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Slake magazine is Kickstarter's project of the day

December 7, 2011 | 10:58 am

Slake_warpeaceSlake, the Los Angeles-based literary journal that emphasizes its print edition, has been selected as Wednesday's Project of the Day at Kickstarter, the crowd-sourced fund-raising site.

After launching the magazine, getting three issues to shelves and finding a place on the L.A. Times bestseller list, the editors are looking to broaden the magazine's base. To support the next issue of Slake, they are seeking $25,000 in Kickstarter donations.

"Slake is a new way of looking at covering Los Angeles," co-editor Laurie Ochoa says in one Slake video. "A new city magazine, literary magazine, combined into a beautiful, chaotic, wonderful thing that we want in print. We want it to be something that you hold."

"We need some help to get to the next level," co-editor Joe Donnelly explains in the Kickstarter video. "We believe deeply in the power of good storytelling, whether it's journalism, an essay, memoir, poetry, photography or art.... We think that storytelling is a key to breeding empathy, and empathy is a key to good citizenship and community."

Slake has been active in fostering the literary community of Los Angeles, holding numerous literary events and even organizing a one-day softball tournament among people accustomed to sitting in front of their computers, typing. Its next event will be Thursday at Atwater crossing, with a reading and discussion with National Magazine Award-winning writer Ben Ehrenreich and a musical performance by the band Triple Chicken Foot.

So far, Slake has raised more than $10,000 via Kickstarter, but the funds will only be allocated if it reaches its goal of $25,000 in donations.


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Image: From the poster for the release party for Slake's third issue, "War and Peace." Credit: Slake