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Are you a queer zinester (broadly defined, of course)? Do you write about your genderfucking, transitioning, same-and-other-gender lovin' experiences, or about queer and LBGTQ communities and cultures? If so, let's start talking about it.

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Queer Zine Fest London 2013

Started by Charlotte Richardson Andrews Oct 21, 2013.

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Comment by Sophie Crow on February 11, 2014 at 10:17am

Not a zine, but DIY

My range of vagina patches, drawn from real life, no porn star pussies here!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheOysterKnife?section_id=14970005&...

Comment by lexxx on January 26, 2014 at 12:58pm

SUBMIT to Passage & Place: on the intersection of queerness, home & movement

**PLEASE FORWARD this call**

**also, find it on Facebook**

 

PASSAGE & PLACE Print Project

Call for submissions:

The concept of Home is often defined by one's relationship to place- one's connection to, or displacement from, a geographical or structural location. In thinking about diaspora, a person's Home may be a place they have never physically been- it may be less of a physical place and more of a conceptual one. When considering chosen and forced im/emigration, incarceration, or territories occupied by military force, one's concept of Home may not simply be defined by a single static place- or by place at all. In the context of queer identities, many of us who have chosen to disengage, or have been disowned from our families of origin, define Home through our interpersonal relationships to chosen family and community.

Some of us may associate particular people in our lives with a sense of Home. For some of us, Home may be laden in the sight of an object, a smell, a sound, a phrase. One's concept of Home may be best conjured up by the act of movement, the practice of tradition, or the retelling of significant events.

What is it that signifies Home to you? Consider drafting a letter to that place/person/object/etc.

Imagine being able to communicate with Home directly-- what would you say? What is your relationship to each other at this point in time? Has it changed? If so, in what ways? What lies in the space between you and Home?

This is a call for letters written, and visual art created from You to Home. A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.

Final deadline to submit work is 5pm on March 1st, 2014.

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EMAIL SUBMISSIONS to passageandplace@gmail.com

MAIL SUBMISSIONS (we ♥ letters!) to:
Passage & Place
PO Box 22469
Oakland CA 94609

Submissions will not be returned, so please don't send originals. Along with your submission, please include a 2-3 line bio about yourself, as well as contact information.

Letters should be kept to 1,000 words or less. Visual art should be formatted to 6"x9" or "9x12". Scanned images should be 300dpi.

Selected letters and visual art will be displayed during the PASSAGE & PLACE exhibition in June 2014.

Contributors selected for print will receive a copy of the printed anthology.

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PASSAGE & PLACE is curated and coordinated by Annah Anti-Palindrome and Lex Non Scripta.

Comment by Sari of Hoax on January 15, 2014 at 3:22pm

NEW YORK CITY FEMINIST ZINE FEST 2014

Do you like zines? How about feminism? Because second annual NYC Feminist Zine Fest is coming up! Mark your calenders for March 1st, 2014 from 1-6pm. This time we will be at Barnard College in uptown Manhattan, 3009 Broadway in the James Room on the 4th floor of Barnard Hall. The space is handicap accessible.

We will be opening the call for tablers very soon, so if you’re a zinester or artist interested in sharing your work, keep an eye on our website (http://feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com/) for updates. We also need volunteers to help the day run smoothly so if you think that sounds like you (or you have questions in general), email us at feministzinefestnyc@gmail.com! RSVP to the WMZ event here!

