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COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Food Thoughts Zine (2013)

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Hi POC Zine Project,

My name is Minh, and I’m writing to submit my zine for the community project.

Thanks for all you do!

TITLE: Food Thoughts

AUTHOR: Root Loop (Minh Nguyen)

RELEASE: Print: November 2013.  Digital: June 2014

ORIGIN: Seattle, WA

DESCRIPTION: Food Thoughts is a critique of the absence of race and class analyses in mainstream food-related movements, such as those calling for organic or animal-free consumption. The critiques are heavily supported by the scholarship of Dr. Breeze Harper. Many examples are specific to Seattle.

READ NOW:

http://issuu.com/minhrootloop/docs/foodthoughts

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: minhnguyen.co 

A large part of my motivation for making zines is to meet other POCs who are both interested in having conversations about race/class/gender dynamics and in maintaining/redefining DIY ethics. Please get in touch at minhnguyenplus at gmail dot com. 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ANANSASEM Zine (2013)

TITLE: ANANSASEM

CREATOR: Aida Amoako/KidisAlright

RELEASE: OCTOBER 2013

LOCATION: United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION: This zine has two short Ghanaian folk tales told by my mum and transcribed by me. They are stories of Anansi the Spider, an African and also Caribbean cultural phenom. I made it for Black History Month, which is October in the UK.

First ever proper zine!

Here’s my tumblr and my blog :)

Thanks!

BUY NOW: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/205893427/anansasem-a-story-zine

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.



COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! zine

TITLE: Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! An Anti-Copyright Zine Chronicling Xicana’s in Punk and Beyond

CREATOR: Brenda M. @ Sing Your Life Literature Projects

RELEASE: May 2013

ORIGIN: Oakland, Califas

BUY Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! (PRINT)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SingYourLifeProjects

READ Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! FOR FREE

DESCRIPTION BY BRENDA M.: Zine is 21 pages. Black and white Xeroxed copies.

This Zine was my submission, my final project for a Xican@ Studies course at SF State.My decision to submit a piece of work that is, for the most part, not considered appropriate work for an academic institution was a conscious, intentional one. I intend, now and forever, to create pieces of work that are available for all people. This is an anti-copyright, anti-privatization production. 

Property is theft.

The contents of this Zine focus on Xicanas in Punk. The term Xicana is defined as self-identified womyn of America who hold to their hearts and their consciousness the herstory and development of Xican@ socio-political culture. Xicanas have existed since 1848, when the United States of America created a border that divided Central and South America from North America. Xicanas refuse to have a hyphenated identity. 

NO TO: Mexican-American, Salvadorean-American, Nicaraguensa-Americana.

Punk is the cultural movement that manifested in loud expressions of dissent as was visible in both the style and dress of punks, but also in the politically driven lyrics and expressions of punk music. Xicanas existed in the punk movement, as did a number of bad ass womyn of color. For the purpose of the assignment, I only speak of the Xicana experience. But I believe the experience is universal for all womyn of color, who for so long have been pushed on the sideline as angry, cute figures, not worthy of being placed in the books.

WE ARE ANGRY AND HELL YEAH WE ARE REALLY FUCKING CUTE AND OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD FROM THE SUBURBS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO LOS PUEBLOS IN CHIAPAS. 
This is her story.

The guts of the Zine include:

  * A Love Note To The Reader: a miniature piece on the importance of transparency

  * La Inspiracion: how Poly Styrene saved me from Suburbia

  * Xicanistas Son Punkeristas: reclaiming our identity, Teresa Covarubbias spits truth, and Alice Bag talks about assimilation

  *The Xicana Way: Rasquachismo & Musical Fusion: the original DIY culture

  * A Brief, Brief Timeline: Bad Ass Mujeres in Herstory: from 1848 to present day, bad ass mujeres doing bad ass work in bad ass musical endeavors 

  * La Mala Pulga: Star Clouds And The Ramones Rejection: the biography of the 22-year old lead singer of Richmond, Califas’ Las Malas Pulgas

  * That 20 Track List That’ll DO IT: a mixed tape/CD/playlist that you all need to make.

