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New Issues of Shotgun Seamstress & Shortandqueer


Just got in the most recent issues from both SS and SNQ, both awesome.
Shortandqueer #15 ($2)- A compil ation of speeches and performances that Kelly Shortandqueer gave between 2006-2010. A couple different Tranny Road Show performance pieces, a speech delivered at the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and the keynote speech from the Colorado Gold Rush Conference.
Shotgun Seamstress #4 ($3)- This issue of Shotgun Seamstress focuses on visual artists. It's a pretty interesting to see the black punk focus applied to people working outside of punk music. Included within: an interview with Afro-Punk director James Spooner, a write-up on the art of Adee Roberson, a letter to Vaginal Creme Davis, praises for performance artist Kalup Linzy, an interview with video performance artist Jacob Gardens, and a poem by Lenelle Moise.

Also got in a couple older issues, some of my favorites of each:
Shortandqueer #4 ($2)- This, the coming out issue, is an great record of the different ways people handle (and don't handle) others coming out as trans. Emotional, turbulent, and occasionally funny, Kelly is about the best host you could have for this process- wise and level-headed even when shit gets hard.
Shotgun Seamstress #2 ($3)- This zine is so crazy inspiring and in your face, I love it. There's the Black Punk Zine That Never Happened, a history of Go-go music, a write up on Rupal and his Letting it All Hang Out book, an interview with Andrea Rhinestone Eagle (from Purple Rhinestone Eagle) and Portland Latino punks Magic Johnson, and an article about influencial Dj and writer Don Letts. Plus, the always awesome Chris Sutton (Hornet Leg, The Gossip, my old roommate) lends his broad musical and cultural knowledge to the table in an awesome essay about blackness and music, and Brontez Purnell (Gravy Train, The Younger Lovers) writes about why he will be a riot girl until the day he fucking dies.

Just got back from a month-long tour, so expect a lot of additions and activity in the near future to catch up from the long-ish silence. -JJ/MVP

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