What is Selfish?
"A marriage between literature and empowerment with a sick design aesthetic." - poetry editor Alys Velazquez
Our history can't be complete until we recognize and validate the multifaceted female perspective, on our own terms, in our own words. Selfish is a biannual, mostly memoir magazine featuring the work of female-identified writers and artists the world over. We started Selfish in the fall of 2014 as a means to get our stories heard the way we wanted them to be heard. In our first year of publishing, we've nearly sold out of both issues, as well as established a presence across the country. We've tabled at the LA and NY Art Book Fairs as well as smaller art book and zine showcases, and we're sold in independent bookstores in several major cities. We're working hard to bring you compelling memoir and to foster a supportive community through reading events, memoir workshops, and our soon-to-launch new website - where we'll be sharing new work every week!
Selfish was started by women of color who decided to take matters into their own hands. Women are still underrepresented in publishing, and POC need more platforms to have their voices heard. After growing weary of the submissions process of other publications, we decided to shake up the game and take a crack at it ourselves.
We attend various fairs and readings to reach out to artists and writers we respect. We work with submitters to shape up their pieces and provide feedback. We know what it's like to be turned away without so much as a "good luck with this," and we know that that only serves to silence artists who don't have access to feedback. We're here to change that. We care about the work - but more than that, we care about our submitters.
Our third print issue is on the precipice of being released and we're making it bigger and better, doing a larger print run so that we can reach more people, share more stories, and engage more readers and artists alike. With release events in LA and NY after our issue launch at this February's LA Art Book Fair, our reach is growing every day.
We're so excited to bring you great and important work without the interference of advertisements, and we think it's an important next step to expand our website and compensate our contributors for their amazing work - and to do that, we need your help! Issue three may have just wrapped, but we're already planning issue four - supporting us here can help us ensure it gets made. We've just gotten started, and with your help, we can continue to raise the bar and support our fellow creators.
The funds raised here will go directly to covering the costs for the printing of issue three, website maintenance, software costs, issue four costs, and - most importantly - supporting our contributors. We don't charge for submissions and we hope we never have to - artists shouldn't have to pay a fee to have their work seen. We've gotten our project off the ground on our own terms, and your help will ensure that we can continue.
What's issue three about?
Our third issue, "Good Girl," features the incredible work of 32 contributors and explores the spectrum of the experience of the "Modern Woman" while confronting the very nature of the phrase. Jam-packed with poetry, essays, paintings, illustrations, video stills, and more, our third issue features 80 pages of skilled storytelling and encompasses a variety of perspectives and experiences. Check out our site for a full list of contributors!
Who are we?
We're women from a number of different backgrounds who came together to create something powerful. Taylor Yates is a writer and editor with a penchant for sugar and the occult. Molly Cranna is a lifestyle and editorial photographer who makes a mean cheese platter. Kelsey Nolan has a Masters in Professional Writing with a purple streak (or ten) and a big heart. Alys Velazquez eats poetry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And Yuiko Sugino is a graphic designer who hasn't met a spread she couldn't crack.
We create Selfish in our (fleeting) free time, working together to select, edit, and layout each piece in ways that are innovative yet respectful to the artist and the work. We want women's voices to be heard. We want their stories to be told the way that they lived them, the way they felt them, the way that only they can. Help us publish the experiences of fantastic artists. Help us continue to share this Great Work.
What do you get??
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We've worked hard to get this ball rolling, but to keep up the momentum, we need your help. We've got a number of great events lined up, great content to share with you over the next year, and great artists who are depending on us to share their work with you. We want our contributors to be able to continue making their work, and we need this push to support them. We've gotten this far on our own - help us lift this community to the next level!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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