As mentioned earlier, I’m at a place where I have options. I have a part time gig teaching creative writing in Manchester, NH., but it’s a commute I don’t love, and besides being set free has forced me to weigh what is available. Living in today’s plugged-in world I believe anything could happen. Not long ago I heard the economist Robert Reich say that while it has never been harder to find a job in America, it has also never been easier to create a job in America. So I’ve become obsessed with re-imagining the ways I could work here in the town I love, rather than to drive to Manch-Vegas all the time. Work that would not only help me out, but also help the literary scene in Gloucester.
The first plank of this new path actually began six months ago when I launched a web based literary project with my business partner, poet Jenn Monroe. Extract(s) Daily Dose of Lit (dailydoseoflit.com) is a unique literary website featuring bite-sized literature on a daily basis. One aspect of our project is a video series called In Place, where we have writers read in locations related to the work. And so far things have gone pretty well–we’ve been able to film incredible writers like William Giraldi, Barbara Ungar, Justin Taylor, and Mike Young. But now it’s time to take it up a notch. This is why we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/47247522″>Kickstarter</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/inplace”>In Place</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
(Note the location of our video!)
We’ve got some really exciting authors lined up for season 2. Several episodes will be filmed around Cape Ann. We just need to put together a little cash.
Again, this is the first plank of a larger entity I want to create here in Gloucester. Extract(s) was once housed in Chester, New Hampshire, however it now resides here in Gloucester. From here I plan to build something that will expand the literary scene in Gloucester, accentuating what already exists (The Gloucester Writer’s Center, for example), and moving into new territories. I’m still in the early, brainstorming stage of this new endeavor, though things are taking shape. I hope to share some of my plans with you soon. But for now, check out our Kickstarter and please consider donating to the cause. We even have some tasty gifts for you. If you like what you see, share with your friends. Sharing is what we’re all about.
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