Writing Portfolio

My writing is centered on arts advocacy. Whether through the lens of ad copy, journalism, or public relations, I use my strength in rhetoric and persuasion for a cause. The publications may change but the subjects - art, culture and innovation - remain constant.

I am a freelance writer with experience working professionally for online publications, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups. My work has appeared in the Seattle Times, The Awl Network (The Awl, Hairpin, Billfold), Brokelyn, Pacific Northwest Inlander, and many other arts, culture, education and technology blogs and zines. I have contributed copywriting for New School, copyediting and prooftreading for Council on Foreign Relations, and profiles on leaders in the open source world for Mozilla Foundation. My specialities include zine librarianship and conducting ethnographic interviews and qualitative research for professional arts and educational organizations.

In 2017, my arts advocacy work focused exclusively on zine library work (alongside my day job in customer service). ABC No Rio Zine Library moved to a new location and I continue my work as a weekly open hours volunteer. I interviewed other zine librarians and designers for Zine Libraries: A Source of Inspiration for Communication Arts.

Previously, my journalism work has been featured on GOOD Magazine where I wrote The Best Lesson For New Readers Might Be The One They Teach Themselves as part of Project Literacy vertical; The Awl where I wrote Track and Yield: Interview with Filmmaker of Do Not Track and The Lifecycle of a Pop SongThe Hairpin where my interview The Art of Awareness: Interview with Melody Nixon of Apogee Journal was featured as part of the "Women of Our Year" series; the adaption of my zine, One Ear Bud Free, into a a blog for The BillfoldMusic I Listened to While Working as a Temp, which inspired a regular series in the same vein; and finally I freelanced as a regular contributed for Brokelyn. Some of my more notable pieces with Brokelyn include Gotham Girls want to be your Queen of Brooklyn: Interview with Evilicious of Brooklyn Bombshells Roller Derbyas part of the "King & Queen of Brooklyn" series12 Winter Dates in Brooklyn for 12 Different NeighborhoodsYour Badgeless Guide to the 2014 Northside Festival10 Surprising Careers That Can Make You a Mint in New YorkGet a Glimpse of the Future at Silent Barn's 100% Robot Party, and finally last but not least Talking Zines with the Tablers of Brooklyn Zine Fest.

I had a unique opportunity to translate my creative writing and journalism background to writing advertising copy on marketing projects for the New School. Specifically, I worked on developing an admissions book for Lang College and updating the website landing pages for the liberal arts school. After finishing my project with New School, I was contracted to work with the Mozilla Foundation on a book for their community of programmers and educators. The book wasn't published but it strengthened my advocacy for arts and education in a new technology world. 

There is more but... when you have written articles and blogs on the internet for at least ten years, suddenly you realize that some of that work doesn't exist anymore. Links are broken. A self-started online publication folds. Or a magazine doesn't archive content older than one year. It is the nature of writing on the internet. In a perfect internet world where everything is archived and cataloged to our hearts content, I could also link to an article where I interviewed the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block for Pratt Institute's Catalyst Review about the current state of arts advocacy in New York City. Or my entire past as a teenage music journalist writing a biweekly column for the Spokane Sidekick and album reviews for other alternative papers. I am impressed, however, that my article promoting the reopening of ZAPP in Seattle, ZAPP is Back!, on TIG is still live! Who knew?

We're not sure how the world will change but we must write to the change.

Julia Lipscomb