Today Kajal Magazine turns four years old. I often rehash the origin story of this project – I started it in December 2014 when I was desperate to break into a very insulated, very white media landscape. I thought it could be a place for the stories I loved about a new generation of young creators. I didn’t plan past the first crop of articles and yet, because of the hard work of our dedicated team and because of readers who invest so much in what we do, we’re still here.
It’s almost trite at this point. But despite how rehearsed it’s becoming, it still fills me with energy and pride. We, together, made this thing happen and it’s still happening.
This past year for us has been monumental: we published our second print volume, Mytho-Techno, we get a massive redesign and new logo, we partnered with literary festivals and events all over the world, we said good-bye to some of our founding class of writers and editors and welcomed new staff members, and we continued to build on the quality work readers expect from us.
We have huge plans for next year – audio projects, more print mags, even more writing – and we’re excited to get cracking on it.
Thank you for finding us and staying with us. We wouldn’t still be here without you.