Early last year Bridge Eight Press asked 15 fiction writers with strong ties to Jacksonville to write a story set in the city.
We believed that by collecting and sharing these stories, we could connect the different perspectives in a new way.
The result is a collection of short stories and an essay that offers a literary portrait of twenty-first-century life in what is still referred to as “The Bold City of the South.” From the beaches to the urban core, the westside to Arlington, these are the city’s stories.
Contributors include Iowa Short Fiction Award-winner, Sohrab Homi Fracis; novelist Laura Lee Smith; acclaimed author Mark Ari; Teri Youmans Grimm, and Tim Gilmore, author of 16 books including The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City about the founder of Jacksonville.
And more. The full list of contributors includes more of Jacksonville's finest, including Marcus Pactor, Michael Wiley, C.H. Hooks, Hurley Winkler, Solon Timothy Woodward, Duncan Barlow, Tiffany Melanson, Jackie Hutchins, Nan Kavanaugh, Alex Ender and Shane Hinton.
Hear from contributor, Mark Ari, about why he's a part of the project:
The book is ready to go. The writing is finished, the book is typeset and designed. All it needs now is support in pushing it through production.
We’re asking for your help.
Who are we?
Bridge Eight Press launched at Jacksonville’s One Spark in 2014. Led by Jared Rypkema, Caleb Michael Sarvis, and a small team of editors and creatives, it has become a vibrant presence in Jacksonville’s literary scene.
In its four years, Bridge Eight has published seven print issues of Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, featuring work from over 150 writers living in Jacksonville and around the country including poet Tony Hoagland, Josip Novakovich, Gayle Brandeis and many more.
It is also the creator of The Abridged Reading Series, a semi-regular literary event that has brought Sarah Gerard, author of SUNSHINE STATE, Jeff Parker, author of BEARS WHO ROAM THE STREETS and Kristen Arnett, FELT IN THE JAW and many others into Jacksonville.
Finally, Bridge Eight is proud to be the creator of Flash Readings—the self-proclaimed “best literary event under 30 minutes.”
About the 15 Views Series
15 Views is a series originally created by Nathan Holic and published by Orlando-based literary publisher, Burrow Press. It began with 15 Views of Orlando before moving on to include Tampa, Miami, and now, as the torch is passed to Bridge Eight Press, Jacksonville.
The 15 Views series was inspired by the late Jeanne Leiby. Though she passed away on April 19, 2011, her work as an editor (at Black Warrior Review, The Florida Review, and finally The Southern Review), a teacher and mentor (at Alabama, Tennessee, UCF and LSU), and a fiction writer (the collection Downriver), will certainly be remembered for many years to come.
We are honored to publish 15 Views of Jacksonville alongside these other fantastic publications, adding to the literary portraits of cities in wild Florida.
This book wouldn't be possible without your support. As a thank you for helping us bring this book to life, we've created several limited-edition JACKSONVILLE items just for you.
JARED RYPKEMA is the Founder of Bridge Eight Press and Publisher for Bridge Eight Literary Magazine. He believes storytellers have the ability to build bridges and start movements and gave a TED talk about why thinking like one can make a difference. By day he is a Copywriter at On Ideas and is pursuing an MFA in fiction from Sierra Nevada College.
CALEB MICHAEL SARVIS is a writer from Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of Dead Aquarium or (i don’t have the stamina for that kind of faith) (Mastodon Publishing 2019). He is the fiction editor for Bridge Eight Press and co-host of the Drunken Book Review Podcast. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Hobart, Split Lip Magazine, Saw Palm, Fjords Review, Eyeshot, and others.
COREY KOLB is a UI/UX designer living in Jacksonville, FL. He holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from UNF, has placed in the AIGA It’s Always Summer Poster Show twice, designed the Jacksonville Jazz Fest poster in 2017, and collaborated with Eric Hinote on the “Rise from the Ashes” mural in downtown Jacksonville in 2013. When Corey’s not creating graphic agitation, you can find him working on short visual experiments. To see more of his work, visit Corey-kolb.com
CASSIE DEOGRACIA is an Art Director at Brunet-Garcia Advertising where she helps produce award-winning campaigns, brands, and collateral in the areas of public health, safety, education, and the arts. She is actively involved in the local design community through her role on the board at AIGA Jacksonville and is also a co-founder of Small Caps Collective, a passion project where she helps create retro-inspired branding and illustration.
UKNIGHTED MEDIA is a local Jacksonville digital media agency specializing in video production, branded content, web development, and more. Uknighted is focused on telling the unique stories behind individual brands and small businesses, and aims to create transparency between said businesses and their customers to foster a sense of community for a more personable, relatable, and human experience.
Risks and challenges
We've completed a lot of the project before coming to you. We felt it was the best way to ensure that you get the book and your rewards on time. The writing has been curated, edited, typeset and the cover is completed. The final step is to send is to send it off to our printer, who we've worked closely with for the last four years. There is always risk. But we have a track record of delivering quality print publications on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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