About this project
We are Olivia and Blair, and we are writers living in two different cities. We're asking for your support to launch the inaugural issue of our new online literary magazine, Two Cities Review.
We both grew up near Boston, and moved to New York for grad school. Then we split paths — Olivia stayed in Brooklyn, and I returned to Boston. But we knew we would keep a bridge between these two cities, and some part of both of them would always be our home. There are so many writers and artists out here who are shuttling back and forth along the coast, climbing and descending the hills, riding the Mass Pike, coasting down the George Washington bridge. We thought that nowadays, so many of us are multi – city people. We have grown up in one city, and matured in another; we have played in the parks of one town and frequented the bars of a different one. So many of us are living two lives, or are stretching our creative lives across bridges to different worlds.
We knew there were stories that we were missing in these bridged worlds! Stories we want told.
We started Two Cities as a way of telling those stories about bridging the gaps. So many of the stories of our lives aren’t rooted in one place or in one genre, even; they are balancing acts between cities and worlds. So many of us are on the high wire between stages of life, between old and new relationships, even between fantasy and reality.
We want to create a literary review with a truly unique vision — a place where boundaries between genre and form are crossed, where the past and the present converge, where we cross bridges into new stages of our lives. Where characters transform and truths are revealed.
Two Cities Review will be an online magazine with a fresh vision and a beating heart. We want to make you laugh, feel anger, joy, delight and terror. We think a good story can do all these things. We need your help to curate a kick-ass magazine that you won’t be able to put down.
We are both experienced writers with backgrounds in print and online publishing. We need your support to launch our magazine, advertise and grow our platform, and manage submissions.
Risks and challenges
Launching a new magazine can be a challenging endeavor, especially when faced with the ubiquity of blogs and other things to read on the internet. But we're confident that our magazine and the writing we'll curate will carve out its own unique niche of a readership. We're both experienced online writers, and we've worked as editors and editorial interns at some of the most successful literary magazines in the country. We're ready to make Two Cities Review a unique and memorable reading experience. It takes time to build readers, but we have the patience and the gumption to find our audience. Many literary magazines fold within the first few months or years, but we have regular editorial meetings in place and have already begun adding weekly content to our website and reading submissions. We are confident that, despite our busy lives, Two Cities Review will be a vibrant and active community of writers and readers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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