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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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Totally Radical Muslims Zine - Volume 3

Click the link for more submission details and to access the original announcement. POCZP has been in touch with Totally Radical Muslims collective since Summer of 2013 and we’re looking forward to finding ways to partner in 2014.

About Totally Radical Muslims (TRM)

"a group of oakland based muslims have started a zine to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia.

surviving and being a muslim in this political moment is a constant struggle and political act.

this zine is to lift up the perspectives of often untold muslims - the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks - through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.

this zine is about resistance and resilience, and us telling the stories for ourselves with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems. this is about saying no to islamophobia and being racialized and politiczed because of our muslim identity - regardless of how secular, radical, and culturally muslim we are.

this is about saying yes to the liberation of all people.

yes to being allied with, and an ally for others.

this is taking a step towards our collective healing.”

http://www.totallyradicalmuslims.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

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.

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: ‘Hidden Expressions Vol. 1’ (2012), feat. voices of presently or formerly encarcerated transgender & gender non-conforming creators

Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) - COVER

[DESCRIPTION: Cover of ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’] Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) _ DEDICATION

[DESCRIPTION: Dedication page for ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’]

Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) - EXCERPT[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’]

ZINE TITLE: Hidden Expressions Vol .1 

AUTHOR(S): Contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated (supported by Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2012

ORIGIN: Chicago,Illinois, USA

DESCRIPTION: 

The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.

Hidden Expressions is an annual ‘zine publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated. Submissions can include stories, drawings, “how-to” guides, poetry, guides to surviving prison as a trans person, erotica, recipes, treats, hobbies, writing and art tips, comic strips, and any other expression of resilience and talent.

A digital copy is available for free download on our website, and hard copies are distributed nationally to TJLP’s clients, other incarcerated trans and gender-nonconforming folks, archives, libraries, and organizations that work with trans people and people on the inside. This ‘zine is a tangible expression of our organization’s mission to connect incarcerated trans and gender non-conforming people to their peers, friends, family, allies, and the larger Prison Abolition movement, both inside and outside of prisons and jails. TJLP provides the resources (paper, printing, layout, etc.) and the people-power on the outside to put it together, but the content of the ‘zine is entirely created by transgender and gender non-conforming folks who are currently locked up in facilities across the United States.

This ‘zine is an expression of what is really happening for trans and gender non-conforming folks who are currently imprisoned – including thoughts and strategies for survival. We hope this publication can combat the isolation and silence that the prison-industrial complex inflicts by creating a sense of community through the voices on the page. - tjlp.org

READ NOW

Part of POCZP’s advocacy is helping to make public domain zines such as Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 easy to find, distribute and share. You can now read this zine in our digital library of scanned and e-zines.

Consider making a donation to TJLP

Point of reference: @prisonculture (thank you!)

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WANT MORE?

Read our interview with Tenacious zine editor and prison abolitionist Vikki Law.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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: ‘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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: BROS FALL BACK (2013)
RELEASE: May 2013
ORIGIN: Philly, PA
AUTHOR: “The Secret Society of Femmes”
HOW TO BUY/ACCESS: Contact antieverythingshows@gmail.com directly for instructions on how to get a copy of the print version.
READ BROS FALL BACK NOW!
This is the print view version (only one available online) so it’s best viewed in full-screen mode.

POC ZINE PROJECT REVIEWS BROS FALL BACK
By Suzy X, POCZP touring member
Hi zinesters! Last month I had the pleasure of reading at Ladyfest Philly, where I read/performed from my middle school diaries. I was in great company, and many laughs (and tears) were shared.
But being the only author of color at the reading left me a little confused; there are actually plenty of POC doing radical, D.I.Y work in Philadelphia alone, and not enough of them were at this event! Hopefully next year’s zine reading can be a better reflection of that.So on that note, a new zine that I’m absolutely enamored with is BROS FALL BACK, a zine recently written by some QPOC based in Philly known as “The Secret Society of Femmes.”
Rather than resorting to the classic declaration of “girls to the front!” BROS FALL BACK takes a more intersectional approach to combating hetero-patriarchy in D.I.Y. and punk spaces. This shift in focus allows more room for those who are not “girls” nor “bros,” but are still fair game under white male supremacy.
The zine also delves into the racist and capitalist dynamics within punk culture, illustrating the slippery slope that starts with a new DIY space and ends with gentrification.
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Suzy X holds her copy of BROS FALL BACK. Photo credit: Suzy X]
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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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: BROS FALL BACK (2013)

RELEASE: May 2013

ORIGIN: Philly, PA

AUTHOR: “The Secret Society of Femmes”

HOW TO BUY/ACCESS: Contact antieverythingshows@gmail.com directly for instructions on how to get a copy of the print version.

