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Our Story

ROOM: A Sketchbook for Psychoanalytic Action is an online magazine that was launched in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Through art and psychoanalysis, two disciplines devoted to the expression of subjectivity and the unconscious, ROOM seeks to capture the effects of the political on the psychological and of the psychological on the political.

The essays, poetry, art, photographs, and music published in ROOM have become artifacts of our rapidly changing perceptions and emotions. This is our mission:  Without knowing where any issue will take us next,  ROOM is committed to providing an open space for contributors and readers to navigate and confront a changing and uncertain reality.

Our growth

As we prepare for our anniversary issue ROOM 2.19, we would like you to share with you how far we have come during the past two years and encourage you to help us take ROOM to another level. There has been an exponential increase in ROOM’s readership since our first issue:

+ 5,600 visitors
+ 4,000 U.S. readers
+ 90 Countries
+ 60 Contributors from the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

When we started, ROOM 2.17.pdf had less than 200 downloads. Now, along with our magazine,  we have an online website,  with more than 5,600 unique visitors, and our .pdf has more than 8,800 downloads. Having multiple formats gives ROOM more flexibility and improves readers access to content and articles.

ROOM has made its way to 90 different countries. As our readership has expanded, submissions have also increased. ROOM has published Pulitzer prize-winning finalists, senior analysts, and first-time authors; internationally acclaimed artists,  photographers, and musicians as well as amateur photographers and emerging artists. The psychoanalytic essays have been philosophical, personal, clinical, and political. Some have begun responding back and forth to each other.

Our Impact

Phyllis Beren’s timeless and excellent essay, Children on the Border,  published in ROOM 6.18, was included in the official record of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the second time that an essay by one of ROOM’s authors found its way into having a profound impact in the world outside of our consulting rooms. Within days of its publication, Stefanie Hofer’s essay, Playing with Guns, published in ROOM 2.18, precipitated her community church in Virginia to finally ban all games involving guns at their Halloween festival.

In November 2018, ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action was selected by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) as the winner of the 2018 Gradiva® Award in the category of New Media.

Receiving the Gradiva® Award is a great honor. This professional recognition establishes the importance of the relationship between ROOM and the larger mental health community. It also acknowledges the hard work of the writers, artists, editors, and the support of so many people who have joined us over the last two years to make room for psychoanalytic conversation within a public space. We did it together, and the meaning is beyond ourselves.

How to help

Become a patron and support our project: donate, subscribe and share!

ROOM depends entirely on reader support. No amount is too small. ALL donations will go directly to ROOM and will be used to cover the production costs that make ROOM happen including our graphic designer, copy editor, and translators, as well as running our domain, hosting service, and printing costs.

ROOM is FREE but making ROOM needs community support. We are a self-supporting and independent entity, unaffiliated with any particular school of psychoanalysis. We are grateful to the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) for giving us a 501 (c)(3) non-profit platform recognized by the IRS.  All donations are tax deductible.

ROOM has outdone itself and grown faster than we imagined. We are proud of what we have accomplished and inspired to continue working to meet the challenges that face us in the year ahead.

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Thank you,
The Editorial Board

Checks should be made out to IPTAR - with a designation that the money will be used entirely for ROOM, and mailed to:

IPTAR c/o Tessa Peteete 
1651 3rd Avenue suite 205
NYC, NY 10128

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