You need a magazine about the heart of parenting; a magazine that will open you to the stories of parents of all kinds.
We are here to provide you with that magazine. We have come to you to ask for help creating the first issue of this quarterly literary magazine for parents because we are missing it.
We have sat in our obstetrician's office, quietly happy or afraid or aching or thrilling or mourning or just tired, and we have picked up magazines with a smiling pregnant celebrity on the cover. "She looks five months pregnant," we'll think, "and gorgeous," and we will look inside to see she is eight months along and has tips on how to balance exercise and the third trimester.
We will avoid mirrors for weeks.
We have picked up a glossy mag, subscribed to in a fit of excitement over our responsibility for these young children, as it comes through the mail slot. We have widened our eyes in amazement as we learn that this parenting expert has an easy fix for Every Sleep Issue Ever! and the food writers have discovered yet another clever way to make vegetables and low-fat turkey look like zoo animals.
When the toddler comes to bed at 1 a.m., we will be as hungry as a lion, or a tiger, or a bear. We will wish that we could move him off the arm on which he lays; finally asleep, we will dream intense dreams of eating mounds of brown rice the size of elephants.
There is a hole in our literary hearts; they are empty of quality writing about and for parents. Mainstream magazines dab Impressionistically with jolly tips and swipes at the surface of deep issues and always the same advice. Other journals are focused on niches and pointed directly at mothers. We seek a wider audience and a narrower focus on quality and the particular universalities of our parenting journey. We seek a closer connection between writer and reader, something intimate and revealing and placing a priority on open lines of communication.
We will whisper to you as the baby sleeps; we will lean over a table near boisterous teens and confide. We will remember what it was like before children and we will look forward to grandparenthood; we will reach out and touch the arms of our sister-mothers and brother-dads, all like us in the important ways no matter gender, age, creed, economic privilege, family makeup, typicality of our boys and girls or how easily they came into our lives.
When we have done this -- when we have laid a gentle hand onto another parent's arm, when we have said words that we hope are supportive and unconditionally loving -- we want to inspire each other to share and share again. Give, not judgment, not advice, but our stories. Listen not in fear or in competition but in acceptance.
This magazine will be stories about and by parents. Some stories are better told through fiction, some through the memoir or essay forms. We believe in poetry, too; expect some.
We are daring something; we are reaching. This is for all of us, together.
Put your hand in mine. Ready; set;
Contributing to this project will mean we can pay for the printing of the first 5,000 copies of Volume I Issue 1: Genesis, and pay our writers. It is of the utmost importance that we pay our writers, because words are what feed us. Additional funds raised over the goal will be used to pay editors, hold readings for our writers and readers, and coordinate and provide moderation guides for literary reading groups ("salons").
If this campaign is successful, you will have started something that will not stop. We plan to publish four issues a year, with an additional annual pregnancy and childbirth issue to be distributed to (among other places) obstetrician and midwives' offices, birthing centers and maternity wards.
We seek to change the conversation about parenting from one of controversy and judgment to one of love, hope, faith, agreement, truth.
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