Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS)

Type Of Organization
(773) 732-7423
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
MISSION STATEMENT: HMS empowers Chicago-area adults by teaching storytelling techniques to give them a voice and publishing to give their words a visible home. We have been publishing online at HypertextMag.com since 2010 but in late 2016, a group of writers led by Christine Maul Rice, asked themselves, "As writers, editors, and teachers, what skills can we share to impact the lives of Chicagoans? The answer: Form a nonprofit to sustain the publishing portion of our mission and include an outreach mission to teach Chicago-area adults to tell, write, and publish their own stories. By September 2017 Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS) received our nonprofit status. Although FY2018 got off to a slow start, FY2019 went gangbusters. HMS taught over 300 Chicago-area social service clients in workshops offered free-of-charge at Breakthrough Urban Ministries, St. Leonard's Ministries, and Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center (all located in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood). All of these workshops were taught by author and teacher Christine Maul Rice. Our writing workshop students are Chicago-area adults whose life experiences have found them rebuilding their lives after homelessness, poverty, incarceration, violence, and those recovering from substance use disorders, or recovering from any life setback. In addition, two essays we published received 'notable' nods from the Best American Essays series edited by Hilton Als, Google reports that our online magazine consistently receives approximately 54,000 impressions per month, we held 6 readings around the City to promote our contributors and the literary arts, we published our social service clients' work in the Hypertext Review, Fall 2019 issue, and we held our first fundraising event. All this was done with an incredibly small operating budget—plus hours and hours of in-kind professional dedication and support. In order to grow and impact more Chicagoans, we plan on securing funding to hire administrators, additional teachers, editors, and visiting artists and to pay them for their valuable professional talents and time.

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Facebook & Twitter
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Christine Maul Rice
Contact Title
Founder, Editor, & Executive Director
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Year Founded