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Shotgun Seamstress Zine Anthology will be available to order in late September, and can also be picked up at the POC Zine Project tour.

Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection (six zines by & for Black punks) will include all the issues of Osa Atoe’s zine, which includes a ton of interviews, reviews, and so much more! We are extremely proud to help put out this book, and we hope you are equally as excited to read it.

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The Forgotten Women of Punk: Shotgun Seamstress Osa Atoe on the “Super Tiny” World of Black Punk

There is a narrative about punk – call it the American Hardcore narrative – that women and non-binary-gendered people were active in punk during the initial wave, then disappeared as the 1980s progressed due to the rise of macho hardcore.

As the story goes, these minorities re-emerged during the early ‘90s during the riot grrrl movement – then disappeared again throughout the late ‘90s and ‘00s until the riot grrrl revivalist spirit pervaded the late ‘00s.

We’ve always been here, though – running labels, writing about music, playing in bands, and booking shows, and just because we haven’t always gotten the media spotlight doesn’t mean that we don’t all have stories to tell. And so, this is the first in an ongoing series of interviews meant to spotlight some of the unsung figures written out of this narrative, despite them having kept DIY punk interesting and vital over the years.

Our first interview is with Osa Atoe of New Bloods, a minimal punk outfit who put out one excellent record on Kill Rock Stars in 2008, and Negation, a raw post-punk band who put out a demo and a cassette before folding last year. Originally from the DC area and an alum of the Portland scene, Osa moved to New Orleans in 2009, where she’s been keeping punk alive, booking shows and fests and releasing tapes under the No More Fiction moniker. She’s also a talented writer and historian currently on her eighth issue of Shotgun Seamstress, a zine by and for black punks established in 2006, the first six issues of which are available in a bound anthology.

“Typically, one issue of Shotgun Seamstress takes at least a year to produce,” Atoe says. “The world of black punk rock is super tiny. It takes a long time to accumulate content, especially work that I’m genuinely inspired by.” [Read More]

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Shotgun Seamstress #1 - A zine by and for black punks!

I’ve shared this link with a few of you and it’s been circulating on riot grrrl blogs, too, but I think it’s important to reiterate: Shotgun Seamstress is a great zine. The coordinator, Osa Atoe, started the zine in the Pacific NW. She’s now in New Orleans and also writes Shotgun Seamstress-related blog columns celebrating “the brown underground.”

On violence at punk shows, Atoe writes:

I grew up going to shows in a town where if certain people in the audience were making it impossible for the rest of the audience to enjoy the show by being violent or otherwise intolerable, certain bands would stop playing and wait for the idiocy to die down before they started playing again. That is punk to me: Creating the kind of atmosphere you want to have around you.

YES. Creating the kind of atmosphere you want to have around you: that is a big part of what being radical is to me.

Issue 1 of the Shotgun Seamstress zine highlights The Gories from Detroit (excellent garage rock blues-y track up top) and recent blog posts linked me over to Baton Rouge’s all-grrrl Kicktease. Oof, grrrls can WAIL. Also pretty into Trash Kit from the UK.

Trash Kit - Skin (Live @ Club Milk) from Charles Chintzer Lai on Vimeo.

“SHOTGUN SEAMSTRESS IS A ZINE BY AND FOR BLACK PUNKS, QUEERS, MISFITS, FEMINISTS, ARTISTS/MUSICIANS, WEIRDOS AND THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM.”

Osa Atoe forges on with a new issue of Shotgun Seamstress that veers a bit from the previous issues. But no worry, because this one is just as rad! And just as crucial! Inside Osa shares her experience with booking woman-positive, queer-positive, all-ages DIY shows in New Orleans, detailing the joy & struggle found in organizing such a project. It’s handwritten, with flyers printed alongside the stories behind those particular shows. Reading this zine filled me with pure joy. So many times the hard work that we put into DIY projects goes unacknowledged & the projects themselves are often forgotten once they’re in past. And so I’m grateful that Osa has created a zine to document No More Fiction shows & the work she puts into them. This is legitimately one of the most inspiring & important zines I’ve ever read. It will push you to create & build & then share your own story. Highly recommended.

Get it for $5 + shipping over at Stranger Danger!

“Making [zine series] Shotgun Seamstress has been a way for me to keep myself company as one of few black punks in the various scenes I’ve been in, and it’s also been a mode of psychic liberation — maybe even decolonization — for me. Telling varied stories of varied black outsider experiences has proven to me the vastness of black self-expression.”

Zinester Osa Atoe on the “Super Tiny” World of Black Punk

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So many new zines and zine books in the Portland Button Works catalog!

Also, did you know that you could get Gift Certificates from Portland Button Works in any denomination you would like? You could get a gift certificate for $12.56 if you would like. I don’t know why I’m so excited with that, but it I was always really annoyed with gift certificates that picked the price point for you. Check out the Gift Certificates here!

Got a Girl Crush On: Shotgun Seamstress

Shotgun Seamstress is a fanzine by, for, and about black punks, feminists, queers, artists and musicians by New Orleans-based Osa Atoe. The blog is an extension of the now defunct recently resurrected print zine, printed by Mend My Dress Press (a grrrl run publishing company).

Read selected issues of Shotgun Seamstress for FREE online here, buy the latest issue here, and check out this interview with Osa over at Broken Pencil here!

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Rough Cut: A POC Zine Reading and Workshop
Thurs. March 13, 2014 | 3:30-6 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted

Admission free
Registration required: http://roughcutuic.eventbrite.com/

Ahead of the 2014 Chicago Zine Fest, Rough Cut: A POC Zine Reading and Workshop features readings from people of color and indigenous zinesters who bring diverse histories to zine cultures and activism. Discussion and a brief zine-making workshop follows after the readings. This event features Mimi Thi Nguyen (Slander and Race Riot compilation zines) on hosting duties, and the following zinesters reading and displaying artwork from their zines:
Osa Atoe / Shotgun Seamstress zine (http://shotgunseamstress.blogspot.com/)
Nyky Gomez / Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Skinned Heart zine (http://brownreclusezinedistro.com/)
Sara Rene / Native Punx Unite (http://nativepunxunite.tumblr.com/)
Anna Vo / Swan and Vulture and Fix My Head (http://annavo.wordpress.com/)

Co-sponsed by UIC Campus Advocacy, Gender & Women’s Studies and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum