[Description: Nyky Gomez, founder of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and 2013 #RaceRiotTour member. Photo credit: Nyky Gomez]
Nyky Gomez is a fourth generation Mexican-american of Apache and Comanche descent. Nyky writes Skinned Heart Zine, connecting her personal experiences in life to political and social themes in hopes of creating conversation that will lead to big and small change.
Zines have been a vital component of my life for the past 13 years of my life. On more than one occasion reading a zine that was relevant to my experience as a Queer Woman of Color saved me from the depths of despair. The POCZP is such an important component in archiving our very meaningful histories and making them accessible to those of us who need them the most.
I wanted to table with POCZP to continue meeting awesome and inspirational POC zinesters and writers. Traveling with POCZP in October was an experience that triggered a lot of growth, reflection and change. It re-affirmed my belief in POC punks and D.I.Y. Ethics and inspired me to continue on this path that I have chosen.
I met and got to travel with a group of fierce group of Queer People of Color that feel like family to me. There were a lot of challenges on tour as there always will be when getting together a group of fierce people trying to make the world more tolerable. I wanted to table with POCZP at L.A. Zine Fest because I love engaging with challenge and am looking forward to the many challenges and victories that will inevitably be apart of creating a radical network of POC zine writers. - Nyky Gomez
Her writing focuses on her experiences as a Brown women involved in punk and activist sub-culture, relationships, healing from abuse, family, resistance culture, assimilation and feminism.
[DESCRIPTION: Nyky tabling with BRZD at the 2013 #RaceRiotTour date at Skrappy’s Youth Collective in Tucson, AZ]
Nyky also currently operates Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a project dedicated to centering zines written by People of Color started in the spirit of visibility.
[DESCRIPTION: Nyky Gomez (flower tights) with other 2013 #RaceRiotTour members (left to right) Anna Vo, Mimi Thi Nguyen and Tracey Brown in Los Angeles, CA]
Nyky spends her days making her dreams and visions into mixed media collages, writing Skinned Heart Zine, gardening, spending time in the woods, learning the fine magical art of reading tarot and weaving spells with her water family.
Dominatrix and social worker for pay, creative spirit, warrior, bruja, punkera and feminista by nature. She is a lizard-hearted desert born Tejana currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband and spirit dog, Wilson.
[DESCRIPTION: Nyky Gomez reading at SOMArts in San Francisco, CA, during the 2013 national #RaceRiottour]
Outside of writing zines and running Brown Recluse Zine Distro, Nyky also helps organize the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair with other rad POC folks.
POC Zine Project is sharing tabling space with Nyky/Brown Recluse Zine Distro during the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. Here is one of the many titles that will be available at the fest through BRZD:
Xicanistas y Punkeristas Say It Loud!: $3.00 Shipping $0.46
This zine is absolutely amazing and inspiring. It is the first I have ever read that exclusively focuses on Xicanas contributions to punk. Written for a college class with the intention of the zine not being appropriate but instead being an accessible text for all people, this zine is floats way above the academy, giving a voice to an often forgotten experience. Brenda writes about her introduction to punk and the impact that those experiences have had on her life. In these collage heavy pages you will find the history of Xicanas in rock ‘n’ roll music as well as several beautifully written pieces about the Punkera experience.
Brenda Montano currently is my favorite zine writer. I met her in Oakland when we both attended “This is Not a Step Fest.” She gave me her zines and I devoured them on the drive home from Oakland. I felt immediately inspired about being a WOC who navigates punk spaces and the fact that hey we have been apart of this since the beginning. A solid zine and lady! You can order this online through the Brown Recluse website, through snail mail or at LAZF! - Nyky Gomez
Come by to say hi to Nyky and to purchase a wide variety of zines created by people of color. If you’d like to help BRZD meet their fundraising goal, click here to donate.
POC Zine Project tabled at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and had a lot of fun. Read the recap here.
As part of our advocacy to support as many POC creators as possible, we’ve partnered with both new and past folks on this year’s events. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano put out a call for new tabling and speaking partners for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, which resulted in our latest lineup.
Nyky Gomez was a touring member during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour. Her distro, Brown Recluse, is POCZP’s official zine distro partner for 2014.
We will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.
MEET ALL OUR COLLABORATORS
Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)
Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)
Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)
Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans)
ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST
L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.
Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.
Helms Bakery District Parking Garage
(between La Dijonaise and Vitra)
8703 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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 rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
TITLE: Skinned Heart Quatro
AUTHOR NAME: Nyky Gomez
RELEASE DATE: 2012
ORIGIN: Seattle, WA, USA
DESCRIPTION ON DORISDORISDORIS.COM:
About recovering from an emotionally and physically abusive relationship - some of the details of it. I am always so proud when people have the ability to write about what exactly was the abuse, because emotional abuse is so commonly not recognized when we’re in it, and it can really help to see other people’s experiences - to be able to say “yes! That is what it was like for me too!”
And it is also so good to read about her becoming herself again - learning to have confidence, taking care of herself, her current healthy relationship, still caring about the world and people.
Also about Assimilation and Resistance, living away from her family and longing for her cultural roots (living in Seattle instead of the South West), family history and that feeling of living in dual realities, and assimilation being hard to stop.
WHERE TO BUY: http://www.dorisdorisdoris.com/zines3.html
$3.65 u.s., $4.25 canada and mexico, $5.25 international
POCZP REVIEWS SKINNED HEART QUATRO
By Nia King
[DESCRIPTION: Nia King holds up her copy of Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez. Photo edit by POCZP]
Nyky breaks the silence about a lot things in Skinned Heart Quatro: seasonal depression, emotional and sexual abuse, chronic medical problems, and estrangement from her culture of origin.
