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lazinefest:

"Maranda Elizabeth is a writer, zinester, non-binary trans* genderqueerdo femme, twin, and recovering alcoholic. In 2012, they released their first book, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, with Mend My Dress Press, and in 2013, they self-published their first novel,Ragdoll HouseTelegram: A Collection of 27 Issues contains a decade of their zine of the same name, featuring extremely personal stories with a focus on mental health & illnesses, friendship, self-care, support, writing and creativity, recovery and sobriety, finding and making a home, and embracing weirdnesses. Ragdoll House is a queer young adult novel about two girls in a small town deciding if they should stay or if they should leave, while struggling with alcohol, jealousy, trauma, and love…

The Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism Conference is happening in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 22nd - 24th, and I wanna go! Due to my chronic pain condition, I’m no longer able to go on long-disatnce road trips, so flying has become my only option. I need help getting my little tattooed hands on a plane ticket and hotel room!

Attending the Writing Trans Genres conference would be pretty much unspeakably incredible & magical & necessary for myself and my writing process - and thus, for YOU, my readers, too! Although I’ve been writing for more than a decade, I’ve very rarely had the chance to do so in a space (whether physical or psychic) that was trans*-created & trans*-dominated. My writing has been influenced by a cis gaze and by own internalized gender-stuff, in a way that I must escape, if only briefly…

For those of you who’ve been asking me, or asking other trans* folks what actions you can take to be a better ally and to push back against cis privilege, this is just one (of many!!!) ideas & options: Help one trans* person make their way to a trans* gathering! I think it’s crucial for us to be able to create spaces together where we can learn, share, cry, laugh, whatever; unfortunately, it’s not always possible to make this magic happen, it’s not always possible to be present.”

If you can, consider donating to Maranda’s fundraiser to get to the Writing Trans Genres conference! There are some REALLY rad prizes!

last week colleen and I had a business meeting. our weeks had been hard on us. personal issues, problems with our days jobs, etc. as we settled in to our meeting, she got up, offered me a beer.
"would you like a beer?" no thank you, i have one in my bag. “well, it’s a cider." me too. "it’s cherry" me too. we cracked up. we are so much alike, such good friends. when life is hard, and it’s sunny out cherry anything helps. candy cherries, cherry 7up, cherry kissing potion. cherry pie.

last week colleen and I had a business meeting. our weeks had been hard on us. personal issues, problems with our days jobs, etc. as we settled in to our meeting, she got up, offered me a beer.

"would you like a beer?" no thank you, i have one in my bag. “well, it’s a cider." me too. "it’s cherry" me too. we cracked up. we are so much alike, such good friends. when life is hard, and it’s sunny out cherry anything helps. candy cherries, cherry 7up, cherry kissing potion. cherry pie.

thepamphleteerproject:

THANK YOU for supporting the Pamphleteer Project! PLEASE spread the word, and help me get to Sweden with a suitcase full of zines! 

emtothethird:

Hand knit sweaters and #zines! Wee! #knitting #czf2014 @fiona_avocado

this is the cutest thing ever. mend my dress press is so sad to be missing out on CZF weekend. 

emtothethird:

Hand knit sweaters and #zines! Wee! #knitting #czf2014 @fiona_avocado

this is the cutest thing ever. mend my dress press is so sad to be missing out on CZF weekend. 

fairdig:

shakeytownradio:

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This is the live report from L.A. Zine Fest 2014!

41 minutes of zines, zines, and more zines, with all these guests…

Alex Wrekk (Brainscan, Stolen Sharpie Revolution, Portland Button Works)
Aurora Lady (Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt)
Daisy Noemi
Daryl Gussin (Razorcake)
Eleanor Whitney (GROW, Indulgence)
Eryca Sender (My Little Friend)
Kim Burly (Hurricane)
Marya Errin Jones (ABQ Zine Fest)
Meredith Wallace and Simon Sotelo (L.A. Zine Fest)
Neely and Colleen (Mend My Dress Press)
Robey Clark and Ani Raya-Flores (Pop-Hop Books)
Sage Adderley (Sweet Candy)

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(photo c/o Daisy)

I wish we could be there still.

Thank you L.A.