FOLLOW SING YOUR LIFE LITERATURE PROJECTS

http://singyourlifeprojects.tumblr.com/

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘Please Tell Me More About Myself’

TITLE: Please Tell Me More About Myself 

AUTHORS: Jené Etheridge, Atoosa Moinzadeh, Imaan Ramezanzadeh, Alexandra Rawlings, Caleb Devillar-Fox, Eric Sanders, Chloe Kachscovsky, Daphne Hsu, Arista Burwell-Chen, Olivia Smiff

RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2013

ORIGIN: Seattle, WA 

Created in collaboration with the University of Washington’s UW Mixed Student Association, a ”multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group.”

DESCRIPTION (from the authors): This zine is for anyone who has ever wanted to have a conversation about race and was denied that opportunity. We wanted to create an accessible space where PoCs and friends of all backgrounds could voice their opinion on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, or any issues of self-definition without fear of being invalidated or ignored.

We hope that you find something that challenges your perspective or brings awareness to a new one. But most importantly, we want you to join us in discussion and action to create a community that is more aware and accepting of both the similarities and differences among us. 

"Please Tell Me More About Myself" is not only a critical outlet for people of color, but also a creative one. 

READ NOW & SHARE

GET MORE

POCZP was told that there are print copies available. Contact the creators through their Tumblr for more information.

TUMBLR: mixeduw.tumblr.com 

UW Mixed Student Association is the University of Washington’s multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group. They are “the first and only club on campus dedicated to celebrating mixed race experiences.” You do not have to identify as mixed to join, everyone is welcome!

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/uwmixed

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooted our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: BDGRMMR Zine

BDGRMMR founders recently contacted us to let us know that their sixth issue, titled EXECUTION, is available to read online.

TITLE: BDGRMMR

AUTHOR(S): Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens

RELEASE: Summer 2013/Winter 2014

ORIGIN: New York, NY

DESCRIPTION: “BDGRMMR is a zine about and by queer artists of color. We’re both a zine and artist collective creating both tangible and digital records of QPOC culture in NYC.

EXECUTION evokes energy, desire and purpose, three themes that are prevalent throughout the narratives of both artists Jay Boogie & Tigga Calore.”

TUMBLR: bdgrmmr.tumblr.com

READ NOW:

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BDGRMMR (pronounced Bad Grammar) is a zine, platform and collective of and for queer artists of color to document and discuss their work on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. 

BDGRMMR was started in the summer of 2012 by Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens.

GET MORE: issuu.com/badgrammar | BDGRMMR@gmail.com

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooted our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘Korea: The Queer Edition’

Korea: The Queer Edition (June 2013)

[DESCRIPTION: original cover of Korea: The Queer Edition]

TITLE: Korea: The Queer Edition 

AUTHOR: EstellaMiyuki Baker//Queer Scribe Productions

RELEASE: June 30, 2013 (6th zine in a series)

ORIGIN: Seoul, South Korea (author is presently based in Philadelphia, PA)

DESCRIPTION FROM MIYUKI: 

During my stay in Seoul, I participated in many ‘obvious’ gay activities but my goal was to meet as many different types of queer artists and activists inside and outside of the so-called Seoul gay scene, and highlight their varied and unique approaches and thoughts in doing LGBTQ activism in South Korea.  

Many queer Korean activists I spoke to were a part of labor rights and/or disability related movements, advocating strongly for intersectional work which emphasized ally-building and finding common causes. Larger LGBTQ organizations like Donginryun were member-supported, so rather than being subjeted to governmental or institutional demands that often accompany grant money, membership fees gave organizations more freedom and a democratic form of accountability.

The zine is filled with documentation of the many rallies and events I participated in as well as the art of queer Korean/expat artists.

READ NOW:  

HOW TO BUY:

Queer Scribe Productions has published eight zines so far. You can purchase them at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueerScribe

Queer Scribe Productions is the result of Miyuki’s 14 month journey around the world to join the movement in creating a worldwide network of queer artists. 

ABOUT MIYUKI 

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions.

She is a freelance artist, journalist, barber, translator, seamstress, lecturer and performer. Visit The Queer Barbershop to get a rad haircut on the cheap. Contact her at heymiyuki (at) gmail (dot) com for further inquiries, project ideas and pricing.

estellamiyukibaker.com

heymiyuki.wordpress.com

twitter.com/miyukibaker

facebook.com/abcdefghijklmiyuki

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooted our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

FROM OUR IN-BOX: Mini-Comics As A Way Of Rethinking Pedagogy

"I loved your last note about POC zines and the academy. I’m a Cuban-American mini-comics cartoonist, and I’m finishing my dissertation on using mini-comics as a way of rethinking pedagogy.

