About

A bunch of berries in the Valley

Raspberry is your source for the latest in Fraser Valley life and culture.

Established in June 2016 by Red Press Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing and supporting local cultural expression, Raspberry publishes in-depth coverage of the everyday life and culture of Fraser Valley residents.

We know we aren’t the only ones who want to be more connected and fulfilled by our experiences close to home: to have a deeper understanding of where our food comes from and how it’s made, or catch a glimpse into the wild thought gardens of our artistic neighbours. We want to know who we’re living among, and celebrate the creative spirit of our community.

Where to find us

Right now, we publish Raspberry online. You can find past issues here or read individual articles on our website. You can also subscribe to get the latest issue sent to your inbox.

Print isn’t dead, it has just changed and we’re changing with it. When you take a minute over coffee or waiting for the dentist, we’ll be there in hard copy. This has been our goal since day one and we remain committed to bringing you the latest in local community culture in print and online.

We want to save your data and give you a screen break. Our print issue is small enough to tuck in your bag, so you can pick up later where you left off. If you would like to continue to read us in print, please consider making a donation to Red Press Society.

Who we are

Raspberry editors, writers, and designers collectively contribute hundreds of volunteer hours compiling each issue. We appreciate every person’s time and effort, and encourage you to read their bios at the end of each season’s publication.

Our Editorial Team:

Editor-in-Chief
Katie Stobbart is the founding editor of Raspberry and the heart and soul behind Red Press Society. She’s a queer feminist poet and nerd from Abbotsford, where she lives with two cats, eleven houseplants, and a thousand books. Katie has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from UFV and is the executive assistant at a local non-profit organization. When she’s not working, you’ll find her writing, painting, or leading a bumbling party of heroes on a quest to save the forest.

Associate Editor
Jess teaches communications at the University of the Fraser Valley and is an editor at Raspberry. She has an M.A. from Carleton University, a B.A. from UFV, and enough zombie research to survive the apocalypse. She’s a pop-culture nerd, a retro-loving geek, and a writer of many things. She also shares a birthday with Harry Potter.

Literary Arts Curator
Dessa has two English degrees, a passion for book reviews, and not enough coffee. By day, she is a PhD student at Carleton University, where she studies book prizes and gnashes her teeth over the state of CanLit. She lives 5000 kilometres away from the rest of the board members, and is a self-described Google Hangouts prodigy. You can find her, or, at least, more about her, at dessabayrock.com. She is the proprietor of the microchapbook publisher Post Ghost Press.

Visual Arts Curator
Aymee is a graduate of the visual arts program at UFV, and a staunch arts advocate in Abbotsford. She has been an enthusiastic administrator and coordinator in a variety of organisations, including the Abbotsford Arts Council and a number of galleries. In 2016, she was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate award. She’s quirky, passionate, and patently hilarious. Aymee can usually be found carting around innumerable clay figurines and muttering about eyes.