Comment by Sari of Hoax on January 5, 2014 at 7:11am

call for submissions! hoax #10: feminisms & EMBODIMENTS

potential ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • The Physical Body: Representations of class / gender / race within a physical body; Changing relationship to our bodies over time; Body modifications; Having a body that is visibly marked as “other” / more easily recognized by the state; (Un)Intentional politics of bodily presentations; How bodily representations in media affect marginalized groups in real life;  Physical transformations via surgery, hormones, plants, etc;  Fat positivity & size acceptance; Physical self-defense; Ways in which the body remembers violence
  • Dysphoria: Gender dysphoria; Dysphoria and eating disorders; The medicalization of dysphoria; Means to cope with dysphoria & feelings of homelessness in one’s body; Critiques of the the “love yr body!” expectation within feminisms; Resolving erroneously-read projections
  • The Emotional Self: Do we have an “authentic self” that is impermeable to change?; How feminisms & other political stances affect our personal growth; Self-care & feminisms; “The personal is political” – The importance of that statement paired with the necessity of challenging it; Things others have tried to change about us (through force, coercion, guilt, etc.); How to rectify situations in which our assumed privileges or statuses do not match up with our lived experiences
  • Science: Resisting biological determinism & essentialism; Ways in which science reaffirms scripts of kyriarchy (ex: GID and the DSM / ties between the “obesity epidemic” and race / “hysteria”); Problems within the healthcare system; Radical mental health; Making science work for people who aren’t straight / white / western / cis / men
  • History / Culture: Mapping how former embodiments affect the present & the future; Preservation of traditions & shared traits; Storytelling and the transmission of intergenerational knowledges; Being in different moments; Unearthing connections with our predecessors / Relationships to feminists & queers of the past; Personal reflections & retrospection; Personal baggage; Embodiment of one's nationality and heritage; Personal goals and transformations; Distance and borders
  • Visibility: How we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non-verbally); How different communication styles “out" us; Secrecy; Body politics & gendered expressions ("passing" & “body work"); Terminologies we use & how they impact us; Choosing how to express one’s sensitivities & vocalize need; Making decisions about sharing info in certain places (in school, at home, at yr job, etc.) / Portraying ourselves online in a surveiled society; Ways to use art, theatre, & other creative mediums to display emotion
  • Relationships: Embodiment of other people's histories and struggles; Learning to act in solidarity with instead of for your community members; Setting boundaries; Consent and sexuality; Representations of healthy relationships; The social capital associated with sexual desirability; The impact of sex work on one's personal relationships
  • Dis/Ability: Intersections of race, gender, class, and disability; Illnesses & how they impact one’s daily life depending on how visible they are to others; Caring for disabled loved ones; The correlation between trauma and illness; The impact of living with STIs and / or HIV/AIDS

please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com by march 31st, 2014. feel free to e-mail us yr ideas for topics & artwork! as always, we are willing to work with you during any and every stage of the writing process. the sooner you send us yr work, the better! check out our site for more info!

Comment by Carrie C. on December 27, 2013 at 6:08pm

Call For Submissions

The first issue of Gender Matters has been really successful. It's in the hands of many youth, teachers, parents and zine readers! All the sale proceeds have been donated to organizations that support trans/gender variant youth...nearly $350.00

SO LET'S MAKE ANOTHER ISSUE!

Topic: (Essays, anecdotes, comix, poetry) from gender variant folks telling stories of going through puberty and adolescence, and early adulthood experiences. Take that as broadly or specifically as you’d like; literally how your body was changing and how your brain was dealing with it, or going to a dance and how that made you feel, dating, coming out to your family, teachers, classmates, etcetera...

Audience: 7-12 grade students.

Specifics: The pieces should be free of cursing and overt sexual content, I want to get the zine in schools, so content should be school appropriate.

Why/Purpose: It’s rough trying to find age or school appropriate material for trans/gender variant/intersex youth and it’s imperative that all young people see themselves in print.

Puberty, adolescence, and early adulthood are hard for everyone but it’s extra alienating and difficult when you feel alone and radically different from the majority. I want this zine to be an offering to gender variant kids who need to see themselves in print, to know that they are not alone, to offer comfort and hope. I want the zine to open the eyes and hearts of cis gender folks so they become allies. I also want it to open up dialogue between youth, parents and teachers. 

I keep this quote in mind when I’m writing curriculum and deciding what to teach for the year. Perhaps it will inspire you.

