***IMPORTANT UPDATE: EVERY DOLLAR FOR THE REST OF THE NATURE OF LOVE CAMPAIGN WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!***
A family of Orion donors has pooled funds to match every new or increased pledge as of this writing ($14,177 at 8am Sunday) for the rest of the campaign, up to $10,000!
The matching funds will be donated directly to Orion so that the magazine can publish writing and art about the deep and life-sustaining power of love in many future issues to come.
Become a backer today—or increase your pledge—and you'll not only be a part of The Nature of Love, but a part of Orion's evolving love story as well.
What's the nature of love? What does love mean in the age of climate change? Does love still matter?
Orion magazine is bringing together over two dozen writers in a new book of love stories to explore these questions and to illuminate what it means to be a human in love in the Anthropocene.
A combination of new work and work from the Orion archive, the book will include both poetry and prose on such subjects as making declarations, going to weddings, touching hands for the first time, eating the ten-thousandth meal together, queering nature, hunting, coming out, breaking up, reading the personal ads, sharing apples, salt, blackberries, slug sex, and a whole bunch more. From such writers as Alex Carr Johnson, Teddy Macker, Kathleen Dean Moore, Laurel Nakanishi, Nick Neely, Jill Sisson Quinn, Scott Russell Sanders, and Katrina Vandenberg.
Published in time for Valentine's Day 2020, the book will be a roughly 150-page, high-quality, hard-cover edition printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based ink. Each Kickstarter copy will include a limited-edition, custom-made Valentine card by our campaign artist Sonali Zohra.
Backers at the "Declare Yourself" backer level (and the levels above that) will have an opportunity to write a short love note to someone they love and have it printed in the first edition of roughly 2500 copies.
Over Orion's 37+ years we've published more than a dozen anthologies. It's easy for a nature magazine to collect essays about the importance of children spending time outside, or the relationship between food and the natural world, or animals. But we've never delved into something as personal and deep as love—arguably the most important subject of all. We hope you'll dive in with us.
Confirmed contributors include Alex Carr Johnson, Kathleen Dean Moore, Scott Russell Sanders, Camille Dungy, Jill Sisson Quinn, Cate Lycurgus, Teddy Macker, Robert Michael Pyle, Gretchen Legler, Pattiann Rogers, Katrina Vandenberg, Nick Neely, Lance Garland, and Laurel Nakanishi.
LOVE STORIES is being created by Sumanth Prabhaker, Orion Editor extraordinaire who somehow also has time to run his own book company, Madras Press, and knows way more about books than anyone, except not more than his wife because she's a librarian.
Poetry selections by our Poetry Editor Aimee Nezhukumatathil; archive-mining by Program Assistant Katie Yale; book design by Hans Teensma at Impress, Inc.; art by Sonali Zohra, a.k.a. DangerCat; general rah-rahing by Strategic Director Madeline Miller; moral support by Boston the office dog.
Foreword written by TBD.
Final title TBD. All of the Kickstarter rewards refer to the book as "LOVE STORIES," but the **final title is TBD.**
A book of love stories. The table of contents will include at least a dozen personal essays and a dozen or more poems. The book will have a custom-designed and stamped filigree cover and two-color lithograph interior printing, which means it's going to be really nice. It will include 6-12 spot illustrations. Published in time for Valentine's Day 2020.
The LOVE STORIES campaign runs from October 15th through November 6th. If we reach our goal the book will go into production as soon as the campaign ends, be printed in December - January, and Kickstarter copies will be shipped on February 1. Barring natural disasters, alien invasions, or long celebrations in response to the miraculous inauguration of a new president, U.S. backers will thus receive the book by Valentine's Day 2020.
Wherever you are and wherever you're going, because "There is no field guide to love." (Jill Sisson Quinn, "Metamorphic," from the table of contents of LOVE STORIES).
At Orion we believe there's not nearly enough talk of love in the environmental movement. We can talk all day long about how much we love the natural world, and how sad and scared we are about what's happening to it. But we experience that love—and grief—in the context of the rest of our experience of love, including a whole lot of love between human beings.
This book is an effort by Orion to get the community of people who care about nature talking more about love. We hope our book will expand the collective capacity to appreciate different kinds of love and—hopefully—help cultivate an understanding that our ability to love the natural world is only as good as our ability to love each other.
Love isn't going to be enough to get us through the climate crisis, but we sure won't get through the climate crisis without it.
(Campaign banner by Sonali Zohra; all other images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)
Risks and challenges
It's a remote possibility that production of the book will take longer than we anticipate, but we're confident that we will be able to ship the Kickstarter copies on Febuary 1, 2020, barring unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to those listed above.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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