The Dreams Journal started with a simple idea: A place to explore thoughts that often aren’t given the time or space to be. Namely, dreams.
It didn’t come out fully-formed, though—instead, like most great ideas, taking flight from a “what if” idea. In conversations over many coffees with Alexandra Zatarain, CMO of Eight and The Dreams Journal’s publisher, I often brought up dreams as art, and we wondered at what an unexplored area dreaming is. In a busy world where a “dream” might be the last thing on your to-do list, and sleep is for recharging, how do we get back to that place of subconscious yearning? The original thought was to create notebooks: Literal “dreams journals” for people to keep next to their bed and scribble night thoughts and aspirations. We loved the idea of exploring and also sharing the creative side of sleep, and wanted an outlet for not only fans of Eight, but for anyone who found that intriguing. A place to engage with the overshadowed personal things we yearn to share, for a more public conversation. Wishing for a space became “why not make one?”—snowballing into a critical literary magazine. The Dreams Journal.
Founded on the new, unexplored, and emerging, those became foundations for our mission statement: To explore thoughts creative and critical, of and from the world of dreams. Sleep is the wild west of science—there’s little known about what goes on during it or how it prods our subconscious, making our brains to churn out the surprising thoughts they do. Similarly, we want to hear from emerging and young writers and artists with a fresh take on it all—who weren’t mired by convention, but open to all inspirations. Making this a space that honors the rising, the in-development, because few places do. At the same time, we’re juxtaposing them with thinkers who spend their days doing just these sorts of psychoanalytical deep dives.
We’re very excited about where this may go—and to have you along for the exploration. Please read, comment, and submit your own work. Because above all, The Dreams Journal is about being open-minded, to anything and anyone.
A dream can mean many things to everyone—and we want to explore them all. Through prose, poetry, personal essays, interviews, and critical thinking, we’re shedding light on the night—or at least, the thoughts inspired by it.
Editor In Chief