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Founded online in 2017 and run entirely by a staff of volunteers, sinkhole is a politics and culture website committed to exploring, not explaining.



This is a place for those conversations most of us have but don’t for some reason ever seem to find their way into print: weird exhilarating mashed-up Babels of politics, culture, and art; it’s a liminal space, in keeping with Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance;” it’s a place for new and underrepresented writers to showcase their work; it’s the poor person’s Atlantic. Literally, we’re very poor.

It’s a lot of things, in other words. Just like you.

We publish long- and short-form reporting, multimedia journalism, essays and commentary, fiction and poetry, interviews, and a podcast. And good news: we’re always looking for new voices. Like, all the time. You can visit our submit page for more information.

The bottom line is this: sinkhole is, as one of our editors describes it, a place where cool people do dope shit every day.

Thanks for reading.


eric fershtman

democritus lover, sock connoisseur. work in WikiTribuneSoapbox, Seneca Review, BULL, and elsewhere.

madison bernath
creative editor

devoted consumer of coffee, carbonara, and stories. work in the Orlando Sentinel, The Drunken Odyssey, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

brendon barnes
culture editor

currently listening to a podcast instead of recording a podcast. cast iron game: immaculate. work in Portland Review, Bayou Magazine, and elsewhere.

rachel kolman
contributing culture editor

has watched every season of the Real World/Road Rules challenge. give her your Westworld fan theories. work in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Bustle, and elsewhere.