I’m going to be serializing my dissertation in the form of mini-comics as I finish each chapter. I don’t know if you get a lot of emails or requests for help from POC doing academic work, but I’d be happy to help in any way (well, in non-exploitative ways).

It’s been a lonely academic experience for me with few (if any) resources for Latin@s in academia, if I could ever be a resource for anyone (in a capacity other than an object of study), please let me know. I’d also love to donate my dissertation to a digital archive for POC students and scholars when I’m finished with it.” — jarodrosello.com

Thanks so much, Jarod! We’ll be in touch.

- POCZP

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes’ zine series

The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino (B&D Press) 2009 - present

[DESCRIPTION: Cover of ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes: Chavela Vargas,’ Issue 1 Vol. 1 (2009)]

TITLE: The Life and Times of Butch Dykes

AUTHOR: Eloisa Aquino 

RELEASE: 2009 - present

ORIGIN: Montreal, Canada

DESCRIPTION FROM ELOISA: The Life and Times of Butch Dykes is a series of fanzines about the lives and times of amazing women who could be considered icons against heteronormativity, in their very personal and unique ways. They’re from different places/spaces and yet have as a common ground the fact that they’re all accomplished creators, in work and life. They were and are brave people who tried to be authentic and faithful to what they perceived as their true identity.

I self-publish through my micro press in Montreal. Some of the dykes portrayed in the zine are POC, and I am a queer POC.

READ NOW: The magazine No More Potlucks has Chavela Vargas and Claude Cahun online. 

HOW TO BUY: Explore and purchase all print issues on B&D Press’ Etsy shop

ABOUT ELOISA AQUINO

The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino (B&D Press) 2009 - present

[DESCRIPTION: Eloisa Aquino in 2009, at work on the JD Samson issue of ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes.’ Source: butchdykes.blogspot.com]

Learn more about Eloisa in this interview from 2012. Here’s an excerpt:

Eloisa Aquino: I used to be a journalist for many years. Then, I moved to Canada to study. I was already in my 30’s. Then, three years ago I decided to make something for an Expozine (an exposition of zines in Montreal). That was super fun and really nice. And I had made zines like twenty years ago, but they were basically like fictional and poetry zines, more like literature zines. When I decided to come back to zines I decided to draw. That’s it! So I don’t really have a background in art.

SAY HI TO ELOISA: eloaquino at gmail dot com

For more great pics, click here to search all Tumblr posts tagged with “Eloisa Aquino.”

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: AQSAzine, By & For Muslim Women And Transpeople

AQSAzine #1 (2009)

TITLE: AQSAzine

RELEASE: 2009 - 2010 (four issues)

AUTHOR: AQSAZINE collective (no longer active)

ORIGIN: Toronto, Canada

DESCRIPTION:

AQSAZINE is a grassroots, award-winning zine open to 16-35 year old people who self-identify as Muslim that was produced between 2009 - 2010. The collective published four issues of the internationally-distributed magazine celebrating Muslim women and trans people’s writing and art.  

Farrah Khan (who we met as a result of participating at this year’s Allied Media Conference and submitted this zine) co-founded AQSAzine collective. As described on the AQSAZINE blog:

It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our experiences, and connect with others. In Arabic, “aqsa” implies the furthermost, as in reaching out to the furthest possible point. AQSAZINE aims to motivate the utmost resistance to violence in all its forms. 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered on December 10th, 2007, also inspires this zine. It is to honour her and other Muslims who experience and resist violence. We strive to work from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework.

AQSAzine provided a creative platform for young Muslim women and transpeople to tell their own stories, share their art, and connect with each other. The production of their own media was a reactionary and crucial element in countering the often biased, oversimplistic, and stereotypical portrayal of Muslims in mainstream Occidental media.

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[DESCRIPTION: Part of the intro from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]

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[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]

Each issue was celebrated with a launch at various locations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Ryerson University.

The audience for these publications is absolutely anyone with an open heart and mind. The zines were produced by a collective of dedicated volunteers. Though based in Canada, submissions to callouts came from all over the world.

AQSAZINE’s last public call for submissions for issue #4 was in 2010

READ AQSA ZINE NOW

We can’t embed the files because the code isn’t presently available, but you can read issues #1 - 3 through this account. We’ve contacted the group for information on how to embed and if the zines are available to archive and share.

