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Ariel Gore returns as full-time editor for Hip Mama's 20th-anniversary relaunch.
Ariel Gore returns as full-time editor for Hip Mama's 20th-anniversary relaunch.
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Relaunch Hip Mama!

I'm returning as full-time editor of Hip Mama with expanded arts, food, and political coverage. Become a backer and revitalize the original alternative parenting magazine for a new generation of mamas (as well as those of us who've been around the block a few times too many).

Hip Mama was founded in 1993 as a forum for real parents and others who want to think critically, make art, eat well, raise kids, and change the world. From that first issue (500 copies / my senior project in college!) we built a thriving international community, inspired countless kindred projects, and published 53 issues as well as a half dozen books.

I left Hip Mama five years ago to care for my new baby and my mother. The radical and devoted mamas who took over did beautiful work with the zine, surviving and growing through an economy that meant the end of so many independent print publications and making Hip Mama probably the oldest continuously published feminist parenting magazine in the country. But that good run ended with issue #53 in October, 2012 when a health crisis tipped the balance in the collective.

One plan was for Hip Mama to go completely digital.

That got me thinking… DIGITAL ONLY? SERIOUSLY? NO WAY!

Print's not dead.

We don't need more screen time any more than we need more corporate takeovers and media conglomerates.

We need luscious, tactile recycled paper inspirations we can hold in our hands and take to the park.

We need media that's authentic and home made.

We need the kind of free press you can only have when you own it.

We've regrouped to establish a sustainable plan to move forward and to bloom. IN PRINT. Teen Mom NYC blogger Gloria Malone, political editor Victoria Law, and Rad Dad Tomas Moniz are just a few of the visionaries on board to relaunch Hip Mama.

In the first four issues of the new Hip Mama, we'll bring you expanded lifestyle coverage including...

• Creativity Bootcamp: Songwriter Amani Malaika on Getting Back Into Your Creative Groove

• Airstreams, Sailboats, and Tiny Houses: Living Small with a Family

• Not Now, I'm Working on My Children's Book: New Yorker Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler Teaches You to Draw Even With Kids Crawling Across the Table (Hint: It involves a lot of coffee)

• Sushi for Superheroes: New Study Shows that Wearing Costumes in the Kitchen Makes for Better Dinners!

• School Lunch Revolutions--Organics Aren't Just for Rich Kids Anymore

• A Queer Argument Against Gay Marriage

• Radical Cupcakes with Inga Muscio

• Concrete Ways to Help Families in Social Justice Movements

• Nomadic Teen Moms With Superpowers

• And in every issue, AT LEAST ONE PIE.

All this and more printed on silky, beautiful recycled paper...

Won't you join us? With your help, things can only get better.

We already have in-kind donations pledged for Hip Mama's editorial development, web support, and redesign (the first redesign since 1994!). We're renovating an old Airstream we found out West for the new Hip Mama head quarters.

Our funding goal represents the minimum we need to relaunch the magazine. If just 750 backers can pre-subscribe to the magazine--a $20 pledge--we'll meet our goal.

If we fail to meet our minimum goal we will not receive any of the funds pledged and Hip Mama will not resume publication. Please help out in any way you can. Become a backer at any level, and share the project with your friends and on your blogs.

Thanks in advance. PRINT LIVES.

Your editor,
Ariel Gore

Risks and challenges

We're set with a new editorial team of co-conspiritors, a fresh designer, our union print shop eager to get the presses rolling, distributors new and old who believe in Hip Mama, and lots of energy to relaunch.

What happens if one of our collaborators goes on maternity leave to Bali without her computer? We've got other mamas & rad dads on the team to step in.

What if we get evicted? Or the earth opens and swallows our homes? No problem. We're already moving Hip Mama headquarters into an old Airstream & we're ready to hit the road.

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    Mama, Can You Spare a Buck?
    You'll receive some lovely Hip Mama & "Print Lives" stickers with your thank you note.

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    On the Mend - Get a copy of Ariel Gore's new scout-size zine, On the Mend, to tide you over until the new Hip Mama hits newsstands

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    Founding Subscriber - You'll get a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama (current subscribers will get a 4-issue extension of their subscription)

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    Make it Happen - All of the above! Stickers, On the Mend, and your 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama.

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    Print Lives! - All of the above and a tote bag designed by Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler. (Check it out in update #1)

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    Band Together - You'll receive a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama and a super-power-infused aluminum "Hip Mama" wrist band.

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    Glam Fam - Get a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama AND 2 issues of Rad Dad

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    Glam Fam + Get a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama, two copies of Rad Dad zine, and a tote bag designed by Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler

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    Fashion Mama - You'll get all of the above and a brand new Hip Mama T-shirt designed by Summer Pierre (choose from tank, femme cut T, or butch cut T)

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    Hoodie Mama - Just the "Print Lives" hoodie, please. You'll get the American Apparel unisex PRINT LIVES hoodie designed by Summer Pierre. *This is a newly-added reward and is not included with the "all of the above" treat bags listed below.*

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    Three Mamas - Get three subscriptions to the new Hip Mama! One for yourself and two for friends or others...

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    Pie Feed!
    Green chile apple pie? Ariel Gore will make you as much pie as you and a friend (or a date or a kid) can eat in Santa Fe on September 1st.

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    Just added! Wake Up Mama - You'll receive a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama, the new Hip Mama T-shirt designed by Summer Pierre (choose from tank, femme cut T, or butch cut T), AND a Hip Mama coffee mug.

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    Lit Mama - You'll receive all of the above (minus the pie feed) and a signed copy of Ariel Gore's new memoir, The End of Eve (Hawthorne Books, 2014)

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    PRINT LIVES hoodie - Get a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama, Stickers, a copy of On the Mend, and an American Apparel PRINT LIVES hoodie designed by Summer Pierre.

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    Insta-Story - Just give us a word and Ariel Gore will write an insta-story just for you.

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    Illustrated Insta-Story! Just give us a word and Ariel Gore will write an insta-story just for you & draw a picture of what she thinks you might look like.

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    Just added! Creativity Boot Camp: Get a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama, the new Hip Mama T-shirt designed by Summer Pierre (choose from tank, butch cut T or femme cut T), and the "Creativity Boot Camp" 12-day online writing class with Ariel Gore in September or December.

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    Business Mama - Receive a 4-issue subscription and a quarter-page ad for your business or project in the new Hip Mama

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    Wayward Writer - Get an online writing workshop with Ariel Gore, a 4-issue subscription to the new Hip Mama, and a brand new Hip Mama T-shirt designed by Summer Pierre

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    Lifetime Mama - You'll get all of the above and a LIFETIME (yours or ours) subscription to the new Hip Mama

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    Published! -
    Get your story or poem published in an upcoming issue of the new Hip Mama + a 4-issue subscription. The New Yorker said "it's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart." So we'll work with you to polish your writing for inclusion in this award-winning zine

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    Founding Mama -
    All of the above and your name or business name forever listed as a founding contributor in the new Hip Mama

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    Feed the Family - You'll receive all of the above and editor Ariel Gore and Hip Mama chef Deena Chafetz will come to your home (anywhere in the continental US) and make your family healthy, restaurant-quality food to last you a week (you give us your dietary restrictions, we make you awesome food)

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