a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I am a 27 year old queer & non-binary trans person and I go by they/them/their pronouns. I am into trans feminism, Harry Potter nerdery (proud Hufflepuff!), playing with makeup, reading, writing letters, traveling, learning things, music, making awesome vegan food, being around animals, and DIY. For paid work, I am a domestic violence services advocate and have been in the field for 2 years. I have two main zine projects and a couple of one-shot zines.
I am the co-creator and editor of Hoax, a US bi/annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. Our core values for the zine are: Accessibility, Accountability, Education, Empowerment, and Safety.
Issue #6 is about feminisms & communication! [November 2011]
Issue #7 is about feminisms & change! [June 2012]
Issue #8 is about feminisms & mythologies! [January 2013]
Issue #9 is about feminisms & vulnerabilities! [September 2013]
Issue #10 is about feminisms & embodiments! [September 2014]
Issue #11 is about feminisms & strategy and is accepting submissions until AUGUST 30TH, 2015!
Issue #12 is about feminisms & healing and is accepting submissions until DECEMBER 31ST, 2015!
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I also have written a perzine series called you've got a friend in pennsylvania.
Issue #6 includes my attempt to investigate the traces of anxiety, depression, suicide, and alcoholism in my family's history as well as my own difficulties with these issues. Eight sections discuss: the secrecy surrounding my family’s history of suicides, a recent suicide in my family, my issues with anxiety and pushing emotions aside, my reoccuring suicidal thoughts and how my identities intersect with them, talking with a fellow queer/trans friend struggling with suicide, assessing my tumultuous relationship with alcohol and deciding to become consciously sober, what I can do to manage and deal with things, and what I plan to do in the future. There is a trigger warning for the zine relating to depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm, alcoholism, sexual assault, and abuse - please take care of yerself before you read this. It is intense. Extremely text heavy, B&W, 1/4 size, 46 pages. $3 US / $4 international (includes shipping), or trade! [February 2012]
Issue #7 is about queerness, introversion, and friendship theory.
Issue #8 is about memory loss, queer(y)ing growth, and teen advice.
Issue #9 is all about reflections of being sober for 2 years, how to support your sober friends, and difficult realizations I had to make once I became sober. [February 2014]
Issue #10 is about internalized homophobia, waiting for friendships to form, coping with abusive relationships, using men as “beards” and dating them to access social spaces and to survive in a heterosexist small-town environment, survivorship, and using anger as a means of self-sufficiency. [November 2014]
Neither Doll Houses nor Tree Houses: On Living Outside of the Gender Binary
Finished in under 24 hours for the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest, this zine focuses on the ups and downs of finding myself outside of the gender binary and attempts to both de- and re-construct various questions about my own gender as well as gender in general. Three separate sections discuss feeling pushed out of femininity, how masculinity is viewed as inherent and femininity is viewed as a fictitious performance, how striving for the “perfect balance” of two genders is not plausible nor an adequate solution, acceptance or tolerance (or neither) that I feel in specific spaces, how my radical friends misgender and disrespect me more often than my non-radical ones, the (non-) accessibility of queer jargon and language, how coming out has garnered me the most intense gender assumptions yet, dealing with friends who don’t “get it”, my desire to validate my own identity without stepping on the identity of others, and checking white privilege. March 2012. 32 pgs, ½ size, B&W. $2-3 or trade.
Thou Shalt Not Talk about the White Boys' Club: Challenging the Unwritten Rules of Punk
Touted as being a home for society's rejects, outcasts, and 'alternative' political stances, punk unfortunately often ends up reinforcing oppressive mindsets and ideals by setting up numerous unwritten rules for dress, behavior, personal choices, identifications, and so much more. This zine aims to direct conscious attention to the nuances of being a marginalized person, namely a Gender and Sexuality Minority (GSM), in the punk community. Includes questions intended to incite dialogue among readers and their friends as well as a short list of recommended resources concerning marginalized experiences in punk. B&W, 34 pages, & text heavy. US$2.50
- 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…
Thou Shalt Not Talk About The White Boys’ Club: Challenging The Unwritten Rules of Punk
Touted as being a home for society’s rejects, outcasts, and ‘alternative’ political stances, punk unfortunately often ends up reinforcing oppressive mindsets and ideals by setting up numerous…Continue
due to recent relocations and upcoming life changes, we have decided to put out a call for submissions for the next issue of hoax although we are still in the process of printing and distributing #7. the topic of hoax #8 will be feminisms and MYTHOLOGIES. we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds & genders to submit!
potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:
Language: storytelling and folklore…