RELEASE: 2009 - 2010 (four issues)
AUTHOR: AQSAZINE collective (no longer active)
ORIGIN: Toronto, Canada
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.
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.
[DESCRIPTION: Part of the intro from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]
[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.
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
Editor’s Note: A 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: ‘nin,’ a new journal of erotic poetics devoted to exploring sex and the body through language
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2013
RELEASE DATE: September 2013
From nin's Tumblr:
welcome to nin, a journal of erotic poetics devoted to exploring sex and the body through language.
nin is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue in september 2013. please click on the SUBMIT tab for instructions on how to send us your work. submissions close august 1.
nin will appear in both print and digital formats. for more information about the journal and the motivations behind it, please click on the ABOUT tab.
check back here often for inspiration of the erotic (and nsfw) kind. nin’s primary goal is not to titillate, but if it is provocative and well written/produced, this is a common side effect. this does not mean that we overlook the raunchy. in fact, it might be our favorite.
finally, nin is run by queers, and is devoted to representing all sexualities, gender expressions and ethnicities in our publication. you are encouraged to submit if you are non-native, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, genderqueer, transgender and/or a person of color.
we look forward to receiving your work.
COMMUNITY: We encourage people of color of all backgrounds to submit to nin and other publications, as we need more records of more expressions of sexuality and gender from POC around the world—in OUR voices. xo
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Support the Dari Project, first bilingual publication of LGBTQ Korean American stories!
SIGNAL BOOSTING and we’re going to make a donation on 11/15/12 (click here for thoughts on supporting beyond the re-blog):
Please consider supporting this wonderful project to publish the first bilingual publication of LGBTQ Korean American stories designed as a resource by and for queer Korean Americans and their families:
Like and keep up to date with Dari Project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DariProject
Dari Project is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ people of Korean descent in Korean American communities.
Dari Project seeks to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities by documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans.
Since its inception in 2006, the Dari Project leadership has dreamed of publishing the first collection of personal narratives of LGBTQ Koreans as a bilingual resource for LGBTQ Koreans and their friends and families, and they’re so close to making this dream a reality!
They’ve solicited 27 stories from members of their community, which represent a wide range of experiences, including homo/bi/transphobia in Korean American communities, coming out as an LGBTQ person, building relationships with family, and membership in faith communities.
This publication is designed to provide young Korean Americans coming into LGBTQ identities with stories in which they can see their lives reflected and as a resource for Korean American families coming to terms with having LGBTQ children.
Thanks to some friends and supporters they’ve been able to get started, but they need your help to publish this collection as a bilingual print resource for our community.
Your generous contributions will help edit, translate, design, and print their stories as a book.
If they can make their goal of $7000, it will help make this book available for FREE to your friends, families, communities, and people you care about.
Your generous contributions will go towards:
- Full Korean and English translation services
- Editing Korean and English Stories
- Publication Design
- Publication Printing
- Dari Project Marketing
Point of awareness: Mark in the Queer Commons google group