Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Interview with Author Ayun Halliday!

Today I am very pleased to introduce you to author, zinester, and all-around creative genius, Ayun Halliday. Ayun is the Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine and the author of four self mocking memoirs: The Big Rumpus, Job Hopper, Dirty Sugar Cookies, and No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. She is also the non-illustration half of the picture book Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, and the forthcoming graphic novel Peanut. The latest addition to her increasingly eclectic oeuvre is The Zinester’s Guide to NYC. She lives in Brooklyn with her children, India and Milo and their dad, the playwright Greg Kotis, of Broadway’s Urinetown fame (the only Broadway show I ever saw and I saw it twice!). I have been a subscriber to her zine for years now and I suggest you become one too!

Welcome Ayun! I’m so happy that you are launching your blog tour for your new book with Mira’s List! It’s been great to follow your career over these last few years. My first memory of you was actually in the mid or late 1980s, seeing you perform with your husband, Greg Kotis at Chicago’s Neofutarium in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes with the Neo-Futurists. I loved that show and was a regular. Since then, you have moved to New York, written several books for both children and adults and have a successful on-going zine called The East Village Inky. Can you tell us what motivated you to move from acting and improv work to writing? Does it have to do with you becoming a mom? Would you mind telling us a little about this trajectory?

You pretty much nailed it right there. If I’d been acting on Broadway, I’d have had greater motivation and resources to hire a babysitter. Low budget theater takes a lot of time and energy, and adding baby care logistics was way more than of a headache than I could handle. Too Much Light was an integral part of my identity, but there was no way Greg and I could’ve continued as we had been when there was an exclusively breastfed baby at home in a 340 square foot apartment that cost double what we’d been paying in Chicago. We had three cohorts at the time, and none of them were into resurrecting the show in September, when our summer break would’ve been over. So, I was never in a position of having to make the decision of whether or not the show would proceed without me.

Even so, shortly before India’s first birthday, I had myself a nice bit of existential meltdown. We had traveled to Glasgow for the wedding of fellow Neo-Futurist Karen Christopher, and, in order to claim our travels as a business expense, we signed up to participate in a performance workshop she was teaching at the Center for Contemporary Art. I was really excited to be back in a creative community, making art, making new friends... The plan was for me to have India on my lap, and then Greg would hold her when it was my turn to perform. Twenty four hours in, with her squawking, and throwing her bumblebee rattle to the ground at every opportunity, it became apparent that this was not a workable idea. It was, in fact, a poorly thought out imposition on the other participants. I dropped out. Greg continued.

The other participants were really nice, but never got to know me, and kept talking about what a good wife I was, so sweet, showing up at lunchtime with the baby...this diminished identity did a real number on me. I needed to find a creative project that could take shape within the parameters of taking care of a one-year-old, and reach an audience of strangers, as Too Much Light had. That’s what led to the creation of the East Village Inky. I started work on it immediately upon our return from Glasgow, and it’s still going twelve years later.

The switch to writing wasn’t really a switch, as much as a turning away from other activities that had shared the stage prior to my becoming a mother. It’s a common misconception that the Neo-Futurists do improv, but in fact almost all of the short plays in Too Much Light are scripted. Maybe not ‘carefully’ scripted. A lot of them get written on the bus on the way to rehearsal. Years of cranking out short plays on a weekly basis primed me for banging out a zine while the baby napped, whenever and wherever that blessed event occured.

I thought a lot of your career path the past few years had to do with struggling to be a mom AND an artist, something many of my readers deal with too. Anyway, one of my favorite books by you is Job Hopper. I hear a lot of whining sometimes from young people I know about how annoyed they are that they have to take some stupid job in order to support their art. Well...I guess I hear it from geezers like me too! I always just say, “Suck it up—you should read Ayun Halliday’s Job Hopper!” I too had a million jobs—I've done everything from cleaning toilets for evangelical right-wing Christian families to working at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in an office, surrounded by potty mouth parrots. For fun, can you make a really fast list from the top of your head of some of the jobs you had to take in order to support your addiction to making art?

