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Empirical Magazine

A literary and current affairs magazine with an open, pioneering spirit, Empirical aspires for truth with bold ideas and new paradigms.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Media and Entertainment
  • Location Chico, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

The Empirical reader comes away enlivened by its short stories, poems, art, beautiful photography, and interfaith spiritual perspectives that encourage multi-cultural points of view. Most of our customers are 25-54 years old and are professionals, writers, and professors who are inspired by the magazine's unique perspective on politics, economics, science, and sports. Empirical is in every Barnes & Nobles, other stores, and in 7 other countries.


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    Tara Grover Smith
    Publisher, Editor-in-Chief

    Tara is a writer, editor, and an adjunct English instructor. She has a Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in Professional Writing from Baylor University. When she is not working on Empirical or grading papers, she is writing a novel, and on weekends, watching movies and playing games with her stepchildren.

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    Olav Bryant Smith
    Managing Editor, Art Director

    Olav is a philosopher, writer, photographer, and singer-songwriter. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from the Claremont Graduate University, where he was editor of Process Perspectives and Editorial Assistant for Process Studies. Olav is retired from the Philosophy Department at CSU Chico, teaches Eastern Religions at Butte College, and is the author of Myths of the Self. He enjoys playing basketball and hiking.

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    Dan O'Brien
    Senior Editor

    A psychologist, author, philosopher, martial artist, and skeptic, Dan has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World Playlist, Bitten, The Journey, The Ocean and the Hourglass, Deviance of Time, The Path of the Fallen, The Portent, The Twins of Devonshire and the Curse of the Widow, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @AuthorDanOBrien. Visit his blog: