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Letter sent on May 19, 2017




This week I’ve been thinking about space. A lot.

Literally and of course, metaphysically.

Most of you don’t know me that well and that’s because virtually and digitally I am minute. A lovely glittering mote of dust caught in a shaft of sunlight. (At best.)

At worst, I am a speck of questionable detritus you’ve spotted on your rearview mirror of a very bright color.

In life — IRL as the kids say — I am much bigger, however. My sometimes scandalous, sometimes polka-dotted, but alwaysdon’t-ignore-me clothes, my penchant for great big guffaws, spastic body language, desire to sing everything and chat about my bodily functions (or yours!) at high volumes … makes me something to contend with.

And sometimes I can feel that the world hates it. The world wants to make women smaller, smoother, less formidable. They want us to smell good, and slip through the grass without shaking it.

But every day I sit down to write and edit and The Establishment reminds me to be bigger. These writers and their stories tell me that s-p-a-c-e must be occupied; and if it is not given you must take it for it is YOURS TO TAKE dear readers.

From my sweaty, squirrelly being to yours. Thank you for being a beacon in these cold dark waters that threaten to extinguish our exquisitely beautiful — and blinding! — light forever.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

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