About

Sixty Inches From Center is a collective of writers, editors, artists, curators, librarians, and archivists who publish writings and produce collaborative projects about artists, archival practice, and culture in the occupied lands known as Chicago and the Midwest.

We believe that the stories of artists, cultural workers, archivists, organizers, memory workers, and writers within our communities (LGBTQ+, femme, BIPOC, diasporic, and disability) are essential for understanding history and creating future canons that align with the more liberated and just worlds that reflect our dreams and realities. Our stories need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously, so we work with local and national archives while providing platforms and capsules for the cultural practices of our people.

Although we are collectively-run, Sixty Inches From Center is a 501(c)(3) organization that survives on the donations of our readers and loyal followers like you.

Sixty Inches From Center officially launched on October 31, 2010. Check out photos from our day-long art ride from Hyde Park Art Center to Chicago Urban Arts Society, Elastic Arts Foundation, and South Side Community Art Center here.


CONTACT

For general inquiries, event/project announcements, tips, or to send us love notes, contact us at info@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

TEAM

Tempestt Hazel, Co-founder/Co-director, Founding Editor, Writer
tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Website | Writings

Jennifer Patiño Cervantes, Co-founder, Manager of Operations + Archiving, Editor (Poetry + Bilingual), Writer
jennifer.patino@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Website | Writings

Kate Hadley Toftness, Chicago Archives + Artists Project (CAAP) Director
khtoftness@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | CAAP Website

Greg Ruffing, Senior Editor
BIO | Website | Writing

Noor Shawaf, Senior Editor
BIO | Writing

Christina Nafziger, Managing Editor
BIO | Website | Writing

McKenzie Birmingham, Editor
BIO

Tim Hoff, Editor
BIO

S. Nicole Lane, Editor
BIO | Writing

Nadia John, Poetry Editor
BIO

Ryan Edmund Thiel, Digital Editor, Photographer, Illustrator, Transcriber
Website | Photography

Analú M. López, Archivist
BIO | Website | Writings

Steven D. Booth, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Tracy Drake, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Raquel Flores-Clemons, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Erin Glasco, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Skyla Hearn, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Stacie Williams, Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Emily Breidenbach, Writer
BIO | Writings

Courtney Graham, Writer
Writings

Marya Spont-Lemus, Writer
Writings

Hannah Siegfried, Photographer
Website

Ireashia Bennett, Writer, Photographer
Website | Writings

Amanda Dee, Writer
Website | Writings

Noa/h Fields, Writer
Writings

Angelica Flores, Writer
Writings

Jessica Hammie, Writer
Writings

Rachel L. Hausmann Schall, Writer
Website | Writings

Annette LePique, Writer
Writings

Alexander Martin, Writer
Website | Writings

Tamara Becerra Valdez, Writer
Website | Writings

Persephone Jones, Writer
Website | Writings

Mark Blanchard, Photographer, Web Developer
Website | Photography

Joshua Johnson, Photographer
Website | Photography

Sarah Joyce, Photographer
Website | Photography

Kristie Kahns, Photographer
Website | Photography

Michael Sullivan, Photographer, Writer
Website | Writings

Edvetté Wilson-Jones, Photographer, Writer
Writings

Kiki Dupont, Illustrator
Website | Illustrations

Gretchen Hasse, Illustrator
Website | Illustrations

Tesh Silver, Illustrator
Website | Illustrations

Verónica Casado Hernandez, Transcriber
Website

Rudy Natanzon, Transcriber

Monica Stokes, Transcriber


PAST SIXTY FAMILY (2016 – present)

Editorial + Administrative Team
Reuben Westmaas
Managing Editor
BIO | Writing

Toby zur Loye
Managing Editor
toby.zurloye@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO

Natasha Mijares
Writer; Art Book Reviews, Art + Design, Collections
BIO | Writings

Maddie Kodat (a.k.a. MK)
Writer; Live + Performance Art, Galleries + Artist-Run Spaces
BIO | Writings

Sasha Tycko, Writer
BIO | Writings

Nina Wexelblatt, Writer
BIO | Writings

Eliana Buenrostro, Writer
KT Hawbaker, Writer
Stella Lee, Writer
Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel, Writer
Anjali Misra, Writer
Chelsea Ross, Writer
Maya Simkin, Writer
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Envisioning Justice Residents
Ally Almore
Photographer at Let Us Breathe Collective
Website

Ireashia Bennett
Envisioning Justice Feature Photographer
Website | Writing

Miranda Goosby
Writer at LetUsBreathe Collective
Writing

Sequoya Hayes
Writer at BBF Family Services and Restorative Justice Court / Free Write Arts & Literacy
Writing

Sebastián Hidalgo

Photographer at Cook County Jail/Just Art/SkyART and Open Center for the Arts
Website

Anjali Misra
Writer at Open Center for the Arts
Website | Writing

Raelyn Purham
Writer at Bright Star Community Outreach
Writing

Eric K. Roberts
Photographer at BBF Family Services and Restorative Justice Court
Website | Writing | EJ Photography

Chelsea Ross
Photographer at Free Write Arts & Literacy
Website | Writing

Jordan Sarti
Writer at Cook County Jail/Just Art/SkyART
Website | Writing

Tony Smith
Photographer at Bright Star Community Outreach
Website | EJ Photography

Mike Strode
Writer at Circles & Ciphers
Website | Writing

Sasha Tycko
Writer at Free Write Arts & Literacy
Website | Writing

Edvetté Wilson-Jones
Photographer at Circles & Ciphers
Website | EJ Photography

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Meet the familiar faces of our Board of Directors + Advisory Board.

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