Anxiety is a complex experience so many of us share. At times, we may be able to express its symptoms or triggers, but how does it really make us feel? How does it manifest? How does it shift as we grow, age, and move through a changing world?
After four years of publishing, it felt right to return to our first topic again — back to the start of our Feels community. We have talked with so many of you over the years about the subject of anxiety, and we wanted to dedicate more space for sharing. Our hope is that this issue breeds connection, courage, and tenderness — for others, and for ourselves.
We have also released a companion poetry zine called Anxious.
Contributors Tanya Bailey, Vannessa Barnier, Chris Browne, John Davis, Marissa Duncan, Camila Gallego, Madi Giovina, Meaghan Frances Kelly, Lauren Kenney, Katie Kent, Ilya Klimov, Lima, Katika Marczell, Joan Mazza, Nicolae Negura, Erin Pehlivan, Meghan Phillips, Jessica Piccone, Olive Pitschner, Anuradha Rao, Elena Reyes, Jolie Ruin, Yash Seyedbagheri, Merlin Simard, Rebecca Hope Terry, L. Thomas, Mark Unkle, Sarah Vardy, Yu-Shin Wang, Candace Yogini, Veronica Zaretski, Brittany Zick, K. Zimmer + many anonymous contributors!
Cover art by Renée Mathews
• 52 pages • 7.5" wide by 9.5" tall • three colour risograph print • saddle-stitch binding
Feelsis, well, a publication about feelings. It is a place to explore, to share, and to be honest. Having an open dialogue about what’s going on inside of us can foster meaningful connection and make us feel less alone, especially in the social-media era that asks us to curate and polish our lives and feelings before sharing them — if we share them at all. Feels believes there are no good or bad feelings— the value comes from how we relate to them, how we experience them, and what we learn from them.
Feelsalso believes in inclusion and recognizes that certain voices have been given the lion’s share of the spotlight throughout history. Our pages are for everyone, and we do not accept pieces that further marginalize. We are a feminist, sex-positive, 2SLGBTQ*, anti-racist, anti-colonial publication.