We are a San Antonio Tx, based, international feminist all Latina art and lit zine. We started in 2014 wanting to publish our friends, now we are in stores around the country, on university syllabi, and archived in Latino library collections. Our goal is to increase Latina visibility in the arts and shatter stereotypes of Latinas in media.
This is our first time coming to Arizona and are excited to meet our contributors from there!
Outspokin' & Bookish
Hi! I'm Amanda. I'm a queer, feminist, artist/librarian who moved to Flagstaff, AZ two years ago. I previously resided in Atlanta, GA, where I participated/would vend at their zine fest each year I lived there. I teach with zines in my library, help others create zines in order to express themselves, and believe in the transformative power of sharing ideas within our communities! I make several zines that focus on collaboration and collective wisdom, are curiosity driven, and raise consciousness on topics I'm interested in.
I've created a "Feminist Flirting" zine, punny cat themed zines, and I'm currently working on several new zines that I'm excited to share at the Phoenix Zine Fest. My newest, collaborative zine is called "Be Brave" and focuses on having difficult conversations within our communities, work, and homes around social justice issues. I also design stickers and enamel pins and there are pins that accompany some of my zines (see Brave Babe pin image) Since moving to Flagstaff, I am also super interested in learning more about Pluto and am putting together a zine about the "dwarf planet" as we speak. One last project I'll mention is my "Carefully Curated" zine, which is a book of poetry created using book titles (from the library) as metaphors.
Hard Candy Zine
My name is Amanda! I'm a queer Arizona native. My sister created Hard Candy originally as a way of survival on the ASU campus. When I came to ASU and felt similar isolation from the general student body, I carried the tradition on. It is a zine composed entirely of art/writing submissions that typically orbit the topics of feminism and queer identity. Our submission pool and distribution locations both extend far beyond ASU now.
This particular moment in history feels like a critical time for the voices of historically disenfranchised groups. Hard Candy has stood as a vessel for those voices to be heard and platforms like PHX Zine Fest only stand to elevate those voices further. Hard Candy is, to me, a demand to be heard.