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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 DEADLINE is May 1, 2014!

We received this message in our in-box, so we’re passing it along <3

There are just two weeks left to get your queer muslim love story into volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine!  
See call below, spread the word and get in touch if you need an extension on the deadline.  
xx, 
a TRM
FINAL CALL OUT! 
Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 – Call for Submissions! 

Hubb: Queer Muslim Love Stories

For volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine, we’re exploring love, lust, trust and vulnerability.

The Totally Radical Muslim Zine is about telling our stories and reclaiming our truths. This project is about resisting Islamophobia, homophobia, imperialism and so many more systems of oppression, and we’re tackling that racist bullshit, one love story at a time! By telling our stories, with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems – we are taking back the power to create our narratives and imagine another present, and another history.

For Volume 3, we are seeking submissions that share experiences on: falling in love, falling out of love, finding queer love, feeling loved by family, erotica, heartache, loneliness, critical thoughts on relationships, friendship, platonic love, and stories on self-love.

Tell us about the ways you’ve opened and closed your heart. Count the times you’ve heard it break. Describe the love you’ve asked for, prayed for, waited for, cherished, embraced, feared, denied, chased, flirted with or fled. Name the feelings that visit you by night. Send us your love letters. Talk dirty to us.

Submission invited from all self-identified Muslims – queer, trans, straight, questioning, and more… We especially welcome submissions from voices often left out of Muslim discourse: queer and trans, black, youth, disabled, Shia, Ahmadi, poor, working class, folks incarcerated and recently released.

Formats: written, drawing, photography, video.

Deadline: Thursday May 1, 2014 (goal is to print for the Hot Summer of 2014).  

Send submissions to 

islamophobia.zine@gmail.com or mail to 

P.O. Box 29843 Oakland CA 94604

More Info at www.TotallyRadicalMuslims.com

 Expectations we have and values we want upheld in submissions: 

  • intersectional and anti-oppression lens (this is not the time to play oppression olympics, folks) 
  • speak your truths, take care of your safety, be creative (pseudo names are useful, if needed) 
  • work towards community building and breaking isolation
  • our stories are penned within a context of islamophobia - air your laundry, and be mindful of how the piece will be read 
  • islamophobia falls within a continuum of oppression, honor the histories of other oppressed peoples

Specifics

We do not edit your work.  This is our commitment to honoring individual voice and storytelling.  We are however, discerning in maintaining a political frame and may decide that your piece does not fit within our projects vision and intent.  
* all submissions must be UNDER 800 words 
* blog posts can be audio/video files (talk to us about your idea before submitting)

Can’t wait to add this to the archive!

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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 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

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: 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s donation statement for 14 copies of Islam Book:

My name is Paradise Xerxes Khanmalek. I&#8217;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 &#8220;embrace being ugly&#8221;, 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&#8217;s Paradise&#8217;s story:

I&#8217;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&#8217;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.

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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: OOMK Zine is out NOW! &lt;3
Back in December of 2012, POCZP helped fund One of My Kind zine.
&#8220;We’re really keen to share the thoughts of young active, creative women, especially Muslim women, like ourselves, who don’t really get heard.&#8221;
Click here to order yours now or to find out how to submit to the next issue.
TITLE: OOMK Issue #1
RELEASE: 1/27/2013
REGION: London, UK
CREATORS: Sofia Niazi, Sabba Khan and Rose Nordin
DESCRIPTION: One of My Kind (OOMK) is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Our content largely pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women.  
Visually, we are explorative and have a dreamy aesthetic. We use tactile recycled paper, hand illustrated embellishments, collage and lomography.
SAY HI: oomkzine@gmail.com
Girls Get Busy feminist zine distro will be selling OOMK very soon, check out their store. We don&#8217;t see a U.S.-based distro source yet, so if you see one, let us know! If you want to BE one ;) contact OOMK.

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: OOMK Zine is out NOW! <3

Back in December of 2012, POCZP helped fund One of My Kind zine.

We’re really keen to share the thoughts of young active, creative women, especially Muslim women, like ourselves, who don’t really get heard.”

Click here to order yours now or to find out how to submit to the next issue.

TITLE: OOMK Issue #1

RELEASE: 1/27/2013

REGION: London, UK

CREATORS: Sofia Niazi, Sabba Khan and Rose Nordin

DESCRIPTION: One of My Kind (OOMK) is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Our content largely pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women.  

Visually, we are explorative and have a dreamy aesthetic. We use tactile recycled paper, hand illustrated embellishments, collage and lomography.

SAY HI: oomkzine@gmail.com

Girls Get Busy feminist zine distro will be selling OOMK very soon, check out their store. We don’t see a U.S.-based distro source yet, so if you see one, let us know! If you want to BE one ;) contact OOMK.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Support OOMK, a new zine by Muslim female artists

OOMK's fundraiser video is super DIY-cute, and looks like it was a lot of fun to animate:

Music by Vivian Girls - Tell the World

Message from the OOMK team to POCZP: 

OOMK zine is nearly here but we need a little help to get it on its way!

Featuring the work of 25 women, OOMK is set to be a highly visual small press publication. The zine explores the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women and our first issue is packed with activist and feminist work from a range of different women. 

We’re really keen to share the thoughts of young active, creative women, especially Muslim women, like ourselves, who don’t really get heard. We’ve finished putting issue 1 together and its looking great, but we need to raise £800 to get 300 copies printed.

We’ve set up this fundraising page to help us reach our target: http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/oomk-zine

OOMK is a submissions based zine and future issues will be open to all to submit work.

We need your help to get the word out and to reach our target!

https://www.facebook.com/oomkZine

https://twitter.com/oomkzine

xx

MORE INFO

The Team:

Rose Nordin: Graphic Designer and MA Design student (isamok.tumblr.com)
Sofia Niazi: Illustrator and MA Design student (www.sofianiazi.co.uk)
Sabba Khan: Architect and freelancer (cosmicsabba.tumblr.com)

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We’re into it! Join us in making a donation, if you can spare any amount <3