January 30, 2015
January 30th could very well be the most important day in all of human history, and you’ve probably never given it much thought. This date, which should be noted in your calendar, is the birth date of Grrlpunch. If you don’t know the story: Lucy skipped school during a lice epidemic and watched Kathleen Hanna’s The Punk Singer. This documentary inspired her to start a magazine. Now it is nearly 2016, and Grrlpunch has surpassed everyone’s expectations.
February 5, 2015
Nearly a week after Lucy’s brainchild was born, she decided to run around the school’s lunch room inviting girls to join in her little magazine. Originally, we were a small group of artists, writers and poets, and we had absolutely no idea what the heck Lucy was thinking. All we had was a handwritten note requesting our service.
February 6, 2015 2:20 PM
The very next day, Lucy got to work online. Grrlpunch was still brand new, but someone Lucy managed to construct an entire website and buy a domain. To this day, the site is still grrlpunch.com.
February 6, 2015 2:27 PM
Former GrrlPuncher Halley Brooks was the magazine’s first author. On Feb. 6, Halley published “Completely and Utterly Unprepared.” It was a riveting tale of a stressed out teenager trying to deal with life’s many woes. This articles successfully marked GrrlPunch’s first ever post.
February. 19, 2015
Two weeks after the Grrlpunch board was configured, Lucy called a meeting at Republic Coffee. During this meeting we decided that in order to keep order, we must establish monthly themes. Lucy then announced that February’s theme would be My Grrl Anatomy.
February 21, 2015 6:13 PM
Grrlpunch’s second meeting was hosted in my guest house, and we brainstormed tons ideas for the magazine. Much of the GrrlPunch you know today was established in that second meeting. Moreover, we decided on the reoccurring monthly articles, such as the editor’s note, playlist, and horoscopes.
February 23, 2015
Following our second meeting, former GrrlPuncher Emma Carter wrote the magazine’s first themed article: “Shaving: A Necessary Evil?” This article also included the art of former GrrlPunch artist Zoe Whelan. She would go on to become GrrlPunch’s first artistic editor. However, Whelan was not actually on the official board when she illustrated this article. Due to a last minute cancellation, Emma’s article lacked artwork. As a result, Lucy frantically asked her friend to sketch a slew of hairy-legged grrls.
April 2, 2015
GrrlPunch is known for its art and writing, but many forget that we have some very talented photographers on our board. However, this has not always been the case. A photo diary did not appear on the site until our third month, coined 24 hours. Brenna Pepke kickstarted this third theme with the photo diary “Unnoticed.” These photos laid the framework for Pepke presence on GrrlPuncher. She remains our head of photography.
September 20, 2015
Cooper Young Festival served as GrrlPunch’s first public event. This stress-ridden day nearly drove us mad, but it was extremely successful. A few of your favorite GrrlPunchers had the privilege of talking to people from all across Memphis. We strived to tell everyone our story and mission. On top of getting our name out there, we also sold out on merchandise.
November 7, 2015
Still on an event kick, Lucy decided to host her own event. In true post-Halloween fashion, Lucy called the event GrrlHorror. She invited local bands to play while the GrrlPunchers gathered in the next room to sell merch.
November served as our most viewed month. With a theme like Thanks, who wouldn’t want to view. November was a huge month for Grrlpunch. We hosted our first ever event, introduced new writers and started working on a new website.
It has been 11 months since our founding, and it is awe-inspiring to see how far we have come. Eleven months ago, “Grrlpunch” was just a word jotted down in Lucy’s notes. Now it is a brand, a logo, a movement. I hope our readers stay with us to see where we will be eleven months down the road.