the Keep Writing 2018 summer census
also Where you from? #6
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or check our facebook event page for updates
This summer I will be letterpress printing and distributing 5,000 postcards as part of the Keep Writing Project.
What is the Keep Writing project, you ask? A monthly postcard subscription that includes a question for you to answer. You can read more about it here .
The June issue of Keep Writing, number 110, will be a mini-census for the city of New Orleans.
Since I moved here in 2002, summers in New Orleans have changed. It used to be the low season for tourists. Anyone who could leave, would. It was quiet. If you stuck around, it was great. The usual bustle was tampered by heat and you made friends with whoever was left in town. But not everyone can leave. And the tourist based economy thrives on constant influx of outsiders.
I want to take a poll of who is here, and why, where they are from and what they consider home.
I will bring these cards with me as I sit at the library, the playground, at summer camps, at the neighborhood bar and wherever anyone will have me. I want to talk to you about why you are here, how you got here, if you will ever leave. Let's talk about home and home towns, about the changes in this city.
I am in the process of booking events--casual porch sits and structured talks about letterpress and community.
If you have a porch on a busy street, can I come and sit and talk to you and your neighbors? Are you a teacher at a summer camp who wants a guest artist-speaker? I am looking for public spaces with a variety of people to interact with to get a good sample of who is here. Get in touch. I am reaching out to my friends, peers and co-workers but maybe you know someone I don't .
If you are a subscriber you will receive your card as usual. If you are a resident, you can follow me on instagram @gutwrenchpress, and use the hashtag #summercensus to see where I'll be!
where can you see the results?
In November, in time for the NOCAZ, I will release a new issue of Where You From? documenting the data I have collected.
And, join me on November 15th for the opening of a showing of selected postcards and responses for the 10 year anniversary of the Keep Writing project, with a party at Paper Machine, 6330 St..Claude. You will see bunches of printed postcards and be able to soft through the many responses I've collected over the years! (get on the mailing list to be sure you don't miss the party!)
Events! (more added as they are confirmed!)
daily updates also posted on the facebook event
- 6/19 Country Day Creative Arts Camp (private)
- 6/22 8:30 pm WTUL 91.5 on the Night Gallery
- 6/24 3:30 pm ALA Zine Pavilion talk about long-term projects: the benefits and challenges with Broken Pencil
- 6/27 1:30-3:30 Nix Library Carrolton
- 6/28 6-8 pm WHIV 102.3 Two for Thursdays playing songs about hometowns and talking about the project
- 6/29 5-7 pm NOLA Food Co-op
- 6/30 9:30 am-12:30 Pagoda Cafe
- 6/30 3-5 pm Glitterbox
- 7/7 9-11 am Mojo Coffee (Freret St)
- 7/10 11:30 am-1:30 pm Alvar St Library
- 7/13 9 am-11 am Mojo Coffee (Magazine St)
- 7/14 9:30am-12:30 Pagoda
- 7/20 9pm-12 Gasa Gasa at the Thou/the Body show--talk to me between deafening sets
- 7/28 noon-5 Crescent City Community Market at Poor Boys Bar
- 7/30 11:30 am-1:30 pm Alvar St Library
- 8/4 noon-2 pm Algiers Library (talk for teens at noon)
- 8/5 1-3 pm Glitterbox
- 8/9 3-5 pm Algiers Library
This project is funded in part with a grant from The Platforms Fund, a collaborative re-granting effort of Antenna, Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Pelican Bomb with support by the Andy Warhol Foundation.