I wrote this zine because I needed it. To be totally vulnerable and honest, I still DO need it - and I know lots of other folks do too. In the spirit of radical vulnerability and empathy, I created this gorgeous, full-color, zine featuring 35+ positive and empowering affirmations for survivors.
Note: I originally wrote this post for the ACRL Residency Interest Group.
For my first conference as a resident librarian, I wanted to attend an event focused on academic libraries with programming and events related to social justice and anti-oppression work. When I saw that the ACRL Diversity Alliance offered a preconference for residents this year, “Taking Charge of Your Narrative” and exciting workshops like “Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity,” I knew this was the conference for me. Over 4,000 of us flocked to Cleveland this year for a fantastic learning experience.
Taking Charge of Your Narrative (Resident Librarian Preconference)
I was excited to attend the preconference for fellow resident librarians to learn about how to craft my leadership narrative, empower myself during my fellowship, and most of all, connect and build community with other diversity residents/fellows from around the country. One of the hardest parts of my residency have been the isolation, so I was quite excited to meet and learn from librarians who are in similar situations.
The preconference featured speakers like Martin Halbert, Alexia Hudson-Ward, Jon Cawthorne, Julie Brewer, and Toni Olivas, who shared their experiences, wisdom, and hopes with us. One of the themes of the day was constructing (and living) your leadership narrative. We talked about the importance of publishing (which includes blogging!) in establishing expertise and getting your name out there. We were encouraged to talk to each other about our research interests and to reach out to folks we were interested in collaborating with since co-authoring can be a great strategy towards getting published. Another tip was to stay engaged with the profession through reading (15 minutes a day is manageable and does the trick).
Mentorship was another common topic – it’s important to not only have mentors (think of mentorship as a constellation; no one person will be able to meet all of your needs, so it can be useful to have several who are experienced with the different areas you are interested and working on) but to pay it forward through mentorship. As early career librarians, it can be easy to think we don’t have much to offer yet in terms of mentorship, but I’ve found that sharing my experiences about the academic librarianship interview process and what it’s like to be a resident librarian have been helpful to the MLIS students who have approached me. We all have something to offer. Honestly, there was so much rich and engaging discussion at this event that it’s hard to do justice to it in a blog post. This preconference contained a lot of valuable information, advice, and exercises for resident librarians but the best part, by far, was being able to be in community with my peers on this exciting journey.
Social Justice as a Core Professional Value: One Library’s Story
The first session I attended was focused on how we can make our libraries more just places. Raina Bloom, Carrie Kruse, and Kalani Adolpho (a fellow resident librarian!) talked about how their library embraced social justice and non-neutrality as core operating values after they were inspired by student activists who conducted a historic in-library protest during finals week. I was excited to see they had created a workbook (in zine format!) for us to think about our own answers to some of the questions, the panelists were discussing around our personal library stories, the communities we serve, important incidents that have lasting resonance on the way we work, and what we can do/what we are doing. I appreciated how Kalani, Carrie, and Raina created space for us to be vulnerable in our small-group discussions by being vulnerable themselves. They created a space where we could get past “But I’m just a _____!” and begin doing the actual work.
Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity
The panelists (Jennifer Brown, Sofia Leung, Marisa Mendez-Brady, and Jennifer Ferretti) want us to move beyond a framework of diversity, inclusion, and equity that either a) focuses on solutions that don’t solicit input from marginalized communities or b) is expected to be done by those already overburdened by the impacts of higher education institutions built on whiteness. They pushed us to move beyond this framework, offering us strategies and language to help move these discussions forward. In small groups, we participated in a collaborative storytelling exercise using visual storytelling decks to work on collectively envisioning an inclusive and equity-based future for libraries. I had to leave halfway through because I got sick but working together with other allies, advocates, and accomplices on imagining speculative futures based in anti-oppression work and social justice was a powerful experience. Check out the Libraries We Here community (a supportive social community for archive and library workers of color) to learn more about this work.
