a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Hello out there!
My name is Sonia and I used to work with a group of womyn from Maine called the Mimi Collective. For about three years, we dedicated
ourselves to learning and providing resources and workshops about
reproductive and sexual health, consent, assault prevention, survivor
support, gender and queer and feminist hystory. The opportunity to
learn about our bodies, deconstruct oppression and grow in a safe space
will be an inspiration for my work for years to come.
Between us and the other rad ladies and queers we met on the way, our personal zine library soared to astonishing proportions. A year
before the group dissolved, I put together the initial framework for
the zine distro, but never really followed through. This past winter,
I struggled with a serious chronic illness and had to retire from all
of my activist pursuits. I had a lot of time recuperating to think
about the different kinds of work I’ve done and where it will be
possible to put my energy in the future. This zine distro is the first
project I’ve undertaken in over six months, and reflects a way I can
still support feminist resistance without the physical toll that
organizing can take. Some of these zines are current, and some are ten to twenty years
old, providing both valuable information and a document of anarcha
feminist hystory. I hope you enjoy them!
I have several personal zines that I have worked on over the years. Siren, published in 2002, is an introduction to anarcha-feminism and tips her hat to some wimmin writers such as Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy and Andrea Dworkin. I was the co-editor of The Wt Chronicles from 2003-2005, a zine spanning two and a half years and nine issues that focused on working class life, culture, writing and experience. In the summer of 2006, I wrote a zine while traveling across the country called Humyns and Nature, a poetic metaphorical primer on eco-feminism. In 2007, I wrote two zines, Make Yer Own Medicine, a punk inspired introduction to herbal medicine, and Growing Pains, which was never really punished, about homesteading, homeschooling and radical parenting. I am currently trying to put together a compilation zine about chronic illness, and will be making these older zines available online as soon as I can.
Come visit the Mimi Reproductive Health Zine Distro! http://mimizinedistro.wordpress.com/