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Zine Power – Submit to The Black Queer Adventures

22nd Oct 2013

Zine Power - Submit to The Black Queer Adventures
Zines have long presented a platform for intersectional communities to share knowledge and experiences without fear of restraint.

The Black Queer Adventures is just one of those publications, intended to explore “Blackness, Gender and Sexuality” through the eyes and experiences of black queer/trans* people.

They are currently calling for submissions for their first issue, covering sprawling themes such as sexuality, relationships and diaspora, expressed through poetry, stories, essays, art and more.

Inspired by BQA’s call for voices from societal intersections, For Books’ Sake have put together a round up of some of the most definitive and inspiring self-publications and zinesters in black zine culture.

“I’ve always felt like because I'm not technically ‘good’ at writing I didn’t have a voice - reading zines made me feel stupid for thinking that”FIRE!! (1926) – Zine culture is often traced back to its punk heritage in the 70s, but allow us to take you back to 1926. With Zora Neale Hurston and Gwendolyn Bennett as two of its creators, FIRE!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists was released for the purpose of using literature to bring to the fore, oppressed issues of African-American society during the Harlem Renaissance. Fire!! shook up ideas about homosexuality, bisexuality, interracial relationships and promiscuity.

Shotgun Seamstress (2006-11) – Zinesters everywhere were devastated when Osa Atoe announced that the fanzine for black punk rockers 2011 issue was to be its last. Invented to disprove the punk movement as a “white thing”, it grew to represent the larger marginalisation within subcultures. It remains one of the most influential black zine series to date.

I Trust My Guitar (2012) – Rachel Aggs, a London-based musician, put together this quirky perzine, which draws together her love for African music, LGBTQI politics and personal anecdote. On her tumblr, Aggs explains “I’ve always felt like because I’m not technically ‘good’ at writing I didn’t have a voice – reading zines made me feel stupid for thinking that”.

Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks (2012-present) – This series was started by the Women of Color Zine group in Portland, US, who wanted to redefine the city’s white-centric image. They have self-published five issues so far and work hard to promote other WOC zines. Founder, Tonya Jones is hot stuff in zine world. Independently, she launched See Me earlier this year, addressing “issues affecting black women and deconstructing oppression with a black feminist framework.”

Mocha Chocolata Momma (2012) – This is the brainchild of Marya Errin Jones, producer of the ABQ Zine Fest. Jones describes it as “Part history lesson part perzine”. It exists to tell the real and fictional stories of black women.

Want to hear more from zinesters talking back? Check out London Queer Zine Fest 2013 on December 1st.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so get commenting below to share some more zine love.