IZM2013

Let's Talk About: Nia King on her 'punk privilege'

By Nia King, POCZP Contributor

There are a lot of things I hate about punk culture. You can read about most of them in The First 7-Inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk. But one of the positive things I took away from punk was the knowledge that I could do things myself (whether it was publishing a zine, putting a show together, or cooking a meal for a big crowd at Food Not Bombs with little help and little culinary training).

I’m not saying the zines, shows, or meals were exceptionally well-produced, but as a pink-haired 16 year old, I knew they were all things I could do myself. I didn’t need to ask permission. 

[DESCRIPTION: Nia King assembles some of her zines at home (2013). Photo credit: Nia King] 

As I got older, being a punk became less important to me, and identities like “queer” and “woman of color” began to play a bigger role in my life. I took my passion for social justice out of the VFW kitchen, and poured it into campus organizing in college, and after graduation, an entry level job at a terrible non-profit. There I learned that doing things well required years of training, lots of money, and often outside consultants. Little emphasis was put into helping us build the skills we’d need to do things ourselves. A lot of emphasis was put into making sure I didn’t forget to use oxford commas.

Three years outside of college (and one year outside the uber-dysfunctional non-profit), I am thankful for my punk roots. Though I dropped out of art school and still draw at, what I feel, is a high school level, I started a webcomic, which is currently being featured in the Lady Drawers exhibition in Chicago. With very little audio editing experience, I started a podcast. (I record all the interviews on my phone.) And without ever having taken a journalism class, I started writing for magazines. The verdict is still out on how that’s going.

None of the things I made are award-winning, all of them are a little rough around the edges. But I’ve overcome that deep-seated fear of imperfection that comes from the knowledge that as a queer woman of color I have to be a super-overachiever to be given even half the credit I’m due. I’m amplifying the voices of people from marginalized communities (whether it be myself or other queer and trans artists of color) in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to if I’d continue to believe I needed more training and better equipment before I put my foot in the water. Growing up in punk culture and zine culture taught me, “It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to do it.”

I’m sure my privileges as a light-skinned, middle-class, cisgender woman had everything to do with the doors that have been opened for me. Doors were also opened for me by the incredible mentors I had at Mills College and Colorlines Magazine (which is not where I developed my fear of forgetting oxford commas, and was actually an amazingly supportive work environment.)

But punk is where I learned the DIY ethic that taught me I don’t need a ton of schooling or a ton of money to call myself an artist. I just need to make art, self-publish, and hustle to get my work to the audience that matters most to me: other folks from marginalized communities struggling to figure out if they can do it themselves.

Nia King
artactivistnia.com
@artactivistnia

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WANT MORE?

Read: Let’s Keep Talking About Colo(ur)ism & Share Solutions

Read: Zines in the Classroom: Pros and Cons

Read: The Truth Tour and how to be an ally at POC and Native events

Read: Chaun Webster: ‘I make books… that’s my shit’

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“Let’s Talk About” is an experimental series by POCZP created to share communal knowledge, resources and reflections on a wide range of topics affecting communities of color.

If you are a person of color—or a white person with a history of supporting POC Zine Project— who wants to contribute to “Let’s Talk About,” submit to poczineproject@gmail.com with “Let’s Talk About” in the subject line. 

All submissions to “Let’s Talk About" will be compiled into a zine (print & digital) that will be released by POCZP in December of 2013.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE ZINES

1) they feel good in my hands 

2) zines about sobriety make me feel less alone in a city & culture that can be isolating. zines have given me a place to write about my sobriety, mental health, and share my story with others - as well as hear the story of folks in the same boat! 

3) they’ve introduced me to the best people 

4) sending & making mail is a real blast! 

5) writing to pen pals!

6) whenever someone is like “it’s hard to teach” “how do i get sober” “what is mental illness” “how can i find support for ____” i can reach to my bookshelf and say HEY i’ve got a zine for that!

7) zines make me use my hands. if i’m using my hands i’m using the rest of me. 

8) the learning! i am always learning and sharing and being passed down to and passing along and so on and so forth 

9) it expands what i “think” i am good at. with a BFA in dance i think, welp, thats what im good at thats what i’ll do. zines changed the course for me because it showed me i can be good at whatever i want to try my best at. with a gluestick, old magazines, typewriter, scissors, and a copy machine…there you go 

10) i can hardly imagine a life without them. sort of sounds like a cheesy moment, but it’s true. have company opens next weekend! a real shop to buy zines in grand rapids, mi! it’s sort of surreal, but i couldn’t feel more grateful or more excited. 

