Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Physical Illness Zine second issue in the works!!!!

Hey everyone, this is a zine made by my good friend Ben. Obviously the topics of illness and grief and often strongly related, and a lot of folks who have been though loss have often had experiences coping with illness as well. Perhaps the strongest link between the two is that they are both difficult for us to speak about and know how to respond to well in radical communities. This zine does a great job of exploring how we can learn more and support each other! check it out if you haven't already, and submit to the second issue!

Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness collects peoples' experiences with illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted by illness within radical/left/diy communities. The zine is meant to be a resource for those who are living with illness as well as those who have not directly experienced it themselves. We're doing a second issue of Sick now and are looking for submissions.

Submissions should be 750-2500 words or less. Somewhat longer pieces may be considered, or may be hosted on the Sick zine website. We are open to submissions in other media, such as comics, drawings, photography, or collage. Please be in touch with questions and submission ideas: sickzine@gmail.com. For more information on the previous edition and the ongoing project, see our website:http://sickzine.blogspot.com/. To get a copy of the first edition, go tohttp://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2764/

Potential topics:

Personal narratives of living with illness • Illness and support within left/ radical / DIY scenes • Current or historic examples of community-based groups that focus on the politics of illness or support of community members • Intersections of race / gender / sexuality / class / culture and illness • Experiences with doctors, hospitals and treatments • Body image / identity and illness • Bridging the space between disability and illness • Disempowerment / empowerment of illness • Mental health and physical illness • Suggestions for navigating the world of being a ‘patient’ • The experiences of being a caregiver • How life changes after a diagnosis • Living with multiple diagnoses • Illness as taboo • Insurance • The financial burden of illness • Sex and illness • Illness and creativity • Illness and isolation • The invisibility of illness • Providing support to someone living with illness • Creating and sustaining community support networks

In addition to pieces by individuals, we'd like to include a few pieces about the work that community-based groups have done to address the politics of illness and to support those dealing with illness. If you are a member of such a group, please feel free to write!


Please forward this message on, and spread the word!

Additionally, if you know anyone who would like to donate funds of any amount to support the printing of this issue, please have them contact sickzine@gmail.com.

1 comment:

atbag said...

I have been trying to reach Ben and hope he is okay. I am a fan of his zine, Sick, and would like to ask him a few questions about his zine.
Barbara Guzzetti Professor Arizona State University