The Literary Side of the Interstitial Arts

One of the groups that I’m involved with is the Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF). The IAF defines interstitial art as being made in the interstices between genres and categories. It is art that flourishes in the borderlands between different disciplines, mediums, and cultures. It is art that crosses borders, made by artists who refuse to be constrained by category labels.”

If you’re looking to expand your literary horizons, consider picking up the Interfictions anthology series. It was launched in 2007 with the publication of Interfictions, co-edited by Theodora Goss and Delia Sherman, to showcase interstitial fiction. The second volume, Interfictions 2, co-edited by Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak, was named one of Amazon.com’s Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2009. You’ll find some amazing writers in both of these anthologies who will absolutely take your breath away.

In conjunction with Interfictions 2, the IAF also published an online collection of literature in The Annex. where you’ll find writers like Genevieve Valentine, Brett F. Cox, Kelly Barnhill, Ron Pasquariello, Mark Rich, Kelly Cogswell, Chris Kammerud, and Eilis O’Neal. In addition, you can also find podcasts for several of the pieces in the anthologies.

To learn more about the IAF and its work, visit our website at www.interstitialarts.org. I think you’re going to like what you find there, especially if you’re into art, literature, and music that lives just beyond the edge of definition.

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