Sorry - there’s no top of my head left after mining that raw material for the book, even if a lot of jobs from that period are but glancingly mentioned in its pages (to be fair some of them only lasted a day). Instead, I will make a list of the jobs I wish I had had:
Pediatric echocardiogram technician
Museum educator
Massage therapist
First ammendment street vendor
Korean bathhouse attendant (ladies only)
Bike mechanic
Bookstore clerk
Comic book store clerk
If only etsy had existed back in the day, I would go back in time, do anything to get myself hired on there - what a cool place to work!

Ayun, I hate to tell you but I’d had two of your dream jobs! Museum educator and bookstore clerk. I think my dream job would be an ice dancer who could sing opera. Maybe in my next life.... So I always think of you as one of the best grassroots guerrilla marketers around when it comes to getting your work out there. Would you mind telling my readers a few things you do to spread the word about your books and artistic projects?

Wear myself down to a frazzle, you mean? Eschew housework? Spend so much time on the internet that I get tennis elbow? I try to stay mindful of the fact that anyone who is helping me publicize my books or zines is doing me a major favor. If someone mentions the book on a blog, I send a message to thank them. I treat college newspaper reporters with the same respect I would show a New Yorker editor...perhaps one of them will grow up to edit the New Yorker, and THEN their old pal, Ayun Halliday, will start showing up in its pages (hopefully paper will still exist).

I am increasingly mindful to extend that courtesy to the people who turn up for my readings as well. My latest project, the Zinester’s Guide to NYC is an interesting case, because I want to do bookstore events, so the bookstores will stand behind the book, but how does one do a reading for a guidebook? For its release at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, I basically threw a bunch of stuff at the wall, and prayed something would stick. I played Pomp and Circumstance while reciting the names of all the zine publishers who had contributed listings and illustrations so those who were present could receive their complimentary contributor copies, diploma style. Then each of them recited their favorite listing, which was kind of a hot mess because none of them had seen the finished book before. Thank god we have an index. We had a mini zine fair. My favorite part was the peformance of eight original songs inspired by the guidebook, courtesy of various members of the Bushwick Book Club.

It seemed like everyone who showed up had a really good time...at least they got something more than a garden variety reading. That three ring circus approach helps as far as getting advance publicity too. Our next event on November 30 at St. Mark’s Bookshop features an opportunity for audience members to bring their own zines in for consignment, and grill the contributors about all things zine related. The one at Bluestockings on December 5 is a vegetarian potluck. Anything to rise above the herd...

With the holidays looming, I’ve decided to take it to the streets. Literally. It’s kind of scary...nothing like a crush of disiterested shoppers gliding past a table set up with your blood, sweat and tears to make you feel like a loser. Of course, having all the major publishers reject your second children’s book can make you feel like a loser too. That experience has reawakened a bit of my Little Red “Fuck you! I’ll do it myself!” Hen sensibility. India was a cigarette girl for Halloween one year. I’m going to co-opt the tray that once held boxes of candy cigarettes, load it full of ZG2NYCs and try my luck with the tourists waiting in line at the Empire State Building and the half price ticket booth in Times Square. It’s scary, but it’s not like I’m trying to sell them something they don’t want and/or need!

And today, on a whim, I droplifted a couple of copies in the travel section of the Barnes and Noble across the street from Lincoln Center. Why not, you know?

Wow, you are the anti-thesis of some slacker writers who expect everything to be handed to them. I really admire your enthusiasm and innovative approach to marketing your books. Do you have any great advice to first time authors? Feel free to use that much-adored phrase we all know and love from EVI. Personally, I do believe it sums it all up!

Dare to be Heinie? All right. Maybe one of your readers can tell me what it means. A travel blogger in Australia just asked me that question, so with your permission, I’m going to cut and paste what I told her... that tennis elbow’s starting to act up a bit:
“The best advice I can give is to cite something the late monologuist Spalding Grey told Tricycle Magazine, that he started performing the autobiographical monologues that garnered a lot of recognition for him because he “got sick of waiting for the big infernal machine to make up its mind” about him. I’ve never had much of a gift for going after success in a traditional, mainstream way. Starting my zine, The East Village Inky, is what led to my first book contract and it sustains me creatively during periods when things feel like they’re starting to run off the rails. Writing is only part of being a writer. You’ve also got to get it out there, particularly if no one else seems interested in doing it for you.”
I totally agree, Ayun. I simply don’t understand how someone can spend hours, weeks, months and years working so passionately on a project and then when it comes time to spend the energy to find an agent, send out queries, write something for a blog, put oneself out there, they refuse or complain. In this publishing climate, they will simply perish, in my opinion.

