About Radio Silence
Radio Silence is literature and rock & roll. We produce a print magazine, online content, and live events. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we also give free copies of the magazine to high schools and libraries, and we use a portion of our revenue to buy books and musical instruments for kids. No high-quality magazine exists that presents rock music and literature side-by-side and explores their exhilarating relationship.
Not until now.
Radio Silence on the Page
The debut issue of Radio Silence hit the streets in May 2012. The magazine will appear twice this year and more frequently beginning next year. Each issue includes fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays, featuring an award-winning cast of literary, musical, and illustrative talent.
Radio Silence Live
Radio Silence presents a variety of engaging events with rock musicians and writers. Our signature show pairs a musician and writer on stage, in conversation, performance, and collaboration. The first few will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll also put on smaller events between issues, some more literary focused, some more musical.
Radio Silence Online
The Radio Silence website is our home for media, news, reviews, and a database of weekly book and record releases. Come here to find our podcast series, our short films, our photography exhibits, and a curated daily aggregate of news in the worlds of rock and literature.
Radio Silence for the Kids
Education is central to our vision. Without access to arts education, our society will become culturally bankrupt. We aim to do our part to help create the next generation of artists and audiences. A portion of all revenue from subscriptions and ticket sales is used to buy books and musical instruments for students. If we can inspire a few kids to grow up to be the next Tom Waits or Cormac McCarthy – or at least if we can light some sparks – that ain’t a bad thing.
Editor-in-Chief Dan Stone has taught middle school, high school, and college, and worked for six years as a program manager and documentary producer at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published poetry, prose, and translations. Dan oversees all content at Radio Silence and shamelessly begs his favorite writers and musicians to participate. He moonlights as a bartender.
Design Director Brandon Herring is also the co-founder of 17FEET, a web-design boutique in San Francisco. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to Bay Area start-ups and non-profits. His work has been featured in numerous design publications. At Radio Silence, Brandon works with the Editor-in-Chief and Art Director to determine the overall design of the magazine, website, and other visual elements.
Art Director Casey Burns is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Brooklyn after many years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The New York Times, on record covers and posters for Sonic Youth, and on beer labels for Deschutes Brewery. By day he is a digital producer for Victoria’s Secret. For Radio Silence, Casey handles art assignments and press production.
Copy Editor Kim Gooden has worked at the Washington City Paper and Grupo Planeta in Barcelona. She also writes fiction, does literary translation from Spanish, and tends bar. Kim copy edits Radio Silence and offers guidance on content and direction.
Social Media Director and Editorial Assistant Denise Cho manages online content and works on print production for Radio Silence. She has an M.A. in literature from S.F. State and plays viola and cello for the San Francisco indie-rock band Arcadio.
Operations and Distribution Coordinator Zoë Ferrigno was born and raised in Seattle and studied literature at the University of Washington. She sees to it that subscribers and bookstores get their copies of Radio Silence, and she assists with online and print content.
Special Projects Manager and Editorial Assistant Shane Sweeting is a graduate of the U.C. Santa Cruz Creative Writing Program. She works on a variety of projects and events for Radio Silence, and she assists with online and print content.
Editorial Assistant Darby Beck also works as the Program Coordinator for MapLight, a political research non-profit in Berkeley. Darby copy edits and fact-checks Radio Silence and provides editorial guidance.
Board of Directors
Neko Case is an award-winning musician who has released several critically acclaimed recordings and performed all over the world. Her 2009 album Middle Cyclone debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts and was rated the number one album of the year by Amazon. Along with her solo work, Neko is a member of The New Pornographers.
Brandon Herring, see above.
Jake Martin has worked for ten years at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA, where he is credited on four Academy Award-winning feature films. At Pixar, he is Senior Manager of Production Staff and an Associate Producer on the forthcoming Dia de los Muertos project.
Zach Rogue has for nine years written, performed, and produced music for the indie-rock band Rogue Wave, touring the world and releasing four full-length albums. His latest project, Release the Sunbird, has two records to date — the LP Come Back to Us and the EP Imaginary Summer. Rogue also scored the HBO series On Freddie Roach.
Dan Stone, see above.