Feminists of color! Third woman press has been ampliphying the voices of feminists of color since the 1960s! Our zines feature work by The Black Witch Chronicles, Bamby Salcedo, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Crystal Valentine and much more!
In addition to 3 magickal feminist TWP collections of feminist work, we also feature the following mini zines:
Feminist pocket dictionary
Queer pocket dictionary
Feminism by People of Color! Personal takes on feminism, feelings, theory, social theory, art. They are collections of works by many fantastic creative people and while each zine loosely collects works around a theme the overarching theme across all of the work is feminist and amplifying the voices of P.O.C..
We started making zines in 2015. TWP has been a publisher since the late 70s amplifying the voices of Sandra Cisneros, Lucha Corpi, Maria Herrera-Sobek, Emma Pérez, Carla Trujillo and Helena María Viramontes in book form. We decided to continue the feminist work of the press in a more accessible manner in the form of zines. We are still publishing books as well!
We create our Zine content by accepting contributions by feminist POC and then seeing if there is a unifying theme. We will also solicit pieces from feminists we admire and wish to publish. The zines covers are then designed using a combination of cut-and-paste as well as graphic art.
It is important that individuals are able to amplify and promote their own voices and not depend on a capitalist publishing company to accept work based on its profitability. Measuring the importance or worth of a work simply by the amount of profit it can possibly bring is an incredibly flawed theory. Creative works should be shared and published without the use of a shareholder-driven publisher. We at Third Woman Press are a labor-of-love Non-Profit publisher that work without the aid of any corporate grants directing what we can or cannot do. We are completely independent and actively seek out transgressive works on purpose.
The future of zines and indy publishing will be amplified by the connectivity of the internet. We can now seek out fellow zinesters from our keyboards and purchase zines from all over the world in different languages. The experience of reading from a zine still holds its own magic.
Our first Zine for Third Woman Press was called #translivesmatter and features works by trans people of color and we are so proud of how this zine came out. Our individual members have also been making zines independently for years.
Designing all of the author Bios to face their work is one of the best parts of highlighting and featuring their work. We hope that our zines can create an entry point to new authors that you may not have heard about or even just features a new piece by your favorite that you haven't read yet.
Printing costs, haha. Putting the zines together is a blast. Paying for the color printing is a little bit of a drag, but the work deserves it. <3
Think of our Zines as a feminist tasting menu. If you like a particular author's work, go seek them out online! They all have lovely bodies of work. If you don't know where to start, ask the person tabling and we'll help you out. <3