"Working with the POC Zine Project was a total pleasure. The workshops that they presented at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls were inspiring, engaging, radical and fun (a perfect combo), and the youth were psyched about the ‘zines they created with POCZP.
Are you a writer/dancer/photographer/cartoonist/musician/sculptor/actor or other creative type?
Did you ever encounter resistance or discouragement while trying to learn your craft?
Did you ever feel like it was because you were a person of color/queer/trans/disabled/working-class/undocumented or otherwise marginalized?
If you answered yes to these three questions, then I hope to hear from you!
My new compilation zine “Art School is Hell,” will focus on how people from marginalized communities are:
discouraged from entering creative fields,
encounter oppression in art-making spaces,
and are sometimes discredited in the art-making world after/outside of school.
I’m interested in examining the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways we are told art school and other art-making spaces are not for us and made to feel unwelcome there. I am also interested in exploring whether artists whose work is considered “niche” (because they are queer/brown/etc.) find it to be a burden to their career or are able to use it to access opportunities they might not otherwise have.
If you ever had to bring a friend to a critique because no one in class knew what to make of your work, if you were ever told you were too fat to belly dance, if you were ever told to stop making work about race because it was “too political” or “people wouldn’t get it,” send me your stories or visual art (2D only) at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st. Stories should be 500-1000 words. Visual art should be formatted to fit on a half-page (8.5 x 5.5 inches). PDFs (for written work) and JPEGs (for visual work) are preferred.
I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to contact me with questions.
I cannot even TELL YOU in the LANGUAGE OF WORDS how excited I am to be publishing Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour’s conversation on punk. No lie, friends, this chapbook is going to melt the fuck right off your face.You can preorder it now; it’ll ship in mid-June. Use the discount code PUNKSNOTDEAD for $2 off your order between now and May 31. All the proceeds from the special edition will benefit the POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! 2013 tour.
Guillotine is an ongoing series of handbound chapbooks with letterpress-printed covers, and each chapbook is a single essay.
“Punk is a moving target”: Punk is an unwieldy object of study—because of fictions that circulate as truth, absences in archives and the questionable subject of recovery, and the passage of “minor” details into fields of knowledge. A conversation about the politics of methodology, and historiography, of subculture. 32 pp., 4.5 x 6.5”. ***SHIPS IN JUNE 2013, 243 IN STOCK***
MIMI THI NGUYEN is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Gift of Freedom. She has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot. Nguyen is a former Punk Planet columnist and a Maximum Rocknrollshitworker; she is also a frequent collaborator with Daniela Capistrano for the POC Zine Project.
GOLNAR NIKPOUR served as co-coordinator of Maximum Rocknrollbetween 2004 and 2007. She is also a founding editor of B|ta’arof, a magazine featuring art, literature, historiography, and cultural critique related to Iran and its diaspora. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in New York City.
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We invite you to submit drawings and photography to be considered for a forthcoming full-color zine “Weird World,” coinciding with and of the same theme as our upcoming exhibition at Booklyn Art Gallery, including artwork by…
I’ve been inspired by the way that Kate Wadkins has displayed the Brainwaves collection at RAC. Lots of three dimensional art is really beautiful and interesting, but you have to get creative with ways to display it. So I looked around RAC and thought about ways that I would display our three dimensional pieces in my home.
First and foremost of course is the Brainwaves display on our gallery wall. If you are anything like our intern Madeline Dahl, you love zines and have more than you know what to do with. Simply letting beautiful art pieces sit on a bookshelf, only viewed when someone picks them up, doesn’t do justice to even the smallest of collections. By taking some rough textured yarn or twine and tying it to nails on the wall you can create the perfect display for zines, magazines, or even light handmade books.
Are you a zinester in or near New York? Well the Sarah Lawrence College Feminist Collective is going to be hosting a small zine fest this year, and we want you! The fest will focus on feminist and queer zines, or queer feminist zines. We are hoping to get some tablers to come and sell zines and…
Reading at C.L.I.T. Fest was great! I was a little self-conscious about reading, since I haven’t made a zine in a long time, but it went well. I sat on stage to read, and in that intimate space it felt really comfortable. A couple people came up to me after I finished to talk, so that was good… who doesn’t like friendly strangers?
Bummed that I didn’t have the chance to see the entire night, but I had an awesome time while I was there. Really enjoyed 3Jane and Aye Nako, the two bands I got to see, and it was great to meet Rachel and Sari (the folks behind Hoax Zine) and Cristy Road (Glad to know I’m not the only one whose middle school perspective shifted thanks to Green Day’s Dookie album!).
The energy there was great; the enthusiasm of the organizers and the attendees for the folks who came through showed, and I think that proves well that if you really want to see the kind of art/music/writing/whatever you’re into, coming together with like minds and creating an event can be really rewarding.
If you weren’t able to attend and wish you could have experienced Julia B.’s reading live, we’ve scanned and uploaded Suburban Jamerican Fancy for you to read and download online. Julia describes it as “a brown suburban weirdo’s ways of escape.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: POC Zine Project is a volunteer-run organization. If you want to support our efforts and our tour happening this fall, please consider making a donation. Thanks! <3