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.

I Think I've Had It
  • I Think I've Had It
  • The Gories
  • House Rockin

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.


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!


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!

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:

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 (
Nyky Gomez / Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Skinned Heart zine (
Sara Rene / Native Punx Unite (
Anna Vo / Swan and Vulture and Fix My Head (

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

My haul from Chicago Zine Fest 2015:

Shotgun Seamstress #8

Body Image & Sizeism Issue – Bandit Zine

Chiraq and Its Meaning(s) – Project NIA 

Family Dinner – 3rd Language

I’m Literally Obsessed with Kim Kardashian – Liz Barr

Never Satisfied – 3rd Language

Jane: Underground Abortions in Chicago’s South Side – Amber Sollenberger & Jean Cochrane

Screentests – Annie Mok

Houses – Amy Peltz

Pizza Libs – CHI PRC

Creative Evolution #8

Asswipe #7

Shira Mario #3

The First 7-inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk – Nia King 

Damaged Mentality #7