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Two of four co-founders, Andrew Halsig (Left) and Cori Hartwig (Right), holding up our first issue, Summer in the City at our inaugural release party at the Art House in Berkeley, California.

Two of four co-founders, Andrew Halsig (Left) and Cori Hartwig (Right), holding up our first issue, Summer in the City at our inaugural release party at the Art House in Berkeley, California.

ABOUT US

It all started when...

Four classmates decided to form their own literary magazine after working for San Francisco State University’s undergraduate literary magazine, Transfer, for a semester. After caffeine (and other substances) driven spurts of inspiration, Crooked Teeth was born in a rambunctious group-chat. Founded by Andrew Teudis Halsig, Estrellita Yessenia Ruiz, Cori Amato Hartwig, and Jaden Kilmer in April 2017, Crooked Teeth formed out of a desire to build a community for writers and artists. Shortly after the project, Estrellita found herself busy with personal responsibilities. Lucky for everyone, two amazing editors, Chandler Fitchett and Julia Masalska, have since joined the team.   

Mission Statement

Crooked Teeth was initially a pipe dream, first inspired by a song with the same name from the band by Death Cab For Cutie. The more specific inspiration being the following line: “Cause at night the sun in retreat, made the skyline look like crooked teeth, in the mouth of a man who was devouring, us both.” In the last few years, we have seen our society come to recognize the divisions that have always kept us apart. We have seen our society grapple with its own identity and commit a plethora of injustices based on gender, race, place of birth, age, sexuality–the list of things to discriminate for is endless. Crooked Teeth is a platform that hopes to offer a place to discuss, learn, and appreciate each other through the art that we make. We live in an era where our government is not only failing us and devouring us, but is also threatening pieces of our own community. Reality falls from chapped lips and crooked teeth. Let’s hear your story. 

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