It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re picking the brains of bold, powerful women who represent our future. Today, meet the woman behind The Wing’s brilliant magazine No Man’s Land, Deidre Dyer.
Throughout time, we’ve counted on a small number of community leaders to push things forward, break perceptions, and bring change. And ladies, the past two years have been pivotal. We’ve seen–and struggled with, and spoken out against, and called shit out on–issues that have been pressing, and still continue to press, womenkind. It’s change that we want to champion throughout this month, while celebrating those who are propelling us into a far better future. So throughout March, we are focusing what matters to us most, right now: groundbreaking, culture-shifting, era-defying, and straight up goals women.
By Brittany Natale
Photos by Maya Fuhr
Deidre Dyer, Executive Editor of The Wing’s publication, No Man’s Land, is one of the women behind The Wing that make it so amazing. If you are not familiar with The Wing, it is a NYC-founded network of women-only co-working spaces started by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan that is straight out of a dream. Beautifully designed with an impressive list of amenities, The Wing’s multi-purpose functionality has something for everyone – beauty and wellness areas, libraries full of books about and by women, lactation rooms, cafes that serve food by women-owned vendors, an art gallery featuring work by artists such as Jenny Holzer, and much more. Members of The Wing include everyone from Jessica Williams (formerly of “The Daily Show”) to Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine.
The Wing’s recently launched bi-annual publication, No Man’s Land, is an extension of The Wing’s mission and was created to showcase the magic that happens when women join forces. Helmed by Deidre, a NYC-based creative, its first issue features amazing women creatives including Remy Ma, Hari Nef, Tavi Gevinson, Aminatou Sow, Nora Ephron, Brie Larson, and many more.
Deidre, who has also written for other publications such as The FADER and Vogue, caught up with us recently to share with us the process that goes into putting together No Man’s Land, the power of storytelling, and Rihanna.
You have written for publications such as The FADER, Vogue, and you are now also the Executive Editor for The Wing’s magazine, No Man’s Land. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got to where you are today?
My interest in storytelling has really guided my career. I like to seek out subjects and narratives that are a little bit off-kilter, but definitely sort of relatable.
Yes! I feel that storytelling is so important today also – it helps us learn more about each other and truly connect. Do you have any favorite subjects you like to cover or any interesting highlights that particularly stick out?
I love telling stories about my Caribbean heritage! I wrote a piece about Spice—this amazing dancehall artist from Jamaica—for Vogue.com. That was a true highlight!
Are there any writers that you are especially inspired by?
Doreen St. Felix, Allison Davis, Zadie Smith and Mary HK Choi.
The inaugural issue of The Wing’s magazine, No Man’s Land, was recently released and features so many amazing women – Remy Ma, Hari Nef, Tavi Gevinson, and more. Can you share with us a little bit about the process that went into putting the first issue together?
We really wanted to capture some of the conversations and energy that was taking place naturally at The Wing. There were so many amazing features and ideas during our brainstorm sessions, that we were split for choice. We were, however, able to edit it down to an awesome line-up of stories and commission a slew of great female writers and photographers in order to bring it to life.
“We’re in a moment where women want to connect, support and create together. It’s a quite organic and natural moment. So just being here to capture and facilitate it feels very right.”
So amazing! What The Wing is doing with No Man’s Land and beyond is truly inspiring and so important. Why do you feel that uplifting women creatives and their voices, especially via publications such as No Man’s Land, is so necessary right now?
We’re in a moment where women want to connect, support and create together. It’s a quite organic and natural moment. So just being here to capture and facilitate it feels very right.
What do you think are some of the biggest issues affecting women today?
I couldn’t begin to list the issues and impediments that women are facing.
Who or what have been some of your biggest influences?
Oprah Winfrey, Lil Kim, Rihanna and my mom!
Any upcoming projects of yours we should be on the lookout for?
YES…Issue 2 of No Man’s Land will be out in late Spring 2018! Get pumped!