I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do because of a lupus flare (I’m so incredibly grateful for caring and supportive colleagues who helped me through the experience of dealing with chronic illness while traveling) but the workshops and presentations I did have a chance to attend were engaging and informative. It was such a great experience to share knowledge and build community with other library workers. I came back to my home institution feeling reinvigorated and excited to start putting the ideas the conference inspired into place. I even created an ACRL 2019 mini-zine to share what I learned with my colleagues who couldn’t attend. I’m looking forward to returning in 2021!
Karina Hagelin is an artist, community organizer, and librarian at Cornell University. Their (art)work is centered in radical vulnerability, healing as resistance, and queer femme magic. They are passionate about healing justice, queer & feminist zines, cats, fatshion, and gossip as a site of resistance. You can find more information on their website or find them on twitter (@karinahagelin).
This year, I was able to attend ALA Annual for the first time. I learned a lot from the workshops, panels, and sessions I attended but one of the most salient and crucial for me was on self-care. This was the first session I attended and set the tone for the rest of my conference.
The panel was “Self-Care is Not Selfish: Preventing Burnout,” presented by Emily Clasper, Janie Hermann, Djaz Zulida, Carson Block, and Kyle Courtney. I also want to give a shout-out to Sarah Houghton who couldn’t be there in person but graciously recorded a video for us!
As a disabled person who is chronically ill and believes in interdependence, community care, and anti-capitalism as a way to dismantle the systemic issues which create the need for much of our self-care, I am very critical of a lot of self-care discourse. However, this panel also highlighted the importance taking care of each other. When reflecting on my conference experience, I kept thinking back to how this panel - so I created a zine based on what I learned and questions it raised for me, grounded in the practice of radical vulnerability.
In this zine, I talk about the power of no, navigating ALA Annual events held at bars as a person in recovery, creating space for others to share their stories, what it means to be "healthy" as a chronically ill person and including disabled people in self-care, and what self-care is. I also discuss the power of community care and collective change in addressing the systemic issues that create the need for self-care, interdependence, how we can show up for each other at work, recognizing/preventing burnout, and the importance of knowing your local resources.
This zine was originally created for my Cornell colleagues who couldn’t attend ALA Annual this year but if you’d like a color copy, I’d be happy to send one to you in exchange for $3 for postage. Please e-mail me if you’re interested!
A few weeks ago, I led my first zine workshop, “Creating Zines for Self-Care,” as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian here at Cornell. We had a great time de-stressing, talking about self-care strategies, and making mini-zines. I’m excited to share the new mini-zine I created during this workshop, “The Little Book of Work Affirmations,” with you!
As many of us know, surviving and thriving under capitalism is hard work. Impostor syndrome can be a real threat to our self confidence and worth, especially at work. I designed this full-color mini-zine to arm you with affirmations as a strategy to build and sustain your self-esteem. Collective organizing and systemic change are necessary - but hopefully, as we work towards liberation, these words will help you recognize our inherent worth.
Since I work in a cubicle and have PTSD, I decided to block the window behind my desk with posters to create a safer place for me to work. I turned the affirmations from this zine into posters and hung them up so my colleagues could enjoy them too. Some folks on Twitter asked if I would make these available on my Etsy, so you can now purchase a set of four affirmation prints as printable PDFs through Femme Filth Press.
With solidarity and care,
I just returned from the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Cleveland, which was an affirming, magical, and informative couple of days. Despite experiencing a lupus flare and ending up urgent care, I was still able to attend some amazing workshops, presentations, and panels like “Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity” and “Social Justice as a Core Professional Value: One Library's Story”. I also had the opportunity to take part in a pre-conference for Diversity Fellows called “Taking Charge of Narrative”, which was an amazing experience. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to connect, build relationships with, and learn from other Diversity Fellows from around the country!
As a way to report back to my colleagues who couldn’t attend, share ideas, and spark conversations, I made a mini-zine about what I learned this year at ACRL. It was a fun, creative, way to talk about what I learned at the conference when I returned to Cornell. Since I received several requests to purchase this zine, I thought I’d make it available here in exchange for a few dollars for postage or towards trauma therapy / healing process. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, please e-mail me your mailing address.
In solidarity and care,
Hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The past six months have been a whirlwind: I finished the first rotation of my fellowship at Rare and Manuscript Collections, was featured as the ACRL Residency Interest Group’s Fellow of the Month, and began my next rotation at Albert R. Mann Library. (Oh, and my kittens are about to turn A YEAR OLD!)
