Our origin story
In senior year of high school, the three of us--Zoe, Sofia, and Miriam--came together, determined to learn about queer theory and history. With the guidance of our beloved teacher and mentor, Laura, we created a course where we grappled with queer theory, learned about our history, and read queer literature. Our first semester was defined by theorists like Eve Sedgewick and Judith Butler (we once spent three class periods on a single paragraph by Butler!). Our second semester, structured more like a book club, had us reading work like Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore, and Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown.
left to right: Sofia, Laura, Zoe, and Miriam
It was important to us that we shared the knowledge that we received with the rest of our school, and we worked together to create a timeline of (some) queer history and a zine with our own artistic reactions to the queer literature we had read. One year later, stuck at home after our first year at college, we wanted to continue this work together, and expand the community of art, care, and learning that we had experienced in high school. In this time of isolation, precarity, and revolution, we reached out to queer people in our lives to share art, stories, and thinking, in order to celebrate pride and create another zine together. We hope that this online zine provides the same sense of mutual care and celebration that we experienced in our original study group!
Planning :a new spelling!