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Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not writing or scrolling, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more.


I haven’t launched a new publication since 2011, when quietly came online. And 2020 might not have been a great year for many things, but being stuck at home with a laptop did lend itself well to one kind of thing: Creating. And so create I did. I wrote a book’s worth of essays. […]

Offbeat Bride 3rd edition, published September 2019

What it’s like to still be talking about your wedding, 15 years later Think about what you were doing 15 years ago. Think about who you were, the choices you were making, and the ways you talked about those choices. Think about your motivations and your priorities. How was who you are now reflected in […]

PROS BEFORE BROS, art book / jewelry pairing, released January 2019

WTF is Pros Before Bros? A self-publishing experiment. A proof of concept. An ode to therapeutic sex work. A self-directed MFA project. An exercise in collaboration with other women-owned businesses. An exploration of the intimacy between readers and an author. A playground for me to fiddle with concepts of tangibility, valuation, packaging, and artist process.

2020 State of the Empire

The first thing you should know about the Offbeat Empire circa 2020 is that the name is even more of a humorous misnomer than it used to be: the company is just me now.