What Does a Diversity Fellow Do, Anyways?
My mom (Hi Mom!) sometimes struggles to explain what I do to her friends. I’m currently a Diversity Fellow at Cornell University Library, a position that was designed for recent graduates who want the opportunity to learn about academic libraries while acquiring core competencies and skills in instruction, scholarship, and research - like me! My Diversity Fellowship allows me to explore several departments in Cornell’s library system, to collaborate on projects, and to explore new information technologies and/or user-centered services. My goals and interests are balanced with the Library’s needs to create a flexible program which is supported through a mentoring program, continuing education, professional development, specialized training, and participation on library committees.
I spent my first six months at Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), which is home to fantastic collections such as the Fiske Icelandic Collection and the Human Sexuality Collection. I’m forever grateful to Brenda Marston for her mentorship, her important work curating the Human Sexuality Collection, and her fierce advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and belonging. I had the wonderful opportunity of processing my first archival collection - the James. D. Merritt Collection - which includes the personal journals, correspondence, and other personal papers of Dr. Merritt. I utilized my knowledge of this collection (obtained through research & archival methodology) to arrange the materials from this collection (ranging from photographs to fifty years of journaling to bags of hair and dirt to social justice and activist papers) to facilitate research access and long-term preservation of the records. After I finished rearranging and rehousing the materials from this collection, I prepared a finding aid for use by scholars, using current technology, descriptive standards, and techniques (like Encoded Archival Description aka EAD). I also prepared scope and content notes for this collection.
Metadata Policy and Procedure
At RMC, I created metadata policy and procedure for describing digital collections, including those containing offensive and possibly traumatizing materials, in alignment with our vision of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (related: I love this post from Hornbake Library about offensive content in our collections).
Reference and Instruction
My fabulous colleague, Julia, trained me on answering reference inquiries at RMC. This involved using my broad & general knowledge of our collections to search databases for information about the materials in question (which may be complex due to language, format, subject, or publication pattern). I also led a series of zine workshops over the last semester, which I will continue and expand on in my new role.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
While I was at RMC, I served on the RMC Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) Task Force. Our work culminated with the creation of a strategic report on workplace diversity recommendations. We also made efforts to celebrate events such as National Coming Out Day and International Pronouns Day through placing out baskets of pronouns pins. This had significant impact: A visiting researcher told us that she loved our Pronouns Day promotion so much she had already contacted her own college librarian about doing something similar next year.
I continue to serve on several committees and project teams which has involved organizing a DIB unconference; acquiring, organizing, and developing diversity-related resources; investigating diversity vision and mission statements; and planning a DIB book club!
So, Why Does Any of This Matter?
My college years were tough, as I suffered from PTSD, but the library I worked at - and the people there - were my home, community, and family. As a result of fearless organizing work to get a LGBTQ library and resource center on campus, to which I am incredibly grateful to my elders and ancestors for, there was space for me to grow, recover, heal, survive, and thrive. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging in libraries is incredibly important so we are able to create spaces like the LGBT Equity Center. It’s so great to be involved in building an accessible, inclusive, and anti-oppressive culture here at CUL, building on the work of my predecessors.
Access is a part of this too. The work I do, whether it’s archival processing, creating descriptive metadata, making our LibGuides accessible, or teaching students about library resources, furthers our community’s access to resources, knowledge, materials, collections, and histories. The past six months have been so rewarding because I’ve been able to improve description & access of crucial collections documenting the history & lives of LGBTQ people & communities (who have been historically erased from archives) for researchers (anyone with a photo ID can visit & view our collections!)
I started my next rotation yesterday, as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. I will be continuing my DIB advocacy work, doing outreach and instruction for both Mann Library and the mannUfactory (our makerspace), working to make all of our LibGuides accessible, and leading zine and DIY workshops. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how it goes as I continue to learn and grow in this role! As always, you can reach me at email@example.com.
Journaling has always been difficult for me as a perfectionist: worrying my handwriting will be too messy and therefore ruin the page, that the things I’ll write about will be boring or petty (or worse, I’ll have nothing to say at all!), and such. As an archivist, this fear has intensified as I’ve processed and digitized journals, manuscripts, and other personal documents. It’s like archival performance anxiety!