READ BROS FALL BACK NOW!

This is the print view version (only one available online) so it’s best viewed in full-screen mode.

POC ZINE PROJECT REVIEWS BROS FALL BACK

By Suzy X, POCZP touring member

Hi zinesters! Last month I had the pleasure of reading at Ladyfest Philly, where I read/performed from my middle school diaries. I was in great company, and many laughs (and tears) were shared.

But being the only author of color at the reading left me a little confused; there are actually plenty of POC doing radical, D.I.Y work in Philadelphia alone, and not enough of them were at this event! Hopefully next year’s zine reading can be a better reflection of that.

So on that note, a new zine that I’m absolutely enamored with is BROS FALL BACK, a zine recently written by some QPOC based in Philly known as “The Secret Society of Femmes.”

Rather than resorting to the classic declaration of “girls to the front!” BROS FALL BACK takes a more intersectional approach to combating hetero-patriarchy in D.I.Y. and punk spaces. This shift in focus allows more room for those who are not “girls” nor “bros,” but are still fair game under white male supremacy.

The zine also delves into the racist and capitalist dynamics within punk culture, illustrating the slippery slope that starts with a new DIY space and ends with gentrification.

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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Suzy X holds her copy of BROS FALL BACK. Photo credit: Suzy X]

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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 SPOTLIGHT: Gaysi Zine Volume 2 Is Coming Soon! [READ VOL 1]

Earlier this month the folks at Gaysi announced the winning submissions for Gaysi Zine Volume 2, coming this August.

Gaysi was formed in 2008 to “provide a voice and a safe space to desis who identify as LGBT.”

[DESCRIPTION: Gaysi’s first promotional video featuring Desi Queer Media Bytes. Released on July 2, 2013]

With Gaysi Zine, first released in 2011, Gaysi hope to “reach more gaysis and show them that it really does get better and that one day you’ll be laughing at how silly you were to think that you were alone!”

READ GAYSI ZINE VOLUME 1 

ABOUT GAYSI

Gaysi - the Gay Desi (founded in 2008)
A safe online space for the Queer Desi.

A space where the Desi-Gay community comes together and shares personal stories, their triumphs and failures, their struggles and their dreams, their hopes and despair. And in doing so, gives other gaysis a sliver of hope too.

CONTACT GAYSI

http://gaysifamily.com

gaysifamily@gmail.com

http://twitter.com/gaysifamily

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaysifamily/

http://instagram.com/gaysifamily

Here is the original call for submissions for Gaysi Zine Volume 2:

There are people who keep journals, and pen down episodes of their lives. Episodes that make them laugh uncontrollably, fill the nights with tragedy, those of ‘I wish / Only if’ ones, troubles, raunchiness, love , betrayal,… We can learn something from it if we want. It can change our perspective if we allow. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you!

Some say it’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. We at Gaysi feel “It’s history. It’s poetry”.

The Gaysi Zine is inviting you to participate in this movement of “CREATING” Queer History. Of reshaping the landscape of queer literature. And you know what ? This is the only immortality we can share…

Do you want to participate?
Want to see your name in print next to your creation?
Want to be part of a publication that fuels the VOICE of the queer community?
Or just want to share a sentiment with the world?

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

We are inviting all kinds of mediums of expression. Short stories, poetry, comics, memoirs, prose, art, illustration.
LAST DATE 15-June.
email : gaysifamily@gmail.com

The content of this Zine is also a delicious fodder for the moving image artists. We are looking at responding to the written word, & to take the ideas and characters into the realm of moving image & animation. Get in touch to produce the never-heard-of stories in your own unique style!

POC Zine Project is having copies of Volume 1 reproduced for the archive. <3

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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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: ‘The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk’ by Nia King (2008)

TITLE: The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk (2008)

AUTHOR: Nia King

RELEASE: 2008

PAGES: 20

ORIGIN: Denver, CO

DESCRIPTION BY STRANGERDANGERZINES.COM:

Nia (Angry Black-White Girl and Borderlands) comes forward to declare her status as an ex-punk. She criticizes anarcho-punk and many activist scenes for its ignorance and the lack of inclusion of folks of color, women and queers. Nia refuses to leave a part of herself at the door in order to adjust to the whiteness and maleness of a musical scene that she once truly enjoyed. The zine also includes a pull-out portion in which you can take along to your next show in order to challenge yourself, your friends and other bystanders.

