An Introduction to Outcryer

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of artworks. Next stop, Outcryer!

June 1, 2015

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Illustration: Kevin Conway

Hello and happy June! Thanks for joining us here at Outcryer, a new digital home for arts and culture. Since this is our first week as a fully operational battle station — err, sorry, we mean website — we thought we’d bring you up to speed on who we are and what you can expect from us.

Who we are, what we do, and when we’re doing it

Outcryer is a bifocal website placing equal emphasis on the creative and the critical. As such, we’re divided into two sections — a Daily and a Journal.

Our Daily will publish journalism, essays and criticism covering art and culture from high to pop, aiming at a balance between the arts and social sciences. You’ll see narrative essays and interviews, think pieces and infographics, and everything in between. The world needs arts journalism that’s as earnest, serious, and well-crafted as the art it covers, and we plan to deliver.

Our Journal will exhibit visual art, creative writing, music, and more in a tri-annual publication showcasing artists’ work — alongside descriptions of the processes, quirks and aspirations of each. We intend to showcase the art that moves us and the artists that make it. Art starts with the artist, and Outcryer is ready to meet you.

This week, we’ve got a special line-up to share with you, five days packed with juicy interviews, tell-all essays, crunchy thinkpieces, and just a dash of silliness. In the weeks and months that follow, the Daily will publish stories throughout the week while the Journal’s digital issues will drop on a trimesterly basis, starting in August 2015.

A little backstory and some due credit

Photograph: Carly Piersol

Outcryer’s board — Nora Clark, John Maher, Kevin Conway, Caitlin Bahrey, and Eric Vilas-Boas — have obsessed over music, writing, and art ever since growing up together in suburban Long Island. A couple of years ago, we started a little art collective called Galvanized with a few other close friends, and operated out of Eric’s Bed-Stuy basement. That project — art-focused, community-driven — continues here.

Along the way, we made new friends, killer artists all — some of whom have jumped on to our current team. We’d like to credit them here:

  • Daily Senior Editors Adina Fried, Josh Rivera, and Emily Webb
  • Daily Research Editor Laurence Léveillé
  • Daily Copy Editor Emily Hoenig and Journal Copy Editor Elisa Odoardi
  • Photo Editor Carly Piersol
  • Marketing and Publicity Director Nina Renker
  • Web Designer Tim Corlett

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Tim, our web designer, without whose seemingly endless hours of toil this site would be a glorified landing page and our content simply scribbles on Google Docs.

How to get involved

Outcryer is a labor of love, and we can’t do this without the brilliant, dedicated, and ever-expanding family of creatives we’ve stumbled into. We’d love to welcome you in, and are always accepting submissions on both sides of the site. Here are some guidelines:

For Outcryer Daily: Send us pitches! Whether you’re a writer or photographer, performer or illustrator, based in New York or New Guinea, Beirut or Butte: If you have something to say about art, we want to hear it. Send us an email and let’s talk stories.

For Outcryer Journal: Submit! If you’re any sort of artist under the sun — musical, visual,  textual or any other category — we want to showcase you. Send us an email with samples of your work, a webpage if you have it, and a brief description of what you do, and we’ll consider it for one of our upcoming issues.

By the way, read Outcryer…

…with wine, with friends, with purpose, with questions, with candor, with luck, and maybe even with Twilight Zone references. We’ll be here.


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