"When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female, or speak with a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes a world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.” ~ Adrianne Rich

Send submissions to: zinesforstudents@gmail.com
Please send as an attachment in basic word formatting or as a google document with “Gender Matters 2 Zine Submission” as the subject. For art submissions send greyscale images TIF file format 300dpi. 
Include; a title for your piece, a brief bio, and any contact info you want included in the zine. Every contributor will receive a copy of the finished zine, please include a mailing address for your copy. 
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Publication: Mid February 2014

The first issue of Gender Matters is available at Quimby's bookstore (in store or online at quimbys.com), Pioneers Press (pioneerspress.com), at Mend My Dress Press (mendmydress.com), on Etsy at the Zinesandsuch page, or through me directly at zinesforstudents@gmail.com.

You can e-mail me with questions, suggestions, complains, that kinda stuff too.
Thanks!
Carrie

Comment by Alex the Zine on December 3, 2013 at 8:59am

Hi queer zine writers. I am starting a new distro local to NYC. I hope to have it up and running in February. Right now, I'm raising funds. I know... money...blah. But it'll be awesome when it's up. If you would like to check it out, here is how:

http://kck.st/1eSF2tD

Comment by Charlotte Richardson Andrews on October 21, 2013 at 9:59am

Queer Zine Fest London 2013 is a-go! Tablee applications are still open, so drop me an email if you'd like to talk/workshop/table at the event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com

QZFL exists to create a space where queer zinesters and queer DIY publishing rules. Straight folk are welcome to apply to table at QZFL, providing they are selling queer zines and check their hetero privilege at the door. Also, QZFL2013 falls on World AIDS Day this year. We'll have ribbons for sale http://www.worldaidsday.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/

https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqzinefestlondon/

Comment by ZippityZinedra on October 18, 2013 at 10:30am

What?!!Different Shades of Normal being brought to you in two zines?!! No way! How is this possible?! Is it crazy? Insane? Does it sound mental?

Different shades of normal and tarantula face present: a split zine of

The Friendship Issue

Text heavy, Friendship strong

26 pages, 90% typed- 10% handwritten.

get it today.

Trades ONLY. Am currently not doing any overseas shipping because of the unbelievable high shipping costs.

for more info, questions or trades, email me at: Sandra_reiki_@hotmail.com

Comment by Sari of Hoax on September 27, 2013 at 7:46am

HOAX #9 - FEMINISMS & VULNERABILITIES IS NOW FINISHED, AND IS TAKING PRE-ORDERS!

essays include:

- How vulnerability can combat misogyny within trans communities
- Vulnerabilities and doors as a queer mixed woman
- Coping with internalized misogyny, consciously staying away from men, and familial dynamics
- Nuances of high school experiences
- Letting go of hurtful narratives while embracing heartache and the process of “breaking down”
- Views on queer identity interrogation, performance, and transparency as a punk zinester
- Vulnerabilities of mental health perspectives and lack of intersectionality
- Witnessing misguided white manarchist resistance to police and reflections on vulnerability of communities of color
- Multi-generational healing work and vulnerabilities as a male-socialized survivor
- Questioning the responsibility of self-agency after “checking out” during sex
- Asking for help as a necessary self-publishing task
- Experiences of racism and sexism in a hospital setting and the legitimacy of describing one’s pain
- Trans women and solitary confinement
- Boundary setting in the contexts of capitalism, physical and mental illness, and life crises
- Inpatient hospital stays and changes in labels of one’s mental illness(es)
- Loss of memory and personal history, critiquing queer/trans* growth narratives, and creating (non-)advice for non-normative teens and young adults
- Vulnerability of discussing physical illness
- Navigating queer attraction and desire with a history of violence
- A feminist coming out monologue
- Dealing with kink, trauma, and complexities of BDSM involvement
- Interview Excerpt with Daniela Capistrano, Founder of the POC Zine Project
- Examining the necessity of assertiveness for disabled women and asking for accommodations

This issue also includes poems, feminists we love, current feminist heroes, and vegan recipes! ½ size, black & white, 80 pages, and very text heavy.

For more info about our current monetary situation and a note about this zine's potentially triggering content, please check out our full blog page and/or our etsy shop listing.

Comment by Dylan on August 21, 2013 at 7:03pm

Hey all,

looking to expand my distro. The main focus of my distro is queer issues and political activism. If you have a zine, I want to buy it. sissyboydistro@gmail.com

 

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