I decided to create Left Bank Magazine on a long subway ride home from work one evening- the “undiscovered” and underground art and music scene is quite inspiring, and I wanted to get more involved with it, as well as focus more on creating my own art.
In 2010, I launched what would become a fairly successful online magazine for the college demographic- a place for primarily female empowerment, a channel for global knowledge, and a venue to share personal art. At its peak, we had between 25-30 writers from California to Cairo, a few events under our belt, press coverage, content partnerships with a university and a “fiercely funny” comedy site for women, invitations to festivals across the globe, and a solid group of loyal readers.
It was quite the dream, but while an educational stint in London inspired me, graduate school had consumed me, and the project unfortunately fell slowly through the cracks. After moving to New York City, I found myself drawn once more to the places, people, and things that provide insight into the culture- street art, basement concerts, warehouse raves, open Mic nights in Brooklyn (where I read my first song on stage). There exists a clear need for self-expression, one that I’ve found happens from the small town where I first went to college, to the cities across the world that I’ve traveled.
But, this time around, I want to do things a bit differently.
As I’ve been a journalist for just about 8 years, an aspiring novelist for 12 years, I have found my voice. And, you’ll hear it in the submission section every now and then. But, versus putting together frequent editorial pieces that tell you how to think about art or how I feel about the piece, I’d like rather to let you come to that conclusion on your own. I don’t even want to share my name or social media channels. None of this is about me at all. Perhaps one day I will say who I am but in this moment, I hold a strong desire to let the people, the places, and the things speak entirely for themselves.
Editor’s Space will be the tiny corner in a cafe where you can find me and my musings. When it comes to the creation of art, and the expression of self, I don’t want to do anything to get in the way between the audience and the creator.
Thanks for reading and supporting what I hope will become my most successful online (and offline) endeavour.
All the best,
Left Bank Mag Editor // Curator