[imgs: 2 black and white screencaps of the front cover of hoax zine #10, a flyer for the hoax mini-tour, and a photo of the newly made hoax pins.]
+ What is Hoax? Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. Each issue has a theme in tandem with feminisms. Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to the zine. You can learn more about Hoax via links about our Mission Statement, Core Values, and Shared Goals, General Hoax FAQs, Submission FAQs, and Stipends for Submissions.
+ Why should I consider pre-ordering this zine? Due to the large amount of time between issues (Hoax #9 came out in September 2013!) and the high volume of requests for copies that we receive from individual buyers, distros, independent bookstores, zine libraries, & zine fest attendees, selling pre-orders allows us to accurately gauge how many issues need to be printed while raising enough initial funds to supply us with vital resources to get the zine out there! Also, more pre-orders means more money we can offer to the folks who made this issue possible!
Essays in this Issue:
This issue also includes poetry (covering topics like chronic illness, black womanhood, a school shooting, and women in magazines), feminists we love, current feminist heroes, and vegan recipes! ½ size, black & white, 80 pages, and very text heavy.
+ Note about Triggering Content: We are circulating the above descriptive list in an effort to reveal the content and chronological order of this issue, thus creating the opportunity for readers to judge on an individual basis as to which essays could be potentially triggering or uncomfortable to them. We have chosen not to place trigger warnings on specific pieces in Hoax because we recognize that triggers are unique and highly personal. We believe that it is impossible to discern what content has the potential to be upsetting and/or triggering to every one of our readers, and we do not want to inadvertently create a hierarchy of what material is “intense” or “real” enough to warrant a warning. Please contact us if you have suggestions as to how to better incorporate trigger warnings into future issues of Hoax.
+ Note about Pricing and Stipends: This issue is being sold at US$3.50 rather than US$3, as former issues of the zine were initially priced. Submitting written and visual work to Hoax is an act of labor and, for the past couple of years, the two of us have been contemplating how to better compensate our contributors. And so, as of the release of Hoax #10, we will be offering small stipends to all contributors whose work is printed. The raised cost of Hoax will go towards supporting the costs of printing as well as offering contributor stipends. The stipends we offer will depend on the amount of revenue from sales and pre-sales, and will be distributed in the month/s after future zines have been released. Although we cannot afford to pay very much (probably just enough to purchase a cup of coffee or another zine), we hope that offering a stipend, however small, will ensure that our contributors of the present and future know that their submissions are valued.
If you are in a position to do so, we highly encourage you to donate money to overall Hoax operations via PayPal (hoaxzine at gmail dot com), pay a higher fee for this particular issue, and/or purchase other available zines so that we can continue to work towards making Hoax readily available to those who cannot afford to pay higher than US$3.50 for a singular zine.
You can pre-order via our Etsy shop (for PayPal payments, where you can also find back issues on community (out of print now – final copies are listed on the site!), communication, change, mythologies, and vulnerabilities as well as some brand new Hoax pins (pictured above!) and many of our personal zines) or, if you prefer well hidden US cash via snail mail, you can e-mail us at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com to find out where to mail us. If you are interested in potentially becoming a contributor to Hoax, please check out our call for submissions for Hoax #11: Feminisms & Strategy, which is accepting submissions until September 30th!
+ Note about Mailing: We will be mailing out issues on a first-come, first-serve basis as soon as possible, optimally by EARLY SEPTEMBER – but our ability to purchase necessary mailing supplies and therefore send copies out depends on when we will sell enough zines to afford to get everything in the mail. As always, feel free to shoot us an email if you have any questions about the status of your order.
+ Note about Not Listing Contributors’ Names: We do not circulate the names of our contributors online for confidentiality purposes, as content that is consented to appear in print is not automatically consented to appear online. Respect for our contributors’ comfort, safety, and privacy is also one of many reasons why Hoax is only found in hard copy form.
+ Other Ways to Support this Project: We’d love for you to submit content to future issues of the zine, come to an assembly party (held in New York City periodically), write a review about Hoax, recommend it to your friends and favorite zine distros, and/or attend the upcoming Hoax Mini-Tour! The first weekend of September will feature 3 evenings of zine readings, music, and more on the US East Coast. Friday 9/5 in NYC at Bluestockings, Saturday 9/6 in Philly at LAVA Space, and Sunday 9/7 in Baltimore at Red Emma’s. You can pick up a copy of #10 at any of these events, as well as enter yourself in a raffle to win a pack of all Hoax issues, #1-10 – an extremely rare offer!