WANT MORE?

There are several zines by and for Muslim identified folks available around the world. Here are some examples: Islam BookOOMK and Islamophobia: A Bitchin’ Zine (volume 1)

ABOUT FARRAH KHAN

At the age of 16, Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault and has not put it down since. She has spent the last sixteen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, education, counseling and community development. Farrah is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including forced marriage and “honour” related violence. 

Farrah is also an artist who uses prose, video and craft to explore the intersections of migration, faith and community. She is the editor of  the  “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project” a graphic novella by South Asian young women about resiliency in the face of  family violence. Farrah is currently working on a stop motion video short “ Five Things” and a  play with the Beekeepers Collective.

Learn more about Farrah: farrahkhan.ca

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Islam Book, a zine exploring Islamic identity 

TITLE: Islam Book
RELEASE: April 20, 2013
ORIGIN: Vancouver, Canada
AUTHOR: Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek
ABOUT ISLAM BOOK, BY PARADISE:

Islam Book is zine about voice, appropriation, and an assertion of a complex racial and sexual identity. With Islam Book, I am attempting to complicate the reader’s perception of what exactly an Islamic identity is in order to assert the inclusion of Queerness, weirdness, varying languages, and general humanity. 
I am also trying to reclaim middle eastern pattern and calligraphic aesthetic from the visual appropriation I observe in mainstream visual media. I have included a lot of poetry written with farsi letters that spell out english words that attempt to investigate my own Islamic queer identity and call to action other queer POC to engage in a critical dialogue about the body and internalized racism.

WHERE TO BUY: Email lillymalek@yahoo.com or follow hifrog.tumblr.com and submit your interest as a question. Paradise will take it from there!
POCZP will be offering a few copies of Islam Book at this year’s DC Zinefest.
ISLAM BOOK IS NOW IN THE POCZP ARCHIVE!
Paradise is one of many POC who have donated copies of their zines to the POC Zine Project archive. Donations are critical to our work, as we are a 100% volunteer organization and rely on direct donations to function outside the nonprofit industrial complex. We purchase zines directly from POC whenever we can, but donations are especially appreciated.
Click here for info on how to donate your zine to POCZP.
Here is Paradise’s donation statement for 14 copies of Islam Book:

My name is Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek. I’m submitting my zines to the POC Zine Project because making zines is one of the only mediums I have felt comfortable enough to challenge extremely pressing and personal racial issues. I have felt a dire need to engage with other POC about issues I find important, and the most successful way I have found is creating and distributing my own zines.

Hopefully by submitting Islam book and my other zines to the POC Zine Project, I can create a larger dialogue, engage in more discussion, and reach the eyes of more POC.
 
The POC zine project was really exciting to learn about because I feel a constant lack of support for POC in my community and my body and the POC Zine Project seems to be a real, active, force that challenges white power, and connects and strengthens people of color. 
 
I created the zine Islam Book as a blatant assertion of my own queer Muslim identity in order to complicate the perception of what it means to be muslim, Jewish, middle eastern, or queer. I also intend the book to reclaim middle eastern pattern aesthetic from the appropriation I feel present in media coming from white voices and associate the aesthetic with my own queer muslim voice.
 
I do these things by creating digital patterns from photos I took, writing poetry that mix the english and farsi language, and layering symbols to subvert stereotypical associations. Some of the poetry and patterns focus on the body; perceived middle eastern facial character traits, internalized racism, self-hate, and language I feel manifests from these phenomenon. I also focus on the body from a gender queer perspective.
 
I speak about queerness in farsi and call out for a general embrace of ugliness with regards to hetero normative white beauty standards prevalent in myself, my Iranian identity, my family, and the Iranian community surrounding me. I by no means aim to shame Iranian people who decide not to “embrace being ugly”, as I have put it, but rather express my own experience becoming critical with internalized racism and create a dialogue with people who might benefit from this discussion.
 
Many of the images in the digital patterns are of locations in Los Angeles, where I was born and raised. I find it important to remind the viewer that this discussion is happening within a context, I am experiencing these things within the immense colonial ideological presence of the united states.
 
I have a lot to say about this book, about Los Angeles, the united states, the appropriation of certain middle eastern visual arts aesthetic, and internalized racism with regards to the body and being queer.


