This holiday season (queue announcer voice), I would like to help out an organization that shares the values of the typosphere: Portland Oregon’s Independent Publishing Resource Center.
The IPRC is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of independent print publishing projects, and is staffed and used by typewriter fans, comic book artists, writers, zinesters, mimeograph nerds, letterpress people, and any number of folks you’d want to be friends with. I made a video about the IPRC in graduate school last winter and attended a weekend-long print camp there in 2009 which was a great experience (see this brief video of Silent Type co-producer Brandon learning how to use a mimeograph machine there).
As the IPRC is a nonprofit organization, it relies on donations to stay afloat. Here’s how you can help.
1) First, view the
IPRC Typing Kitty video (featuring a lovely green-keyed Royal Quiet De Luxe).
2) Decide that you are moved to donate $10 or $25.
3) Realize that Strikethru is offering a free copy of Silent Type #2 to $10 donors, and a free copy of both issues 1 and 2, plus 1 sheet of beautiful Royal typewriter stickers* (one sheet of 4 stickers) to $25 donors. Holy cow!
4) Donate securely via the Willamette Week give guide (the Willamette Week is a weekly newspaper in Portland, OR): Go to their 2010 Give Guide, Click Donate Now, under Arts enter $10 or $25 next to Independent Publishing Resource Center, click Next, etc.
5) Send me an email or a letter (letters are great) to inform me of your donation and give me the address to send the prize to. Please be honest!
6) Enjoy your prize and the moral satisfaction of knowing that you helped an organization that supports independent print publishing, and is home to a number of happy and well-used typewriters.
I am hoping to raise $100 for the IPRC (and plan to donate $25 myself in addition to that). If enough people donate and we reach the $100 mark (or we reach January 31st, 2011, whichever comes first), I will end the offer (because I only have so many copies of Silent Type– you do realize it is now officially out of print?! See left for PDF copies of the zine if you want to take a look).
*the typewriter stickers are made by the talented Sarah Golden. Visit her Etsy store craftyFOLK, based in my home town of Sactomato, for these and other awesome typewriter-related crafts.