Please re-blog to spread the word!
Happy reading, y’all!
sari (editor) & rachel (editorial assistant)
Toni Morrison goes in.
WHERE WE’RE GOING, WE DON’T NEED ROADS
Sybil Lamb, Casey Plett, and Kelli Dunham want to come to your town, but we need your help to make it happen. Become a local host and bring more great trans and queer literature to your home town!
These three writers are road-tripping in September and October so that they can share a stage with local writers across the US and Canada. You can sign-up to host them as part of nearly any kind of event—a conference, a cafe open mic, a bookstore reading, or a LGBT youth group are just some of the examples of events they could be a part of.
Almost anyone can be an event host. If you’d like to put together an event with Sybil, Casey, and Kelli, Topside wants to help you make that happen. Hosts organize a venue, provide housing for the night, and promote the event to their local communities. The venue could be a cafe, art gallery, or even your living room!
To find out more, go to: http://topsidepress.com/tour/
i heard sybil doesn’t even leave a six-foot wide circle of dirt where she slept on your floor when she stays with you any more
A game of Never Have I Ever that takes a twist, and will leave you with chills at the end.
that is not what i expected, woah
I thought this would be fun, but I got bitch slapped with life
watch and learn
Lord, lord, lord. I came precariously close to disaster in the last 48 hours.
On Tuesday, I got a call from my HRA case worker, saying she wanted to do a home visit. I immediately knew what it was about. When she showed up the next day, the first words out of her mouth were, “You’ve been bad. If you don’t comply with Social Security, we will close your case in ten days.”
"Closing my case" would leave me homeless, without food or HIV drugs, and probably dead within a year.
As I have previously mentioned on this blog, I am enrolled in a program called HASA. “HASA” stands for New York City’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration, and it is a division of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, known as HRA, or more commonly, “the welfare office.”
HASA provides you with a standard of living which is well below the poverty line. It provides you with a few basic things: often sub-par health care, food stamps, a very modest cash grant each month (very modest — so you can buy, like, toothpaste and toilet paper), and a small shelter stipend.
Most people who receive that shelter stipend live in SROs, which are single-room-occupancy dwellings, or, more colloquially, “group homes.” These are not nice places. There is very little state oversight for disability housing. Violence, vermin, intimidation and abuse are quite common.
Here’s the thing: HASA is a municipal program, run by the city of New York. Of course, this costs money (not that much money in the grand scheme of things, but that’s a whole other post). HRA would much rather foist of its clients to the federal government.
Thus, every HASA client is required by law to apply for Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance (or SSI/SSDI). The national programs that provide, basically, the shittiest social safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in the US: the elderly, the disabled, and poor kids.
The problem with SSI/SSDI is that it’s almost impossible to qualify for unless you’re over 65 (and even that may change soon.) To be considered “disabled” by Social Security, you more-or-less have to be blind and deaf and have no arms or legs or something. Only a tiny fraction of the people who apply are accepted to the program.
(Caveat: the above statement is circumstantially hyperbolic. There is a way to qualify for SSI/SSDI, and that is to get a good lawyer to handle your case. And, surprisingly, the lawyers that advertise on daytime television during Judge Judy do an exceptionally good job at winning these cases.)
So, I have to apply for SSDI. I will not get accepted for SSI. I know this, my case worker knows this, and HRA knows this. But I am required to act *as if* it is a possibility that I will be accepted.
The process of applying for SSDI is pretty humiliating. You schedule an interview, wait for two months, and go in and talk to a stranger about your entire life history and all your problems. Then, you have to get your doctor to fill out a medical report confirming your medical problems (this in and of itself is difficult, as I see a public health physician who has 600 patients.)
Then, you are required to be examined by two state-appointed physicians, which (speaking particularly as a transgender person who is shy about strangers touching and seeing my body), is pretty humiliating.
Then, you will receive a decision letter from SSDI. You will be inevitably denied. Then you have to file an appeal, and appear in front of a judge (*another* incredibly anxiety-producing experience, especially for people who have been formerly incarcerated, had bad experiences with family court, you name it — which makes up a large chunk of people living with HIV in the US).
