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Excerpt: All the Badass Girls I’ve Ever Known

All the Bad Ass Girls I’ve Ever Known

Art Zine, Shelby McLeod, shelbymcleod.com, 8 pgs

Like the cover suggests, Shelby McLeod’s art zine is a badass combo of cats and riot grrl attitude. The Toronto-based graphic artist, illustrator, and printmaker takes the classic black-and-white print format and adds pops of reddish pink, creating a punk edge. In Issue 76 of Broken Pencil, we excerpt a few pages from the art zine.

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Art Zine Review: All the Bad Ass Girls I’ve Ever Known

All the Bad Ass Girls I’ve Ever Known

Art Zine, Shelby McLeod, shelbymcleod.com, 8 pgs

This is the most bad-ass zine I’ve ever known. Bad Ass Girls to me is not only a zine but also embodies its mantra; short, sweet, and to the point! I am thrilled to have a zine that mixes cats and riot grrl attitudes together in perfect harmony.

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Zine Review: Koogmo #9


Koogmo #9

 

Zine, Anthony Abelaye, Issue 9, PO Box, 861294, Plano, TX 75086, USA, $1

Funny, quirky, or strange – those are the attributes that tie the stories in this collection together, at least judging by the submission guidelines on the last page. I wish I had read that page first, because not knowing made this collection of random factoids, crackpot philosophy, prison letters, and other snapshots of life not just hard to make sense of, but downright depressing!

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Calls for Submission: Word To Your Mother, Surviving Islamophobia, Re-imagining Mobility

Call for Submissions: Muslim Women Survivors of Islamophobic Violence

A University of Toronto Masters student is looking for poetry submissions by Muslim women who’ve survived Islamophobic violence — including emotional violence and microaggressions. The poems will be published in a zine as a community resource and used in an Ontario Institute for Studies in Education study. The deadline for submissions is July 21.

Call for Sessions: Read with Pride Northwest

Read with Pride Northwest is looking for writers interested in participating in panels and leading workshops for their annual conference in Seattle. The Nov. 3-4 conference — previously known as Gay Romance Northwest — is a place for writers and readers to meet up to talk LGBTQIA romance fiction. Submit your proposed session by July 23.

Call for Submissions: many gendered mothers

As an homage to Literary Mothers — an American website that published a collection of short essays on female literary influence— a new project called many gendered mothers is looking for submissions. Men, women and folks of any and all genders are encouraged to submit short essays on the women, femme, trans, and non-binary who influenced their life and writing. 

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Fiction: My Mother, in 2075


by Erika Price
illustration by Samantha Lucy

She can’t remember the important bad things. I ask her about the divorces and the dead dogs buried in the woods and the cracks in the bathroom tile and the negative, blood red balance in her checking account and her eyes go blank and she shakes her head like she’s been overcome by some faint neurological chill. 

I show her a photograph of my 8-year-old self in snow pants and a knit cap and she smiles and coos with familiarity, but cannot say what happened that day. She can’t recall what happened in the van when the park was closed and her father got angry. She cannot look at the burn mark on my arm and apologize.

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Music Review: Flashes of Quincy by Snowball II

 

Snowball II

Flashes of Quincy, Doughnut Records, doughnutrecords.weebly.com

Snowball II — yes, named after the cat from The Simpsons — is the recording project of L.A.’s Jackson Wargo, a prolific newcomer who’s on his third album in a year. A shoegaze label is habitually applied to Snowball II, but it definitely isn’t warranted — Flashes of Quincy is joyous, guitar-forward pop in the vein of Band of Horses and Guided By Voices, with lyrics that resurrect ’90s alternative rock. It must make a great live show (Wargo recruits a full band for the stage) — and is guaranteed to induce toe-tapping. (Scott Bryson)