Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press)

As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

Praise for Your Art Will Save Your Life

“I’ve already recommended Your Art Will Save Your Life to all my students and friends. I myself consult it regularly, for discipline, inspiration, and wisdom. This book is crucial, and Beth Pickens is exactly the person to write it—tough, friendly, experienced, politically incisive, spiritually wise. A slim, necessary revelation.” Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

“A survival guide for the creatives among us.” Nicole Georges, author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home

“I’m so grateful for this book! I’m buying it for every single creative person in my life.” Ann Friedman, host of Call Your Girlfriend

“If you are a person who needs to make art in order to function, this book is from your best, smartest, coolest, most insightful, wise, learned, practical, savvy, no-bullshit friend who knows you and loves you anyway.” Lucy Corin, author of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

"An electrically inspiring, politically fresh, and class-conscious guide for artists who wish to engage more deeply with their process, their careers, and their lives." Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot

"The self-help book every artist needs! Wish I’d had this book my entire life.” Ali Liebegott, author of Cha-Ching!

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for clients across the US. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco and served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

Ali Liebegott is the author of The Beautifully WorthlessThe IHOP Papers, and Cha-Ching! She is the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for the Emmy Award-winning show Transparent.

Michelle Tea is the author of numerous books, including ValenciaHow to Grow Up, and Black Wave. She is the creator of the Sister Spit all-girl open mic and 1997-1999 national tour. In 2003, Michelle founded RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit that oversees queer-centric projects.

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Published: Feminist Press - April 10th, 2018

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