About

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

We provide digital and print publishing opportunities for artists in the Midwest who want to share their text, photo, graphic, video, and audio works in new ways.

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

ADMIN + EDITORS

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

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

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

Christina Nafziger
Managing Editor, Writer
writeforsixty@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Website | Writing

Greg Ruffing
Senior Editor
BIO | Website | Writing

Noor Shawaf
Senior Editor
BIO | Writing

Tim Hoff
Editor
BIO

Nadia John
Editor
BIO

Persephone Van Ort
Editor, Writer
Writings

Jenny Patiño
Community Archivist, Writer
sixty.archives@gmail.com
BIO | Writings

Ryan Edmund Thiel
Communications & Design Facilitator, Photographer, Illustrator
ryan@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
Website | Photography

Susan Musich
Grants + Fundraising, Writer
Writing

Onyx Montes
Social Media Support + Special Projects
Website

McKenzie Birmingham
Editor
BIO

S. Nicole Lane,
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writing

Jen Torwudzo-Stroh
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings


ARCHIVISTS

Analú M. López
Archivist, Writer
BIO | Website | Writings

Tracy Drake
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Erin Glasco
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Stacie Williams
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Steven D. Booth
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Raquel Flores-Clemons
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Skyla Hearn
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings


WRITERS

Marya Spont-Lemus
Writings

Noa/h Fields
Writings

Annette LePique
Writings

Rachel L. Hausmann Schall
Website | Writings

Ally Fouts
Writings

Riley Yaxley
Writings

Alexander Martin
Website | Writings

Isra Rene, Writer
Writings

Kyra Horton
Writings

Kristie Kahns
Website | Photography

Courtney Graham
Writings

Ireashia Bennett
Website | Writings

Amanda Dee
Website | Writings

Jessica Hammie
Writings

Jared Brown
Writings

Ariel Yisrael
Writings

carrie sarah kaufman
Writings

row särkelä
Writings

Del O’Brien
Writings

Tamara Becerra Valdez
Website | Writings

Edvetté Wilson-Jones
Writings

Michael Sullivan
Website | Writings


PHOTOGRAPHERS + ILLUSTRATORS

Ireashia Bennett
Photographer
Website | Writings

Sarah Joyce
Photographer
Website | Photography

Hannah Siegfried
Photographer
Website

Michael Sullivan
Photographer
Website | Writings

Kiki Dupont
Illustrator
Website | Illustrations

Edvetté Wilson-Jones
Photographer
Writings

Mark Blanchard
Photographer+ Web Developer
Website | Photography

Kristie Kahns
Photographer
Website | Photography

Joshua Johnson
Photographer
Website | Photography

Teshika Silver
Illustrator
Website | Illustrations


TRANSLATORS + TRANSCRIBERS

Natalia Villanueva Linares
Translator
BIO | Website

Jazmine Street Kempin
Transcriber, The Blackivists

Jenny Patiño
Translator
BIO | Writings

Noor Hassaballa
Transcriber, The Blackivists


PAST SIXTY FAMILY (2016 – present)

Reuben Westmaas
Managing Editor
BIO | Writing

Natasha Mijares
Writer
BIO | Writings

Sasha Tycko
Writer
BIO | Writings

Emily Breidenbach
Writer
BIO | Writings

Eliana Buenrostro
Writer

Stella Lee
Writer

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel
Writer

Verónica Casado Hernandez
Transcriber
Website

Toby zur Loye
Managing Editor
BIO

Maddie Kodat (a.k.a. MK)
Writer
BIO | Writings

Nina Wexelblatt
Writer
BIO | Writings

Angelica Flores
Writer
Writings

KT Hawbaker
Writer

Rudy Natanzon
Transcriber

Maya Simkin
Writer

Monica Stokes
Transcriber



ENVISIONING JUSTICE RESIDENTS

Ally Almore
Photographer at Let Us Breathe Collective
Website

Miranda Goosby
Writer at LetUsBreathe Collective
Writing

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

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

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

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

Raelyn Purham
Writer at Bright Star Community Outreach
Writing

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

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

Mike Strode
Writer at Circles & Ciphers
Website | Writing

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