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The final issue of Shotgun Seamstress zine was completed in the fall of 2011. Now, all six issues 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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