POCZP always loves to hear how folks find out about us. Here’s Paradise’s story:

I’m really exited about what the POC Zine project does. I went to New Orleans [in early 2013] and bought a copy of Shotgun Seamstress from Maple St. Book store. I later googled the zine and it led me to the POC Zine Project.
I’ve made three different series of zines and Islam Book is my most racial and my favorite. I like the page where I wrote red hot chilli pepper lyrics out in Farsi. I printed around 20 copies so I could send it to you guys. 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Islam Book, a zine exploring Islamic identity 

Islam book (2013) by Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek

TITLE: Islam Book

RELEASE: April 20, 2013

ORIGIN: Vancouver, Canada

AUTHOR: Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek

ABOUT ISLAM BOOK, BY PARADISE:

Islam Book is zine about voice, appropriation, and an assertion of a complex racial and sexual identity. With Islam Book, I am attempting to complicate the reader’s perception of what exactly an Islamic identity is in order to assert the inclusion of Queerness, weirdness, varying languages, and general humanity.

I am also trying to reclaim middle eastern pattern and calligraphic aesthetic from the visual appropriation I observe in mainstream visual media. I have included a lot of poetry written with farsi letters that spell out english words that attempt to investigate my own Islamic queer identity and call to action other queer POC to engage in a critical dialogue about the body and internalized racism.

WHERE TO BUY: Email lillymalek@yahoo.com or follow hifrog.tumblr.com and submit your interest as a question. Paradise will take it from there!

POCZP will be offering a few copies of Islam Book at this year’s DC Zinefest.

ISLAM BOOK IS NOW IN THE POCZP ARCHIVE!

Paradise is one of many POC who have donated copies of their zines to the POC Zine Project archive. Donations are critical to our work, as we are a 100% volunteer organization and rely on direct donations to function outside the nonprofit industrial complex. We purchase zines directly from POC whenever we can, but donations are especially appreciated.

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Here is Paradise’s donation statement for 14 copies of Islam Book:

My name is Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek. I’m submitting my zines to the POC Zine Project because making zines is one of the only mediums I have felt comfortable enough to challenge extremely pressing and personal racial issues. I have felt a dire need to engage with other POC about issues I find important, and the most successful way I have found is creating and distributing my own zines.
Hopefully by submitting Islam book and my other zines to the POC Zine Project, I can create a larger dialogue, engage in more discussion, and reach the eyes of more POC.
 
The POC zine project was really exciting to learn about because I feel a constant lack of support for POC in my community and my body and the POC Zine Project seems to be a real, active, force that challenges white power, and connects and strengthens people of color. 
 
I created the zine Islam Book as a blatant assertion of my own queer Muslim identity in order to complicate the perception of what it means to be muslim, Jewish, middle eastern, or queer. I also intend the book to reclaim middle eastern pattern aesthetic from the appropriation I feel present in media coming from white voices and associate the aesthetic with my own queer muslim voice.
 
I do these things by creating digital patterns from photos I took, writing poetry that mix the english and farsi language, and layering symbols to subvert stereotypical associations. Some of the poetry and patterns focus on the body; perceived middle eastern facial character traits, internalized racism, self-hate, and language I feel manifests from these phenomenon. I also focus on the body from a gender queer perspective.
 
I speak about queerness in farsi and call out for a general embrace of ugliness with regards to hetero normative white beauty standards prevalent in myself, my Iranian identity, my family, and the Iranian community surrounding me. I by no means aim to shame Iranian people who decide not to “embrace being ugly”, as I have put it, but rather express my own experience becoming critical with internalized racism and create a dialogue with people who might benefit from this discussion.
 
Many of the images in the digital patterns are of locations in Los Angeles, where I was born and raised. I find it important to remind the viewer that this discussion is happening within a context, I am experiencing these things within the immense colonial ideological presence of the united states.
 
I have a lot to say about this book, about Los Angeles, the united states, the appropriation of certain middle eastern visual arts aesthetic, and internalized racism with regards to the body and being queer.

POCZP always loves to hear how folks find out about us. Here’s Paradise’s story:

I’m really exited about what the POC Zine project does. I went to New Orleans [in early 2013] and bought a copy of Shotgun Seamstress from Maple St. Book store. I later googled the zine and it led me to the POC Zine Project.

I’ve made three different series of zines and Islam Book is my most racial and my favorite. I like the page where I wrote red hot chilli pepper lyrics out in Farsi. I printed around 20 copies so I could send it to you guys. 

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