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Poet, Writer, Artist, Zinester, Editor

I am a poet and artist whose work is most informed by my First Nations/Indigenous and traditional Sufi Muslim cultures. I am queer (sexually & gender; preferred pronoun is "they"), a trans-racial adoptee, mother to a teenager, have multiple visible and invisible disabilities, and no formal education. I currently live in Michigan, USA, working in a small local non-profit. My art and writing combine words, images, paint, fiber arts and beadwork to explore love, womanhood/gender identity, motherhood, spirituality, sexuality, history, borders, privilege and oppression, abuse, freedom and revolution – and how all of these are interconnected. I have previously published under the names Aaminah Raheemah, Aaminah Hernández, and Aaminah Al-Naksibendi.

I was formerly an early member of the SPEAK! Radical Women of Color Media Collective, a board member for the Islamic Artists Society, and a partner in the Thaura Zine Distro.

I am currently focusing on zine-making as a form of independent media creation for marginalized peoples. I have produced three zines in a collection called Jewels for Survival, a fourth collaborative zine in honor of Oscar Grant, and did the layout for the first zine of a dear friend. My long-term goals include networking with both local and worldwide poets and artists, and the creation of a local collective for women of color and queer writers and artists. I am currently in the very early conceptual stages of creating a new zine, Decolonize the Arts, to address issues within the our local arts community. This will hopefully be a collaborative zine and a part of the collective we are working on building, and hopefully will also become a series and inspire other communities.

Aside from zines, I am also a poet, artist and editor. I maintain the Elephant and Dove Designs Etsy shop, and am co-editor of Intersections: Woman, Artist, Muslim, an anthology.

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Women of Color Zinesters

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At 9:23am on November 30, 2012, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation).

Zines for the exhibition please send air mail:

"Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine. mailposht[.]gmail[.]com

At 10:19am on January 17, 2012, Rochelle Fallout said…

Hello Aaminah!

I was actually thinking about starting a group for us people of color on the site, but I'm glad you beat me to it! Anyway, it is nice to meet you, and I hope you have a nice day whenever you get this.

 
 
 

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