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Letter from the Editor:


Dear Reader,

Since this magazine launched in 2009, there has only ever been one full human figure on the cover—a quirky little fellow blowing bubbles on the inaugural issue. Since then, human figures were kept off the cover with the intention of making the covers feel more universal, inclusive and curious.

The 47th issue of UPPERCASE explores poetic self-portraits, art therapy and empathy—themes that are all about people. It's about relating to one another, finding our common experiences, sharing our stories and building community. Themes in each issue often percolating for months, with the content being a mix of long-term planning and serendipity. The magazine has matured a lot over the past dozen years. I have grown more confident in addressing current events, too—but in a way that feels appropriate for my publication's editorial and aesthetic voice.

In this time of challenge and change, it is important to me as the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE magazine that my publication unequivocally shows where it stands.

Black Lives Matter. 

This issue's cover artist is Jemma Morris. I came across her cut paper family portraits on Etsy. One composition, in particular, caught my attention: a diverse grouping of five women leaning in and supporting one another—faceless but still friendly, abstract but grounded and powerful in their stance. Jemma typically uses commercially available patterned craft papers for her figure’s dresses, but for an UPPERCASE cover, I wanted to make sure that credit be given to everyone involved in its creation. So I reached out to some UPPERCASE readers to license their work for this special cover. 

Featuring patterns by:

  • Pantera Saint-Montaigne
  • Tafui Mclean
  • Jeanetta Gonzales

All UPPERCASE publications are ad-free, have a high production standard and is completely supported by its readership. Show your support for small, independent publishing and order your copy today!


Edited and designed by Janine Vangool

114 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
October / November / December 2020