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The first six issues of Shotgun Seamstress zine are compiled in a book that was published by Mend My Dress Press.

Also, I revamped my old blog.  It used to be a place to store all of the old columns I wrote for Maximum RockNRoll.  That stuff is still on there, but I'm also adding brand new content on a regular basis, so please check it out:  Shotgun Seamstress at Blogger!

Shotgun Seamstress was a black punk fanzine that also focuses on black queer & feminist artists and musicians!

The first issue of Shotgun Seamstress came out in August 2006. I wanted to pick up where other zines that addressed race & punk left off. Zines like Evolution of a Race Riot and How to Stage a Coup and also personal zines by folks like Lauren Martin and Bianca Ortiz, really helped me out. I was either the only one or one of very few Black kids and people of color in my scene and I needed to read the words of other kids having similar experiences. The only thing was, a lot of the writing in those zines made it seem like if you were truly through with racism and cared about your identity as a person of color, you'd leave punk rock. I remember how Mimi Nguyen, the editor of Race Riot used to pride herself on being ex-punk. But I love being Black and I love punk rock. I don't want to give anything up.

Without being a personal zine, Shotgun Seamstress is a celebration of every side of myself. The punk part, the Black first-generation Nigerian part, the queer part, the feminist part, the artist-loner-weirdo part. Hopefully Black punks, feminists, queers, and DIY artists & musicians find in Shotgun Seamstress a world where they don't have to choose between important identities. It's kind of like a fanzine, full of interviews, book reviews, profiles on important Black punks, artists, activists & musicians, and little bits of my personal experience wrapped up in stories about other people or other times in history. I get lots of submissions from other people.


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At 9:42pm on January 11, 2015, Cheering and Waving Press said…

Are you open to zine trades? Would love to get Shotgun Seamstress in print.

At 11:21am on November 9, 2013, Revolt Distro-Seven Sins said…

Call For Submissions

REV☮LT Distro's: Radical Comix #1

What is Radical comix?

A radical comix collection centering around equality, living free, feminism, queerness, Radical illustrators, sketch artists and the pacific Northwest, It is edited by Revolt Distro and will be put out every three months from February on. This is a call for Submissions so Please Send in Your Work or forward this to a friend who would be interested. We can Change the world or at least get our art out there to the people. Issue number one will be put out in February 2013 so you have until the last week of January to submit. The Zine will be comic book size and submissions can be sent to sevensinsrevolt@gmail.com where they will have to be scaled to fit into the final anthology! So stoked about this new awesome project we are going to collaborate with a lot of great zine authors from the PNW. you should too!Thank you so much to those who have submitted already and those of you who will do so from now until the last week of JAN. Thanks!
~Seven Sins

Issue #1 Deadline !!

Friday, Jan. 31st 2014 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

All Submissions are due by JAN the earlier the better as well as the more likely it is that your submission will be used in Issue number one! you will receive a confirmation email within one week of submitting a piece. we are looking for pieces of all sizes ranging from half page to ten pages. thank you!
Email all submissions and questions tosevensinsrevolt@gmail.com


At 1:18pm on January 5, 2013, 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.

At 8:26pm on March 27, 2012, Betty said…

Hi, I'm sure I'm out of luck, but do you have any available copies of Shotgun Seamstress #6 left? I have the other 5, but never saw the #6 around while it was still available. I tried looking at distros too in case you don't check this site much, but no go. So sad I missed the bus on this one. :( If you do, let me know if you're willing to send one my way/price/postage.

Thanks <3

At 11:34am on December 22, 2011, Carlos Palacios Hidalgo said…

i would love to read all your stuff,are you up for trades??

At 7:33pm on November 1, 2011, Sumayyah Talibah said…
Certainly! I only have print copies of my 2nd zine, and the first one can be read online. If you're interested in my second zine, which is all poetry, let me know. Inbox me!
At 11:23am on November 1, 2011, Sumayyah Talibah said…
I am loving your zines!
At 2:30pm on September 15, 2011, Eric said…
I stopped making Dildo Machine after I finished the second issue. Glad you liked it, though! I'm working on a new compilation zine at the moment, hope to have it out next year.
At 8:57pm on May 10, 2011, Candace said…

Hello there - my name's Candace and I volunteer for a zine shop in Melbourne, Australia called Sticky (www.stickyinstitute.com). We would love so much of you felt like stocking Shotgun Seamstress with us! We've actually had a few people ask after it, even.

If you'd like to, please email me at candace(at)stickyinstitute.com. Thank you heaps.  xx Candace

At 2:21pm on April 5, 2011, Rochelle M. said…

I've been reading your zines for the past couple of years. I've always wanted to tell you that, as a black, queer, feminist punk myself, your zines mean a lot to me. It means a lot to me that somebody else out there is like me and is strong enough to say these things that I can't always articulate. It means so much to me that, when I read your stuff, I don't feel completely and utterly alone in my personal experiences. So, in short, you're awesome, and have a nice day whenever you get this. Maybe we can swap zines sometime?



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