Monica Byrne

is creating new worlds.
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About Monica Byrne

Who are you?
I'm a writer, playwright, performer, feminist, and futurist. My work is funded by members like you so that it can be freely available to the public, regardless of age, geography, or ability to pay.

Why don’t you get a job?
This is my job! I work 70-hour weeks, writing and organizing. I choose to fund it this way because I don't want to be forced to make concessions to corporate interests and wealthy donors. I would much rather my salary come from individuals who support truth-telling, even (or especially) when it threatens wealth, power, and institutions. I use my Patreon salary to ensure my basic needs—groceries, rent, gas, medication, health insurance—everything I need to just keep doing the work I do.

What are you working on now?
I just finished The Actual Star, a utopian science fiction novel that spans two thousand years. Now I’m working on a new play about late stage capitalism called Wild America; helping to organize a Durham arts advocacy group; writing a manifesta about foundational problems with American theatre; continuing work on two #metoo cases; and building up a new short story collection. My art is my activism and my activism is my art. I imagine new worlds. 

What have you done before?
My debut novel The Girl in the Road was published by Penguin Random House, won the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was listed for the Locus Awards, the Kitschie Awards, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. I hosted a futurist series for ViceUK about cyborgsimmortality, and meditation. I gave the first science fiction TED Talk on the Vancouver main stage in February 2016. My fictional work has been described as literary science fiction, magical realism, dystopian, utopian, and progressive fantasy; I've published stories in Tor.comThe BafflerThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionShimmerKaaterskill Basin JournalOutlook SpringsGargoyleFantasy Magazine, and Electric Velocipede. I've worked with award-winning editors C. C. Finlay, Ann VanderMeer, Beth Meacham, John Klima, Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin, Monica Louzon, Kat Howard, Rachel Swirsky, and Zack Wagman. My plays Nightwork, What Every Girl Should Know, and Tarantino's Yellow Speedo have been produced in New York, Washington D.C., Berkeley, Durham, Tucson, Boston, and many more cities.

What if I just want to make a one-time donation?
Go here, find me at @monica-byrne-3 on Venmo, or at [email protected] on PayPal. Please support artists directly wherever you can instead of giving to arts institutions or nonprofits, where very little of the money actually goes to artists. Thank you.

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$4000 a month is a living wage. This means I finally won't have to worry about whether or not I can afford rent or health insurance. It means I can just focus on writing, speaking, and organizing--all of the work you value, and YOU subsidize its availability to all regardless of age, means, or location.

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