What is Plantain Papers?
Plantain Papers is an independent journal printed yearly. More importantly, it’s a literary ode to plantain—a delicious fruit best-served cooked—and the people who eat it.
Plantain Papers isn’t a cookbook. Instead, plantain serves as a delicious conduit for conversations and stories amongst people who eat it; centering around the experiences of people from African, Caribbean, Latinx, and South Asian communities.
We launched (and sold-out) Issue 001 in 2018: a 118, full-colour A5 journal with stories from Jamaica, Ghana and Detroit.
Issue 001 designed via Kara-Jessica Mallett.
A taste of Issue 002.
Issue 002 tells stories of strength, healing, connection and deliciousness, with our storytellers hailing from Puerto Rico, to South Central LA, to London, and beyond. The issue features an interview with inner-city swim club Swim Dem Crew and modern vegan Jamaican chef Denai Moore of Dee's Table.
Why we need your support?
In 2018, we completely self-funded Issue 001 and released a small print run. It went way further than we could ever imagine—we sold and shipped copies to Plantain People (our customers and community) on every continent, with copies reaching as far as Ghana, Pakistan, Australia, Colombia, Germany, across the USA and beyond.
Issue 001 was stocked in independent stores in London, Amsterdam, China, and Artbook, Moma PS1’s bookshop in New York. It was also shortlisted for a Stack Magazines "Launch of the Year" award. But more importantly, it allowed us to connect with people who were hungry for the representation, connection, and belonging we cultivated within our pages.
Your support means we’re able to deliver on our ultimate mission: to put Plantain Papers in the hands of more people who yearn to see more diverse, global stories told.
Your Support Matters
Hitting our target means we’ll be able to do a larger print run than currently proposed, with a more premium specification / paper-stock than our first issue adding more textural elements and better quality finishes to improve your reading experience. It will also enable us to send more copies out into the world, engaging more local and global stockists and communities we care about.
Surpassing our target means that we can pay our contributors fairly. Any surplus will go to compensating our contributing writers, illustrators and photographers who gave their time and passion simply because they believed in the cause.
Blowing our target out the water means we’ll be able to introduce and engage Plantain Papers to new audiences in a plethora of spaces as well as put costs towards future events and panels which we hope to curate and run throughout the year.
Who we are?
The core Plantain Papers team is made up by three editors-in-chief, or as we call ourselves, chief-fryers (because plantain is most commonly fried so we “fry” issues of Plantain Papers — you get it!) Lemara Lindsay-Prince, Tamika Abaka-Wood and Tahirah Edwards-Byfield.
If Tahirah isn’t thinking about plantain, she’s dreaming about how to amplify the voices from communities who aren’t heard from enough in the mainstream. She has been finding ways to tell stories since she was a child—currently that quest has her based in Los Angeles, where she works in advertising as a senior copywriter.
Tamika is a creative consultant and storyteller. She prides herself exploring, questioning and creating work of the highest quality. Tamika takes an ethnographic approach - when she's not working on Plantain Papers, she's travelling around the globe and pitching up wherever answers are sought.
Hailing from south west London, Lemara is a British writer with strong roots to her Caribbean heritage. Her words appear in the UK edition of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves. Alongside "frying" Plantain Papers, she’s working on her first book with Penguin Random House.
To be clear as a team, we make and take £0 from Plantain Papers Magazine. Our first issue was fully funded by ourselves. However, we are strong advocates for the creative community, supporting our fellow print-makers and cultural creators at large which the Kickstarter community is testament to. If you would like to support an independent publication please consider donating whatever you can.
All pledges listed above include the cost of postage and packaging for your items in the UK only. All global orders will be charged a flat rate of £5 GBP for your items. Please note we will be packaging everything with love and by hand and aim to get your pledges to you by the end of May 2019 and at the very latest June 2019.
If you've questions or inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact form on our website. You can also DM us at @plantainpapers on Instagram where we will always respond. If you would also like to stock a copy of Issue 002 in your organisation or business please get in contact.
Risks and challenges
Our primary challenge is meeting our printing deadline at the end of April so we can ship your orders the first week of May. We will update the project and pledgers personally if need be as to the location of their pledge. Please note we will be packing and posting everything by hand! At present there is nothing affecting the postal system in the UK so estimated delivery is between 1 - 2 weeks. We will do everything in our power to ensure that your reward is in your hands before you know it! Peace, light and plantain Lemara, Tamika and Tahirah.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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