– Issue no. 1 –

The Anger Issue


We all know anger, but it presents itself in unique ways.

Maybe it begins as a nagging irritation and develops into a Hulk-like rage; or perhaps it just eats away at you slowly. We wanted to bring the ever-present, shape-shifting nature of anger to the pages of Anxy. And so this issue is packed with personal stories, candid interviews, stunning photography, poems, and more.
Here are some of the highlights.




One-on-one conversations with creative people about mental health




Margaret Atwood

“It’s happened and un-happened many times in history.”



Brian Frank on Prison Life

“They threw the book at me. As soon as I walked in the room I was guilty. Didn’t have a chance.”

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A collection of reflective, intimate essays


 Ijeoma Oluo on Stereotypes 


“There is a lot to be angry about in this world, but you wouldn’t know that on the surface, because we are told the opposite. We are told to not be angry about the exploitation of labor, the inequalities in our system, the brutality of capitalism, the subjugation of women and POC, the erasure of the disabled, the destruction of our environment…”



May Wilkerson on Gaslighting

“I told a guy I was dating I didn’t want him to drive me home because he’d been drinking.  He said, ‘Are you insane? I’ve had three beers.’ Not only did I let him drive me home, I apologized for questioning his sobriety. He made fun of me for days.”




Quentin Vennie on Growing up Tough

“The adrenaline rush of anger soon become my crutch. Shedding my vulnerability
turned me into a darker, more aggressive person.”




Incisive, thoughtful reporting that gets to the core of the issues




Lorena Rios

“Anger emerges everywhere in Turkey. It's in conversations, and in fights that break out in the street. It's there when people turn each other into the police, or harass those they deem different.”

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Compelling photo essays and illustration that give anger an artful lens




Melissa Spitz

The St Louis-based photographer's haunting, intimate document of what it's
like to grow up with a mentally ill, substance-abusing mother.



Matt Eich

Why an award-winning photographer turned his camera from documenting America to looking at his own family—and how he coped.




Anxy's readers chime in




Sharing the words we use to describe moments of
torment and uncertainty.



True stories from workers who spend their days on the front lines of frustration.

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Anxy No.1: 144 pages of beautiful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking storytelling that you won't want to miss.


Table of Contents


Biological Weapons
Words by Aleks Krotoski
Illustration by Cynthia Kittler

Your Body, Your Anger
Illustration by Petra Eriksson

Gaslighting: A Hate Story
Words by May Wilkerson
Illustration by Teresa Carreira

Our Secret Language
Anxy readers share some choice words.

We Must Name Our Anger
Words by Ijeoma Oluo

Between the Binary
Words by Sara Corral
Artwork by Polina Tereshina

Removing the Mask of Masculinity
Words by Quentin Vennie
Artwork by Indhira Rojas

What It's Like When People Shout At You All Day
Words by Beejoli Shah
Portraits by Ana Popescu


Lose Her, Recover Me
Words by Claire Fitzsimmons
Illustrations by Laura Breiling

You Have Nothing to Worry About
Photographs and Words by Melissa Spitz

When My Fury Set Me Free
Words by Kate Speer
Photographs by Kristen Tomkowid

Margaret Atwood Isn't Angry—She's Energized
Words by Collier Meyerson
Photographs by Adrienne Grunwald

Them, Not Us
Words by Lorena Rios
Photographs by Emanuele Satolli

Family Man
Photographs and Words by Matt Eich

Fight or Flight
Interview by Pete Brook
Photographs by Brian Frank

The Color Red
Poem by Joel L. Daniels

The Ones You Love
Words by Juli Fraga

This Is Not The Death Poem You Asked For
Poem by Denise Benavides

A Taxonomy of Angry Music
Words by Josie Thaddeus-Johns

Fire in the Belly
Words by Diego Salazar
Illustration by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

The Survival Kit
What to do when fury and fear start taking over.

Why The Fuck Does The Samsung Ringtone Piss Me Off And Other Important Life Questions
Words by Kevin Braddock
Illustrations by Teddy Hose

The Anger Mismanagement Workbook
Artwork by Catherine Weiss

Shelf Life
Anxy contributors recommend their favorite books about this issue's theme.

Mental Health Resources