Writing a biography/artist monograph about my father, Joe Schactman, using his notebooks, letters & interviews with friends and family.
A year and a half ago, I started piecing together my dead father's life through his letters, notebooks, artwork, and interviews with his friends, relatives, and exes. And I started collecting images of his paintings, sculptures and prints to go along with the story.
The result was a solid first draft of a coffee table art book -- a life story told through the development of an artistic career, woven in with my own memoir of the process of researching my own father, of getting to know him as an adult like I never did in real life.
I put the project on hold to go to graduate school, but now that I've graduated with a degree in journalism, I want to report on the subject that preoccupies me. I could get a job and postpone the book once again, but then I'd worry it would never come to fruition. I'm confident that I could finish the book, and get an agent to help me publish it, if I could work on it full time for six months.
For that to be possible, money to live and pay rent will have to come from somewhere. I have a little bit saved, and I've entered over a dozen writing contests, am applying to several grants, and am planning to bartend a couple days a week -- what I'm asking for here is the bare minimum to make up the difference. So please, contribute what you can, even if it's only $5.
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