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL ZINE MONTH! 

Part of my zine collection - the task for Day 24 of International Zine Month was to organise your zine collection, but that was too daunting a task, I just took a photo of it! Mine are all jumbled up in no particular order apart from size. It makes it hard to find particular ones but when I do look through them, I make plenty of rediscoveries.

Ten Reasons Why I Love Zines

I was traveling most of the day yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to post this until now, but:

Ten Reasons Why I Love Zines, (for Day 2 of International Zine Month 2013)

10. Information Literacy. Sometimes I feel like a one-trick pony about this, but seriously, the weirdness of zines as publications is a great way to help expose our tacit knowledge about what makes a package of information reliable. Just read my zine about it, sorry/not sorry.  

9. Feelings. Making zines (even zines I never finished) has helped me work through break-ups, the loneliness of moving to a new place, being stressed out about school – andreading zines builds my empathy for others. 

8. Silliness. There are some really great zines about poop. 

7. Mail. When I got back from my trip yesterday, there was a big stack of mail, including three magazines, some bills, and three letters from zinesters. Guess which I opened first? 

6. Swear words. Intellectual freedom has no better demonstration than in zines, where there is absolutely no one to tell you what you can’t say. 

5. Learning. On a basic level, zines teach me about the lives of the awesome, normal, weirdo people who make them. But zines have also taught me about hopping trains, having Crohn’s Disease, recognizing an abusive relationship, and how to use the Dvorak keyboard. 

4. Radical politics. Zines have introduced or reinforced information about anti-racism, the prison system, gender violence and all kinds of other things. The intimacy of a zine sometimes helps me process this information better, too. 

3. Friends. I have made great friends through zine libraries, zinefests, zine workshops, and just through trading zines. Seriously, thinking of the dearest people in my life, I have made zines with (or at least talked about making zines with) nearly all of them. 

2. Lististics. Zines give me a chance to use a saddle stapler or try new methods of folding, or to break out some weird stamps that I’ve never used before. And who makes better buttons, stickers, and patches than zinesters?

1. Zine librarians. Volunteering at the Zine Archive and Publishing Project in Seattle is what helped me realize I wanted to become a librarian (thanks for helping me see the light, Davey!). Since then, the folks who care for zine collections of all sorts have become the most engaging professional community I’ve been a part of. Librarianship can be very siloed, but zines bring together catalogers and reference librarians, teen services folks and academic librarians, seasoned MLISed professionals and dedicated, wise volunteers. This mix has taught me so much, not just about zines but about the big issues of how we collect, care for, and provide access to the special things that other people create. 

ALERT: POC Zine Project is looking for more gender non-conforming tour members!

As we covered in our presi recounting the successes and mistakes from last year’s Race Riot! tour, we are making it a priority to involve more gender representations in this year’s tour. We want to make sure we’re helping to amplify as many voices as possible.

With that in mind, we already have several cis women confirmed as participants (tour roster announcement coming soon). We’re now looking for 1-2 more gender non-conforming folks to join us on the road.

Our tour route has evolved. We are now going to 20 cities and producing 30-40 events between Oct. 3 - Nov. 9, 2013. Yup! We’ve expanded the tour route to include more midwest tour dates (we’ll post an updated lineup very soon - here’s the original announcement).

REACH OUT

Email poczineproject@gmail.com for information on how to participate & help spread the word!

APPLICANT CRITERIA

  • You must ID as either trans and/or gender nonconforming or cis male. 
  • You must ID as a person of color.
  • You can commit to at least three of the tour dates between Oct 3 - Nov 9.
  • You have either made & released at least one zine or consistently operate a website/blog/digital presence that amplifies the voices of QTPOC.
  • You have at least some experience with public speaking.
  • You are either based in the U.S. or can cover the cost of your own travel outside the U.S.

That’s it! Email poczineproject@gmail.com with “QTPOC tour member” as the subject line and in your email make sure to include the following details:

- Your preferred name and a little about yourself (why you want to go on tour with POCZP, your relationship to zines/self publishing, etc.)

