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Jos. Young's MicroFiction RowHouse

$4,110 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 17 months
It has long been my dream to create a MicroFiction RowHouse: very small stories printed on the walls, the ceiling, on the doors, the furniture, and all manner of surfaces that tell the story of a fictional family that lived in the home--its lives, dreams, trials, happiness and sorrows. My goal is to raise the funds necessary to realize the dream of that MicroFiction RowHouse in my own rowhome. I will share this intimate space with the spirits of these people. 


As a well-known and successful writer of these tiny stories of 10 to 50 words, and having much experience printing these stories on the walls of homes and art galleries, this is an opportune time to put this project in motion.

The donations I receive will fund the project space, the time, all supplies, honorariums to the many artists who will contribute to the project, as well as a large series of events in my home, including an opening reception, literary readings, art and writing workshops, and musical and other performances, all of which will be free to the public.

Donors to the campaign will receive a variety of thank you gifts:

$10: 3 pdf chapbooks. I have written and designed a number of pdf chapbooks of my microfictions, which will be emailed to the donor.

$15: God Not Otherwise, my microfiction broadside featuring the art of Kathy Fahey and published by Publishing Genius.

$25: Easter Rabbit, my award winning book of microfictions published by Publishing Genius.

$50: One of my paper collages.

$100: Custom microfiction with video. I will write you a microfiction on the subject of your choice that you will then own. In addition to a print of the story, you will receive a video of one art luminary reading that story. Readers include filmmaker and author Stephanie Barber, novelist and short story writer Laura van den Berg, and others.

$250: Original microfiction "painting." You will receive one of my microfiction paintings , an original work using framed paintings found at thrift stores and printed with an apropos story.

$500+: Custom microfiction installed on your wall. I will come to your home, business or other space and install a microfiction written with you and the space it will occupy in mind. I lay these stories out in InDesign and apply them to your wall using the photocopy transfer method. I have installed  such stories on the walls of many private homes and art galleries. (Local only unless travel arrangements can be made)

Donors of $50 or more will also have priority seating at the workshops, which are limited to 7 people.

Donations are cumulative, so someone who donated $50 would receive the collage, my book, the broadside, and the pdf chapbooks. To receive gifts, please leave addresses in your donor comments.

For more information on the project and the funding campaign, visit MicroFiction RowHouse . Also, look for updates on this site on the contributing artists who will lead workshops and readings and perform in my home.

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Now the work begins!

The last event in the MFRH schedule happened last Saturday, Dylan Kinnett's rousing How to Rant workshop. It was great fun and everybody who came got down to some serious creative ranting.

It's at this point that I have to get to work on the Thank You gifts promised for supporting my GoFundMe campaign. There were SO many generous supporters....

There are somewhere around 22 paper collages that need to be sent out, as well as some microfiction paintings, a few custom-written microfictions and videos, a bunch of copies of Easter Rabbit, even more copies of my broadside God Not Otherwise, and a slew of pdf chapbooks.

I have maybe 10 collages on hand I can give to folks, meaning there's a dozen or so I need to make, plus the paintings and printings and writings of the other gifts. I am so lucky I get to spend time making these things for you all! If you will indulge me with your patience though I'd appreciate it. Each collage and other work is an exploratory exercise and takes some time.

Though the last scheduled event is water under the bridge, more will be heard from MicroFiction RowHouse in the nearish future--other events, new related projects and collaborations with writers and artists. Stay tuned!

I'm looking at other funding possibilities to help with these future MFRH activities, but if you wanted to add to my workload of collages and other Thank You gifts by making a donation to the GoFundMe, you still can. You've all been so lovely.

Joe
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The opening reception on Saturday was such a nice time! I had great conversations with so many people, many I knew, many I didn't. One of those I knew, a good friend of mine, had some nice words for the project:

"It was a really wonderful experience to walk through your house. The family felt so real. It was a strange feeling of sentimental loss for a family I felt like I was looking at through a lens from the past."

But although the opening is in the past, MicroFiction RowHouse keeps on. This Thursday, September 14, we have the first in a 2-part reading series at the house as curated and hosted by poet Jamie Perez, 8 pm.

Following that, there is a workshop in Photocopy Transfer on the 17th from 5-7:30 led by encaustic painter and transfer expert Christine Sajecki.

Two days later, September 19, is the second reading as hosted by writer Justin Sanders, which also starts at 8.

To cap out the activities for September, MFRW will host How To Rant: A Workshop, led by ranter , poet, publisher Dylan Kinnett.

More info on all these things is available at https://microfictionrowhouse.wordpress.com.

And of course, donations to the project are still very welcome!

Joe

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The Opening Reception for MicroFiction RowHouse will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 7 to 9 pm at 3322 Chestnut Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. See you there!
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Hi, everyone. I've been at work over the past few weeks installing stories in my home and hosting the first few events, including having Duchess and the DeadBirds over to play and conducting my workshop in Writing Microfiction, both of which were great.

I haven't done much with the GoFundMe campaign but I wanted to let you know it's still ongoing. I super appreciate the donations I've received so far. Given the success of the project and its events up to now I hope some others might consider giving a bit themselves. Donations of any size help to inspire me to keep on working and help to pay for the supplies, time, and space (ie, a portion of the rent) MicroFiction RowHouse requires.

This is such a strange and bewildering time. I love the hundreds of photos of little suns and moons cast through the trees by the eclipse that people have posted. I hate the ongoing violence and bigotry of our social and political lives. With everything going on, I know that many people are giving money and time to organizations and events that are helping to fight the fights that need fighting. As it should be. Good for you.

All of which to say: Do what you can, do what you need. Thanks.
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