In August of 1991, recent college grad Mark Semonian published the first issue of The Improper Bostonian. After coming up with the name and a million ideas, Mark got a bunch of young, smart people together, and a magazine was born in a loft in Brookline Village. Nearly 20 years later, The Improper—a lifestyle publication covering entertainment and culture—has become a local institution, reaching more than 400,000 readers every two weeks.
The Improper reports on the people, places and things that make Boston a world-class city in an insightful, irreverent and colorful manner. Kerry Brett, a staff photographer for some 17 years, shoots many of our celebrity covers, including David Ortiz, Rachael Ray, Joey McIntyre, Maria Menounos, Amy Poehler, Kevin Garnett, Dane Cook, Chris Cooper and others. Our popular writers include man-about-town Jonathan Soroff, funny guy Ezra Dyer, wine expert Sandy Block, sports personality Michael Holley and best-selling author John Spooner.
In 2003, Wendy Semonian Eppich (Mark’s sister) became publisher of the magazine, which is now located in the Pledge of Allegiance building in the Back Bay. Youth Companions Magazine was once housed here, a 19th-century publication boasting some of the era’s most-respected writers, including the person believed to have penned the Pledge of Allegiance. Today, The Improper continues that creative tradition, striving to produce a publication worthy of its hometown.