I’ll Drown My Book

Posted by @ 5:24 pm on July 19th, 2011

I irrationally don’t like Kickstarter. Mostly because I have no money to contribute. I would like, however, to introduce to you the first project I’ve ever donated to.


I’ll Drown My Book will be the first collection of conceptual writing by women.

Conceptual writing is emerging as a vital 21st century literary movement and Les Figues Press wants to represent the contributions of women in this defining moment. By supporting this project, you will ensure that women claim their literary space. Edited by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody and Vanessa Place, the book includes work by 64 women from 10 countries. Contributors respond to the question: What is conceptual writing? I’ll Drown My Book offers feminist perspectives within this literary phenomenon.


Kathy Acker, Oana Avasilichioaei & Erin Moure, Lee Ann Brown, Angela Carr, Monica de la Torre, Danielle Dutton, Renee Gladman, Jen Hofer, Bernadette Mayer, Sharon Mesmer, Laura Mullen, Harryette Mullen, Deborah Richards, Juliana Spahr, Cecilia Vicuna, Wendy Walker, Jen Bervin, Inger Christiansen, Marcella Durand, Katie Degentesh, Nada Gordon, Jennifer Karmin, Mette Moestrup, Yedda Morrison, Anne Portugal, Joan Retallack, Cia Rinne, Giovanni Singleton, Anne Tardos, Hannah Weiner, Christine Wertheim, Norma Cole, Debra Di Blasi, Stacy Doris & Lisa Robertson, Sarah Dowling, Bhanu Kapil, Rachel Levitsky, Laura Moriarty, Redell Olsen, Chus Pato, Julie Patton, Kristin Prevallet, a.rawlings, Ryoko Seikiguchi, Susan M. Schultz, Rosmarie Waldrop, Renee Angle, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tina Darragh, Judith Goldman, Susan Howe, Maryrose Larkin, Tracie Morris, Sawako Nakayasu, M. NourbeSe Philip, Jena Osman, kathryn l. pringle, Frances Richard, Kim Rosenfeld, Suzanne Stein, and Rachel Zolf.

EARLY REVIEW: Read an early response to the book by Janice Lee in Dear Navigator:


Caroline Bergvall

Laynie Browne

Teresa Carmody

Vanessa Place


This funding will be used to offset actual printing costs. Most Les Figues titles are 96–160 pages; this book will be about 500 pages and three times more expensive to print. The book is already drawing international interest, as well as interest from outside the literary community, but we need to raise the funds to go to print!


Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary press. An exclusively volunteer organization, Les Figues publishes books that, despite their high literary and artistic merit, are overlooked by commercial publishing houses. For more information, please visit Les Figues Press at:
Les Figures Press

Judging by past releases from LFP, the money will be well spent to celebrate what will be an undoubtedly important resource. I hope you choose to donate. You can give as little as $1.

Thanks to We Who Are About To Die for making this known.