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About this project

Beecher's Inception

Beecher’s was formed by graduate students in the University of Kansas’s MFA program. We created an independent, student-run journal to prepare us for careers in the publishing industry. We focused on inimitable writing and design, because we wanted to compete in a national marketplace. This July we released Beecher’s One with a limited edition binding, part of our desire to celebrate the magazine as a physical object. 

As we prepare our second issue and build on our momentum, the editorial board must raise money to cover travel, printing, and production costs.

What The Money Goes To:

  • Offsetting Travel costs to AWP 2012 to promote Beecher's One
  • Reprinting Beecher's One in a perfect-bound format
  • Printing Beecher's Two (working title) due out Spring 2011
  • Various promotional costs for AWP 2012

The 2011 - 2012 Masthead

As the Kickstarter project unfolds over November and December, we will post six profiles and pictures of the Beecher’s editorial board, allowing you, the contributors, to meet the volunteers responsible for continuing this ambitious project through May 2012. The profiles will appear in twos: for example, Kara and Stefanie, Beecher's nonfiction editors, will appear together.

  • Iris Ann Moulton and Ben Pfeiffer, Editors
  • Caitlin Thornbrugh, Managing Editor
  • Jason Robberson, Asst. Managing Editor
  • Daniel Rolf, Design Editor
  • Kalen Richardson, Asst. Design Editor
  • Mark Petterson, Fiction Editor
  • Jennifer Colatosti, Asst. Fiction Editor
  • Amy Ash, Poetry Editor
  • Callista Buchen, Asst. Poetry Editor
  • Stefanie Torres, Nonfiction Editor
  • Kara Bollinger, Asst. Nonfiction Editor

Beecher's Design: Tactile, Specific, Beautiful

Caitlin Thornbrugh, managing editor, says:

"From our first meeting, a goal of the editors and staff of Beecher’s was to create not only a new literary journal run by students, and filled with challenging, inventive content, but also to create a beautiful object. Beecher’s One was going to be an artifact to hold and love, something that would leave an imprint on every fingertip that flipped its pages, something that stood out on a bookshelf. Something that kicked Kindle’s ass. We hope that to know Beecher’s One is to hold it in your hands, run a fingerprint down the thread in the spine, see the black typeface imprinted into the white sheets, leave a fingerprint on the pages. We hope that our greatest triumph was to create an intimate, unique experience through the combination of writing and design."

Dan Rolf, design editor, says:

“The first and most important aspect was to simply showcase the writing. Beecher’s is a literary magazine first and foremost, and we wanted the physical object to be a straightforward medium in which to experience the textual content. But we also wanted the physical object to display a reverence for the interaction between a text and the reader. Because the act of reading from a physical book is also a tactile one, we wanted Beecher’s One to engage this fact. So, the second aspect was to make the physical object record this interaction. The book has a naked spine and rigid, toothy, absorbent white paper that is meant to show evidence of the reader by literally absorbing and recording the reading experience: the hands holding the book, the fingers on the page, the bending of turned pages, the weakening of the unprotected spine. This recording of a reader’s interaction happens with every well-used book, but with Beecher’s One we wanted to lay bare this interaction, allow the recording of the interaction to become the adornment.”

Beecher's Future

Right now Beecher’s One is for sale at St. Mark’s Bookshop, Book Culture Bookstore, The Raven Bookstore, and Jayhawk Ink. This month, we are featured in HTMLGIANT’s Literary Magazine Club. This February, the editorial board and a dedicated group of volunteers will travel to Chicago to participate in readings and lectures at the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Our co-editor, Ben Pfeiffer, will be presenting on a panel called "Child's Play?: The Literary Presence of Graduate Student Run Journals" (with Kathryn Nuernberger, Matthew Cooperman, Catherine Cortese, and Jenny Gropp Hess).

We're hoping to continue the tradition begun by the first editorial board by printing a second issue of the same high quality. Of course, we're going to need your help to fund that dream.

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    Your name and (optional) picture on our webpage, plus your name in the Thank-You section of our forthcoming Beecher’s Two (working title) due out in May 2012.

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    One free entry into Beecher’s Fiction or Poetry Contest, plus your name in the forthcoming Beecher’s Two (working title) due out in May 2012.

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    A copy of Beecher’s One, priority shipped to you anywhere in the world, plus one free entry into Beecher’s Fiction or Poetry Contest, and your name in the forthcoming Beecher’s Two (working title) due out in Spring 2012.

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    All of the above, plus a copy of Beecher’s Two (working title), priority shipped to you anywhere in the world in Spring 2012.

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    All of the above, plus a manuscript consultation with one of the senior editorial staff during the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2012 Conference in Chicago (travel not included).

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    Our most exciting reward: A full-page ad in Beecher's Two (working title) featuring our design; this is a custom-designed ad by Beecher's contributing artists and designers. The ad will appear in Beecher's Two and will seamlessly integrate with Beecher's aesthetic. Whatever you're promoting will become a part of Beecher's Magazine. (Note: The Ed. Board reserves the right to veto ads for any reason, especially those ads that are not in keeping with Beecher's mission and principles).

    ~~ This reward also includes: A copy of Beecher's Two (working title) and Beecher’s One, priority shipped to you anywhere in the world, plus one free entry into Beecher’s Fiction or Poetry Contest, and your name in the forthcoming Beecher’s Two due out in Spring 2012.

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