I am pleased to announce that in May 2011 we will be publishing an issue devoted to contemporary Afghan Literature, featuring translations from both the Dari and Pahsto.We’ve begun a campaign on Kickstarter to raise $7,000 to cover production costs associated with the issue—editor salaries, web costs, etc., and I hope that you’ll be able to pitch in and spread the word.
We've secured commitments from two top Dari writers of the twenty-first century: Mohammad Hosain Mohammadi’s, "Dasht-i Laili," from the author’s short-story collectionAnjirha-ye Sorkh-e Mazar,which was awarded the prestigious Golshiri prize for best short-story collection in 2004, as well as a story by Mohammad Asif Soltanzadah.
This is our first issue devoted to Afghanistan and we’re extremely excited to highlight the literature from this war-torn and highly politicized nation. We know this is exactly the sort of issue our readers crave and we’re hoping the WWB community will come together to help us bring it to light.
With Kickstarter it is all or nothing so we need everyone’s help to ensure that we get $7,000 or more in pledges. Why Kickstarter? Because they make it easy for us to accept lots of pledges of $1, $5, or $10, something that would otherwise be a clerical nightmare for a small organization. We don’t need you to break the bank, we just need a dollar or so from each of our readers.
And there are prizes—shot glasses, tote bags, and every anthology we can offer, though it will take more than a dollar to get a copy of Tablet & Pen.
I hope you’ll consider making a pledge today.