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The Way the Lights Went Out: A Hurricane Sandy Benefit

January 2, 2013

This event will be both a zine reading and zine sale to benefit The Ali Forney Center, a Manhattan-based organization which provides housing to homeless LGBT youth. Part of the Center’s facility is located near the Hudson River and was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The event will include readings by zinesters as well as the sale of zines generously donated by many zinesters. 100% of proceeds will go to this important community resource.

We are aware of recent critiques of the Ali Forney Center*, and we concur with TransRadical blog** that it is crucial to rebuild AFC in order to continue creating safe and welcoming communities for LGBTQ youth everywhere.

DATE: Wednesday, January 9th, 7pm

LOCATION: Bluestockings

READERS:

Kate Angell (My Feminist Friends, A Thousand Times Yes)
Jamie Varriale Vélez (Sinvergüenza)
Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian, Barnard Zine Library)
+ more!

ZINE DONORS:

Stranger Danger Zine Distro, Kathleen McIntyre (The Worst), Lauren Denitzio (Get it Together), Kate Wadkins (International Girl Gang Underground), For the Birds Collective, Kate Angell, Amber Dearest (Fight Boredom Distro, The Triumph of our Tired Eyes), Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram), PonyBoy Press, Aimee Lusty (Booklyn, Pen15 Press), Amanda Stefanski, Jami Sailor (Your Secretary), Jordan Alam (The Cowation), Alycia Sellie (Brooklyn College Zine Library), Cindy Crabb (Doris), Natty Koper & Sivan Sabach (Bangarang This), Chella Quint (Adventures in Menstruating), Shawn Smith (Black Lesbians in the 70s Zine), Elvis Bakaitis (Homos in Herstory), Sarah Rose (Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, Once Upon a Distro), Maud Pryor (Marmalade Umlaut)

Zinesters are welcome to contact us with zines to donate! 100% of event proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief.

CONTACT
Kate Angell at myfeministfriends@gmail.com
Kate Wadkins at mskatherinewadkins@gmail.com

sandy benefit

Release of Yoko Ono Tribute Zine

November 17, 2012

Once again I’ve allowed a few months to pass since my last post- I started a new job over the summer and also began to attend grad school in September, and thus have been busier than usual! I really do intend to keep posting here, though, so definitely continue to check in.

Today I’m excited to write about a new collaborative zine which I just published last month- it’s called “A Thousand Times Yes: Reflections on Yoko Ono,” and is a tribute to one of my favorite artists and musicians. The zine includes interviews I conducted with people who have been inspired by Ono’s work- including Kathleen Hanna, Barbara Hammer, and Gina Birch- and features original artwork by members of my talented social circle.

If you’d like to buy a copy I encourage you to check out my Etsy Store or send me an email at myfeministfriends@gmail.com!

Zine cover by Elvis Bakaitis

Zine cover by Elvis Bakaitis

Directory of Open Access Books

July 25, 2012

If you’re like me and you were quite enthralled by the idea of open access (read: freely accessible) scholarly journal articles, you’ll most likely be equally pleased with open access books! The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), developed in part by the creators of the Directory of Open Access Journals, was launched in April of this year and already boasts 1000+ free academic peer-reviewed books.

Remember, since these books are open access it means you can download an entire book for free- I know it sounds like a joke, but it’s the truth.  Let’s pretend that I’d like to access a 2005 book titled European Cinema: Face to Face  with Hollywood and written by Thomas Elsaesser. If you locate the book’s record on DOAB all you would have to do to open it as a PDF file would be to click on the “Fulltext” link.

You can locate books using either the advanced search box or browse via subject (my personal favorite- I’m the type who brings up the topic of subject headings at dinner), title, or publisher.

Smiling Dog

This is how happy open access books make me. Citation: Davey, A. (Photographer). (2008). Smiling dog. [Digital image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/adavey/2881915005/

Wayback Machine

December 6, 2011

Does the idea of a “digital time capsule” interest you? Even if it doesn’t, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has the potential to be very useful to you as an Internet user.

The Wayback allows you to view archived versions of web pages across time, which can be especially useful if you are greeted by a broken web link. According to the Wayback’s stats it boasts billions of web pages from 1996 to a few months ago.

Next time you want to visit a specific web site and the address you have no longer works, go take a surf on the Wayback!

Now Introducing – Somebody’s Podcasts!

November 14, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about podcasts lately, and their potential to positively impact the delivery of electronic content to my blog’s readership. I figured the optimal method to incorporate audio into my blogging would be to create a specialized podcast-specific blog via the free podcast hosting site Podbean, which I have named Somebody’s Podcasts. I’m eternally grateful to the developers of Audacity, an open source audio editor and recorder, as they make creating podcasts a reality for a whole lot of people!

At this point I anticipate to create one podcast on a biweekly basis, which I will also be sure to link to through a post on Somebody’s Autobiography.

NYC Feminist Zinefest

November 3, 2011

I am thrilled to announce that my zine-copilot/illustrator friend extraordinaire Elvis Bakaitis and I are organizing a NYC Feminist Zinefest! We co-hosted a feminist zine event at Bluestockings a few months ago and it went so well that we were inspired to organize a larger event. The zinefest will be held on February 25th at Brooklyn Commons, a community space located close to the Atlantic-Pacific subway station.

