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ZINE SPOTLIGHT: Skinned Heart Quatro, reviewed by Nia King

EDIT: Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez (2012)

TITLE: Skinned Heart Quatro




ORIGIN: Seattle, WA, USA


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


By Nia King

EDIT: Nia King holds Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez (2012)

[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.

Excerpt from Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez (2012)

[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


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 ColorlinesInterrupt 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 filmThe 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 ColorlinesQWOC 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.


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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.

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This Zine Was Made Entirely On A Mobile Phone

From POCZP founder Daniela:

What if—while processing an idea or enjoying an event—you could fairly quickly & easily make a zine about what you were experiencing on your phone and then share it that same day?

This zine experiment was inspired by real-time news gathering practices and young people. It didn’t work out exactly as I had planned, but it was exciting to explore different possibilities. In part one of this series, I’ll share one of three methods I uncovered: Here is the experimental perzine I made using my mobile device called “Cat Genie Vol. 2: Chola Fruitz“:

[DESCRIPTION: Chola Fruitz is an experimental perzine and a dream-like reflection on group travel, subverting Chola identity tropes, Queer Chicana identity and the evolution of self. Daniela made it in an hour while sitting on her couch, using images she edited within her phone using two mobile apps]

Learn how to make your own zine using just your phone on Daniela’s Lair, plus access her thoughts on the pros and cons to mobile device zine-making workflows. 

Excerpt from the full guide:

3) The Lazy Artist Factor: Part of the fun and empowerment of making a zine by hand (and offline) is that you can explore your creativity and develop your design skills. Experimenting with layouts, collages and other techniques as part of a print zine workflow can be a really satisfying experience. You miss out on that experience by just using the provided templates in apps, to a significant degree. If everyone used the same zine-making templates, all zines would start to look the same, which would be a bummer.



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: Unsewing My Lips #1, a zine is about self-care and defense

This is atiah*’s first zine, and our first Community Submission from London, so we wanted to honor both things by sharing an excerpt with you now:

Hello days and nights in.

Hello intentional communities. Hello studying. Hello parents. Hello zining. Hello drawing. Hello parallel play and study groups. Hello collaborative journalling.

Hello black feminist queers, who may or may not be dykes. Hello visibility and audibility. Hello cis, ableist, class, education, nationality/ citizenship/ status privilege acknowledgement. Hello wholesome cooking. Hello pottering around in the garden. Hello poking around in the soil.

Hello walking amongst trees.

Hello foraging. Hello garlic on my windowsill. Hello rustling leaves. Hello books. Hello breath.

Hello LIFE.

TITLE: Unsewing My Lips (you can download for free!)

RELEASE: Summer 2012

CREATOR: atiah z

ORIGIN: London, England


My first zine is about self care and defence:

"SELF CARE! coming to voice, recovery from abuses of intimacy, hair, looking after myself, celibacy, abstinence, ending my silence, fear, learning, confidence, creating, dropping out of “The” “Anarchist” scene, London, friends, Queer People of Colour, trees <3"

In general, I write about a variety of stuff; most recently I’ve been writing poetry about queer a/sexuality & abstinence. I guess I write about my experiences.

I feel a gaping absence of blackness in my life. I’m enjoying my increasing afrocentricism, but — as dear to me as my black friends are and as much as I love my own company — it’s a bit lonely at the moment.

I’ll be recruiting for rad queers of colour to add to my friends’ circle at the London Queer Zine Fest, on 8th December, where I have half a table.


KEYWORDS: self-care, self-defence, survivor, abuses of intimacy, recovery, celibacy, ending my silence, speaking out, speak out, coming to voice, personal, perzine, race, zine, zines

WHERE TO BUY AND COST: £2 (for print - digital is free) or trades welcome.

SAY HI: Email queerly[@]riseup.net for details of where to send well-concealed cash, or you can buy from the zine distro at 56a Infoshop (Elephant & Castle, South London).

In the interest of sharing this widely, POCZP has made it possible to easily read Unsewing My Lips #1 within this post. Please consider contacting atiah to purchase a print version or to trade!


Editor’s Note: A “Community Submission” post results from POC folk submitting their own zine to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr. 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!

*atiah prefers to remain anonymous. POCZP accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.