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This is a bi-monthly newsletter on joy. 🌿

Joy as in: what is bringing me joy, exploring strategies for ensuring we individually, and communally, have the right to experience joy, on the grief and blocks that are a part of creating joy, on the patterns of oppression that go into who is seen as deserving of joy, on pleasure, delight, and dreaming.

My joys span worlds: love poems, fonts that make me 😍, work that is leading us towards reimagining and remixing this world, liberation, queerness, Blackness, imagination, vegan muffins and my latest playlists.

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Why Subscribe?

This newsletter love letter is for you if you love:

  • Essays and questions for reflection and building

  • Curated dreamy playlists

  • Early access to merch drops

  • Top selects on books, films, and events across media and culture

  • Visions for creating moments of joy and creativity in your day

Yesss ok sounds cool - but who dis?

Hi 👋🏽. I’m Annika Hansteen-Izora (they/she/he). I’m a queer, genderfluid bi-racial Black dreamer that does a lot of things, many of which are rooted in writing, dreaming, a love for vegan dumplings and making playlists. In consolidated form, I’m a writer, artist, poet, creative technologist, playlist curator, art director, and brand & UI designer.

My day job is Creative Director of UI and Design for, Somewhere Good, a social platform designed for people of color to connect around the things we love, to be released in 2022.

I’m also one of the co-leaders of Black Feast, a culinary event that celebrates Black artists and writers through food, Bad Ball Club, a queer BIPOC space for pickup soccer and kickball games, and the forthcoming Platonic Love Club series, exploring the intimacy of BIPOC friendships.

You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, my Website, and Are.na.

Thank You for Your Support

Supporting me allows me to make and do more, then share it on the internet. I dream of larger projects rooted in connecting us all, and supporting those projects requires investment. Your support is an investment in creating larger spanning work. I couldn’t do this work without you, thank you endlessly. 💘