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Indie Literature Festival on Kickstarter

Tara Atkinson, Willie Fitzgerald and Kellen Braddock, the writers who lead Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) hope to raise $2,000 on Kickstarter to fund a literary festival in celebration of small press and independent literature.

Here’s more about the project: “we’re planning several readings, social events, a chapbook making workshop, a competitive story-telling event (with drag queens!), an all-indie press book fair and much more. It’ll be more than a week (March 22 – 31; and yes, a festival named APRIL is taking place in March) of fantastic writing throughout Seattle — the literary festival our city has been waiting for for years.”

The money would be used to cover venue costs, flying readers into Seattle and a publicity campaign. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project. Here’s an interesting perk for potential donors: “If you pledge $35 or more, we’ll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors, who will write a short original composition with your name as its inspiration.”

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Asian American Writers Workshop Launches Page Turner Literary Festival

The Asian American Writers Workshop is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting the third annual Page Turner literary festival. The all-day event will take place on Saturday, October 29th at Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena. Follow this link to view the full schedule.

Here’s more from the release: “Multi-dimensional program includes: a staged reading directed by Ralph Peña; artist Wangechi Mutu (MOMA, Guggenheim) talking about immigration; an open mic featuring Jen Kwok (Date an Asian), Negin Farsad (Nerdcore Rising) and others; stories from twenty years of the Workshop; and hard-hitting conversations about Occupy Wall Street, Islam and the West, the rise of China and India, and the national crackdown on immigration.”

The festival will feature appearances by Junot Díaz, Amitav Ghosh, Jessica Hagedorn, Kimiko Hahn, Hari Kunzru, Jayne Anne Phillips, Suketu Mehta, Min Jin Lee, Mark Nowak, Amitava Kumar, Granta editor John Freeman, and Guernica editor Joel Whitney. Attendees will also get a chance to hear from two stand-up comedians, five National Book Award finalists and seven Guggenheim Fellows.

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