- the city and state you’re presently living in

- the name of the last zine you made/how to purchase it and/or the URLS for your digital platforms (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)

- a brief description of your public speaking history

- a brief description of any special needs (allergies, mobility issues, etc.)

- any initial questions you may have about tour date cities, budgeting, accessibility, etc.

A POCZP representative will get back to you by July 15, 2015.

DEADLINE: July 10, 2013.

We are finalizing the touring roster by August 1, 2013.

ACCESSIBILITY DISCLOSURE: All our touring events will be wheelchair accessible and have a safer spaces policy. Unfortunately, our tour vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs — but it can be navigated with braces, crutches, etc. As a result of this finance-based limitation, all touring members must be able to navigate the tour vehicle and event spaces with minimal support.

Send all accessibility questions to poczineproject@gmail.com.

We will post an accessibility FAQ for this year’s tour as soon as it’s ready. 

- POCZP

Make a Top 10 list of reasons why you love zines.

1). Zines exposed me to the counterculture.

When I was in middle school, my sister’s friend Max recommended I pick up MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. It was there I read Matt Average’s record reviews and got turned onto Brother Inferior, Hickey, and other bands that I would listen to through high school and for years after. Would I have started singing in a punk rock band without that influence? Would I have sought out hardcore shows and discovered the scene within my hometown had I not first gone to the local record store to pick up a copy of MRR?

2). Zines exposed me to new ideas about politics, society, etc.

When I was a kid, I loved conservative AM radio. I became a teen during the Clinton presidency, so to be right of center was to be against the status quo. I used to call into Bob Mohan’s show on Phoenix station KFYI on Fridays when listeners were given 30 seconds to rant, do songs, do skits, or really say whatever they wanted. These were my first performances for a public audience outside of school plays. But I can’t say my politics extended any thought beyond, “Hey, the government should leave us alone.”

It was reading columns in MRR, and a zine from Prescott AZ called Attitude Problem by a guy named Bandhu that I saw there were other realms of political and social thought that were anti-authoritarian without being conservative. Granted, through high school, I ended up being more teenage anarchist and apathetic than truly progressive, but that would come soon enough with more help from other zines and song lyrics finally sinking in.

3). Zines exposed me to different perspectives of the human experience.

I’ve read about kids hopping trains, a dude traveling around the country trying to wash dishes in every state in the union, interviews with pimps, stories about serial killers and bizarre accidents, travel journals of riot grrls, calls by genderqueer activists to transcend the false male/female binary… there’s some ideas and stories that have stuck with me, and there’s some publications I would never pick up again. But in every case, I’ve seen glimpses at the world through different eyes.

4). Zines showed me the similarities we share. 

All sorts of different people have written for and put out zines. It’s in their passions, their concerns, their hopes, and their insecurities that we can find common ground. At the very least, we share the urge to express ourselves, to be understood by somebody else.

5). Zines made me fall in love with writing again.

When I moved to Los Angeles, I was in a creative slump. My songwriting became a slow and agonizing process. I tinkered over a spec script for far longer than an aspiring television writer is supposed to linger on just one project. I worked as a freelance reporter for a small publication for about a year, and the paychecks were nice, but then they stopped showing up. 

I got a job transcribing for a reality show about mixed martial arts. I was inspired to pursue Brazilian jiu-jitsu and I wanted to write about it. Where am I one year later? Not in the MMA world, but consumed by writing. Even when I have blocks, I’m still thinking about writing. I know what it is to be in love, and this is it.

6). Zines made me interested in art again.

I haven’t always appreciated craft. Punk rock is infamous for ignoring skill and technique. But there are plenty of great musicians in punk rock, and while sometimes the raw sentiment of an everyday person can turn into a compelling piece of a writing, there are also talented artists in the zine world that make me want to raise my game. Not just in the writing, but in the materials, the assembly, and the aesthetics of crafting a zine, of putting it together. 

7). Zines introduced me (or… re-introduced me?) to the community I had been looking for.

I have worked alongside wonderful and creative people in my several years as a grunt worker in the television industry. But it’s a big city and sometimes gigs are more temporary than we think, so a series going on hiatus or a friend moving from the eastside to the west could mean a year or two goes by before I see them again. I have my friends, I have people in my life that I trust, but there were years in L.A. where I missed the tight-knit group of fellow artists, writers, musicians, and general misfits I spent time with in Phoenix.

