I'm a South Asian American who moved to the U.S. when I was 10 years old. My work focuses primarily on people of color.
ZINES: my lovers, my amoeBAE (stories of past lovers and the actual horrible amoebae I contracted last year); Cities vol. 1 (racist and homophobic experiences in different American cities); Hot Chachas (hot South Asian uncles); Sadhana (stories about my mother's experiences as a woman, wife, mother and immigrant); Hair (my experiences with being a hairy child, and now a hair adult in the gay community); THREE (annual zine in which participants create 3 works in 6 months); Still Walking in the Bones of My Ancestors (non-fictional stories from friends, family members and random strangers who identify as Black).
BOOKS: 100 Years from Now Our Bones will be Different (100 years in the life of a fictional African-American family, told from their perspective after they've passed away); Hot Chachas (an expanded version of the zine of the same name).
I make zines because minority voices, especially South Asian voices, are still underrepresented. I make zine because I refuse to be erased. My zines are about cultural expectations, discrimination, racism, queerphobia, sexism and classism. For example in CITIES VOL. 1, I've documented negative experiences I've had in various American cities. Unfortunately, Phoenix is mentioned in the zine several times. I hope to table at PHX Zine Fest to see the more diverse and tolerant sides of Phoenix.
Brenda Montaño is a Xicana native from California. Her ancestors come from what is today southern California and Jalisco, Mexico. She was raised in the Inland Empire but has deep roots in both the Bay Area and Northern California.
Brenda's work is grounded in Xicanisma, Reproductive Justice, environmentalism and grassroots organizing. She has always recognized the power of the written and spoken word and now, as a mother, has been enlightened by the magic of birth.
Brenda received her BA in Raza Studies and Journalism from San Francisco State University. Her schooling connected her to community organizations, such as the Freedom Archives and the SF Day Laborer Program and Women's Collective; as well as publications like El Tecolote and Cipactli. In 2013 she started Zines Rasquache with her first two zines: East Oakland Tierra de Lucha y Limones and Xicanistas y Punkeristas: Say it Loud! Her collection has now expanded to close to a dozen, including several collaborations. Her work has been shared with people from around the world.
Zines Rasquache aims to challenge the stifling of creativity evident in the mainstream media by pushing forth the Xicanista experience in both a herstorical and current narrative. The goal is always to tell the stories that are not being told and to shed light on the realities that have purposely been silenced and destroyed. ZR’s zines range in topics from lesson plans for feminist educators to a celebration of the pussy to the story of 9 martyrs of the Chican@ movement in Colorado.
I currently carry 10 zines in my collection, all with the exception of 3 done “old school” style, cut, glued and copied in black and white. Two of them are blessed with the work of WOC artists. My work is personal, political & carries the resilient energy of my ancestors.
I want to grow community with the zine folks in the southwest, to exchange our work and words and art to inspire one another amidst a sometimes uninspiring world.
I make a zine called Cattywampus under the name Mason Chrome. Each issue is a surreal short story for kids and everyone else. I hope to continue in the long literary tradition of using whimsical stories to encourage humans of all ages to expand their imaginations and questions their perceptions. The zine is a fantastic tool for the writer/artist to more instantly communicate their ideas directly to an attentive and open-minded audience.
My name is Tanner Ballengee. I'm a writer / artist born & raised in Kansas, currently dwelling in Tempe, Arizona. I've self-published a dozen or so zines, mostly writing, poetry, and "art" related. My most recent one is a poetry zine titled "Piss & Vinegar." I also want to table my book entitled "Sixty Tattoos I Secretly Gave Myself At Work" recently published by Trident Press, a small bookstore/publishing press in Boulder, CO.
The zines I create range in genre from cryptic collage to tattered found objects/art to entertaining yet incriminatingly honest memoir writing to poetry reconstructed from overheard conversations. The majority of my work is largely inspired by real life observations, lessons, and experience, driven by my unconquerable addiction to comprehending the subtle truths overlooked in the everyday habits and general banality of our lives. Basically, the neverending quest to make something out of nothing (and hopefully not vice versa).