Editors' Letter: January 2019

Art by CJ Calanday

Dear readers,

We’d like to start off this editors’ letter by wishing you the very best for the new year ahead! 2018 has been… a year, to say the least: here at Risen we’ve had some incredible highlights, including the expansion of our contributors team to include seven new artists, writers and photographers; we’ve released our third print issue (buy here!); we’ve received some stellar submissions from our readers, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have collaborated with Instagram x Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Southbank Centre.  Things seem to have whizzed by, especially on the site! Some of our most popular posts of the year include Emily’s BUT YOU DON’T LOOK SICK?, Amelia’s No To Pink Capitalism and Ruthie’s Things Fall Apart.

We’ve talked about the highs of the year - the importance of Brooklyn 99, turning anger into art and the changing landscape of fashion, to name a few - alongside reflecting on its less glamorous moments, such as the mayhem that is politics today, the utter lack of BAME representation behind the camera and Netflix’s Insatiable. Our artists and photographers have been hard at work, too! A few favourites include Dajiana’s photoset Splinter In The Fog, Helen’s Nature’s Finest and Charis’ State of Misery comic series.

We, on behalf of the team, want to thank every person who has read our work, shared our pieces, liked our pictures and bought our magazines. As a small, self-sufficient collective, it really is you who keep us going. Thank you for giving us the 2018 we had, full of ups and downs and absolute messiness.

Although it is important to reflect on the events of the past year, we think that there is some truth in the cliched mindset of ‘new year, new me’ - throughout 2019, we aim to evolve as an online zine and produce better content than ever; why not join us in setting goals for the year ahead with our upcoming printables made by Amelia and Emily, or perhaps subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with what we're posting?

We look forward to spending 2019 with you. We are cautiously optimistic this year will be better - and we will get through it together.


Cia & Amelia

Risen Zine Curators