About

Strange Matters is a literary magazine of new and unconventional thinking covering a wide range of intellectual topics. We publish issues regularly in print and digital format, and also publish new digital content on a rolling basis.

Strange Matters was founded in 2020, amid the global Covid-19 Pandemic, by five co-editors hailing from a range of disciplines – literature, architecture, history, economics, the natural sciences, and computer science. We are proudly living our socialist values as a 100% worker-owned and controlled cooperative.

We started Strange Matters for three reasons. Firstly, there was broad agreement among the co-editors that the literary and intellectual scene on the political Left at the time was siloed into dogmatic and tribalistic groups, and was in need of a fresh institutional newcomer like Strange Matters to house open debate and inquiry. Second, the co-editors shared an apprehension of creeping fascist ideology among the political right, including and especially the incipient far-right political movement known as “National Conservatism,” wherein conservative social values are paired with dirigisme state-lead growth strategies to which, in our view, the presently-existing Left intellectual scene was woefully ill-equipped to respond. The Front Pages of our issues will house these topics and many more weighty ones over time.

We want to build a space for bold experimentation and for exploring meaning in all of its shades and intricacies. Our Back Pages will be dedicated to culture, meaning, and things that bring us delight. It will be filled with profiles, reportage, poetry, fiction, visual art, essays, serialized novels or plays, philosophy, criticism of all the above, and much more.

Lastly, the middle of the magazine will house the Futon; a “resting spot” where readers can take a break with pieces that are playful, experimental, humorous, pensive, and most importantly short.

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Co-editors

Frances Steere

John Michael Colón

Kyle Flannery

Quinn Soutar

Steve Mann

Design

Frances Steere

Web Developer

Quinn Soutar


Writers

John Michael Colón

Robin Eisgrau

Kyle Flannery

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Joseph Grantham

Jun Kuromiya

Alexander Lin

Steve Mann

Susan R. Nembhard

Elizabeth Sandifer

Quinn Soutar

Frances Steere

Mary Steffenhagen

Strange Matters is a cooperative magazine of new and unconventional thinking in economics, politics, and culture.