Emi Koyama is a fierce social justice activist and zinester. In this zine, she explores some of the problems of third wave feminism. Essays included: “A New Fat-Positive Feminism: Why Fat-Positive Feminism (often) Sucks and How to Re-Invent It,” “Abuse of Power & Control within Domestic Violence Shelter: A New “Power & Control” Wheel,” and “The Transfeminist Manifesto.” Check out emi’s website to learn more about her work http://eminism.org/
You have to read this cute/fun quarter zine backwards!! “The Beloved Ones” Terms Of The Affection In The Arabic Language by Dr. Cathy Khampoor, J.D. and Prof. Timothy Batuik, J.D. cathycamper.com
Renee Mitchell is a healing artist, inspiring poet, and women’s advocate. In her zine, Mitchell shares encouraging quotes/witty observations about natural/kinky hair. “My coils weren’t meant to act white right? (ouch!)” http://www.reneemitchellspeaks.com/
Paco is a perzine by Silva. The zine looks at amusing nicknames in families/Mexican culture. The zines can be purchased from CHEBANG! http://www.chebang.esty.com
Real Talk Vol. 1: African-American Communities and Vegetarianism. “Not only is the system killing us, but it’s trying to convince us we’re killing ourselves. Don’t believe the hype.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“going places, thoughts on being native american” is a mini zine by kesheena. Included are poems and a short essay. Any comments or questions can be sent to email@example.com
You can print this zines/other zines/worksheets for free, as long as you use them for social justice!! “Wrong is Not My Name: A Tribute to Survival Via June Jordan.” This interactive anthology includes work by women of color in UBUNTU (a women of color/survivor led coalition committed to creating a world free from sexual violence and full of sustaining transformative love), as well as a reading list and activities designed to help you rename yourself. http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/freedom/
“The (gasp!) LAST issue of Shotgun Seamstress is here and is so good. There is so much in here: interviews with Trash Kit, Ms. Jacci Gresham, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and (the one-and-only) Poly Styrene of the X-Ray Spex before her death earlier this year. Plus a Manifesta excerpt from Cocoa Puss – the amazing former Tacoma, Wa-based zine, 80’s DC hardcore, a Camping comic, punk through the African diaspora, and more. But the highlight of this zine is Osa’s introduction, where she lays out what Shotgun Seamstress has meant in her life.
And, while she says she never wanted it to be a personal zine, this brief moment of perzine sentimentality is so moving and important. 44 pages, half-legal size.” From the Ms. Valerie Park Distro. http://antiquatedfuture.com/zines/osa-shotgun-seamstress-6/?redirect=1
Post-Traumatic Growth is a real thing, FYI. It’s when your life actually improves after trauma (in a nut shell). The human brain/soul/spirit/tiny robot running things is pretty amazing. Mail $5 to Joyce Hatton PO Box 374 Moorhead MN 56561. There’s some stuff in there that might be triggering, just to let you know.
In this issue of the WOC Zine Collective, the writers give voice to the concerns of POC and housing in Portland, OR. Included is an interview with Portland activist, Walidah Imarisha.
Our Culture, Our Resistance (Vol. 2) Further Conversations with People of Color on Anarchism, Race, Class and Gender. The compilation delves into the interconnectedness of race,gender and class in the anarchist community. Honestly, I don’t know much about the anarchist movement and for the most part have looked at it as a “white thing.” So, it’s been great learning about People of Color who are also involved in this community, and committed to deconstructing the racism within. I enjoyed Victoria Law’s essay“Culture Clashes Among American Anarchists.” As I was reading it, I kept thinking her name seemed familiar to me. Then it dawned on me…I had been introduced to Law when I took a course on Race, Gender, and The Prison industrial Complex. We read Law’s book Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. In the book, Law shared how she helped incarcerated women make a zine. It was called “Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison.” In Our Culture, Our Resistance, Law writes about her experiences as an Asian woman in anarchist culture. She noted how she kept running into various walls of covert, overt, and outright denial of racism, until eventually it made her recognize it was a huge problem that needed to be addressed. “I now understand why so many people of color are wary working with whites. When I first encountered the suspicions and wariness of people of color towards white anarchists, I dismissed their concerns. “Hey they’re doing good work,” I defended. “Who cares what color they are?” I now see that it is not that white anarchists are white. It is that many of them are unwilling to try to understand the needs, concerns and experiences of those with different skin tones (pg 8).” I would suggest folks pick up this zine ASAP. It’s an important addition to any zinester’s collection. You can get this zine from SlushPilePress from the website: SlushPilePress is me and a copy machine. We are a people of color/womanist press and produce zines relevant to poc communities and allies. Most of my zines have been distributed for free in a few poc communities like NYc, Oklahoma, oakland, portland, seattle, cleveland http://slushpilepress.weebly.com/
