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SOUTHERN WOMAN’S BOOKSTORE: A FEMINIST, ANTIRACIST, LGBTQ BOOKSTORE REDEFINING “SOUTHERN” FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE

(Activists currently fundraising to open Southern Woman’s Bookstore—Left to right: Daisy Salinas, Darci McFarland, and Patience Osume)

Every night when I lay in bed, I imagine the powerful ways in which Southern Woman’s Bookstore & Community Center could offer a literary, artistic, and cultural safe space for women, people of color, queer people, transgender folks, immigrants, Muslims, and more.

The South desperately needs more safe spaces for us. We are aware that the “South” or Southern U.S, geographically located in the southeast of the United States, has several negative connotations. The following illustrate 11 of these. 

  1. The word “Southern” takes us back to the horrifying history of the American South— of the subjugation and enslavement of Black Americans and the removal and murder of Native Americans, (which also occurred in the North).
  2. “Southern” takes us back to the Confederacy, the seven slave states in the South whose economy and politics was based on slavery.
  3. “Southern” takes us back to Jim Crow segregation, lynchings, horrific discrimination of people of color on social, political, and economic levels.
  4. “Southern” makes us think of the new New Jim Crow segregation that continues today in this country, especially in the South.
  5. “Southern” makes us think of the criminalization and incarceration of people of color.
  6. “Southern” makes us think of the women in the South who do not have access to reproductive resources.
  7. “Southern” makes us think of the sexual and domestic violence that disproportionately affects those living in the South.
  8. “Southern” makes us think of the undocumented immigrants who are shot at the border, criminalized, sexually assaulted, separated from their families, and deported.
  9. “Southern” makes us think of hate crimes and institutional homophobia & transphobia being committed again queer, trans*, and gender non-conforming people.
  10. “Southern” makes us think of the hostile anti-Muslim attacks on Islamic centers and Mosques and others acts of discrimination against Muslims.
  11. “Southern” makes us think of the conservative lawmakers that reinforce discrimination and inequality against marginalized people in both overt and covert ways.

This list of what might cross our minds when we hear the word “Southern” is not all encompassing and does not end here.

But what if our home is located in a red Southern state? What can we do to change our generation from repeating mistakes of the past that have occurred and continue to occur in the South?

Living in the South is not a monolith. Many of us are not conservative, and are instead radically building ways to resist oppression within a geographic location that desperately needs a social transformation.

We believe that Southern Woman’s Bookstore and Community Center can begin a dialogue for change by redefining “Southern” for marginalized people living in the South who are fighting against bigotry and enacting social change on various levels.

Considering that the racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, transphobic, and Islamaphobic Southern laws and Southern lawmakers that exist do not reflect our beliefs, Southern communities can be transformed into places that challenge the status quo and reflect our own stories. For us, Southern Woman’s Bookstore offers this possibility.

Supporting our vision of opening Southern Woman’s Bookstore will help make a positive difference to the North Texas community, because we would provide a safe space where we can educate and empower one another via diverse books & zines, powerful art, and important activist causes. 

To learn more, check out Southern Woman’s Bookstore’s first zine here or here. You can also visit our website and “like” us on facebook.

Please consider taking part in the creation of a literary and activist safe space by donating here

In Solidarity Always,

Daisy Salinas 
SouthernWomansBookstore@gmail.com

We would be forever grateful if you could signal boost this project! 

What I look for in a story
  • I want characters I can relate to.  I’ve only read about a small handful, so I’ll gladly settle for characters that are both odd and fleshed out.
  • I want a setting I’ve never read about before.  I mostly read fantasy and science fiction because they take me to new places that present unique problems.
  • I want clear prose.  Words can be poetic without being fluffy.
  • I want an ending that that’s foreshadowed without being predictable.
  • I want a new premise that stays with me for a long time.  This is another reason I mostly read science fiction and fantasy.
  • I want to root for a character so badly that I shout advice to them while I read.
  • I want literary techniques to be subtle enough that I don’t roll my eyes at them.
  • I want as little romance as possible.
  • I want to put down the story so desperate for more that I look up the author and read more of their works.

What do you want in a story?  Do you share some of my preferences?  Are there things on my list that you can’t stand?  Reblog with your personal list!

Denton voted best college town

#Denton voted best college town! #UNT #TWU

Denton can now add another accolade to its collection, Official Best Of has declared Denton, Texas the best college town in the state.

They credit Denton’s success because it is a progressive city, thanks to its progressive universities, along with being “a mecca for fine, fast, and fun dining and drinking adventures.” With nearly 50,000 college students scattered throughout the city, fueling the…

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Brown Queen: Our Voz Our Arte

Celebrating Latinas in the Arts

Denton TX – In celebration of Mexican culture on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, Muchacha Fanzine and The Wounded Healer’s Collective, proudly presents Denton’s first Latina artist showcase “Brown Queen: Our Voz Our Arte” on Cinco de Mayo located in downtown Denton. This cultural celebration is intended to honor, celebrate, and support the cultural contributions and talents of rising local Latina artists. We hope this event can serve to bring attention to Latin@/Hispanic culture and women of color contributions within the artistic community of Denton and the larger DFW metroplex.

Brown Queen: Our Voz Our Arte is brought to you by one of the organizers of the Denton Annual Femme fest, Muchacha Fanzine, a local Latina feminist zine and The Wounded Healer’s Collective, an initiative comprised primarily of local women of color artists, graduate students, and staff from Texas Woman’s University who promote art as a tool for community building and development. This event will include spoken word poetry, comedy, dance, diverse musical performances, food, as well as a visual art auction open to the public. This event will also premiere Muchacha Fanzine’s newest issue “Brown Queen” which includes diverse submissions of poetry, short stories, and visual art by Latina artists around the world.

We invite YOU to consider being involved in the conservation and creation of culture through the arts by donating to our KICKSTARTER EVENT PAGE. All donations will be used towards event costs. All proceeds of this event will also be donated to the participating local Latina artists as a statement of appreciation, support, and solidarity in the continued nurturance and development of Latina’s in the arts.


For any further information please contact Daisy Salinas at dsalinas4@twu.edu and Erica GDLR at egranadosdelarosa@mail.twu .edu o

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DENTON, TEXAS- SUPPORT Small Town Grrrl rock/punk/jazz/hip hop/spoken word/comedy/zines/reproductive autonomy/empowerment!

In celebration of the artistic contributions of local women, we present Denton TX’s Second Annual Femme Fest. This event is intended to celebrate and honor the artistic contributions and talents of rising local female artists who are often underrepresented in their communities.

This year we are benefiting the amazing Cicada Collective, a local group of Reproductive Justice Organizers who aim to provide access to reproductive resources for local communities who do not have access to these resources such as communities of color, the LGBTQ community along with undocumented, incarcerated or criminalized people. 

This event will also be the premiere of Muchacha Fanzine’s 8th issue “Nuestros Cuerpos/Our Bodies.” If you would like to submit poetry, short stories, essays, visual art, photography, comics, rants, etc. concerning reproductive rights please email your submissions to Daisy at Riotgrrrl56@yahoo.com by Thursday, November 14th.

To donate to our event visit our kickstarter page.



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