Created by Elvis Bakaitis

We are currently seeking feminist zinesters to table at the event- $5 gets you a 4′ table space to cover with zines and art.

We recently created a blog for the event which we will start posting to frequently. You can also reach us at feministzinefestnyc@gmail.com!

We are both so excited about this and hope you are, too! 🙂

Interview with Stina on queer land movements

September 9, 2011

This summer I had the opportunity to interview my best friend, Stina, on her women’s/gender studies PhD work on rural queer communities. The interview was published in issue #5 of one of my favorite feminist zines, Hoax, edited by Rachel and Sari. Stina’s work is really fascinating, and I figured I’d post some of the interview here for anybody interested in reading! (Anyone interested in buying copies of Hoax should check out their Etsy shop!)

1. K: The second I learned that Hoax #5’s topic is feminism and community I knew I wanted to try and interview you for it. As a city dweller, can you please tell me a little bit about what got you interested in rural queer communities?

S: I don’t really like living in a big city — it’s stressful! I try to go away in the summers. I read about the queer community Bucky’s (note: name has been changed to protect the privacy of the community’s residents) in Sandor Ellix Katz’s book Wild Fermentation. I learned that Bucky’s takes garden interns, so I went down there. Then I went back again to spend more time with them. I had been doing research on lesbian land before that, and I found the differences and similarities between lesbian and queer land groups really fascinating.

2. K: I’m a librarian and the majority of work I’ve seen on queer geography has been on urban queers. Why do you think so much more work (as I perceive it) has been done on urban queers communities?

S: I wonder that too. I think it’s correct. The theory I’ve read about this question seems believable. During the 1950s there was a research team at the University of Chicago that did some of the first gay-related research ever. They argued that cities are the natural habitat for gay people because there isn’t as much community regulation, that it’s easier for people to live a deviant life in cities. I think that’s how people have seen it ever since. And now researchers often take queer as an urban category for granted. Luckily, some great work is being done to challenge this stereotype.

3. K: I’m aware that you’ve visited several queer land communities. How many such communities are you aware of in the U.S.? Do you know of any outside of the country as well?

S: I’ve read that there are 100 women’s/lesbian land communities in the U.S. There are a couple of directories of them- Maize and Shewolf. I don’t know how many Radical Faerie sanctuaries there are – maybe ten? There are a few mixed gender queer projects too- probably less than five. There are some Radical Faeries in Australia and there also used to be women’s land in Denmark.

4. K: Given your research, would you mind discussing a couple of the reasons interviewees have given for their decision to move to such a community?

S: A big one in Tennessee is TennCare. This was an expanded Medicare program from 1994- it was gradually dismantled between 2005-2010. TennCare was an experimental program- they wanted to see if they could insure more people for less money than Medicare. This would insure the “uninsurable”- such as those with HIV/AIDS. If you lived in TN and were denied health care coverage through a provider, you could get health care through the state. Some people moved to TN and applied for health care, but were denied and received TennCare.

A lot of people have gone to Bucky’s to visit and ended up staying. The most fun story I heard was one involving a guy those boyfriend lived near Bucky’s. The boyfriend performed a magic ceremony at a nearby Radical Faerie sanctuary, and the next time they met the first guy decided to move to TN to be with his boyfriend.

5. K: Could you please recommend a few authors/books people interested in learning more about rural queer studies could peruse?

S: There aren’t that many now but more and more are being done, which is really exciting. Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism by Scott Herring, definitely. And Mary Gray’s Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. Also, E. Patrick John’s Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Scott Morgensen is doing some really interesting work on Radical Faeries and settler colonialism; I can’t wait for his book to come out. As this list hints at, there’s a clear dominance of white men in rural queer studies. This is something that definitely needs to be addressed.

Dolores’ List of CFPs

August 16, 2011

This post is for anyone out there either looking to publish papers in Library and Information Science journals or get tips on writing, publishing, and presenting. Dolores’ List of CFPs (call for papers) primarily lists library journals looking for authors, but also occasionally includes publications in subjects such as Women’s/Gender Studies and Adult Education.

 

“This is a Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed”

June 14, 2011

I recently learned about a Pennsylvania-based collective  called Hearts on a Wire, a group formed in 2007 to address the policing and incarceration of trans and gender variant individuals.

Hearts on a Wire just released a report called “This is Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed: Experiences of Trans and Gender Variant People in Pennsylvania’s Prison Systems.” The report is available for free here.

It’s obvious that an amazing amount of work went into this project – there are copious footnotes, as well as charts and graphs detailing the responses of 59 survey participants (all of whom identified as transgender or gender variant and were either currently incarcerated or recently released from prison).

A sidebar on the report reads, “The intersection of racial profiling and gender policing places transgender and gender variant communities of color at amplified risk of going to prison.” Reading the report is an excellent way to begin to figure out how you too can show solidarity/fight these racist & transphobic practices.

RIP, Poly Styrene

April 26, 2011

This morning I received the very sad news that Poly Styrene, punk feminist lead singer of the band X-Ray Spex, passed away yesterday at age 53. She was an amazing musician and activist, and as Beth Ditto put it, “so ahead of her time…she recreated punk.”

Word of Poly’s passing is all over music sites/blogs- check out Brooklyn Vegan or NME for more information. Here she is performing in the song that helps me remember why I identify as a feminist punk.