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About this Blog

I stared Four Letter Word in January, 2012 as part of a class assignment during my second semester of graduate school with a mission to explore underground culture specifically Nerd Culture. Four Letter Word quickly expanded to include culture and innovation in the Greater Boston area and beyond, shifting it’s focus to cover the local arts scene and innovators.  Using a rotating series of more than 80 essays, articles, interviews, video, audio, photo galleries and guest features Four Letter Word has reached thousands of people in more than 125 countries worldwide.

Four Letter Word is currently on hiatus as we plan for our future endeavours.  Thank you for all your continued support

– Julia.


js12016-copyJulia is a writer, photographer and multimedia artist, as well as the creator and editor of Four Letter Word.  Julia works as a freelance writer, photographer and multimedia artist.  She is always looking for interesting things to write about and new things to explore.  You can find more of her work at




Anna Rae is a member of the poprock band Hemway, releases solo music as Anna Rae, produces the inclusive multimedia event series All Together Now, and writes about the lives and fashion of queer performers for Qwear.



Kip Lyall is a Somerville-living artist, illustrator, and musician. He once spent a few weeks animating the adventures of Word Girl, a super-heroine who used her knowledge of grammar and language to defeat evil. Link:



biopicNathan Langford spends his days sticking needles into people as a licensed acupuncturist in Boston, MA.  An enthusiastic traveler, he spends his free time researching cheap travel ideas.



Mekhala Roy got her Master’s degree in English from Calcutta University and earned her Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.  She has contributed articles to the Somerville Journal and Cambridge Chronicle. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband. Mekhala’s blog is mohabhoj.


Melissa Tabeek is a freelance journalist.  You can find her guest feature here and follow Melissa on her Facebook page or see more of Melissa’s work on her website:


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. MaldivesDreamer says:

    Hi Julia 🙂 What a great blog you have! Well done! Irene


    1. JuliaSwanson says:

      I’m glad you like it, thanks for following!


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