Inside our first issue, you’ll find a diverse mix of prose, poetry and art, all defined by what we call “Perception Gaps.” These are the gaps between one person and another — the gaps in perceptions and opinions between people as close as next door or as far away as another country. We asked our contributors to consider this idea and present us with the fruits of their inspirations, and we’ve been thrilled with the results, as we hope you will be also.

From Lebanon to Portland, our contributors span a wide swath of the planet, and we’re proud to bring them all into one place. Here, you’ll find prose on technology and family, poetry on space and war, and visual art that bends perception to create something as radical as it is shocking. We are proud to present work by the following individuals:

Our featured artist is the infamously anonymous digital artist Saint Hoax, whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and more. He created eight new images specifically for our issue, and we were honored to have the chance to talk in depth with Saint Hoax about the origins and inspiration for the work. And for our Side Conversations, we spoke with six individuals who could be less alike in professions, but all in their own way are addressing the gaps that exist between us today: from an adventure photographer who was living in a yurt to the Social Media Director at TED, we bring to you six unique perspectives on perception and what it practically takes to close these gaps between us today.

We believe in conversation, and we believe these pieces inspire conversation as much as they amuse, inform, and bridge gaps. This magazine started with a series of conversations, and as we continue forward, we promise to keep having them. We hope you’ll chime in.

Below are links to the pieces, which you can also find under Archives, Issue 1.