The Raffish

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raff•ish (adjective)
Characterized by winsome unconventionality; possessing qualities that are engagingly disreputable; attractively offbeat or unorthodox.

the (definite article)
Used as a function word before singular substantivized adjective.


the raffish is a social enterprise, a distinctive publication and publishing company.
We work directly with forsaken contributors--including prisoners, immigrants, and combat verterans--to foster dialogue and share stories in a monthly mag, podcast, and annual print anthology. 


the raffish was established in 2017, evolving from the friendship between Justin McKee and Caitlin Davis, who'd met the previous year whilst living in New Orleans, Louisiana. Caitlin had come up in a particularly diverse suburb of Chicago, Illinois, with a family of artists and keen thinkers who saw their fortune change dramatically after the housing crisis of ’08. She’d been enrolled at DePaul University studying communications but was forced to withdraw to help support her family, who ultimately lost their home, sending Caitlin on a turbulent journey to self-sustainment.  Justin was raised in Northern California, by an immigrant family of working-class storytellers.  Following the 12th grade, he followed a wayward muse that saw him traveling to play music on street corners and at cocktail parties, freelance writing whilst toiling in a tango bar and working as a sign painter.  They crossed paths in the Deep South during the incendiary summer of 2016, and in trips through the Mississippi Delta and on neighborhood porches back in the Crescent City, they began laying the foundation for their vision. Inspired by each other, their contrasting life experiences, and a desire to explore the dissonance of our times, they committed themselves to fostering dialogue and listening to stories aching to be told, with the conviction that by engaging our obstacles and sharing our stories we may succeed in effecting a more compassionate world.


*the raffish is in the process of filing for 501(c)(3) status. Donations will become tax-deductible upon approval and determination.