It is with a bottomless sense of gratitude that we offer to you Issue 001: Worldbending. Our inaugural issue materializes a channel in which readers can, through engagement with contemporary arts writing and cultural criticism, unearth what is alive for them and discover what place is theirs. With contributions from Akwaeke Emezi, J Wortham, Joshua Segun-Lean, Diallo Simon-Ponte and, Rianna Jade Parker, our inaugural issue illuminates our belief in the vital necessity of those who conjure planets of language around the work of artists who reflect our world back to itself with atomic precision and celestial foresight.

To speak of Worldbending (a term culled from Emezi’s Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir) is to posit that the reality we have inherited is malleable material, flexible flesh that we can sculpt in accordance with our needs and desires. To speak of Worldbending is to set ablaze all that depends on our destruction; To speak of Worldbending, then, is also to stay long after the fire subsides such that we may gather ash to draw more concentric circles of sanctified selves. To speak of Worldbending is to marshall the force of our inner-eyes, those ways of seeing, feeling and being that remind us how urgent it is to peer into the cyclone for long enough to know we are of it–For it is with such ferocity that we bend the world into being anew.

This inaugural offering is centered, also, in our devotion to providing readers with language that expands their sense of agency such that they relate to themselves as people who are invested not only in witnessing the world shifting around them, but being active architects of the world they wish to inhabit. As galvanized by the assiduous, lyrically unflinching, and spellbinding work gathered here, may we speculate towards an eventual and inevitable break, and craft the horizons in which we hope to bask in the aftermath.

Always (in orbit),

Signature of CamilleCamille Bacon
Signature of DariaDaria Harper
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Akwaeke Emezi
Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Jean Stein Award; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, a Walter Honor Book, and a Stonewall Honor Book; Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize; Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, which won the 2022 ALA Stonewall Prize for Best Nonfiction Book; and most recently, Content Warning: Everything, their debut poetry collection; Bitter, their second young adult novel; and You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty, their debut romance novel. Their next novel, LITTLE ROT, is forthcoming from Riverhead in June 2024. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation and featured on a Time cover as a Next Generation Leader, they are based in liminal spaces.
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Jenna “J” Wortham
Jenna “J” Wortham (they/them) is a sound healer, reiki practitioner, herbalist, and community care worker oriented towards healing justice and liberation. J is also a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and co-host of the podcast “Still Processing.” J is the proud editor of the visual anthology “Black Futures,” along with Kimberly Drew. J is currently working on a book about the body and dissociation called “Work of Body.”
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Joshua Segun-Lean
Joshua Segun-Lean's writing has appeared in The Republic Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere.
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Diallo Simon-Ponte
Diallo Simon-Ponte is a writer and curator currently working at Gagosian Gallery. Since starting there in the fall of 2021, he has supported over 16 exhibitions of artists including Cy Gavin, Rick Lowe, Deana Lawson, Tyler Mitchell, and Amanda Williams among others. Outside of the gallery Simon-Ponte curated Home as Corpus for the fashion brand Head of State by Taofeek Abijako and worked as a curatorial assistant on Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech at the Brooklyn Museum, Cowboy by Helmut Lang at Hannah Traore Gallery, and the 2023 Yale Photography MFA show at Amanita gallery. He is an alumni curator of the Black Art Sessions by Ebony Haynes. His bylines include Apollon Journal and Just Smile Magazine.
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Rianna Jade Parker
Rianna Jade Parker is a critic, art historian, curator and researcher based in South London where she studied her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a Contributing Editor of Frieze magazine and co-curated War Inna Babylon: The Community's Struggle for Truths and Rights at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Her first book A Brief History of Black British Art was published by Tate in 2022. Her second title, An Unfinished History of Black Artists is forthcoming with Quarto Books in 2024, and she is represented by The Wiley Agency.

Jupiter Magazine

Published by: Dogbeach and Jupiter

Publication Year: 2024

Editorial Team: Camille Bacon, Daria Harper

Editorial Assistant: Niara Hightower

Design Team: DogBeach;

Creative Director: Sebastien Pierre, Design Director: Alyssa Klimo, Art Director: Erica Ohmi

Web Development: Nishat Firoj

Contributors: Akwaeke Emezi, Jenna “J” Wortham, Joshua Segun-Lean, Rianna Jade Parker, and Diallo


This project is supported by Critical Minded, an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Ford Foundation


We extended the utmost gratitude to the following people, each of whom have vivified the expansive spirit of Jupiter…

Rashid Shabazz of Critical Minded

Bora Kim and Elizabeth Baribeau of Artadia

Hannah Gottlieb-Graham, Sue Ariza, Ashley Tyner and Anna Bane of ALMA Communications

McArthur Binion

Josh Brainin

Kimberly Drew

Jessica Lynne

Franklin Sirmans

Laura Walton

Immanuel Wilkins

Finally, we thank and we praise our families (both enfleshed and beyond, both chosen and of origin), our ancestors and our spirit guides, who have offered us the immeasurable velocity, direction, and foresight needed to bring Jupiter to this side of the horizon.