Patreon Launch

On Sunday, October 21 from 7-9 p.m. EST, we ran a virtual launch party for our new fundraising campaign. Below you will find all our posts from that evening in sequential order. While we were pleased with how the event played out, we also learned a lot to apply to future events we may have. Thank you to everyone who took the time to be present on October 21, and thanks to anyone coming to check out what happened now - and we would be very happy to accept your donation if anything you see here inspires you to give towards the future of Blank Spaces! (To see the event posts with all interactions and comments included, you'll have to pop over to Facebook and click the Discussion tab.)

7:00 p.m.

7:10 p.m. We gave people a first look at our Patreon page, where we hope to gain some monthly financial supporters.


7:15 p.m. We did a roll call (and selfie challenge!) to find out who was following along. See the Facebook event to find how who played.

7:25 p.m. Unfamiliar with the Patreon platform? Let us clear things up a little bit for you.

7:30 p.m. Ask the Editor began and brought out some great questions. You can find those on the Facebook event page.

7:35 p.m. We were so excited to have some of our contributors read their pieces. First up we had Andrea Scoretz. Andrea lives on Vancouver Island and is doing great work through her website, Must Love Crows, (http://mustlovecrows.com/) where she is a champion of living well. Please enjoy her poem, 'From The Sun'.

7:45 p.m. Mitchell Toews took his story to the water's edge - which is where a story about fishing and hand rolled cigarettes really belongs. 'Sweet Caporal at Dawn' was part of our June issue this year. If you enjoyed it when you read it in the magazine, just wait until you hear it in Mitchell's soothing voice.

7:55 p.m.  Need a bit more convincing before you jump on the supporter's train? This page on our website spells thing out in case you didn't quite grasp what our editor was saying in the first welcome video. It will also give you an opportunity to make a one-time donation rather than committing to something monthly, if that's more your speed.

8:00 p.m. As promised, here is your first look at our cover for the upcoming issue, featuring artwork by the talented Ann-Marie Brown. Her collection 'Stumbling Towards Manhood' is a series of boys in their boxing gear, and offers a powerful commentary on gender stereotypes which we're excited to explore in the December issue.

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy yet, you can do that right now: http://blankspaces.alannarusnak.com/p/pre-order.html

Aside from a subscription, pre-orders are the most cost-effective way to enjoy a print copy. Because we don't have a distribution budget (yet! 😉) and can't afford to carry much inventory (yet!), we only do a print-run of the amount ordered. That means that orders coming after the pre-order date have to be charged the print-on-demand price and that raises the amount by quite a bit. Better yet, purchase a subscription, and you won't have to worry about remembering to pre-order: http://blankspaces.alannarusnak.com/p/subscribe.html

You can learn a little more about Ann-Marie on her website: https://www.annmariebrownpaintings.com/ and be sure to get a copy of this issue. Her pieces will be accompanied by a thought-provoking essay by Joseph Rosen, writer for The Walrus.

8:10 p.m.  Way back in June of 2016 we put out a call for submissions and Hannibal was the very first person to trust us with his work by sending it to us. We have maintained a relationship with Hannibal all this time and are excited to see where he's taking his poetry career. Here he is sharing a piece from his recently published collection (which you can get here.)

8:20 p.m. Like Hannibal, Geraldine has been with Blank Spaces since the very beginning. She had a piece of creative non-fiction in our first issue and she actually won the first flash fiction contest! A constant advocate and positive force, we can always count on Gerry to pour out encouragement on us. Here she is, reading an excerpt of that first piece we published.

8:30 p.m.  So what's in it for you? We know, we know, the joy of giving to the perpetuation of literary arts in Canada is reward in itself. BUT. It's only fair that we say thank you with some little gifts. Let our Editor in Chief tell you a little more about that.

8:40 p.m. Tsara is a breath of fresh air. Always ready with a smile and giggle, she embodies the term 'glass half full'. Canadian by birth, with a childhood in the Toronto area, Tsara now calls Texas home - though she sent this video all the way from California where she's spending time with family. Get to know her better on her website — https://www.tsarashelton.com/ — and please enjoy her reading of 'I'm Not Afraid of Kevin Reese' which was published in our March 2018 issue.

8:50 p.m. Richard Weiser is a poet, a musician and a playwright. We were thrilled to include two of his poems in our September 2017 issue. You can find more from him on his blog: http://www.richardtweiser.tumblr.com/.
Here he reads one of the poems we published.

8:55 p.m.

So, in a nutshell, that's what when on. It would mean so much if you decided to contribute to the work we're trying to do. The Patreon page is available to take monthly donations, and our Patronage page is ready to take one time donations if you'd prefer. Every little bit goes towards perpetuating literary arts in Canada, and we believe that's a great cause to get on board with!

Thanks for your consideration!

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