It’s been 17 months since I attended a zine workshop as part of L.A. Zine Week 2012. I have to wonder how things would be different if I had shrugged off going to the class. How many people that I now consider friends would instead be complete strangers to me? How would I be spending my time instead of meeting friends for coffee and talking about writing, going to zine events, or attending and participating in readings and panels?

I don’t know what my life will be like 10 years down the road, 5 years, even a year from now. But I do feel in this moment that I have a supportive, encouraging, and inspiring network of people in my life…

8). Zines introduced me to good people.

…and it’s not just about the zines. I love and care about these people regardless of this one thing we have in common, it just happens that this thing is what brought us into each others’ spheres. Not everyone I met coming up in the punk scene is involved in music anymore, and I doubt everyone I know now in the zine community will always have the time and inclination to keep writing and publishing zines. But we have shared this, so they will always mean something to me.

9). Zines made me re-examine my life.

Maranda Telegram makes me consider self-care. Aurora Lady makes me conscious of living an artist’s life. Taryn Hipp makes me feel okay about talking about when I’m feeling down. These writers and artists show me better ways of living, and getting re-involved in writing and the zine community has led me to reconsider what I’m doing with my life. I want to have a positive outlook and I want to make a living doing something I really love.

Without zines, I may have remained stuck in the rut I found myself in some years after moving to L.A. It’s very easy to get caught up in “the hustle” - just trying to get gig after gig in entertainment. Now, I’m looking beyond that. I love this city, but I don’t feel the need to make my way through “the industry” that initially attracted me to it. I’m more comfortable in the underground.

10). Reading is fun.

There’s nothing like kicking back and reading a good story.


ZINE SPOTLIGHT: 'The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk' by Nia King (2008)

TITLE: The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk (2008)

AUTHOR: Nia King

RELEASE: 2008

PAGES: 20

ORIGIN: Denver, CO

DESCRIPTION BY STRANGERDANGERZINES.COM:

Nia (Angry Black-White Girl and Borderlands) comes forward to declare her status as an ex-punk. She criticizes anarcho-punk and many activist scenes for its ignorance and the lack of inclusion of folks of color, women and queers. Nia refuses to leave a part of herself at the door in order to adjust to the whiteness and maleness of a musical scene that she once truly enjoyed. The zine also includes a pull-out portion in which you can take along to your next show in order to challenge yourself, your friends and other bystanders.

SOURCE: QZAP.ORG

Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is responsible for scanning and making Nia’s zine file available online. POCZP helped to “liberate” this publication as an embeddable file for International Zine Month #IZM2013.

READ NOW (OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE):

THE MAKING OF ‘THE FIRST 7-INCH WAS BETTER’

Excerpt from POZCP touring member Osa Atoe’s interview with Nia in 2009 for Maximumrocknroll:

Osa: Come on! You’re at a punk house right now hanging out with a girl that we both just randomly happen to know through punk… Just admit it you’re still kinda punk! Nia: [laughs] BUSTED! Well, I don’t feel punk. I feel really alienated in punk spaces. Lo Mas Alla, where Luisa and some of my other friends live, feels kind of different. Most of the people who live there may still have love for punk culture, but they also view punk with a critical lens. At some point, most of them have told me they are growing out of punk. I could try and defend it further but it feels silly. I am staying with punks at a punk house. Fact. Am I a punk? No. Osa: Yeah, well the point I’m trying to make is half-silly and half-serious. I do feel strongly about the fact that people of color end up relinquishing so much to white people just because white people take up all that space. I mean, how many times have you talked to another black girl who’s like, “I’m not a feminist because I feel like feminism is for white women”? And I’m thinking that feminism is an important tool, just like punk is for me, and I’m definitely not going to let white people define what it means to be punk or feminist. I’m going to use those words, those tools, in ways that benefit me. Nia: I feel that, but defending punk and feminism can be a lot of work, and a lot of the criticism I’ve heard of both is valid. I guess trying to hold space for POCs in punk is exhausting, not because they’re not already there taking up (some) space, but because being the only POC in a room is fucking exhausting in my experience. I wanted to retreat to spaces where I didn’t feel like I had to fight for visibility or have to call people on their shit all the time, and for me punk was not that. Not that I was the lone voice of reason or the lone POC, but often enough, it felt like it. I have nothing but respect for women of color who hold it down in punk rock and call shit out, and make records and write zines, but it’s not for me anymore. Orat least I’m a lot pickier about the ways I engage with it and the situations I put myself in. You feel me? Osa: Yeah I do. I think that’s why it’s so important to have this conversation because I can see how we’re coming at it from such different perspectives even though both are valid. I totally relate to feeling drained to the bone by being in predominantly white “progressive” spaces. And it wasn’t just punk. Going to college for women’s studies with all those well-meeting white liberal feminists almost gave me an aneurysm. At the same time, for me, it’s not about defending punk or feminism. I just am those things in my daily life. I feel like I did give up fighting for visibility and correcting ignorance and oppressive dynamics in punk scenes. But that just meant that I spent more time hanging out with the brown kids and cultivating those relationships.

