RiverLit, the Spokane-based quarterly magazine of fiction, poetry, essays and art, is looking for your support.
So far they’ve operated on just enough money, from readers, to get it produced and printed. But this coming year will be the publication’s fourth, and they’ve got bigger plans. First, there’s a new residency program for a local writer, poet and artist — selected for their “stellar work and support of the arts community,” editor Keely Honeywell says — whose work will be featured in each issue of the year. The first residents are poet Brooke Matson, artist Austin Stiegemeier and writer (and Inlander alum) Luke Baumgarten.
Second, they want to pay all the magazine’s contributors. As the fundraising campaign page says:
This is where you come in. Meeting our fundraising goal will allow us to support the creative endeavors of the writers and artists whose work we bring to you.
With your support we'll be able to pay each contributor in 2014 a minimum of $10 per published piece of work.
If you’re the type who thinks artists shouldn’t work for free — well, here’s your chance to make a difference. And quickly, because the fundraiser ends tomorrow. The campaign is on indiegogo, which is less ruthless than all-or-nothing Kickstarter, so any amount will help. The minimum donation for swag is $10, which gets you two cute buttons and your name printed in the list of supporters. A $75 donation gets you the buttons and the print copy of each of the four 2014 issues.
(The contributors list so far reads like a Who’s Who of Spokane’s artsy cool kids, so there’s also that.)
If the publication doesn’t reach its goal online, Honeywell says there’s still a chance to meet it with a benefit called Anthology coming up in December at the Barlett, featuring a number of local writers.