SOURCE: QZAP.ORG

Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is responsible for scanning and making Nia’s zine file available online. POCZP helped to “liberate” this publication as an embeddable file for International Zine Month #IZM2013.

READ NOW (OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE):

THE MAKING OF ‘THE FIRST 7-INCH WAS BETTER’

Excerpt from POZCP touring member Osa Atoe’s interview with Nia in 2009 for Maximumrocknroll:

Osa: Come on! You’re at a punk house right now hanging out with a girl that we both just randomly happen to know through punk… Just admit it you’re still kinda punk!
Nia: [laughs] BUSTED! Well, I don’t feel punk. I feel really alienated in punk spaces. Lo Mas Alla, where Luisa and some of my other friends live, feels kind of different. Most of the people who live there may still have love for punk culture, but they also view punk with a critical lens. At some point, most of them have told me they are growing out of punk. I could try and defend it further but it feels silly. I am staying with punks at a punk house. Fact. Am I a punk? No.
Osa: Yeah, well the point I’m trying to make is half-silly and half-serious. I do feel strongly about the fact that people of color end up relinquishing so much to white people just because white people take up all that space. I mean, how many times have you talked to another black girl who’s like, “I’m not a feminist because I feel like feminism is for white women”? And I’m thinking that feminism is an important tool, just like punk is for me, and I’m definitely not going to let white people define what it means to be punk or feminist. I’m going to use those words, those tools, in ways that benefit me.
Nia: I feel that, but defending punk and feminism can be a lot of work, and a lot of the criticism I’ve heard of both is valid. I guess trying to hold space for POCs in punk is exhausting, not because they’re not already there taking up (some) space, but because being the only POC in a room is fucking exhausting in my experience. I wanted to retreat to spaces where I didn’t feel like I had to fight for visibility or have to call people on their shit all the time, and for me punk was not that. Not that I was the lone voice of reason or the lone POC, but often enough, it felt like it. I have nothing but respect for women of color who hold it down in punk rock and call shit out, and make records and write zines, but it’s not for me anymore. Orat least I’m a lot pickier about the ways I engage with it and the situations I put myself in. You feel me?
Osa: Yeah I do. I think that’s why it’s so important to have this conversation because I can see how we’re coming at it from such different perspectives even though both are valid. I totally relate to feeling drained to the bone by being in predominantly white “progressive” spaces. And it wasn’t just punk. Going to college for women’s studies with all those well-meeting white liberal feminists almost gave me an aneurysm. At the same time, for me, it’s not about defending punk or feminism. I just am those things in my daily life. I feel like I did give up fighting for visibility and correcting ignorance and oppressive dynamics in punk scenes. But that just meant that I spent more time hanging out with the brown kids and cultivating those relationships.

Read Osa’s full interview with Nia here.

ABOUT NIA KING

Nia King is a queer art activist of color from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Oakland, California where she runs the podcast We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise.

Nia King

artactivistnia.com

@artactivistnia

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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

#IZM2013 ZINE MUST-READ: FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926)

Today’s International Zine Month suggested activity is to reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much. Here’s a favorite from our archive: 

In the spirit of #IZM2013, we are excited to announce that the first zine in POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series, FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926), is now available to read online, for free:

POCZP helped to liberate this groundbreaking zine by people of color from 1926 in collaboration with firepress.com

ABOUT FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists

In November of 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett and John P. Davis released FIRE!!.

Excerpt from description on harlemsreflection.tumblr.com:

Fire!! was conceived with the notion of expressing the Black experience during the Harlem Renaissance in a modern and realistic fashion, using literature as a vehicle of enlightenment. The authors of this magazine wanted an arena to express the changing attitudes of younger African Americans and used Fire!! to facilitate the exploration of issues in the Black community that were not in the forefront of mainstream African American society such as homosexuality, bisexuality, interracial relationships, promiscuity, prostitution, and color prejudice within the Black community itself.

The publication was so named, according to Langston Hughes, “to burn up a lot of the old, dead conventional Negro-white ideas of the past … into a realization of the existence of the younger Negro writers and artists, and provide us with an outlet for publication not available in the limited pages of the small Negro magazines then existing.” Ironically, the magazine’s headquarters burned to the ground shortly after releasing its first issue.

We’re kicking off our Legacy Series initiative next week by celebrating and analyzing FIRE!! in a series of multimedia posts (read our original Legacy Series announcement).

Stay tuned for more coverage, but in the meantime, enjoy and share this digital version of FIRE!!

- POC Zine Project

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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