Void Spotlight: Great Artist Newsletters
Get inspired by (and sign up for!) some of the best artist newsletters we've discovered recently
By Siena Oristaglio on October 11th, 2017
Welcome to our monthly series on The Void Academy Journal, in which we feature great artist newsletters! We're always on the lookout for artists whose artwork we believe in and who are doing creative things to connect with their communities. Here, we list standout aspects of each mailer we feature, informed by what we teach as key elements of effective arts newsletters. We hope these mailers will inspire you to make your own. Moreover, as you read, we suggest that you sign up for one or more (or all!) of these mailers to experience connecting with artists in this capacity. Read on for this month's features.
Glory Edim, Well Read Black Girl
How they describe it: "Well-Read Black Girl celebrates & promotes the phenomenal Black women on our bookshelves. Join the WRBG book club. Tag your literary discoveries on Instagram! @wellreadblackgirl + #wellreadblackgirl."
Why we like it: Well-Read Black Girl is a beautifully-designed, well-organized, informative newsletter. It features a wonderful variety of links to great articles, showcasing of upcoming events, and book reviews. It arrives in your inbox at least once a month and (when lucky!) sometimes more.
About the creator: Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Her book club has met with several award-winning authors including Margo Jefferson, Naomi Jackson, Angela Flournoy and Yaa Gyasi. WRBG’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Glory has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she is the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helps writers build community and fund their creative endeavors. Follow her on Instagram: @wellreadblackgirl for book recommendations.
Haylin Belay, My Feminism Involves Witchcraft
How they describe it: "for magical thinkers. every installment contains one spell or ritual alongside brief musings on resilience, self-care, and social justice. designed for novice and aspiring witches, each issue offers simple instructions and resources for young urban witches seeking to explore their feminism and their witchcraft."
Why we like it: Each mailer offers actionable self-care advice and intimate, multi-sensory rituals to follow. Always a joy to receive.
About the creator: Haylin Belay is a freelancer, sex educator, and witch living in New York City. Her writing is informed by her background as an anthropologist and health advocate, exploring the intersection between identity, sexuality, and health outcomes. She’s a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she was known for her distinguished health promotion work, strong commitment to social justice, and twerking in the splits.
Ann Friedman, The Ann Friedman Weekly
How they describe it: "My weekly newsletter is full of great things to read and GIFs and the occasional product endorsement. It arrives in your inbox on Fridays. For a taste, check out the archive. There are two versions of my newsletter, one for free and one for paying members only. They are both excellent!"
Why we like it: This weekly mailer is packed with goodies, including links to (always fascinating) articles, personal updates, inspirational GIFs, upcoming events, and great music. If you sign up for the paid version for $5/year (recommended if you can swing it!), you'll receive a pie chart every week and exclusive writing from Friedman.
About the creator: Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist who writes about gender, politics, technology, and culture. She is a columnist for New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New Republic to ELLE to Lucky Peach to The New York Times. She co-hosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, makes hand-drawn pie charts, and sends a popular weekly email newsletter. She is originally from Iowa and now lives in Los Angeles.
Bim Adewunmi, ...the fuck is this?
How they describe it: "things that have no real meaning, sent out sporadically."
Why we like it: Personal stories and musings that are always a fantastic read. This newsletter really does feel like a receiving a letter in the mail from a friend.
About the creator: Bim Adewunmi is a freelance journalist and blogger, specialising in popular culture, feminism and race. She is a senior culture writer at Buzzfeed news and a columnist for Guardian Weekend.
Kate Owen, Subscribe
How they describe it: "Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates."
Why we like it: Stunning visual content in every newsletter, usually with minimal text. A beautiful aesthetic experience.
About the creator: Kate Owen is an award-winning photographer based in New York City. Her work varies from dramatic desert landscapes and cultural scenes to fashion editorials in magazines and online. Always attempting to stay ahead of the curve, Kate is an energetic and adventurous professional currently experimenting with multimedia in photography.
Aisha Muharrar, I have to tell you about this
How they describe it: "Anything that's fun, cozy, or interesting."
Why we like it: Regular updates with things that Muharrar is loving, complete with full descriptions, backstories, and multimedia content. Muharrar really brings readers along with her into her passions.
About the creator: Aisha Muharraris an American television writer and author of the book More Than a Label. She was a writer for NBC's Parks and Recreation created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. Previously, she was a staff writer for Fox's animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, created by Mitch Hurwitz. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature and Language and was the Vice President of the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. She is a native of Bay Shore, New York and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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