Monica Byrne

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This tier is named after my beloved hometown in Pennsylvania, and the setting of my next novel. Everything I offer is included in this tier: early access to all exciting news, all new stories, Baby Artist and Process Diary posts, and a Monthly Postcard composed exclusively for patrons! Thank you for subsidizing everyone's access to my work, regardless of ability to pay.

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This tier is named after Belize, the central setting of my second novel, THE ACTUAL STAR. Everything I offer is included in this tier! Thank you for subsidizing everyone's access to my work, regardless of ability to pay.

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This tier is named after Meknes, an ancient city in Morocco, the setting of a crucial chapter in THE ACTUAL STAR. Everything I offer is included in this tier! Thank you for subsidizing everyone's access to my work, regardless of ability to pay.

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About Monica Byrne

Who are you?
Hi, I'm Monica! I'm a writer, playwright, performer, feminist, and futurist. Most of my work on Patreon is freely available to the public, regardless of age, geography, or ability to pay. I use this salary for groceries, rent, gas, medication, and health insurance—so that, instead of being dependent on corporations for my basic needs, I'm supported by a community of individuals who value creative freedom and truth-telling. 

What have you done?
Check out everything here! My second novel The Actual Star, a utopian science fiction novel that spans two thousand years, will be published on September 14, 2021. My debut novel The Girl in the Road was published by Penguin Random House in 2014, won the 2015 Otherwise 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 cyborgs, immortality, 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 and magical realism, and 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, Tarantino's Yellow Speedo, and Ohio! have been read and produced in New York, Washington D.C., Berkeley, Durham, Tucson, Boston, Melbourne, Dublin, and many more cities.

What's the deal with your tiers?
Usually, creators offer bigger rewards at higher tiers. However, in a society with gross wealth inequality, it feels increasingly uncomfortable to me to maintain that model. Rather, I believe that all of us work hard and everyone is giving what they can. So: I want every Patreon patron to get everything. In addition, I want most of my work available to those who can't contribute at all--the poor, the young, and those who don't have access to USian banking. I hope my patrons want that, too, and are willing to subsidize that.

What if I just want to make a one-time donation?
That'd be great! You can find me on CashAppVenmo, or PayPal. Please support artists directly wherever you can instead of giving to institutions or nonprofits, where very little of the money actually goes to artists. Thank you.

Goals
$3,327.97 of $4,000 per month
$4000 a month is a living wage for me in Durham, North Carolina. That's $15/hr at an average of 62 hrs/week. This means I finally won't have to worry about whether or not I can afford my basic needs. It means I can just focus on writing and organizing--all of the work you value.

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