Read Osa’s full interview with Nia here.

ABOUT NIA KING

Nia King is a queer art activist of color from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Oakland, California where she runs the podcast We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise.

Nia King

artactivistnia.com

@artactivistnia

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

31 Activities for International Zine Month: July 2013

July is fast approaching and I have created a list of zine activities for International Zine month this year so get stoked! I’m going to make some posters today and send them out with Portland Button Works order or free for a stamp. I’ll post more when I have them printed. Until then, let me know if I am missing something, that goes for everything on Stolen Sharpie Revolution site, let me know what is missing so I can add it! Events can be added to the official International Zine Month page even after the poster is printed!

When posting online about International Zine Month use hashtag #IZM2013

31 Activities for 31 Days of International Zine Month! July 2013

I LOVE ZINES WEEK!

1 - Sign up or sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com and write about IZM and what you plans are to celebrate zines this month! Feel free to write about it on your personal site as well!

2 - Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines, post them online if you would like.

3 - Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro.

4 - Reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much.

5 - Teach yourself a  new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.

6 - Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.

ZINE EVENT 6 JULY - Kuala Lampur Zine Fest (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia)

POSTAL APPRECIATION WEEK!

7 - Make or decorate some envelopes or postcards to get ready for the week.

8- Make a little flyer for your zine to send out with orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.

(beginning of Ramadan, Muslim zine friends can pick back up on August 8th)

9 - Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know.

10 - Send a care package to a zine creator that you do know.

11 - Make some mail art!

12 - Send your zine out to be reviewed.

13 - Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.

14 - ValenZINE’s Day! Write to your zine crush, or write to ZineCrush.com

ZINE EVENT 13-14 JULY - Zine Librarian (Un)Conferencehttp://iczluc.wikispaces.com/ (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

ZINE DISTRIBUTION WEEK

15 - Leave a zine in public for someone else to find.

15 - Promote a zine that you really like that is not your own.

16 - Send your zine to a distro for distro consideration.

17 - Review a zine online or write a review of a zine to add to your zine.

18 - Order from a zine distro that you have never ordered from before.

19 - Zine Shop appreciation day! Stop by a shop that sells zines and buy some zines or consign your zines.

20 - Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone!

ZINE EVENT 20 JULY -  DC Zine Fest (Washington, DC, USA)

ZINE LIBRARY AND ZINE EDUCATION WEEK

21 - International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!

22 - Send your zine to a zine library.

23 - Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.

24 - Organize your zine collection.

25 - Teach a friend or family member about zines.

26- Submit something to a compilation zine.

27 - Organize a zine event! A zine reading or a zine fair or fest or even just for friends to get together and work on their zines.

JUST FOR FUN WEEK

28 - Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!

29- Post a photo online of you with your zine or your zine collection.

30 - Read some zines! Lay in bed and read zines all day if you can!

31 - Log into WeMakeZine and write about your experience or write about it on your own blog.

ZINE FEST 31 JULY - 1 August San Francisco Zine Fest (San Francisco, California, USA)

EXTRA CREDIT

-Read a zine everyday

-do a 24 hour zine (sign up here http://24hourzines.com)

-post your progress online on your blog or on We Make Zines

-Attend a zine event

-Draw a comic each day and release them at the end of the month

(photo via Gimme Brains Distro)

For today’s International Zine Month activity - “Re-read your favorite zines” - I’m picking out a favorite from 2010, Hoax #2. The issue actually came out in 2009, but I discovered it at Bluestockings during a trip to New York that following August. I loved the name, seeing it in big white letters against black ink on the cover. The explanation of the zine’s name on the inside cover is what hooked me. The title came from Donna Haraway’s writing about P.T. Barnum, and “hoax” as an entertainment form that was “an invitation to find the flaw in an apparent natural truth.”

