THE THREAD | Odds and Ends
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
THE THREAD comes out in less than a month!
Mark your calendars and RSVP HERE to attend the Book Launch Party on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at Haw Contemporary, an art gallery in the West Bottoms. The current exhibition at the gallery will feature the work of Missouri-based photographer Julie Blackmon. I’m a big fan of Julie’s work, so I’m thrilled for the chance to have my book release take place in a space with art as good as this.
Books will be available for purchase at the event. After two years of The Thread being an electronic exchange of stories and conversation, I’d love nothing more than to see you in person and hand you a real live book. You can RSVP HERE — I hope you can make it!
PRE-ORDERS ARRIVING THIS WEEK
For those who pre-ordered a copy of The Thread, it should arrive in the coming days. I’m stoked at the thought of this book landing in your mailbox soon. The official release date is still a month away, so for now you get it all to yourselves!
If you feel so inclined, please consider spreading the word by posting about the book to social media. This coming month is a great chance to help get the word out. If you post to social media, please be sure to tag me!
Missed the chance to pre-order? You can buy a book now and still receive it by the release date. All books ordered between now and October 11th will either ship to arrive on the release date or can be picked up at the book launch party.
Last week I found out that I am a 2022 recipient of a Rocket Grant for an art project that I’m organizing in 2023 alongside my friends Bryan Sheppard and Aja Sherrard.
Funded by the Charlotte Street Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation, Rocket Grants provide “direct funding to artists in the Kansas City region who are creating exceptional, under-the-radar, and artist-centered projects in public spaces.”
Our project intends to engage and interrogate the public memory of the 1988 explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters, and the 1997 convictions of five innocent people from the nearby Marlborough neighborhood accused of causing the explosion. We hope that the Kansas City community will consider how government propaganda persuaded the public to support putting innocent people in prison.
I can’t wait to share more about the project next year, but am very pleased and humbled to receive this award. If you’re interested in learning about my project alongside the nine other Rocket Grant recipients, you’re welcome to attend the public award ceremony this Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8:00pm at Charlotte Street Foundation.
Hope you all are enjoying a pleasant slide into autumn. Something new next week, I promise.