Then, the judge will take one look at you, and will reject your case. A big waste of everyone’s time.
But here’s the kicker: once you are denied, you have to start the process all over again. Because somehow, they magically hope that you will get approved next time? In fact, they’re kind of hoping that your health will deteriorate to the point where the city can kick you out of their programs and make you the federal government’s problem?
HERE’S THE THING, THOUGH: EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS A COMPLETE JOKE. Even my worker says, look, it’s just a game, and you gotta play the game. It’s two warring bizarre, Kafka-esque systems fighting over pennies for poor people.
Lately, they’ve been cracking down on people who haven’t been keeping up with this byzantine system. I had let my last appointment slide, and they flagged me in the system. I recently spoke with a social worker at my health clinic, who said that by making this process more rigorous, they’re hoping to kick more people off welfare. THANKS, NEW COMMUNIST MAJOR. My roommate has taken to calling Bill DiBlasio “Slick Willy,” because he reminds us so much of Bill Clinton: all promises and too many compromises with the ultra-rich — though, shrug. Only time will tell.
Fortunately, though sheer hustle, and waiting for about six hours in various government offices, I got it all straightened out. Which buys me a few more months not having to worry about, you know, terrible catastrophe.
HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, PARTYBOTTOM ASCRIBES TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF BYOPMA: BRING YOUR OWN POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE. In that spirit, I noticed something really interesting today.
These government offices are kind of gross, but there’s a silver lining. They may be dirty. They may have terrible lighting. The chairs might be uncomfortable. Sometimes fist fights break out between clients, and sometimes people with severe mental illness start screaming at the top of their lungs. But sometimes, something magical happens.
Today, when I was in the Social Security office, I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two strangers. One was giving the other advice on how to apply for food stamps. This is not the first time I’ve seen this go down — in these weird liminal spaces, total strangers who share nothing but the commonality of poverty — well, somehow we all manage to form some sense of solidarity. We make small talk. We encourage each other. We share advice about what we have learned about the system. We make sure that we are taken care of. In small, understated, undramatic ways, we show each other tiny acts of love.
And there is beauty in that.
Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences & genders are encouraged to submit!
This September will mark the five year anniversary of the release of Hoax #1! September will also mark the release our 10th issue. The two of us have worked tirelessly over the past half-decade to write for, edit, compile, publish, and circulate this project. As of the release of Hoax #9, the project has featured 145 contributors from writers, artists and feminists of various backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, citizenships, and genders. As of the release of the #10th issue, the number of contributors will be closer to 200. Hoax is sold at infoshops and distros in multiple continents. It’s pretty mind-blowing to think about, and we definitely could not have completed this project without our community’s support.
We have decided to celebrate by putting together a “5 years of Hoax" mini-tour to celebrate. We are hosting events in NYC, Philly, and Baltimore.
All of these events will be FREE, although we do ask that you consider donating to the spaces that are hosting us and readers and bands that are performing. We also ask that each of these events remain sober (i.e. don’t bring booze into the spaces!).
Please support our mini-tour by inviting friends to this event (as well as the events that will be made for each individual date) & posting / blogging about the release of Hoax #10.
We will continue to post updates about bands / readers / times on this events page. Let us know if you want to perform / read / table!
Long live DIY feminist print media! ♥
New York City: Friday September 5th, Bluestockings Bookstore & Activist Center - 7pm
- Confirmed Readers: Cassandra Leville, Suzy X, Jordan Alam
- Confirmed Bands: Rachel Easterly (seeper.bandcamp.com), Little Waist (littlewaist.bandcamp.com)- special acoustic set!!!!, Tiny Tusks (tinytusks.bandcamp.com)- special acoustic set!!!!
Philadelphia: Saturday September 6th, LAVA Space - Time TBA
- Confirmed Readers: Jenna Brager, Khristina Acosta, Ksenya Leah Basarab, Joyce Hatton, Cassandra Leville, Sarah Rose
- Confirmed Bands: Ex by V (exbyv.bandcamp.com), Hive Bent (hivebent.bandcamp.com) (Baltimore)
Baltimore: Sunday September 7th, Red Emmas - 5pm-7pm
- Confirmed Readers: Allison Hall, Miriam C, Cassandra Leville, Taryn Hipp, rachel & sari (hoax editors!)
