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What is the all-volunteer Guernica planning? Paying writers, creating e-books and special issues on politics, art and culture at home.
What is the all-volunteer Guernica planning? Paying writers, creating e-books and special issues on politics, art and culture at home.
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Looking Inward 

For nine years, Guernica has been bringing readers fiction, poetry, and art from around the world, as well as features and interviews that address issues like human rights, activism, and the environment on a global scale. This coming year, we’re excited to begin to turn our gaze toward home. In 2014, we’ll publish a series of themed issues that specifically examine politics, art, and culture in America. 

American Empires: From Google's might to US influence abroad, we’ll look at who and what has power in our fractured and conglomerated world.

Class in America: Our country is increasingly divided along class lines. Where do we go from here, and will we arrive there with or without a middle class?

The American South: What does the region mean to us now?

Religion in America: In whom do we trust?  

We know that looking inwards will help us look outwards, and we’re looking forward to using these themed issues to explore the U.S.’s deadly hypocrisies and bewildering beauty, and everything in between. 

Let's Get Sustainable: 

These themed issues will be more than a shift in focus; they’re also a shift in the way we do business as a magazine. For as long as Guernica has existed, our editorial and publishing staff—as well as all of our writers—have been volunteers. The magazine will continue to be a labor of love: something we enjoy creating as much as (we hope) you enjoy reading. This Kickstarter will help us pay the talented writers who contribute to the four themed issues, an important change as we continue to expand the range of voices included in Guernica. It will also enable us to start creating e-reader editions and bring on staffers to focus on the ad sales and fundraising efforts that will help make us financially sustainable, while keeping all of our content available for free. 

Risks and challenges

For years we’ve been putting together two issues of Guernica every month and publishing Guernica Daily every weekday, so we know we’ll be able to bring together intrepid writers and artists for our new series of issues. There might be hiccups along the way, but last year when our servers crashed, we worked with web gurus to get the site back up and running as quickly as possible, and put out the next issue right on time. Our staff is ready, willing, and eager learn some new tricks: switching to an online submission system, mastering the art of the e-book.

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    Love is Power, or Something Like That by A. Ignoni Barrett
    The Art of Intimacy by Stacey D'Erasmo
    Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
    On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman
    Otherwise Known As The Human Condition by Geoff Dyer
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    As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag,

    The Affair of Others by Amy Grace Lloyd,

    When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams,

    How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff,

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    All our 2014 e-issues, a tote bag and a big old box of 10 WHOLE WONDERFUL BOOKS from our very favorite publishers. (Big thanks to Knopf, McSweeneys, Viking, Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Graywolf Press, Little, Brown and Picador!)

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