This text chronicles the book sprint process through which we wrote “Here and Now”: the events and conversations that prompted it, the contours of our five days of collaborative writing, and the challenges of finishing something we made together after we had gone back to our separate lives. A book sprint is a retreat-style collective writing session where participants produce a text in three to five days, with no advance planning, using a loose framing and then collectively determining the contents during the sprint. We try to capture the larger arc of our work, including a sense of our process and workflow, as well as the texture of our conversations and deliberations. This metatext traces the contours of changing titles, the uncertainty of placing ourselves under erasure, and our performance of our collective dividuality.

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