So any great advice to mommy writers and artists, i.e. ways in which you keep your sanity and find a balance between the demands of motherhood and the demands of your creative life?

Anyone who would diminish your experience of motherhood can get stuffed. I hate that term ‘momoir’—you can hear the sneer with which it was coined! Don’t get caught in flame wars in the comments sections of the parenting blogs either—it’s a highly contagious toxin that will devour your precious writing time. For those whose children are still in infancy or toddlerhood, take heart in the fact that they do grow out of it. (By the same token, savor and document this period, because they do grow out of it.)

For me, having children turned out to be a real bite in the ass. Back when my creative time was limited to the always unpedictable hour or two India and then Milo conked out for a nap, I had only myself to blame if I blew it. It was a completely balls- to-the-wall, carpe diem type situation. Now that they’re both in school, I’m not nearly as disciplined. Maybe I should have another baby...

One of the things I LOVE about the East Village Inky (and, as you know, I have been a subscriber for years) is all the advice you give about amazing and authentic places to see in NYC, not to mention great places to eat and things to do for free. Which brings me to your new book: The Zinester's Guide to New York City. Please tell our readers a little bit about your book so that they will be so excited, they will run out and get it right after they finish this interview.

And here I thought I was doing that with my description of the Housing Works event!
The Zinester’s Guide to NYC is a low budget, highly participatory, anecdotal, illustrated guidebook that costs less than a movie ticket here in its city of origin. Quite possibly the last wholly analog creature of its species. There’s a cheese store listed in the Art Supplies category. And Stephen Colbert said it’s the guidebook he’d use if he could still still walk the streets of New York among his People.

Thanks for joining us today Ayun and I wish you the absolute best luck with your new book and all your future endeavors! Dare to be Heinie!


Check out Ayun’s website for her books and projects and don’t forget to order her latest book for the holidays!
http://www.ayunhalliday.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Calling All Sculptors, Emerging Artists, Writers, and Everyone Else: New Residencies for You!

Hey Everyone,

I hope you all got a chance to check out my book trailer for my book, The Memory Palace. If not, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE5j8NIrXRg and please go viral with it! Thanks! And my new website is up too, although I am still tweaking it and adding content. I'll have a memory palace book blog on it launched soon too: www.thememorypalace.com.

After you do that little favor for Mirabee, you can read about some new residencies below. And coming soon, very soon, is a great interview with zinester, actress, author and guerilla book marketer Ayun Halliday! So keep your eyes peeled.....
Cheers,
Mirabee

(SCULPTORS) Funded Residencies—SculptureSpace, Utica, New York: Twenty artists are selected every year. Each receives a $2000 stipend toward residency expenses. The selection is made by the Sculpture Space Review Committee and a rotating guest panelist. Artists are notified in March of the panel’s decision. Primary criteria are quality, originality, and potential for growth. Non-New York artists pay a nominal fee toward housing. Free housing and $100 transportation stipend are available for New York State artists. For more info, go to: www.sculpturespace.org. email: [email protected] Deadline: December 1, 2010

(ARTISTS) Call for Master Artist-in-Residence—two positions available: The Appalachian Artisan Center located in Hindman, Kentucky seeks to fill the annual openings in their Master Artist-in-Residence Program for artists working in metals and wood. The one-year residencies begin 9/1/2011. Benefits include: a substantial stipend, housing, state-of-the-art studio space, and the opportunity to teach at the Kentucky School of Craft. We define “Master Artist” as someone who has significant experience and skill in their given field, college degrees are preferred but not required. Deadline for application is May 1, 2011. Application: www.artisancenter.net/MAR. Questions: [email protected]

