Wallace Berman photograph of his son Tosh, c. 1960.
AS IT OUGHT TO BE
Founded in 2009 by Matt Gonzalez, Jim Dorenkott, and Okla Elliott, AIOTB is a progressive forum which hopes to encourage humane thought and action related to contemporary political and cultural matters. The writers do not belong to a particular political party, nor are they expected to adhere to any set program. They all value progressive democratic principles, respect different viewpoints, and seek common ground while maintaining a healthy skepticism for unnecessary compromise.
Work that originally appeared in AIOTB has gone on to be reprinted in such venues as Boston Globe, Counterpunch, and Huffington Post. We encourage editors to contact us about reprinting works appearing on the site. There is no fee to reprint; all we ask for is acknowledgment of original publication in AIOTB and full author attribution. To contact us about reprints, please email us at asitoughttobe [at] gmail [dot] com.
We have a number of regular contributors, including Yahya T. Ali, Thomas Baughman, Christopher Carrico, Raul Clement, Chase Dimock, John Dunn, Andreas Economakis, Gabriel Gudding, Liam Hysjulien, Billee Sharp, Eve Toliman, Letitia Trent, and John Unger Zussman. We also regularly feature guest columnists.
Okla Elliott serves as managing editor, Sivan Butler-Rotholz serves as the editor of the Saturday Poetry Series, and Kirsten Clodfelter serves as the editor of the review series, At the Margins, which focuses on under-represented or marginalized work.
We are committed to publishing both experienced and inexperienced writers. We seek, above all, authentic perspectives and want to democratize discourse however possible. Of course, the opinions expressed are solely those of the writers.
-Matt Gonzalez & Okla Elliott
Statue of Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American revolutionary and pamphleteer, in his hometown of Thetford, Norfolk, England by sculptor Sir Charles Wheeler.