Many of you have said an Anxy Podcast would be awesome—if we reach another $15K, we’ll make an original series.
As a publication that talks about mental health on the regular, a podcast feels like a natural next step in the Anxy story. In addition to the thoughtfully curated content you’re used to getting, this new format will help us deliver:
- Honest, informal discussions about very personal topics
- Candid interviews with smart, interesting and talented folks
- Real time answers to your burning questions
- Behind-the-scenes Anxy updates
- ...and so much more.
Be one of the first to sponsor the Anxy Podcast: We’re extending our Patron and Benefactor pledge levels to the Anxy podcast, too—your company can now get a spot mention when you pledge $1,000 or more.
Personal boundaries help define what’s okay, and what’s not. They can protect our sense of self, or reflect our sense of self worth. Sometimes, they appear unexpectedly—other times, we’re not sure they exist at all.
What do our boundaries say about who we are, where we’ve been, and how we’re feeling inside? How are they shaped by our anxiety? Our trauma? Our mental health? When do we build our boundaries up, and when do we let them slide?
Our third issue examines boundaries from every angle through Anxy’s celebrated mix of reported features, personal essays, interviews, artwork and photography from folks we admire.
Highlights include: Hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle as interviewed by Bijan Stephen; Alana Hope Levinson on broken homes; Samantha Irby on anxiety-induced boundaries; an interview with artist and photographer Fabiola Jean-Louis by Maaza Mengiste; Eric Reidy reporting from Lebanon on the psychological stress facing Syrian refugees; and Dayna Evans on the weight of silence between family members.
Plus stories, photography and artwork from: Kendrick Brinson, Merijn Hos, Aundre Larrow, Mike McKenney, Daiana Ruiz, Ruohan Wang, Anthony Zinonos, Heath West, Jessica Chou, Maria Medem, Najeebah Al-Ghadban, Michelle Mildenbergand more.
Anxy is finding its place alongside other established mental health magazines. Since our second Kickstarter campaign, we were named one of the Best Magazines of 2017 by Library Journal, and took home two Stack Awards: Launch of the Year and Subscribers’ Choice—awarded by Stack readers themselves.
Anxy is now in over forty locations worldwide, including Barnes & Noble and the TATE Modern in London. Our team has spoken at Creative Mornings, Backerkit, VSCO, AIGA and the International Journalism Festival. We’ve been interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, Fast Company and Nieman Lab, and the Making Ways Podcast.
Our previous issues on Anger and Workaholism feature work from talented contributors such as Ijeoma Oluo, Laurie Penny, Musa Okwonga, Adrienne Grunwald, Margaret Atwood, Ori Toor, Petra Eriksson, Pete Brook, Melissa Spitz, Neal Brennan, Amanda Rosenberg and more.
What our readers are saying:
I particularly admire the way you've dealt with big themes in a very calm, adult, non-scary way. It's really first-class. —R, United Kingdom
Anxy is one of the most beautiful, and beautifully written, magazines I’ve come across in a while…it literally makes you want to pick up and confront the subject of mental health. —T, United States
I'm really moved by the very existence of this magazine. I love the writing and the design so much! —O, Isreal
To me personally, it is the most influential magazine out there. As someone who has struggled with mental health, it’s much appreciated. —D, United States
Indhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy and principal at Anagraph; Bobbie Johnson is Anxy’s editor-in-chief, former head of editorial at Medium, and was founding editor of Matter, the ASME-winning, Pulitzer-shortlisted online magazine; Michelle Le, Anxy's director of photography, is an award-winning editorial photographer and photo editor based in the Bay Area; Managing editor Rahawa Haile is an Eritrean-American writer whose memoir In Open Country is forthcoming from Harper. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Outside Magazine and Pacific Standard.
Kati Krause, Anxy’s editor, is a writer, editor, and magazine maker based in Berlin, and correspondent for Monocle; Senior editor Madison Kahn is the content lead at Light, and was previously senior editor at Medium and Matter; Associate editor Katie MacBride is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Longreads and The Establishment; Jennifer Maerz, Anxy's editor-at-large is a longtime music editor and the former editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic.
Rachel Gepner manages Anagraph, publisher of Anxy Magazine, and mans the Anxy merch table; Livia Foldes, is Anxy's senior designer and art director, as well as design lead at Anagraph; Alma Avila, Anxy's junior designer, is a graphic designer born and bred in Oakland, California; Ian Sivertstol practices serenity while managing customer service and fulfillment for Anxy; Sonja Kari Murphy is Anxy's social media writer, and has a background in art therapy and illustration.
Kickstarter has become our platform of choice.
Why another campaign you ask? Because third time's a charm! Okay, jokes aside, printing and shipping take up over 60% of our budget each issue. Kickstarter helps us secure funds up front while we grow organically with your support. This campaign will cover production costs—allowing us to focus on great content, increasing our contributor rates, and growing Anxy's reach.
We're exploring other strategies, too, and will update you on memberships, sponsorship opportunities and partner collaborations in the future.
Risks and challenges
We've tried to make the risks for this project as small as possible. By now, we’re experienced makers, and feel confident our third issue will be our smoothest one yet. We ironed out a lot of kinks when we made our last two issues, but our biggest challenges are still related to unforeseen printing or delivery hiccups. That said, we’ve been working closely with our vendors over the last two years to keep these things to a minimum going forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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