March 22, 2020    

Don’t despair, create! (Or despair, and create!)

Many of us are turning to creative outlets to keep the stresses of a global pandemic at bay. a thousand little fires is a space to share and see what we create while reconciling with self-isolation. One new creation each day.

If you’ve been knitting, making music, baking bread, writing poetry, building an elaborate aquarium, or otherwise creating anything that has brought you joy, send it over. Anonymous contributions welcome. Amateur contributions welcome. Unfinished contributions welcome. You are welcome.

Types of Contributions

  • Images. Artistic photographs, pictures of something you’ve created, artwork, etc. [png, jpg, or gif]
  • Text. Short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, recipes, etc. [plaintext, markdown, or shared google doc]
  • Videos. Performances, animations, etc. [link to video on YouTube or other embeddable video service]
  • Audio. Music, spoken word, etc. [link to audio on SoundCloud or other embeddable audio service]
  • Interactives. Javascript visualizations, etc. [GitHub pull request]
  • Anything else we can put on a webpage. Be creative.

How to Contribute

Send us your creation, along with how you want to be credited. Optionally, you can also let us know how you want the file to be licensed (copyright, creative commons, etc.).

Code of Conduct

Submissions should not be hateful, harassing, malicious, or discriminatory. If someone would be upset seeing your submission, don’t send it. Don’t send us artwork or any other content that you did not create yourself or for whatever reason cannot legally be distributed.


Like you, we’re just trying to shine a little light in these dark times. We are, alphabetically:

  • Alex Gil
  • Jason Heppler
  • Zoe LeBlanc
  • Amanda Licastro
  • Matthew Milner
  • Roopika Risam
  • Amanda Visconti
  • Scott B. Weingart
  • Avery Wiscomb