea. I threw it out there, and then was surprised when people said it was a good idea. (People = Tadd.) As I said, I am trepidatious. I like the following things: 1) solitude, 2) quiet, 3) routine. We’ll see.

I’m kind of surprised no one has said “Hey why the hell is a magazine going on tour?!” People go on tour all the time, but not that many whole journals. But I’m pretty pleased with it. Artifice is a curated thing. Like a travelling show that goes to different museums. We will be travelling like a band. A van. Etc. Additional folks who are in the issues will be reading at the stops. And we’ll be a core (corps!) of Artifice awakening the troops. Sleeping on floors. I sent an email to the people going in the van. I told them what the weather was going to be, and suggested they bring a pillow.

This is me. Above. I shaved my head last week. I wear a lot of dark colors. Dressing up to go to an event as an editor is different than dressing as someone reading. You want to be “editorial.” Not too showy. Like saying, via fashion, “I’m not the show, but I put the show together! Do not pay attention to the folks behind the curtain!”

This picture below is Ian in the middle, and a guy I don’t know with his back to the camera, and friend-of-Artifice Amanda Marbais looking right atcha. Amanda is a founding editor of Requited.

There were quite a lot of people in Indy. Maybe 40 or 50? I’m bad at guessing numbers of people. I was never good at those guess-how-many-jelly-beans-in-this-jar games. There was a show going on at Big Car called “Whitewashed” that I really liked. Photographs.

We’ve had a lot of success with our Kickstarter campaign. THANK YOU. Tomorrow is the last day for the campaign. We will do crazy stuff for you, and video it, and give you the video via YouTube. We’re over 200% funded. Of course, it’d be great to get even more funded, since all that money goes to van costs, gasoline, etc. And some of us are very poor, and the rest of us are moderately poor. Mike, for example, is selling things to go on tour.

Above, see Mike reading. He goes by “M. Kitchell.” He is super interesting to talk to. He reads a lot of French literature. I read a lot of young adult fiction. That is a difference between us. He has a blanket fort in his house.

We will be twittering during the tour (probably mainly me and Ian, since we have the smartest phones) @artificemag.

Artifice in the world continued continued

Artifice Issue #1 author Joel Patton (a potter, here) asked us “Artifice Magazine, why did you send me such a tiny copy of your magazine? Nobody could read such a tiny copy of your magazine, whether or not they had many nails in their eye.”

Artifice in the World, Continued

And we quote: “It complemented the meal nicely. May I suggest Artifice Issue 3 be the sour cream issue?”

Artifice in the world.

Artifice #2 has gone out into the world, and we’re starting to get photographic evidence:

Doug Paul Case has glasses that are almost exactly the same as our managing editor, Rebekah’s, glasses. He seems pretty happy to have his copy of Artifice #2.

Grumpy the cat, who lives with Joe Avon, seems pretty…well…grumpy about his copy of Artifice #2.

**Send us photographic evidence of Artifice #2 out in the world, and we’ll post it here. Or just tag us in your picture on FB.