We're added stretch goals to our rewards, so that we can make the most of this momentum.
We'll add more content to our anthology - that means more illustrations, a few interviews, and extra surprise BONUS CONTENT to the print and digital issues for all our backers to enjoy. We'll also have tote bags to add on to your pledges. You can even vote on those on our Twitter and Instagram shortly - and we'll also take votes in our survey once the campaign closes.
We'll establish a seed fund to create more issues of HumanxNature! It will give us enough cash to pay a team of contributors, from writers and illustrators to guest editors. We'd love to make this zine self-sustaining, and this would be a HUGE step toward making that a reality.
We believe in this, and in you. So let's do it!
ABOUT OUR ANTHOLOGY
HUMANxNATURE is an anthology of writers reaching out from beyond the confines of their disciplines to engage the natural world. This collection of essays is a recognition of the ways the world shapes us—and how, increasingly, we leave our own inescapable print on the world. As our relationship to the natural world changes, we ask writers to explore what nature gives to us, and what we might owe in return.
Topics include: recolonizing the vegetal record, plants and myth, why we love (and need) to name plants, and misunderstood desolation.
This project grew out of a desire to stretch the bounds of nature writing, to allow it to grow in the fertile soils of literature, science, and language as well as engagement with the natural world. We were never really separate, but our fates are now intertwined in an urgent way. We wanted to dive into what that complicated relationship looks like for writers from a broad range of backgrounds.
Missy is a production editor by trade, and has successfully launched two volumes of her own zine, Moonrise. After working together in both issues, we wanted to find a new and more in-depth project to work on together.
We've had months' worth of conversations about the kind of writing we wanted to read but couldn't find, writing that interrogated the lines between humans and nature. There were voices we wanted to engage with that we couldn’t hear. So we decided to reach out and publish that writing ourselves.
We knew the roles we wanted to fill: Missy in production and illustration, and Haley handling the contributors and line editing. With the writings of our contributors in hand, numbers crunched, and all our ducks in a row, we’re ready to ask you to help us make the zine a reality!
LET'S TALK LOGISTICS
We’ve confirmed receipt of all our written submissions, and are paying the writers out of pocket. We’ve also paid some small, associated projects costs upfront, like a domain name and test prints of the rewards.
Once funded, a portion of our proceeds will go toward reimbursing the editorial staff for those upfront costs. Out of the rest, we'll double the pay for writers for a total $100 per contribution. Then, the bulk of our funds will go toward printing costs, reward production, and shipping fees as detailed in each tier of support. And, finally, we'll make a $200 donation to the local organization SEED, ROOT + BLOOM, which supports BIPoc nature and herbal education in Boston.
Additional funds beyond our goal will go toward setting up an e-shop to sell additional copies of the anthology and merchandise—and possibly toward additional issues of the zine!
THE ZINE + REWARDS
Every backer will receive a high-quality PDF of the collection, no matter which tier you support. But the more you give, the more you get!
For a $5+ contribution, you'll receive the anthology printed in economy black and white on cream uncoated paper, at 5 x 8 inches, with a glorious color cover. You'll also receive a set of full-color stickers with our HxN designs. The materials will be partially recycled, too!
For a $10+ contribution, you'll receive the printed zine, the fun stickers, plus a full-color postcard print for mailing or display.
For a $25+ contribution, you'll get the whole print package: zine, stickers, postcard print, and a hand-printed, limited-edition art print of an illustration from the anthology.
For a $40+ contribution, you'll get the print package, plus a gorgeous die-cut enamel pin, limited edition and pulled from the pages of the zine. The pins are about 1 inch, in gold tone brass and color enamel.
ABOUT THE EDITORIAL TEAM
Managing Editor Haley E. D. Houseman is a writer and editor who splits her time between the New England woods and New York City. She writes about the natural world and the modern mystical. You can find her at the library or in the garden, depending on the weather.
Production Editor Missy J. Kennedy is a writer, editor, illustrator, and sometimes-designer living in Boston. A project manager by day, by night she scribbles about women, art, and place on the last edge of her desk not yet surrendered to her houseplants.
Lakshmi Ramgopal is uncategorizable. She's a musician, a writer, and an ancient historian who holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and explores identity, mobility, and the concept of the archive. She has written on the intersections of race and the occult; authored scholarship on cultural change in the Roman Empire; and released electronic ambient music and toured internationally as Lykanthea, the moniker under which she creates multidisciplinary performances and installation work. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and is working on her first book and second album, living between Boston and Chicago. You can find her on instagram and twitter at @lykanthea.
Claire Comstock-Gay is a fiction writer living in Minnesota. She writes about astrology for New York Magazine's The Cut. You can find her on Twitter at @MmeClairevoyant.
Chanelle Adams Chanelle Adams (chanelleadams.info) is a writer, researcher, and translator based in Marseille. Her practice, which includes archival research, independent publishing, and cultural analysis, centers marginalized forms of knowing and that which is outside of dominant knowledge production regimes. Her music reviews, essays, research, and other projects have been published by NPR, Bitch Media, and The Feminist Press among others, and her work presented across North America, Europe, and Africa. Her twitter is @nellienooks.
Alejandra Oliva is an essayist and embroiderer currently studying for her Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of the chapbook Declaration, out now from Guillotine Publishing. Her twitter handle is @olivalejandra_, and her website is olivalejandra.com.
Risks and challenges
We've already worked out most of the editing and design work for the anthology, so that means the risks for this project are minimal.
The anthology design is in the final stages of refinement and pre-production, and will be ready to send to the printer as soon as the campaign is successfully funded! Additional rewards are print-on-demand, including our enamel pins. With the project funded, we’ll be scheduling our mailings by mid-September.
While there are sure to be occasional hiccups, we’ve spent several months front-loading the commissioning and production process to ensure this project is ready for success, right this minute!
All rewards are designed to stack, each tier adding a perk. We invite you to choose what works for you! No matter what you give, all backers will receive a digital copy of the anthology, if you choose. We'll send out a survey after funding to collect info on preferences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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