Speak The Mag
About

Letter from the Editor

Speak began as a reaction to both my own personal and broader circumstances. I had just finished a job at a leading tech company, where I had felt my outsiderness. As a writer finding my voice, I struggled to find publications that paid anything to help me sustain being a writer as full-time work. It was when I stepped back and acknowledged my own privileges that I started Speak with the aim to create a platform for writers and artists from around the world. I sought the physicality of a magazine, the touch and the smell of ink on paper, but the world has changed hugely in these last few months. Speak 5 is moving online and by reducing printing and mailing costs, I hope we can give a bigger stage to the voices that need to be heard in times like this. Voices from the margins, voices from the center, voices that call out to us about who we are beyond the prescribed norms. I hope you as a reader, contributor, and supporter will find a home in Speak, like I have.

Storytelling is a way of bearing witness to our times.

Stay safe and if you are American also please vote.

Photo courtesy: Katya Guseva

Organisations We Support

Speak supports organizations working for social change by providing free space for publicizing their work. A few organisations we support are Art with Heart, Niroga, Path With Art, Crisis Connections and Books To Prisoners.

Contact us for more information.

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Meet Our Team

Chandra Ganguly
Founding Editor

Chandra Ganguly

Chandra Ganguly is a PhD candidate at King’s College London and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.  She is the founding editor of Speak the Magazine.  Her writings have appeared in BuzzFeed, NDTV.com, Arrowsmith Press, Narrative Magazine and India [...]

Lydia K. Valentine
Copy Editor

Lydia K. Valentine

Lydia K. Valentine is a playwright and poet, director and dramaturg, editor and educator. Through her own writing and the projects to which she contributes under Lyderary Ink, Lydia always seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often [...]

Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind
Editor/Advisor

Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind

Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind is a writer of fiction and an academic. She is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011) and the author of The Heavens We Chase.

Smita Sahay
Editor

Smita Sahay

Smita Sahay co-conceptualized and served as Associate Editor of Veils, Halos & Shackles - International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press 2016). The anthology has received critical appreciation in press and literary journals and is currently [...]

Sparklin Innovations
Experience Consultants

Sparklin Innovations

Sparklin is a human-focused design consultancy, helping businesses scale & evolve. They began in 2013 with an understanding that creative and fresh approach to design can be used to enhance the end-user experience, irrespective of platform or medium.

Our Advisors

Sven Birkerts
Advisor

Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts is the Editor of the literary journal AGNI based at Boston University. Author of ten books of essays and memoir, he is the former Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. 

Amit Chaudhuri
Advisor

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Friend of My Youth. He is also an essayist, poet, musician, and composer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.