I’m proud to say I’ve filled two 249-page journals over the past year and a half (and I’m working on my third). Letting go of my perfectionism and anxiety was difficult but now, I’m able to enjoy journaling daily as a self-care ritual. Addressing my perfectionism wasn’t easy but it was worth it. I made a decision to work on embracing the messiness, complexities, and imperfections of my life — and reflecting that reality, that humanity, in my journaling. I’ll admit, I still feel frustrated when my ink smudges and I still harbor judgmental thoughts about my writing but like a true Aries, I do my best to push past these distractions. Reading Julia Cameron’s work, such as The Artist’s Way, really helped me in this process. I highly recommend her books on creativity.
I also tried to make journaling fun, instead of another chore. I use colorful washi tape, stickers, and other decorations to jazz up my journal pages. I use a Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal (in pink, of course!) which has cool features like a table of contents, numbered pages, ribbon bookmarks, and a pocket folder in the back. I currently have a Magical Girl x Polly Pocket sticker from one of my favorite Etsy shops, ShopGutsAndGlitter, on the cover of my journal. Check out a few photos of my journaling over the year below in this slideshow!:
The pages of my journal include weekly spreads (one-page weekly calendars), habit trackers, musings on my day-to-day life, to-do lists, my hopes & dreams, plans for creative projects, and anything and everything that flows from pen to paper when I journal. There is no right or wrong way to journal, so pick up a pen and get started!
Here are a few resources on journaling to get you started:
What are your favorite journaling tips?
#LibFaves18 is a 10-day countdown where library workers all over the country Tweet their favorite books published in 2018 using the hashtag #LibFaves18. Afterwards, the entire 10 days of library worker recommendations are compiled into an accessible spreadsheet where every single title that is mentioned (even if it’s only once) will be available for all to see, use for collection development, and to suggest to patrons (click on the year to see the results for previous years: 2017, 2016, and 2015).
Without further ado, here are my 10 choices for #LibFaves18 (in no particular order):
What a Time to Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue
How Not to Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace
Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist edited by Katie West
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens
Radical Self-Love Almanac by Gala Darling
Good Company: The Community Issue
It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply by Carissa Potter
What were your favorite books published in 2018?
From Library Juice:
Call for Chapter Proposals
Working Title: LIS Interrupted: intersections of mental illness and library work
Editors: Miranda Dube and Carrie Wade
Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Publisher: Library Juice Press
LIS Interrupted addresses the experiences of library workers with mental illnesses. Too often conversations about mental illness are pushed to the sidelines, whispered about behind office doors, or covered up for others’ comfort. This book draws these conversations into public view and in doing so brings the experiences of mental illness to the forefront, offering space for comfort, connection, and community. The intention of this work is to provide a collection of both personal narratives and critical analyses of mental illness in the LIS field. This offers a unique opportunity to explore the many intersections with labor, culture, stigma, race, ability, identity, gender, and much more to provide context for positive change. LIS Interrupted is geared towards library workers and students in a variety of environments.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
Section One: Personal Narratives of Mental Illness
This section will focus on exploring the first-hand narratives of library and information workers who experience mental illness in their lives as it relates to their work. Possible topics include:
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders
• Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
• Bipolar and Related Disorders
• Depressive and Anxiety Disorders (including postpartum depression/anxiety)
• Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
• Dissociative Disorders
• Feeding and Eating Disorders
• Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
• Personality Disorders
• Non-neurotypical experiences
Section Two: Critical Analysis of Mental Illness and LIS
This section will center the role of mental illness and its many intersections with library work and education. Possible topics include:
• Mental illness and labor expectations
• Postpartum depression and maternity leave
• Reference services and mental illness
• Collection development/ LC and/or Dewey classification schemes and mental illness stigma
• Mental illness and critical disability studies
• Workplace advocacy for mental illness
• Mental illness acceptance through performed whiteness
• Mental illness as disability
• Accessibility services in Graduate School
• Mental Illness and the LIS job search
• Library design and mental illness
• Historical discourses of Librarianship, gender, and mental illness
• CFP distributed:
• Deadline for Chapter Proposals: March 31, 2019
• Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals: April 19, 2019
• First drafts due: August 2, 2019
• First draft reviewer feedback returned: September 3, 2019
• Final drafts due: November 15, 2019
• Final draft submission review: November 16, 2019- December 10, 2019
• Submission of final manuscript: January 1, 2020
Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to LISInterrupted (at) gmail (dot) com in a .docx or .pdf format, along with a short author bio.