Of course, that’s the goal of Rachel and Sari, the editors behind Hoax, as well as the other writers whose work is compiled for each issue. They’re exposing the holes in how our society regards gender, whether that be in so-called “traditional” roles, power dynamics in relationships, or even how it defines “feminism.”

This issue’s stories range from everyday struggles, like deciding how to dress in the workplace and navigating self-disclosure with colleagues, to “serious and somber” topics, including some potentially triggering pieces about physical violence. There are also a lot of fun and insightful features, including vegan recipes and interesting facts about the history of birth control (you’ll never look at crocodiles the same).

Rachel and Sari’s work is a benefit to activism, thoughtfulness, and consciousness. I may like to think of myself as an ally, but I am still a straight and white cis male in a world that caters to me - I will always have a lot to learn. The best way for me to do that is to read good and smart stuff like this zine.

I’ve not met either Rachel or Sari yet, but I hope to someday personally thank them both. This publication was one of the first to get me interested in zines again after I had spent a few years disconnected. In the meantime, this post will have to do…

Thanks, Rachel! Thanks, Sari! For making me a better reader. For inspiring me to be a better writer (I’m still trying to put together something I’m satisfied with to submit for your consideration). For helping me try to be a better feminist.

Everybody else, go buy some Hoax!

#IZM2013 ZINE MUST-READ: FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926)

Today’s International Zine Month suggested activity is to reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much. Here’s a favorite from our archive: 

In the spirit of #IZM2013, we are excited to announce that the first zine in POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series, FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926), is now available to read online, for free:

POCZP helped to liberate this groundbreaking zine by people of color from 1926 in collaboration with firepress.com

I’ve been waiting for the online version of Fire !! for so long. Thank you @POCZineProject !

— sam white (@sweetsamantics)

July 4, 2013

ABOUT FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists

In November of 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett and John P. Davis released FIRE!!.

Excerpt from description on harlemsreflection.tumblr.com:

Fire!! was conceived with the notion of expressing the Black experience during the Harlem Renaissance in a modern and realistic fashion, using literature as a vehicle of enlightenment. The authors of this magazine wanted an arena to express the changing attitudes of younger African Americans and used Fire!! to facilitate the exploration of issues in the Black community that were not in the forefront of mainstream African American society such as homosexuality, bisexuality, interracial relationships, promiscuity, prostitution, and color prejudice within the Black community itself.

The publication was so named, according to Langston Hughes, “to burn up a lot of the old, dead conventional Negro-white ideas of the past … into a realization of the existence of the younger Negro writers and artists, and provide us with an outlet for publication not available in the limited pages of the small Negro magazines then existing.“ Ironically, the magazine’s headquarters burned to the ground shortly after releasing its first issue.

We’re kicking off our Legacy Series initiative next week by celebrating and analyzing FIRE!! in a series of multimedia posts (read our original Legacy Series announcement).

Stay tuned for more coverage, but in the meantime, enjoy and share this digital version of FIRE!!

- POC Zine Project

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

IZM day 16 - Send your zine to a distro for distro consideration.

We accept zines for consideration! All info is here.

17 - Review a zine online or write a review of a zine to add to your zine.

I’m currently working on the next issue of my own personal zine, so I’ll make sure to drop some props to a few of my recent favourites.

18 - Order from a zine distro that you have never ordered from before.

Some of my fave distros are:

Australia
Sticky
Take Care
Burrows & Co

Overseas
Portland Button Works
Fight Boredom
Sweet Candy
Marching Stars
Things You Say
Pioneers Press
doris

Speaking of Sticky, they posted some great distro suggestions on their twitter the other day:

http:/perthzinecollective.com/ 
http://autostopzines.wordpress.com 
http://vampiresushi.co.uk/ 
http://twelveohtwo.org/ 
seeingthingsdistro.wordpress.com/ 
http://burrowsandco.com/ 
http://smallhousebooks.com/ 
http://takecarezines.org 
http://www.hello-amber.com 
thauradistro.blogspot.com.au/ 
http://pansytwistdistro.wordpress.com/  http://www.milkshadowbooks.com/ 
http://marchingstars.co.uk/ 
http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com.au/ 
http://www.komikss.lv/

I’ll update with any that I’ve forgotten.

xo