I want to introduce Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program. We are celebrating our 10th year at our home campus in PA and recently launched a M.A. in Creative Writing in AZ. In addition, we desire to be a resource to other writers in the valley. This past spring we ran a series of non-credit courses which New York Times Bestselling author, Nate Evans, called, “incredibly helpful.” Our fall season begins on Tues. Sept 8 with non-fiction and we are offering the discounted rate of $40 per course (non-fiction and fiction) to Meetup writers. For more information: http://www.wilkes.edu/mesa/academics/creative-writing-ma-mfa/writing-workshops.aspx
— Four Chambers
Keep the Heart of Literature Beating: Four Chambers Launches Kickstarter
Phoenix, AZ (August 18th, 2015)… Independent community literary magazine and small press Four Chambers has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 by Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The money will be used to bring their current projects to print—Four Chambers 03 and a special project in collaboration with local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts entitled Welcome Home—seed their operations for next year, and stay in business.
Four Chambers was founded in the Summer of 2013 with the goal of giving greater visibility to the literary arts and encouraging their larger participation in the cultural scene. In keeping that mission, Four Chambers has published a yearly journal, released special projects / thematic anthologies, and organized numerous events and programs—writing groups, salons, featured readings and interviews—in order to serve as a nexus for local literature in the Valley and generally build a stronger community. This Fall, the press intends to expand programming and outreach as it continues production, with plans to begin releasing single author works next Spring.
As Four Chambers continues to grow, challenges with a sales model have required the magazine to seek additional sources of revenue. “Right now, our print runs are just too small to enter into distribution or generate a meaningful profit,” explains Jake Friedman, the press’s Founder and Editor in Chief. “Basically, we’re just asking for additional support from the community as we continue to grow our business.”
More to the point, Four Chambers believes it encompasses more than a product or publication. “Publishing is the nucleus of our organization, but it’s just one of many services we provide,” continues Friedman. “And in certain respects, we believe a fundraiser is able to articulate that relationship in a clearer and more accurate way.”
“From the moment I held my first copy, I knew I had purchased something special,” states Samantha Jackson, Director of Operations for Downtown Phoenix Inc. “It’s important to foster our voices and be able to share the creative process. Four Chambers is opening a door to Phoenix’s little-known literary scene coupled with works of art that make each volume a collector’s item.”
Gail Browne, Executive Director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, echoes the critical role Four Chambers plays in creative placemaking and public engagement. “Not only does Four Chambers provide a platform for local writers to see their creative work in print, it builds and sustains an exciting literary conversation for Phoenix writers and readers alike. I’m also impressed with the degree to which Four Chambers creates artistic partnerships with arts institutions and local business: this is community building at its best.”
The Kickstarter (which went live Tuesday, August 11th) has already raised over $3,000 in little under a week, reaching nearly 60% of its $5,000 goal. “It’s been so humbling to see the community care about Four Chambers as much as we do,” explains Assistant Director Kelsey Pinckney. “They responded so quickly and vehemently, it renews my belief in it again. It’s made me just take a deep breath and realize how strong we all are—the community—when we move together.” The campaign has also been chosen by Kickstarter as a staff pick.
Fundraising ends Thursday, September 10th. If Four Chambers does not meet its goal, the magazine will be forced to more or less suspend operations. To learn more about the Four Chambers Kickstarter, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633503070/keep-the-heart-of-literature-beating.
Welcome Home is a special project featuring 12 poems and 8 prose works by 20 local authors inspired by the local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts and is planned to be released with a launch party at Welcome Diner Saturday evening, September 19th.
Four Chambers 03 features 57 poems and 15 prose works from 55 authors (nearly 50% local) and is planned to be released in mid to late October. While the magazine is unsure whether the fundraising campaign will generate enough money to commission local artists to produce illustrations for winning work (as it has in the past), Jeff Slim, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Andrew ‘Soldierleisure’ Brown are tentatively on board.
About Four Chambers Press Local-National
Four Chambers Press is an independent community press based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com.