Abstracts should state whether you would like your work published as a personal narrative or critical analysis—while the editors acknowledge that there might be some overlap between personal narrative and critical exploration, we would prefer authors to identify their work on their own terms. Authors interested in publishing in section one who wish to use a pseudonym should include this in their proposal. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Previously published materials will not be accepted.
Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range and formatted in Chicago Style.
Please direct any questions to Miranda Dube or Carrie Wade, editors, at mirandaldube (at) gmail (dot) com or carriethewade (at) gmail (dot) com.
About the Editors
Miranda Dube is a Reference and Instruction Adjunct Faculty Librarian at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. She received her BA in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests include library services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, as well as mental illness, and addiction in the LIS profession.
Carrie Wade is the Health Sciences librarian at the University of WIsconsin Milwaukee and a backpacking subject specialist at REI in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Her research interests focus on analyzing historical discourses in Library and Information Science and other fields as a means to plot out a more just, equitable, and liberated future for libraries and the people who work in them.
Call for Chapters: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination
We are seeking chapter proposals for a new volume, Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination, edited by Julia Skinner and Melissa Gross and published by Libraries Unlimited.
We are seeking proposals from professionals across the field of librarianship, broadly defined. This includes professional librarians as well as graduate students, faculty, and paraprofessionals.
We are particularly interested in chapters that consider the intersection of theory and praxis, and which offer actionable advice to improve programs and services.
While case studies of individual programs will be considered, these should be contextualized within the larger discourse of the field (e.g. what gaps in service was this filling? How is this instance different from other offerings at other institutions? How does it relate to the literature, and how does sharing this case move the literature beyond where it is now?)
In all cases, our role as providers of information and resources, and creators of valuable programming is emphasized: We do not seek to situate library professionals in other professional contexts (such as counseling) that require duties they may not be qualified to perform. Subjects to cover include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assisting students attending school after a period of incarceration
• Providing information services to sexual assault and abuse survivors
• Providing information services to survivors of domestic violence
• Information work with immigrants and refugees
• Information services for students with mental illness
• Information assistance for non-English speakers
• Working with students attending school while facing financial difficulties and/or homelessness
• Addressing the information needs of dual-enrolled high school students
• Serving international students in the academic library
• Serving older adult students in the academic library
• Offering meaningful library services to queer and trans* communities
• Working with patrons facing racial discrimination
• Stigma and the differently abled community on campus
• The importance of visibility and representation for underserved and marginalized communities in library programming, staffing, and collections
• Cultural competency: Information services for multicultural students
• Neurodiversity: Serving students on the spectrum
• Assisting patrons with HIV/AIDS and other stigmatizing illnesses
• When religious identification is a concern for students seeking information
• Critical illness
• First generation college students
• Serving student veterans
To submit a proposal:
Chapter proposals of roughly 250-500 words are due by January 15, 2019 and should address the chapter’s approach and structure, and how the chapter expands upon existing literature. Please also include a brief bio for each author.
Send completed proposals to JuliaCSkinner@gmail.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors will be notified of editor decisions by March 1st, 2019, and chapters will be due to the editors on November 1st, 2019.
About the Editors:
Dr. Julia Skinner received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is involved in community work personally and professionally and emphasizes the intersection of theory and praxis in her teaching and research work. She is a member of the Georgia State Board for the Certification of Librarians, a former department director, and the owner of Root, a small business exploring the intersections between food and community. She has written 2 books,13 single-author articles and chapters, and 12 reviews, and co-authored 1 book and 3 articles. She has won numerous awards, including a Phyllis Dain dissertation award honorable mention, Beta Phi Mu membership, ALISE featured presentation, and Salem Press Best Newcomer Award (won in collaboration with the rest of the Hack Library School blogging team).
