This is not one of our usual letters, filled with my run-on sentences about how I navigate this upside-down world.

This is a special note to tell you that our collaborative and pretty amazing book Happy If You Know It is in the world, and you can now buy a print copy OR a pdf digital copy. For a limited time, I’m also reducing shipping costs, because, well, everyone hates paying for shipping and I really want you to own this book.
Photo by Angela Lewis
More than 20 creative women worked together to make this book possible. Collaborators and contributors include muralist and artist Ness Lee, long-established painter and filmmaker Margaux Williamson, celebrated writer/musician Vivek Shraya and Rogers Writers’ Trust 2017 Fiction Prize shortlister Carleigh Baker. You will find deeply personal essays, poetry, fiction, photography, illustration, a pull-out poster, a play! Full list of contributors here.

This anthology unpacks one of the most debilitating human feelings: self-doubt. How do we know if we’re in the right place, or if we’re making the right decisions? How do we know when we’re happy? We’re told to listen to our “intuition” like it’s the foremost expert on what will make us happiest — but what if our intuition isn’t loud enough? What if it leads us astray? What does it mean to trust your “gut?”

As the kind of person who feels many feelings simultaneously, feelings which are often in conflict with one another, I can second-guess myself. What do I want? How do I really feel? Why do I continue to repeat certain dysfunctional patterns? The answers to these questions don’t come easily. Making this book has been a personal quest in search for self-understanding, and I think the finished product will invite the reader on a similar kind of quest. I’m proud to say that we’ve made a beautiful, honest, healing piece of art — and tbh I can hardly wait to hear what you think!

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Cyber Weekend Sale

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We’re hatching some pretty exciting plans for 2018. If you’re interested in working with us as a contributor or collaborator, stay tuned for a big announcement in our December newsletter.

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Art in background by Lauren Tamaki & Design by Jen Spinner.
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