(ARTISTS & WRITERS) HUB-BUB Residency: 11 month residency for emerging artists/writers. The HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence Program in Spartanburg, South Carolina is an opportunity for three visual artists and one creative writer between the ages of 20 and 35 to focus on their art-making/writing while helping with our organization’s mission to build community through dynamic art and ideas. Each resident is provided their own large studio apartment along with a semi-monthly stipend ($600/month total). Studio apartments are located above HUB-BUB’s Showroom Gallery. In exchange, residents spend up to 20 hours a week working for HUB-BUB or The Hub City Writers Project and getting involved in community based art projects. Work for HUB-BUB includes bartending and setting up for live music, films, and other events in The Showroom Gallery , distributing marketing materials for upcoming HUB-BUB events, keeping a regular HUB-BUB blog, hanging art shows, helping with fundraisers and special events, assisting in gallery maintenance, and more. To learn more visit: www.hub-bub.com/air or e-mail Alix: [email protected]
Deadline: 02/15/11

(ARTISTS) Indigenous African Workshops in Ghana: Cross Cultural Collaborative encourages interaction between creative people from different cultures. They are offering a workshop in Ghana July 11-24, 2011 that was inspired by women in northern Ghana who paint designs on their houses. This is an opportunity to work with traditional African potters. Brochure from: [email protected]; www.culturalcollaborative.org. Deadline, 4/05/11.

(ALL) Artist Residency Program call for proposals—AnnmarieSculpture Garden & Arts Center: Annmarie’s residency program provides a serene place on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay for visual, musical, and literary artists to create works that address ecological issues and/or inspire community involvement. Artists have access to a private studio space in addition to a variety of classroom studios and garage spaces, a waterfront, and fifty acres of forest and field. Residencies are meant to focus on merging the arts and the environment and should include the involvement of our local community to some capacity. For more information, visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/artist_residencies. For inquiries, call 410-326-4640 or email [email protected]. Deadline April 30 2011 for Fall Residencies (Sept-Nov).

(ARTISTS) Aferro Studio Residency in Newark New Jersey—Now Accepting applications for 2011 artists in residence: Residents will be awarded studios, each approximately 600 sq ft, for 6 months, with 24 hr access, access to visiting curators and other gallery directors, a solo exhibition in our project space, and inclusion in an end-of-program catalog highlighting their work over the length of the residency. The current Aferro building can accommodate up to 6 artists at a time. Artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work, commitment to their field, demonstrated need, and the ability to interact positively with the community at large. For more info, go to: www.aferro.org [email protected]

(EMERGING ARTISTS/ MEDIA ARTISTS) Open Call: International Artists in Residencies and MiniArtVideoFest, Budapest 2011: Calling emerging artists! AIR/HMC, Budapest, International Artists in Residencies is now accepting entries for 2011. The jurors will select 4-10 artists for each session. Selected artists will exhibit their work, presentation, workshop, etc. Please see details on our web site. This is an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with international art galleries, curators, and collectors! Please add to your bulletins: Call for proposals for AIR/HMC, Budapest, 2011. For more info, go to: http://www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com/id69.html Deadline: 02/06/11

(ARTISTS) Artist Residency at The Luminary / Center for the Arts: The Luminary is an artist-run resourcing institution that provides meaningful support to emerging artists, audiences, and appreciators in the St. Louis area. The Luminary’s Residency Program seeks to promote and support exceptional emerging artists by providing a creative environment in which to work, well-equipped studios, an individually structured professional development program, and dedicated financial support. Applications are accepted year-round for 3, 6, and 12 month residencies. Go to: http://theluminaryarts.com/ or write to [email protected] Deadline: 12/15/10.
















Sunday, November 21, 2010

Would You Do A Favor for Mirabee? Pretty Please?

Greetings all!

Okay, indulge me for a moment while I shamelessly promote my new book coming out this January, called The Memory Palace. I will bug you guys to buy it soon and also alert you when my new memory palace website and blog are up (very soon! maybe this week!) but for now, would you please watch the book trailer I just made (my first project for North of Radio, a multi-media collaborative I am starting with my husband)? If you go to youtube and watch it, please do the following:
1. share it with EVERYONE!
2. click on the LIKE button
3. post it on your facebook page or some other social-networking site
4. tweet about it if you use twitter AND...
if you have a youtube account, sign in a write a comment. If you don't have
an account (they're free), you can do that first.

But at the very least, please watch the trailer and pass it on. Now, don't you want to do something nice for Mirabee during this holiday season? Come on...I know you do!