Head’s up, y’all. This is the type of thing we mean in our mission statement when we say “We do our best to exclude events with bands, performers, and venues that promote, condone, or willfully ignore racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any form of malicious exclusion or…
Coming to YouTube on August 19th!
Frankenstein M.D. is a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, from Pemberley Digital, the same people who brought you The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved, and PBS Digital Studios. The story centers around Victoria Frankenstein (rather than “Victor” from the book), an eccentric and driven MD/PhD student who wants to prove herself in the traditionally male-dominated field of medical research. Basically, this is what we would get if Mary Shelley created a YouTube science show :)
I’m also happy to announce that I’m lending my PhD chops and serving as science consultant for the series, which is SO FUN!!! I’m working hard to make sure the science you’ll see in the series is the real thing. At least in theory. I mean, we can’t really bring frightening creatures back from the dead. Yet.
Check out the full details on the series, the cast, and the premiere here. And, just like the worlds of Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, the Frankenstein universe will be bigger than just the videos. Here’s a few links so you can start following the characters:
@DarkMatterRage is #NotProud of the co-optation of Pride and the depoliticization of the white cis gay agenda.
Solidarity to all the trans, queer, PoC, &/ low income folks experiencing micro and macro agressions this Pride season. Keep the resistance alive!
To continue the conversation follow DarkMatter on Twitter and Facebook
Check out the rest of the tweets in this storify
h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.
For the longest time I thought countless difficulties I faced before I became sober would magically vanish by quitting drinking - but eventually I came to the realizations that I hadn’t made concrete plans for life post-booze and sobriety wasn’t the super fun root beer keg party I assumed it was going to be. I became cognizant that my issues with sobriety were innately tied into some deep hurts concerning anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, bar culture, and much more. In the 4 sections of this zine, I attempt to take stock of my mistakes and hurts over the past two years, showcase some misconceptions about sobriety that I have come up against, explain my attempts to battle my insecurity over continuing to stick to sobriety, and give some suggested pointers for folks who would like to support their sober friends and community members. This zine is B&W, 1/4 size, 38 pages, & text heavy.
I have read a few accounts of sobriety in books and zines, and I’ve found them all compelling, but Sari does something great here which I really don’t think I’ve seen before. While others have shared their stories and personal struggles, Sari also provides somewhat of a blueprint here on how someone goes about moving in the world as a sober person. They concede that they did not have a plan when making this life change, but the strategies they came up with as described through the course of this zine are very practical.
I have always appreciated hoaxzine, for which Sari is one of the main writers and publishers, in its verbosity and ability to make me either feel smarter for having read it or kicking me in the ass to educate myself in order to wrap my head around it. This work manages to maintain the brilliance of that project, but with what I found to be a more casual tone. The narrative definitely follows a structure, but that makes it flow even easier. That’s a praiseworthy accomplishment, because this is not a happy and fun adventure story, this is a serious look at what it’s like for someone who has had problems with alcohol trying to function in not only a society that encourages drinking, but a social and activist scene where drinking is especially prevalent. The weight of this topic does not detract from the enjoyment in reading about it.
There are also tips for those of us who do drink on how to be better allies to the sober people in our lives and our community, such as not being so quick to provide alcohol at events and instead consider having get-togethers, readings, etc. at dry spaces. It’s all more than reasonable. Even someone with a knee-jerk reaction who is ready to write this all off as lecturing - Sari also criticizes the “bro culture” that enables such inconsiderate people, and demonstrates the precise ways pressure is applied - will have to concede after reading this, hey, it’s not only easy to accommodate sober folks, but vital to a community that wants to be truly inclusive.
Sari provided me a whole new perspective on drinking and those people who struggle with abstaining. For that, I am in their debt, and hope to begin to repay that by wholeheartedly recommending this zine to you.
Here’s an extremely generous review of Hoax editor sari’s most recent perzine issue!
TELL YER FRIENDS
bell hooks (Feminism is for Everybody)
feminists for life, take note.
I’m always here for bell hooks dropping some truth
A New York City gallery has turned its cameras toward LGBTQ youth in the hopes it will help them finally find loving homes.
Heart Gallery NYC, a traveling exhibition of professional pictures taken by award-winning photographers of children in foster care looking for “forever families,” has set up in shop in Times Square, spotlighting LGBTQ young adults. The exhibition, which is the first of its kind, coincides with National Pride Month and will culminate at New York’s Pridefest on June 29.