For years Iowa City has depicted itself as the epitome of the American Dream, but this idea can forget marginalized members of our community, leaving them silenced and hidden, buried under the veil of meritocracy. Too often, these marginalized voices and stories are framed in a way that isolate their meaning, as opposed to building solidarity with those who share similar experiences. 


Here at Tell, we want to change that. Organized by a team of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Iowa working with the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, Tell  is dedicated to developing new voices in political arts and a compassionate and involved editorial team that’s willing to elevate the work of others and stand by them. The voices of our featured artists are bold and brave, with a reckless disregard for respectability and the common narrative. We at  Tell  make it our mission to create a platform on which underrepresented voices may express themselves, speak on their lived experiences, and connect their unique stories to timely discourses on the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability.


We believe the only kind of publication worth doing (and worth reading) is one that’s unapologetically experimental and politically aware. We invite you to share work with us with this same social justice imperative. Speak, write, draw, paint, criticize, analyze, celebrate your insight and resistance. Name the world. Tell. 


—The Tell editorial staff, spring 2018: Kelly Benning, Allison Bradley, Brigid Flanagan, Lina Khodor, Jameisha Morgan, Aja Witt, Jamillah Witt, and GWSS faculty advisor Mary Ann Rasmussen.

Thanks to Volume #1 staff Carol McCarthy and Rose Fiala for launching Tell and inspiring us with your passion and dedication.