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The Iron Lattice

A Conversation with Stephanie Travers, Editor of New Local Magazine



The Iron Lattice, a New Orleans print magazine featuring local artists and writers, recently celebrated the release of its fourth issue. NOLA Defender sat down with Stephanie Pearl Travers, Editor-in-Chief, to discuss the project, its purpose and its NOLA-born and bred mission and vision.

 

NoDef: What was the impetus for the Iron Lattice?

 

Travers: It began with a late night conversation I had with Holly Devon, our content editor. She had been kicking the idea around for a few years with Tyler, our art director, and when she found out I had editing experience, she asked if I would be interested in coming on as editor. From there, we just started meeting regularly until we had a shape for the project.

 

NoDef: Who/what organization is funding it?

 

Travers: We are 100% community funded at this point. We use a combination of fundraising through events and subscription sales to pay for printing. We also have a business directory in the back of each issue that brings in some funds. It’s not always easy keeping the content ad-free, but I have faith that folks are willing to support a project like this in the same way that you might support public radio.

 

NoDef: Define the Iron Lattice aesthetic and mission.

 

Travers: It started from a desire to have a conversation with the city about the things we were talking about amongst ourselves in a very head on and even playful way. With each issue, we choose a theme, pulling inspiration from the conversations happening around us both publicly and artistically. From there, we head out looking for other people who are working on that same topic, whether it be through writing, photography, or visual art.

 

NoDef: How many issues have there been so far and how often do you publish?

 

Travers: This was our fourth issue that just came out, which feels really great. I like to call the project quarterly-ish, because we have to be pretty flexible with ourselves and contributors as this is still 100% a labor of love.

 

NoDef: Where can potential readers pick up a copy? Is it also published online?

 

Travers: There’s a few different ways to get a copy.

1) Come to our release parties. With each issue, we team up with a local business or gallery to celebrate the issue while also creating an opportunity for anyone to come pick one up for free. It’s a great opportunity to meet other artists and creatives and bring the art off the page into real time.

2) After the party, they are for sale at Faubourg Wines on St. Claude, Church Alley Coffee in Mid-City, and the Ogden Southern Museum of Art in the CBD. We’ve got a few more placements in the works that we will be announcing soon.

3) Subscribe. We’ve got a number of options, some that come with artwork. You can check them out on our website here.

4) All of our issues are also available to download for free in a PDF form on our website.

 

NoDef: Who makes up the editorial team?

 

Travers: Our editing team is made up of four people:

Stephanie Travers, Editor-in-Chief. A Central Florida native, I attended the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's in Language and Literature and a professional degree in publishing and editing. I’ve worked as a professional writer and editor for the past seven years, but you can also find me tending bar and teaching yoga around town.

Holly Devon, Content Editor. Holly is a freelance writer living in New Orleans, where she is a master's student at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. She is a regular contributor to Antigravity Magazine, and is the content editor for The Iron Lattice.

Tyler Rosebush, Art Director. Tyler is a visual artist who lives and works in the French Quarter. He earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Georgia before going to live and work in South America. He is a portrait artist and also makes large-scale works of art in New Orleans.

Kate Mason, Copyeditor. Kate is a former New Orleans resident who currently works as the communications coordinator for the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary.

 

NoDef: Who are your contributors?

 

Travers: We’ve worked with so many amazing people! Our current featured artist is photographer, Michel Varisco. In the past we’ve also featured Horton Humble, Michael Meads, and Douglas Bourgeois. This most recent issue includes work from Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers, Joseph Toman, Patrick Staiger, Monique Verdin, Zahra Musgrave and more.

 

NoDef: Where do you see the Iron Lattice going in the future?

 

Travers: Right now we’re really focused on supporting our quarterly print project. Down the line, we’d love to publish more frequently, as well as establish a space for events and collaborations.

 

NoDef: How can readers get in touch with you?

 

Travers: Email me at editor@theironlattice.com to find out about submissions, ask any questions, or learn how you can support the project or list your business in the directory. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow us and keep up with our latest news.

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor


Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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