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
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.
By Liz Mayorga, POCZP West Coast Coordinator
Photos by Itoro Udofia, POCZP Intern
The Oasis for Girls Program, located on Mission St in San Francisco, serves under-resourced girls and young women ages 11-24. They focus on empowering women by helping them reach their full potential through lifeskills, art, and career planning. They are part of Writer’s Corps, which brings professional writers to teach youth.
These writers are placed in a community setting to encourage youth to explore their talents and dreams. Oasis for girls creates a safe space within that spectrum for African American, Arab, Latina, Native, Ascian-Pacific Islander, low-income, immigrant women, transgender and queer women. And I felt honored to work with them as part of the POC Zine Project on March 27, 2013.
Itoro and I had the pleasure of leading a POCZP Youth Zine Workshop for Oasis for Girls. We met Roseli Ilano, the Writer’s Corps teacher, at the San Francisco Arts Commission. She greeted us with a warm smile, and introduced us to eight students, all young women of color from different High Schools in San Francisco.
Roseli lead us into a conference room, asked the girls to take a seat, and everyone introduced themselves, awkwardly, like the way we do when we’re in conference rooms, but it didn’t take long for this group to open up. Roseli created a level of comfort that not only encouraged the girls to speak, but helped me and Itoro feel at home.
We started by talking about The POC Zine Project, it’s mission, and our involvement in it. We covered how zines allow people to write between different worlds and form communities, and why they’re so important to communities of color. We highlighted these points with examples of work by Tomás Moniz, Mimi Thi Nguyen, and Osa Atoe.
The girls were impressed to hear about a father who writes about his daughters and his own struggle to help them stay strong and true to themselves, were surprised to hear about a Professor who started off as a zinester, and a musician who broke all norms and expectations by following her passion and creating the fanzine she wanted see. Most of all, they were happy to see people writing about people and topics we’re told to ignore.
After a brief history of zines as a radical self-expression and DIY publishing, we showed examples of Youth Zines and moved on to create one-page minis. This part of the workshop started with a circle and ended with a circle. Itoro asked, “If you could write about anything, what would you write?” We went around sharing the topics that were on our minds.
The topics varied from sexuality to social-economic issues, how women were too often blamed for being assaulted, and how their experience of San Francisco was nothing like the San Francisco people expected to see.
Roseli asked the girls to arrange the art supplies. As they did and prepared to create their minis, I asked them to make two or three zines, and proposed for them to write about the most important women in their lives, unless they wanted to write about something else. Most of the girls wrote about the women they admired, their mothers and grandmothers, their friends and role models.
We ended the workshop by going around the circle again, sharing our minis, our stories with each another.
I can safely say that Itoro and I gained a lot from working with this group of women. Making zines is gratifying, but it doesn’t come close to the satisfaction I feel when working with other people, especially youth, on art projects. Roseli and the girls were a wonderful group: curious, intelligent, engaging, and they had a lot to say.
I felt privileged to be there, to be a part of their circle, and to see their zines.
“The POC Zine Project creates a space for young women of color to explore their stories in a fun and fresh medium- a medium where the only rule is to take risks and let your creativity soar.
Our young women raised their voices, told their truths, and shared their dreams on paper, fully supported by the POC Zine Project workshop facilitators. In the process they not only learned about the radical history of zinemaking, but became a part of it.” - Roseli Ilano, WritersCorps Teaching Artist, Oasis For Girls
For more information on the Oasis for Girls program:
Phone: (415) 701-7991
FAX: (415) 701-0131
MAIL: Oasis For Girls, 1008 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
OR WALK-IN: Office Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
On the Web: www.sfoasis.org
ABOUT LIZ MAYORGA
Liz Mayorga is an MFA Writing candidate at California College of the Arts. She writes and illustrates comics and storybooks, often featuring monsters. Her inspiration comes from her crazy family and Chican@ Pop Culture.
She is the Co-Director of San Francisco Zine Fest, and is now happy to be part of the POC Zine Project.
Learn more about her here: lizmayorga.com
COMMUNITY: Learn more about POCZP internship & volunteer opportunities here. We are still accepting applications.
If you are interested in POCZP leading a workshop or other event in collaboration with your organization - worldwide - email email@example.com.
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!
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)
We’re into it! Join us in making a donation, if you can spare any amount <3