Dr. Melissa Gross is a professor in the School of Information at Florida State University and a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars in 2001. Dr. Gross has published extensively in a variety of peer reviewed journals including Library and Information Science Research, Library Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and College & Research Libraries. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited nine books. Her forthcoming edited book, with co-editors Shelbie Witte and Don Latham, is Literacy Engagement through Peritextual Analysis (Chicago, IL: ALA Editions).
A DIGITAL bundle of issues #1-4 of FEMME FILTH, a queer femme zine about healing, mental health, and radical vulnerability, at a discounted price! Get yours here.
Femme Filth #1 is a 18-page, full-color, zine about radical vulnerability, living with borderline personality disorder & ptsd, celebrating queer femmes, healing, survival, recovery, resilience, and mental health.
Femme Filth #2 is a 28-page black-and-white zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, and healing justice from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor. This zine addresses topics like protecting one's magic and energy; interdependence and community care; tangible, concrete ways to support femmes; art, idols, and idolization as a form of dehumanization; and the challenges and complexities of healing from sexual violence.
Femme Filth #3 is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, healing, and recovery. This zine explores how the author continues to nurture their healing process as they imagine futures for themselves, set intentions for 2018 and beyond, create affirmations for survivors, recommend readings and resources, and explore the joys of snail mail & penpalling.
Femme Filth #4: the healing issue is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, healing, mental health, and survivor solidarity from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor. This zine covers the politics of survivorship; thoughts on healing & vulnerability; guides on creating affirmation lists; helpful apps for survivors; things that have helped me heal; tips on supporting survivors in tangible & concrete ways; rants, musings, & scraps from my diary; and so much more!
Trigger warnings and content warnings ARE provided.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karina Killjoy is a sick & disabled high femme artist, archivist, & community organizer based in upstate New York. Their (art)work is centered around themes of radical vulnerability, healing justice, survivor solidarity, & queer femme magic. They are passionate about fatshion, critical theory, makeup, cats, & witchcraft.
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"[Zines] are education and revelation, empowerment and healing, giddy secret and proud f-you” - Andi Zeisler
July is International Zine Month (aka IZM), a fantastic month dedicated to celebrating and creating zines with a rich calendar of events that feature ways to be involved each and every day.
July 1 – CanaZine Day! Buy, read, or share zines from Canada for Canada Day!
July 2 – Zine Rewind! Re-read your favorite zines and remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place.
July 3 – Teach a friend or family member about zines or even a stranger!
July 4 – AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in America. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by people of color.
July 5 – Review a zine online or write a review to share in your own zine.
July 6 – Zine Pride Day! Explore LGBTQIA zines! Buy, share, and read zines by people of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project!
July 7 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order zines from a distro to get yourself some reading material for IZM2018
July 8 – Cook with a recipe you found in a zine!
July 9 – Write a letter to a zine penpal
July 10 – Write a letter to a zine maker you don’t know
July 11- International Zine Day! Buy, share, or read zines from a country different than your own
July 12 – ZineWiki Day! Add to or update zinewiki.com
July 13 -Friday the 13th! Make up a zine superstition and share it (skip the 13th issue? Spin 3 times to prevent copier jams or avoid paper cuts? Let your best friend read your zine before anyone else?)
July 14 – ValenZines Day! Give yourself some zine love in whatever way it means to you! read zines in a bubble bath? Buy some new scissors? Let your zine friends know you care about them.
July – 15 Free Zine Day! Give zines away or leave zines in public place for a stranger to find
July 16 – Make a list of reasons you love zines and share it with others
July 17 – make a flyer for your zine to trade with others or to send out with zine orders and trades
July 18 – Zine trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
July – 19 Send your zine to a distro for consideration in the distro
July 20 – Zine Shop Appreciation Day! Visit your local zine shop!
July 21 – Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library. Don’t have one in your area? Why not start one?
July 22 – Send or drop off your zine to a zine library to be included in their collection
July 23 – Order zines from a different zine distro
July 24 -Teach yourself a new zine skill like a new binding technique or how to make a 1 page zine
July 25 – Send your zine out for review to a website or magazine that does reviews
July 26 – Organize your zine collection
July 27 – Post online about some of your favorite zines!
