Hi! We’re Randy and Laura, and we are setting out to publish Tweed’s: a boutique magazine of literature and art, designed for people who want a unique, deep-reading experience.
The name of the magazine was inspired by William M. Tweed—commonly known as Boss Tweed—the politician who controlled New York City in the mid-19th century. Today, Boss Tweed is recognized as a symbol of American greed and corruption.
Tweed’s will be printed on smooth, sturdy paper—the kind that feels good to rub—and will be filled with captivating fiction, engaging interviews, and absorbing art, poetry, and informative essays. Everything you could ever want from a literary magazine will be woven together into a harmonious reading experience that has the focus of a journal and the beauty of a glossy. We’re creating Tweed’s because it’s the magazine we want to read, and if you’re passionate about art and literature, we think you’ll want to read it, too!
If we reach our goal of $11,000, we will be able to publish two issues of Tweed’s, which will be released in March and September of 2014.
Some of you may be familiar with our previous project, The Coffin Factory (the magazine for people who love books), which featured artists and writers representing over 30 countries and was sold in Barnes & Noble and bookstores nationwide. But being available in nearly every bookstore in America was extremely inefficient; we would print and ship thousands of magazines across the country, only to see several thousand thrown away, their covers torn off. This waste bothered us, and we decided it was time for a change.
So here’s how the production of Tweed’s will work: It will have a small print run and be sold directly through our website and at select independent bookstores. The thousands of dollars we’ll save by doing this will be used to pay writers more. What this means is that the magazine’s content will be even better, and trees won’t be cut down for naught. You can ensure you’ll get a limited-edition copy of Tweed’s when you donate $25 or more to the campaign.
Who’s already in Tweed’s? The first issue will bring you intimate conversations with Edwidge Danticat, John Freeman, and Sjón, with the full list of contributors to be revealed soon.
In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling you’ll get from helping us launch this independent artistic project, we have some irresistible goodies to offer in gratitude of your support:
Tote bags, notebooks, matchbooks, postcards, flasks, our unisex it's hip to read T-shirt, and of course we’ll be offering reading bliss with copies of The Coffin Factory and Tweed’s magazine.
Signed Books from Coffin Factory contributors:
Justin Taylor (The Gospel of Anarchy), Adam Wilson (Flatscreen), Kathleen Alcott (The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets), and Joshua Cohen (Four New Messages)
Signed Limited Edition Copies of The Coffin Factory/Tweed’s by contributors:
Joyce Carol Oates, Lydia Davis, Charles Simic, T.C. Boyle, and Edwidge Danticat.
Book Bundles from our favorite publishers:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, Other Press, New Vessel Press, Dalkey Archive, Riverhead Books, Twelve, Harper Perennial, University of Chicago/Seagull Books, Simon & Schuster, Archipelago, and Graywolf Press.
And, in order to show our appreciation of their support, those who donate $50 or more will have their name acknowledged on the Tweed’s website, and the most generous of partners will have their name printed on the Tweed’s masthead page.
A Bit About Us
Without any previous publishing experience or industry connections, we conceived, edited, and designed The Coffin Factory. We used our savings to print the magazine and pay writers, and with the help of our small team—made entirely of volunteers—we created each issue between the hours of our daytime jobs. Over the course of two years, we produced five issues with work representing over 30 countries. The magazine was available in bookstores nationwide, with subscribers from all over the world.
Our interest in keeping reading culture alive led us to create The Library Donation Project, through which we donated hundreds of magazines to public libraries, universities, GED and ESOL programs, prisons, writing programs, and community centers. We’ve also held several events to serve the New York City literary community, with panels such as “What’s a Writer?” held at the New York Public Library, “Writing, Publishing, and Editing in the Americas” held at McNally Jackson bookstore, “Who Gives a Sh*t about Literary Magazines?” at BookCourt bookstore, and we’ve hosted many launch party readings at Housing Works Bookstore Café in order to help raise funds in the fight against homelessness and AIDS.
With your donations and support Tweed’s will be able to have an even more significant cultural impact. We’re proud to have accomplished all of this on our own, and now we’re eager to see what we can do together.
The Coffin Factory is proud to have brought readers:
In-depth conversations with Noam Chomsky, John Banville, and T.C. Boyle, as well as the publishers of New Directions, The Overlook Press, Other Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and Twelve.
New writing by Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Chinelo Okparanta, Justin Taylor, Lara Vapnyar, Simone Felice, Adam Wilson, Osama Alomar, Jacques Strauss, Bonnie Nadzam, Edwidge Danticat, Bronwyn Mauldin, Thomas Pierce, John Reed, Sam Allingham, Pablo Medina, Craig Epplin, Chiara Barzini, Fred Reynolds, Ali Hosseini, James Franco, Charles Simic, Kathleen Alcott, Joshua Cohen, Jeremy Schmall, Jeannie Vanasco, Grady Chambers, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, and the Market Fresh Selections: Steve Danziger, Ian Sanquist, Nicole Treska, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, and Elvis Bego.
Work in translation by Roberto Bolaño, José Saramago, Sergio Chejfec, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Jorge Luis Borges, Enrique Vila-Matas, Andrés Neuman, Carlos Labbé, Santiago Roncagliolo. José Ángel Valente, Jean Ferry, László Krasznahorkai, César Aira, Bernard Quiriny, Milan Kundera, Rabindranath Tagore, Maurice Pons.
Translated by Edith Grossman, Natasha Wimmer, Katherine Silver, Edward Gauvin, Ottilie Mulzlet, Thomas Christensen, Heather Cleary, Annie McDermott, C.J. Collins, Margaret Jull Costa, Leah Kemp, Linda Asher, and Richard Gwyn.
And artists Emmie van Biervliet, Susan Seubert, David Leventi, Bill Hayward, John Kenny, Drew Tal, Gay Ribisi, Tice Lerner, Charles Hartley, Jessica Rae Sommer, Nick Brandt, Thomas Barbèy, Kristin Fouquet, Shannon Finley, Hiroshi Senju, Carlos Detres, Patte Loper, Guido Milan, Sean Anderson, Joseph Adolphe, Colette Calascione, Jonathan Allen, Ben Anderson, Art Boden, Greg Drasler, Max Ferguson, Pieter Hugo, Aaron Johnson, Jenny Jozwiak, Lucong, Ethan Murrow, Sharon Sprung, Audrey Vrady, Eric Zenner, Jenny Jozwiak, Yigal Ozeri, Marc Séguin, Ron Agam, Sylvia Brewster, Kim Dorland, Christian Vincent, Niki Khindri, Stefanie Gutheil, Kaoruko, John Lees, and Joon Park.
Praise for The Coffin Factory:
“A brilliantly imagined, highly readable, and important new literary magazine with the most incongruous title.” Joyce Carol Oates
"This “magazine for people who love books” distinguishes itself in the quality of its short fiction and illustrations. New works by mostly established writers include many in translation, giving Coffin Factory a distinctly international vibe. Many of the illustrations are depictions of new works currently on display in a gallery. All this gives Coffin Factory a classy freshness sure to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates contemporary arts and literature." The Library Journal
“The Coffin Factory has that well-oiled, velvety feel of a magazine that has earned its spot in the stacks, while also pushing some buttons and attempting to bridge the gap between old and emerging technologies.”The Review Review