|Matt Peiken, Kao Kalia Yang, and Guante, with Opine Season's banner and logo.|
In early February, nine writers gathered at Pizza Luce to talk about what their new website, a writers' co-op focused on op-eds, would look like. One month later, they launched Opine Season
In their two weeks of publishing so far, each of the nine core writers has, as on a newspaper's opinion page, laid claim to a specific day of the week. Mondays belong to Guante and Colleen Kruse, Tuesdays to Lolla Mohammed Nur and Matt Peiken. On Wednesdays, Vina Kay, Chaun Webster, and Ricardo Levins Morales weigh in, and on Thursdays, Kao Kalia Yang and Brian Lambert.
The writers come to the project with varying degrees of experience: Yang
, for instance, is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Latehomecomers
, while Ricardo Levins Morales
is primarily a visual artist. But each is motivated to contribute, as Guante
(a.k.a. Kyle Tran Myhre) explains it, in order to "feature voices and views you wouldn't get from the two big papers."
"Sure, the internet is full of opinions," Guante continues. "But I think the thing that drew me to this project was the idea of solidarity: a dozen different
writers from different communities, with different readerships, sharing
different ideas -- but all connected to the Twin Cities -- coming together
at one site to cross-pollinate those ideas and readerships. That's a