Geez Newsletter – April 2015

Dear Readers,

We’ve just sent our summer issue, Geez 38 Animal Being, to the printers, complete with a full-colour children’s story. With original art from Geez designer Darryl Brown, Anna, Kacie and the Coyotes tells the story of two girls whose assumptions are challenged when painting coyotes doesn’t go the way they planned.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunding appeal so that we could print our children’s story in full colour.

We surpassed our original goal of $1,200, but we still have just over $200 to raise to reach our stretch goal. If you’d like to support the project but haven’t yet, there’s still time. Check out our campaign here.

Illusive Happiness?
We sent out our spring issue, Geez 37 Happiness is Illusive, just a couple weeks ago and would like to hear your feedback! What made you think/smile/rage? Is happiness something we captured, or did we totally miss the mark? Send your comments to editor@geezmagazine.org, or your letters to 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 2M2, Canada.

You may also have noticed a folded-up piece of paper in your issue of Happiness is Illusive. This is our appeal for readers to become Geez ambassadors. Do you know someone who would like Geez magazine? Why not set them up with a gift subscription? Use coupon code 1537 and receive $5 off your order.

Decolonization
In February we announced that Steve Heinrichs, editor of Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together (Herald Press, 2013), would be guest editing our Fall 2015 issue on Decolonization. We’re now happy to report that Leah Gazan will be joining us as a second guest editor.

Leah is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan. A grassroots activist, Leah has been involved in a variety of social movements, including Idle No More, and is currently leading the #WeCare campaign for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her passion is the advancement of Indigenous strength, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. Leah is presently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg where she helps students grapple with the realities of colonialism and the possibility of authentic, just relationships across cultures.

We received an extraordinary amount of excellent pitches for this issue, which made it difficult for us to choose just a few. Thanks to everyone who sent in their ideas.

Confessions needed
Our Sinner’s Corner editor, Margot Starbuck, is looking for your confessions! Do you have any guilty pleasures, white lies, or deep, dark secrets to get off your chest? We’d love to hear from you. Send your confessions to sins@geezmagazine.org.

Lent for Skeptics 2015
Philadelphia-based writer Naomi Wildflower headed up our Lent for Skeptics campaign this year. Don’t worry if you missed one (or all) of her Lenten reflections; you can find them here.

Growing Board
Geez has some new board members: welcome Aaron Epp, Rachel Barber, and Kalynn Spain. (And thanks to long-time board member Gerta de Jong for sticking around.)

And, in case you didn’t know already, here are just a few ways you can support our project and help us pay for rent, office supplies, postage, and contributor fees.

- Subscribe to Geez magazine for your self (if you haven’t already)

- Subscribe to Geez magazine as a gift for a friend

- Make a one-time donation or become a Geez monthly donor.

- Tell your friends about Geez and help spread the word.

Thank you everyone for your on-going support of the Geez project. We couldn’t do it without you.

On behalf of the Geez team,

Kyla Neufeld
Managing Editor

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