Preview: Stack in New York

by Steve Watson in September 2016
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I love organising magazine events. They’re a brilliant way to meet subscribers and bring magazines to life in front of an audience, but they come with a very obvious limitation. Because the immediacy and enjoyment of a live event depends on being there in the room, so while they’re great for 100-odd people, they’re less good for basically everybody else in the world.

And running a subscription service like Stack that presents a problem. If you live in London you will have had a lot of opportunities over the last few months to come along and meet the people behind the magazines we send out on Stack and Sampler. But I’m very aware that I’ve not done much outside the city I live in, and very little outside the UK.

So I’m really excited to announce that I’m heading over to New York next month, and organising a series of magazine events in the city from 18-20 October. I’ve been wanting to go to New York for a long time because there are so many fantastic magazines being published from the city, and the three events we’re hosting reflect the diversity and excitement of the independent publishing scene at the moment:

Independent magazines of New York
18 October
School of Visual Arts
This event brings together some of the city’s most interesting publishers to find out what makes New York such a hotbed of independent magazines. All our speakers are working on really exceptional independent titles, and I can’t wait to hear their stories of how they’re turning their ideas into printed reality.
Ben Yarling editor of American Chordata
Christopher Isenberg editor of Victory Journal
Sarah Keough editor of Put A Egg On It and co-founder of the Little Magazine Coalition

Drift magazine in conversation
19 October
Small City, Gowanus
We delivered Drift magazine to Stack subscribers in August this year, and in this discussion event we’ll tell the story behind the stories in this magazine that mixes coffee with travel. It’s a hugely impressive piece of work, all the more so because it has already spawned a sister title, Ambrosia, which mixes food and travel, and I’ll be speaking to editor-in-chief Adam Goldberg, creative director Daniela Velasco, and executive editor Elyssa Goldberg about how they have rapidly built their publishing empire.

Food magazines of New York
20 October
Small City, Gowanus
There are lots of great magazines made in New York, but the city’s food publishing is particularly strong. For this event we’ll bring together the people behind three of the world’s most spectacular independent food magazines, all of which are made within a few miles of each other, and dig down to find out how they turn their editorial visions into consistently brilliant publishing.
Claudia Wu creative director of Cherry Bombe
Fiorella Valdesolo editor of Gather Journal
Michele Outland creative director of Gather Journal
Walter Green art director of Lucky Peach

We have a limited number of tickets available for each event, so if you’re going to be in the city and you’d like to come and hear from the magazine makers, follow the links below to buy your tickets. We’re charging $10 for entry, which includes free drinks along with the magazine chat.

And you’ll also leave with a free magazine, provided by our sponsors Park Communications. They’re the people who print some of our favourite independent magazines, and they’ll be on hand to talk guests through the process of printing great magazines, as well as handing out free samples of their work.

It’s going to be an exciting few days – I hope to see you there!

Book your tickets
18 October – Independent magazines of New York
19 October – Drift magazine in conversation
20 October – Food magazines of New York


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