Join us in the panel room of the Phx Zine Fest at 1:00 -1:45 for Existence is Resistance: Queer Voices in Independent Media with Briana Noonan, Sarah Rachel Evins, Bianca Llamas, Jenni Vega, Blythe Marks, and Nico Wilkinson.
Being a part of zine culture and having the control to self publish allows queer people to form our own narratives and to continue to challenge society to allow space for more ways of existing in this world. Being queer informs our daily existence and situates us in an ongoing dialogue against societal expectation. We participate in a quiet resistance that empowers us to reach further and to challenge the notion that our bodies and beings are worth less than others. In this panel, we will discuss how we navigate the world as queer creative individuals to continue to instill hope in our community.
Briana Noonan (Moderator)
Briana Noonan is located in Tempe, AZ and graduated with a BFA in Photography from ASU in May 2013. Her work is primarily based within her relationship ties and her own personal self reflection. This includes exploring her own depression, anxiety, and sexuality. Briana is one of the four co-founders of Femme Fotale, a photographic book/zine to empower women and push them to the forefront of the photographic world.
Sarah Rachel Evins
Sarah Rachel Evins is getting her masters in viola performance, but tries not to let the four hours a day she spends alone with a fancy wooden box define her. Her musical studies have put her in some prestigious situations that are likely quite obscure to people who don’t also own fancy wooden boxes. This year, Sarah has connected with Phoenix’s creative community through slam poetry and zines thanks to spaces like Wasted Ink Zine Distro and various open mics around the valley. In July, she won the Fearless Poetry Slam in Carefree, AZ. In September she travelled to Moab, UT to compete in a queer poetry slam, Spit Love. Her goal is to provide representation for queer people of color in the Phoenix art scene. More broadly, she hopes that her sharing and encouraging art will impact the community at large. Hobbies of hers include making covers of St. Vincent songs on the viola and cuddling with her girlfriend, Brittany, and cat, Peppermint.
Bianca Lamas, is a queer and Latinx in all they do and they are a poet. The work they do reflects the reality they live in and they try to share it especially for those like themselves but also for those unlike themselves. Their presence on a stage isn't always necessary but these zines and chapbooks are a vessel.
I’m a desert queer Xicanx poet. Co-author of ‘Marimacha Hasta La Muerte’; a zine about navigating identity through a queer brown body. Most of my work focuses on exploring relationships with myself and others through my culture, trauma, and my queerness.
Blythe Marks is a multidisciplinary artist with an interest in trans-focused feminisms, queer theory, and the power of place. Her photography, poetry, and essays excavate beauty within everyday space.
Nico Wilkinson is a poet, printmaker and organizer based out of Colorado Springs. They are the 2017 Capturing Fire National Queer Poetry Slam Champion and founded The Quaill Club, an intentional living space for queer artists. They enjoy gardening, spending time with their chickens and making nice things. They can be found at nicowilkinson.com or @nicothepoet on Instagram.