the Keep Writing 2018 summer census

also Where you from? #6

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Did you receive one of these in your mail box or at a coffeeshop in your neighborhood?

If so, great! Fill out the top half, front and back, tear it off and mail it to me. by September 1st . You see it is already addressed and stamped.  Keep the bottom postcard--it is for you!

send back your answers by September 1st!

Now you're done! Or you can read on for more information about the project. 

This summer I have letterpress printed 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 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. 

where can you see the results?

Responses will be occasionally posted on instagram @gutwrenchpress . All responses are always eventually posted at the Keep Writing site

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!)  

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.

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