About Us

Protean collects cutting-edge literature and art for the discerning leftist, sans-advertisements.

Protean Magazine is a thematic biannual magazine composed of essays, fiction, poetry, and art, each issue containing approximately 100 perfect-bound, full-color, ad-free pages of original works addressing the most pressing issues of our time. It is also a website, which releases at least one new piece of content on a weekly basis. It is run by the Protean Collective, a distributed group of socialist writers, artists, and designers.

Our mission is to promote high quality literature and art for the political left.

Literature and art have essential roles to play in social movements and political revolutions. They examine the world through different lenses, encourage us to seek alternative perspectives, and give more shape to what is amorphous. They aid us in reflecting on the past, embracing the moment, and inventing the future. They’re also often entertaining, precious lights in dark times, ones we must hold most dearly when times are at their darkest.

Our content has been described as follows:

“Killer illustrations.”
“Some of the best writing on technology I’ve ever read.”
“What good literature looks like.”
“The finest purveyor of left-wing art and culture right now.”

Protean Collective is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit.
We are funded by our readers.

Publisher & Co-Editor-in-Chief: Steven
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Tyler
Art Director: Slug
Fiction Editor: Seth
Poetry Editor: Dom
Associate Editor:
Mel
Web Design: Abbey
Operations & Marketing:
Alyssa, Alissa, Jason

All inquiries can be directed to editorial@proteanmag.com

We pay our contributors fair compensation for their labor.

As a nonprofit operation, our focus is honed on the quality of our work, not the size of our margins. We sell magazines and raise funds so that we can pay left leaning writers and artists to create high quality work. Shareholder profit is out of the equation. We commit to fair rates up front, do not ask writers or artists to work on spec, and always pay prior to publication.

We need your support, comrade. Become a Patron, support independent leftist media.

Delightfully, Protean and Patreon are anagrams, so it was inevitable that we’d create one. Whether you can afford $2 or $20, $5 or $50, or an even $10, we have five different levels of patronage, each with its own reward. To become a Patreon supporter, click the link below. You won’t regret it.

One-Time & Recurring Donations.

If you’d prefer to make a one time donation, we welcome it all the same! You can do so safely and securely through our PayPal link below.