July 28 – Plan or attend a zine event! Big or tiny!
July 29 – Take a photo of you with your zine or zine collection and post it online
July 30 – Write a letter or post about your IZM2018
July 31 – HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.
Read a zine everyday
Attend or organize a zine event
Do a 24-hour zine. Sign up at 24hourzines.com
Draw a comic a day, then release a comic zine.
Write about our progress daily online.
This year for IZM, I’ve been tweeting about my participation on Twitter with the hashtag #IZM2018. I’ll also be attending the 2018 Zine Librarian (Un)Conference which is an informative and inspirational (and fun!) gathering of zine librarians, zinesters, and people who care deeply about zines and their ability to change lives for the better. I’ve been dreaming of going to this (un)conference for years; this year will be my first-ever time attending! I can’t wait to tell you about what I learn and experience this year.
Femme Filth #4: The Healing Issue is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, healing, mental health, and survivor solidarity from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor.
This zine covers the politics of survivorship; thoughts on healing & vulnerability; guides on creating affirmation lists; helpful apps for survivors; things that have helped me heal; tips on supporting survivors in tangible & concrete ways; rants, musings, & scraps from my diary; & so much more. Written in Aries season of Spring 2018 ♈️
The first card I drew (bottom center) is the Prince (or Knight) of Cups and reveals the greatest emotional block / trauma / issue from my past. The Prince of Cups represents romance & charm; a lover who swept you off your feet (and leaves just in time to break your tender, femme, heart); and/or when your life was so chaotic and intense that you were too sensitive to get involved with someone. This really resonates with me, as a survivor of sexual & interpersonal violences. I have wanted to enter the dating & kink & relationship world again, to engage with my sexuality in healing & sustainable fashions, but felt unable to because of my trauma history.
The second card I drew (bottom left) is the Three of Cups which represents how my emotional block has affected my past relationships. This card is about friendship and community, something I’ve struggled with since I was raped six years ago. My trauma has made connection difficult and thus, so has been receiving the the love, support and compassion I have needed to heal.
The third card I drew (bottom right) is the Seven of Cups which reveals how my emotional block is affecting my present relationships, as well as how it is affecting my personal growth. The Seven of Cups is associated with fantasy, imagination, wishful thinking, and illusion. I interpret this card to mean that my emotional block is affecting my ability to imagine new futures, new possibilities, and new endings for my story (as well as new friendships; friendships that are built on love, care, and sustainability).
The fourth card I drew (middle left) is the World which reveals what new things can be learned from the current exploration of your hidden emotional blocks. The World is associated with completion, accomplishment, and integration. While i have endured challenges and profound trauma, I have also gained immense strength, great wisdom, and experiences that have transformed me into the gentle, compassionate, fierce, and genuine femme I am today. My past has taught me the importance of showing up, interdependence, and supporting my family, friends, and communities. The things I once needed are what I now offer to those I share solidarity with because our struggles are all intimately connected.
The fifth card I drew (middle right) is the Crone (otherwise known as the Hermit) which gives suggestions and advice as to what might be done, emotional or otherwise, to get past your own personal blocks & encourage healthy emotional growth. The Crone generally represents soul-searching, being alone, inner guidance, and introspection. I believe this card is telling me that the path to get past my personal blocks and to encourage healthy emotional growth is to spend more time with / by myself, to engage in introspection, focus inward, and look for the answers I need. I have everything i need within myself already to move past my traumas.
The sixth card I drew (top) is the Nine of Cups which examines the spiritual lesson that can be learned from the current exploration of your hidden emotional blocks. The Nine of Cups represents completion, personal integrity, and the final stage of development. It is a sign that I have paved my own way on the path to success. This card also refers to the strengthening of relationships, something I need to continue to work on. It also shows that happiness, joy, and abundance are well within my grasp (in fact, I probably already have them and now I need to take the time to enjoy life, to feel my emotions, and see the wonder all around me - not just the pain).
I highly recommend using this spread if you are interested in exploring your healing process and emotional blocks. Another fantastic spread is the I Believe You: A Tarot Spread for Femme Survivors by Poplar Rose.
Do you use tarot as a part of your healing process?