The zine starts with a short essay called Northwest State of Mind, which talks about moving from the Southwest to the Northwest: the differing physical environment, cultural norms, and lack of sunshine. Nyky goes on to detail the journey of being in an emotionally and sexually abusive relationship: realizing it was abusive, gradually prying herself free, and slowly healing. (I appreciated the trigger warning for this section.)
The next story, Mi Cuerpo es Mio, describes her struggle with an ongoing medical crisis: having chronic bladder infections for unexplained reasons, eventually being diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, and being forced to adopt a healthier lifestyle (all without insurance).
The last essay, Chasing the Dream, is a reflection on the intergenerational impact of assimilation: being fourth generation Mexican-American, feeling estranged from Brown culture, and being “shown up” by white girls who speak better Spanish.
[DESCRIPTION: A page from Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez]
Nyky’s writing is poignant, insightful, and sharp. I love the way that she melds being earnest and vulnerable and being punk rock/cursing like a sailor so seamlessly. For example, reflecting on her time in Seattle, she says, “I’ve met some fucking awesome people and I’ve met some weird people and I’ve met some real shitheads, and I’m constantly learning how to communicate with different people different ways that are still me.” She makes it look easy to put words to the feelings so many of us identify with but struggle to articulate. For example, reflecting on her abusive relationship, she notes, “Love can cloud your perception and confuse your emotional alarms sometimes.”
Much of her reflection and analysis will resonate with anyone who has been in a shitty relationship or been involved with punk/anarchist communities. One of this zine’s greatest strengths is drawing attention to the way punk and radical feminism make women feel like they have to be tough and strong, even at the expense of their own emotional well-being. This is an important work by a great writer and well worth the three dollars.
- All photos provided by Nia King
ABOUT NIA KING
Nia King is a mixed-race artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker from Boston, MA who is proud to call Oakland home.
Nia is a contributor to Colorlines, Interrupt Mag, and Youngist. Her writing about race, gender, and sexuality has also been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory and the book Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric. She has presented her undergraduate thesis, “Mangos with Chili: Life-Sustaining Performance Art for and by Queer and Transgender People of Color,” at Stanford University, UC Riverside, and the University of Arizona.
Her film, The Craigslist Chronicles, has screened at the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, York University, University of Toronto, and NYU. Her comics have been published by Colorlines, QWOC Media Wire, and Interrupt Mag. Her most recent project is a podcast where she interviews emerging queer and transgender artists of color. She currently works as a freelance journalist, videographer, and comedy writer. She is also available for speaking engagements and film screenings.
You can contact Nia directly at niaking AT zoho DOT com.
Learn more about Nia’s zine-making history here.
COMMUNITY: Do you want to review zines for POCZP? Learn more about POCZP internship & volunteer opportunities here. We are still accepting applications.
If you specifically want to help review zines, email email@example.com with “zine reviews” in the subject line. We reserve the right to prioritize applications from people of color.
If you are interested in POCZP leading a workshop or other event in collaboration with your organization - worldwide - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
ZINE NAME: Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities
AUTHOR: NA (compilation of POC and ally voices)
RELEASE: February 2013
ORIGIN: Los Angeles, California, USA
DESCRIPTION: Women Who Rock ‘Zine #1 is based on material created for, during, and inspired by the Women Who Rock Conference, which highlights both contemporary and past movements in and outside of Seattle by bringing together musicians, activists, writers, advocates, and scholars to talk about questions of female representation and access for women with music scenes. The first conference was held Feb. 17-18, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.
The ‘zine makes conference material accessible beyond typical academic journals.
As part of our advocacy, POCZP has made this publication available as an embed and free download so you can share as you like <3 Our dear ally Kate Wadkins has an essay you should check out on page 3 under Essays!
Editor’s Note: A Community Submission post results from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr and other digital platforms. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.
When you submit, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.
As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!
POCZP accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.
SOLIDARITY SPOTLIGHT: Support Matt Duran + read this zine about Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters
In the spirit of spreading this important information, POC Zine Project has archived and made available to embed and share the FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST GRAND JURY RESISTERS zine.
This zine, created by New York Year Zero, provides an overview of the situation regarding the currently imprisoned Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters. Consisting of 72-pages, this zine also functions as a timely primer on grand juries in general.
READ NOW + SIGNAL BOOST <3
This zine also includes the resisters’ statements, news articles, tips on what to do if you’re subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, and a detailed history of grand juries and their use as a tool to suppress political organizing and revolutionary struggle in the United States.
Click here to read a statement by Matt Duran, APOC who has been locked away since September 13, 2012 for refusing to cooperate with a secret federal Grand Jury investigation targeting anarchists in the Pacific Northwest.
Send mail to Matt at:
Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98191
Click here for guidelines to make sure that Matt receives your mail!
To donate money for Matt’s commissary and for visitors’ gas costs, or to arrange your visit to Matt, please email email@example.com
On Saturday, November 17, at 3:30pm there will be a noise demonstration in front of the SeaTac Federal Detention Center (S 200th St & 26th Ave S, Seatac, WA) in solidarity with imprisoned Grand Jury resisters Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik.
Bring banners, loud noise-makers, flyers, and whatever else could be useful. Please send this announcement to listserves and invite your friends.
Write to ALL the PNW grand jury resisters!
Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
Leah-Lynn Plante (no longer in jail)
ZINE LIBRARIANS: Please print this zine (you can download), add to our collection and signal boost through your networks. Thank you.