About this project
The purpose of this Kickstarter Project is to publish the Out of the Fire print anthology in June 2017. The press will maintain ongoing blog and web pages so that people can keep submitting new work and reflections, produce an eBook, and maintain a perpetual historical website recording the stories, artwork, and photography commemorating the many voices involved in the disaster. The purpose of the publication is to heal the community after the life-changing effects of the Butte Fire, and to create a lasting record of the event. The print book will be the focus for the funding drive.
The Butte Fire devastated several communities in Calaveras County in September 2015. The seventh most destructive fire in California history ravaged over 70,000 acres and burned more than 550 homes, over 350 outbuildings, many of them serving as homes, and displacing thousands of people. This project aims to provide a healing journey for our community, and to provide guidance and inspiration for other communities experiencing disaster.
In 2016, Manzanita Writers Press launched a blog site hosting writing and art/photography, as well as other forms of artistic expression, called Out of the Fire, as a part of a larger, ongoing art and literary online collection with regional writing and art/photography, video, and other media. People continue to share powerful and moving stories and poems of reflection, grief, faith, gratitude, hope, and wisdom gleaned from adversity, and a celebration of living in such a gorgeous place as the Mother Lode and Sierra. Many of these stories will appear in print form for this project.
The publication and ongoing historic website will benefit and help heal our fire-ravaged region, and it will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the area in a commemorative reflection of collected stories, poems, art, and photography. The book will reflect images and accounts from those who lost homes, firefighters and law enforcement, evacuees, artists and writers, and people who helped in recovery efforts.
Photography and art have been submitted that tell the stories in other ways. These contributions will be the foundation for the print anthology that chronicles a community's journey out of the fire.
We need your help to accomplish our goals by May 9 so that we can publish in time for a major literary event June 17 when California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia visits our county as part of his statewide tour. The local talent and creativity in the publication and website will be shared at that event. You will receive a copy of the anthology and can be listed in the publication and on the website.
Risks and challenges
The only risk involved would be not meeting our funding goal and thus missing out on a key literary event that would assist in launching the anthology this year. The community needs this creative outlet and instrument designed to assist the county in healing, not only for individuals who have lost everything, but for those in any region who have experienced or will experience a disaster such as this. Our project, with the website/blog, eBook, and physical anthology, becomes a permanent creative artistic and historical entity that will not be destroyed by fire or flood and will remain alive in the community as a perpetual publication. Anyone who accesses the website and publications will be inspired by reading what others have gone through and the wisdom and beauty of their writing, art, and photography rising out of the fire. It has been over a year since the disaster, and our community is still suffering the aftermath of relocation limbo, with friends and neighbors and family separated and scattered, with many still without homes rebuilt, and others trying to decide what to do with their lives. Many are still grappling with bureaucracy, insurance hassles and nightmares, and anxiety and depression. Even those who didn't lose homes are still traumatized by what has happened to their friends and neighbors, and to their way of life. This healing embodiment of hope and perseverance will be a beacon to multitudes. Please help us meet our deadline for the project. We cannot publish without this funding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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