The Weather Up Here is Great! a zine about being an unusually tall black girl by Hana Eko In her debut zine, Hana Eko writes about life as a tall black woman. The zine features a letter to Maya Angelou, dating stories, and more. It’s a heartwarming zine that challenges standards of beauty, sexism, and racism. An excerpt from the zine: I have always had anthropological curiosity regarding conversations where women (even tall women) detail how their male partner has to be taller than they are. Why is it so crucial? and conversely, why did men sometimes do weird things when talking to me like stand legs wide and arms akimbo, a la Popeye? email Hannah to order the zine or just chat! firstname.lastname@example.org
“Brown Queen” was created to honor, celebrate and promote the artistic visions of Latinas. This 50 pg edition features beautiful poetry, heartfelt short stories, powerful essays, awe-aspiring artwork, unique photography and a breathtaking performance piece from 24 diverse self-identified Latinas, Chicanas, Hispanics and Afro-Latinas. This issue also spotlights a 5-page interview with artist Cristy C. Road about her most recent graphic novel Spit and Passion, zine subcultures from the 1990′s to now, spirituality and how she has learned to navigate her identity as a queer punk woman of color. The zine can be purchased at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MuchachaShop?ref=top_trail
That’s Our Girl by LaMesha Melton: In this quarter zine, LaMesha Melton (our guest speaker at the 2012 women of color zine symposium) writes about everything from her love of nachos, writing, and more…
“This mini zine is called BAD MEXICAN!! for two reasons: #1 is the political climate in the U.S. continues to be very hostile towards immigrants. With Arizona’s racist SB 170 and the DREAM ACT ignored, I felt like I needed to say something. I am a citizen but I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my family crossing, so the issues around immigration law AND Latino culture are important to me. #2: There are a lot of messages out there about how “bad” Mexicans are: bad for the economy, bad for neighborhoods, bad for certain kinds of jobs. This is bullshit.”—Daniela Capistrano
“Mocha Chocolata Momma” is dedicated to Bessie Coleman. Coleman was the first African-American woman to get an international pilot’s license. The zine features great facts and images of the late trailblazer. https://www.facebook.com/MochaChocolataMommaZine
“This zine attempts to transfer that “Che” glamour onto the revoluntionary efforts of women, and celebrates the lives, deeds, and leadership of women of the revolution. This zine is anti-copyright. Photocopy and distrubte at will, without capitalist intent.”–Revolutionary Women Stencil Book
Cross Hairs Zine(s) seek to reclaim the space/voice of queer and *trans people of color in Portland. You can contact them at email@example.com
“This zine was made to personify an illness made light in leiu of illnesses seen as more “physical” and “visable” and thus more fluid. I’ve tried to bring to life what this is to me… who depression is to me.” –Artist/zinester Ebin Lee http://ebinlee.weebly.com/
Sugene is a fabulous writer, librarian, and mother. In her zine, Sugene writes about her struggles to find space as an artist with children. “There’s a zine I’ve been working on for months. I mostly write it late at night when I’m breastfeeding my baby in the dark or am just about to fall asleep. It’s about my struggle to build an identity separate from being a mom.” Support Sugene’s zines by ordering from her website http://allthisismine.com/index.html
Sugar Needle is a sweet read 😉 The writers review candy from around the world! In this issue they taste everything from “yogurt coated” candy with a “soft cake center” (16 Candles) to Busta Candy (a coconut & ginger treat).
Years ago, women of color students/staff/faculty joined together to write about racism, classism, abelism, and heterosexism in Women’s Studies classrooms. The “Raging Exotics: Transforming Silence into Language & Action” should be included in folks feminist zine collection.
This cute mini zine is all about making Kombucha! “What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage, brewed with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yest (scoby).” Kione is the creator of this informative zine. http://thirdhandshop.tumblr.com/
Mirror: Writings & Drawings by A’misha Chiu. A visually stunning quarter zine filled with quirky poems.
An amazing pull out zine with vibrant drawings/artwork. Native Punk is a zine by Sara Rene. “I’m Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Louisana Creole. I’m an artist, a filmmaker, writer, art school dropout, a punk and a few other things.” Contact/Submit: NATIVEPUNXUNITE@GMAIL.COM
“Currently I am looking for zines written by POC from all walks of life and gender identities and expressions. I am looking for personal zines, political zines, punk zines, sex worker zines, etc. Please send me links to zines that you think I should carry. Please do not send me PDF’s or links to zines available only online. Please send your zines submissions to: Nyky Gomez PO BOX 80582 Seattle, WA 98108.”–Brown Recluse Zine Distro Call For Submissions.
“A collection of blogs, essays, and articles addressing intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, anti-racist organizing, and much more. Written by a brown, genderqueer.”–Artivism/Afro-Genderqueer Philosophactivist http://www.afrogenderqueer.com