Thanks for the little indulgence. I try not to ask for much...:-) Click here and go VIRAL!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE5j8NIrXRg

Thanks! Love, Mirabee

Friday, November 19, 2010

Grants & Fellowships for Research, Making Art and Travel!

Greetings all!

I’m back from the conference in New York and it was great! It was also great to see a couple Mira’s List fans there. Thanks for attending, those of you who went to the CLMP Conference and I hope you learned some enlightening things about the publishing industry. So upward and onward! We have a couple interviews coming soon but in the meantime, here are a few grants and fellowships for you to take a look at!

Cheers,
Mirabee

(ARTISTS) Emergency Assistance Program—The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation: The Emergency Assistance Program provides interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. The maximum amount of this grant is $10,000; an award of $4,000 is typical. To be eligible, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. Please visit http://gottliebfoundation.org/grants/emergency-grant for more information. Deadline: 12/31/12.

(ARTISTS) Individual Support Grants—Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation:
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully committed artist, and we hope these individuals will consider applying. Twelve grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the foundation. Please visit http://gottliebfoundation.org/grants/individual-grants for more information and to request an application by mail. Deadline: 12/15/10

(ALL & SCHOLARS) New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant: Massachusetts Historical Society: The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 18 major cultural agencies, will offer at least 11 awards in 2011–2012. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Each itinerary must include at least three different member institutions, and include at least two weeks at each of these. For more information about the Consortium’s research grants, please check the NERFC web site: www.nerfc.org, or contact Kate Viens, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215 ([email protected]) or 617-646-0568. NERFC application deadline: February 1, 2011.

(ART HISTORIANS & SCHOLARS) Hamad bin Khalifa Travel Fellowships
Virginia Commonwealth University: The Hamad bin Khalifa Travel Fellowships are awarded to up to 20 individuals who wish to attend the 4th biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, "God is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture," October 29-31, 2011 at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Fellowships cover the cost of roundtrip travel to Doha, lodging and meals during the symposium, and special events and excursions. The fellowships are intended to enable junior and senior scholars at all levels to attend the symposium; preference will be given to applicants from diverse backgrounds with long-standing research interests in Islamic art and architecture. To apply, please submit an application form, a one-paragraph statement of interest and a current CV on the website,
www.islamicartdoha.org by February 1, 2011. Fellows will be notified by May 1, 2011. Please direct any questions to [email protected]
Deadline: 02/02/11

(GRAD. STUDENTS & SCHOLARS) Residential Research Grant—University of Wisconsin--Madison:
The Friends of the University of Wisconsin—Madison Libraries (FOL) is pleased to offer several one month residential grants-in-aid, for research in the humanities in the university’s Memorial Library. The Library’s collections include (among other fields): History of science from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. Pseudo science and medical and scientific quackery. The largest American collection of avant-garde “Little Magazines.” Scandinavian and Germanic history and literature. Dutch post-Reformation theology and church history. French political pamphlets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Applicants should have Ph.D. Foreign scholars or graduate students who are ABD are also eligible. For more information, see http://giving.library.wisc.edu/friends/grant-in-aid.shtml, or FOL, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Rm. 990, 728 State St., Madison, WI 53706, or 608-265-2505; E-mail: [email protected] Deadline: 02/01/11

(MUSICIANS & ARTISTS) The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for study in Paris: The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship is a private grant awarded annually to up to four graduate and post-graduate American students in the visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history, or musicology, nor for dance or theatre.
Successful candidates propose a unique and detailed project related to their study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. As this project should include enrollment in a recognized French art school or music conservatory, it is strongly suggested that the candidate establish a significant contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France and to show evidence of this contact in his/her application dossier. For more info, go to: http://www.feusa.org/en/culture/harriet-hale-woolley-scholarship


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hey New Yorkers, See You This Weekend!

Hey New Yorkers! (NYC writers that is):

If you haven't already signed up for this REALLY inexpensive and worthwhile conference sponsored by The Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses (CLMP), I think there's still room available AND, if you say you are a Mira's List fan, you get 20% off! Here's what the website says about the conference:

NOVEMBER 12-13, 2010 } A two-day conference for fiction, poetry, and creative-nonfiction writers learning how to maneuver in the marketplace. Meet writers, editors, agents, publicists and publishers from Publishers Weekly, Oxford University Press, Scribner, Hachette Book Group, Graywolf, the Poetry Society of America, Bloomsbury, Knopf, the Academy of American Poets and more.

I will be on a panel this Saturday from 3 to 4:30 with these amazing folks: Elliot Figman, poet and Executive Director of Poets & Writers and Jeffrey Lependorf, composer, writer and CLMP's Executive Director. We will be talking about grants and awards, book contests and artist colonies.

The conference will be held here:
The New School
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
66 W. 12 St.
New York, NY 10011

Please visit the website to see if there's still room for you at the conference! And if you come and are a ML fan, please come up and say hi after my panel. I'd love to meet you. See you in New York!

Love,
Mirabee

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Residencies in Eygypt and New Mexico and More!

Hi guys,

I'll be quick--the doctor thinks it's tendonitis in my hand so I'm going to chill out and try not to type for a while....therefore, I'm just going to post a couple things here and there as they come in until my hand gets better. These are from Funds for Writers (thanks Hope!). Cheers,

Mirabee

(WRITERS) EL GOUNA RESIDENCIES - EGYPT
http://www.elgouna.com/writers-residency/residency-program.html

During each session four to six writers will enjoy a complimentary
full month stay at El Gouna, Red Sea. Writers will be
inspired by El Gouna's picturesque setting and will be given
a memorable, intellectual opportunity to interact with writers
from different walks of life. Each writer will be invited to
enjoy full-board accommodations in a single, tailor-furnished
hotel room at El Gouna. All rooms are designed to act as both
a bedroom and a private writing space that is equipped with a
spacious desk and free wireless internet connection. Writers
will be expected to participate in a Reading Event held at the
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) branch of El
Gouna. The multinational audience invited to attend will
include various reporters as well as interested intellectuals
residing or visiting Egypt. The Reading Event will be presented
in either English or French. Deadline December 15, 2010.

(ALL) SANTA FE ARTS INSTITUTE EMERGENCY FUNDS
http://www.sfai.org/applications.html

As an outgrowth of our original Emergency Relief Residencies,
SFAI has instituted an ongoing Emergency Relief Residency to
provide residencies for artists and writers whose lives and work
are compromised by domestic strife, political upheaval or natural
disasters. Residencies are by application only.

(WRITERS) THE 7th ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST FOR STUDY ABROAD
http://unopress.org/writingcontest/
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$25 ENTRY FEE
Deadline January 31, 2011. The contest is open to anyone
writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45
pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty
and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.
Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not
exceed 4,500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Prose
submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete
story or stories, so long as the length limit is adhered to.
Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include
a maximum of 3 poems. The contest is open to writers of fiction,
nonfiction, and poetry, and one winner in each genre receives
a complete fee waiver to our summer study abroad workshops in
Edinburgh, Scotland (valued at over $3,000), plus publication
in The Pinch journal.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Good Link for Overseas Funding

Hi guys,

Laying low these days because my left hand is funky—Could be repetitive motion stuff or that evil spider that bit me there three weeks ago! Anyway, I'm sure it will be find soon....But just a short note today....I wanted to share this site with you because it has some great links for overseas travel as well as some cool links and projects involving Turkey. Turkey is one of those countries where it is hard to find funding to travel there so I was happy to get this link from my friend. Check it out: http://www.caravansarai.info/index.php?/library/projects-and-resources/

Hope you all are well!
Love,
Mirabee

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This blog provides information on upcoming grants, fellowships and residencies for artists, writers, composers, and media artists. It is for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. I also publish information for graduate students from time to time. However, I do not publish information on exhibition or publishing opportunities, nor do I advertise artist retreats and workshops that charge money. At least that is my current policy. For more info on where to exhibit or publish, please see my links section which I try to periodically update. I sift through hundreds of search engines and websites to find opportunities for YOU dear artist. In return, I ask you to pass the information along to those who need it. Also, since this is a free blog, I don't always have the time to weed carefully through everything. If you find a grant or website or residency that is not up-to-date, is dodgy in some way, or is no longer in existence, please let me know! Also, if you stay somewhere at one of the residencies I suggest and have a good experience, I want that feedback too. Please check my FAQs at the top right side bar if you have questions before starting your search. Best wishes and happy hunting!