Monday, August 9, 2010

The Big She-Bang V, and Balance

I am so excited--this Saturday, August 14th is the 5th Annual Big She-Bang put on by the NYC Feminist Collective "For the Birds." The Big She-Bang is an all-day feminist festival of art, music, foodies, tablers, rad crafters and organizations, and panel discussions on things I love to talk about, namely, feminist communication. We are getting at this theme through 3 lenses: 1, feminist creativity as communication, 2, communication surrounding emotional abuse and safe sex, and 3, exploring how to foster the voices and critical consciousness of youth in relation to media.

Yes, I know, this is not explicitly grief-related. But after a summer of planning this event while finishing up Issue 2 of The Worst, I did want to both publicize The Big She-Bang and also highlight it as an example of a way I find balance in my life. The womyn in For the Birds are the people in my life who dare to struggle against the immobilizing forces of loss and trauma and still try to create events and relationships that keep me motivated to do the work I need to do to heal myself.

I will be around all day and will have copies of "The Worst Issue 1" at the For the Birds Table so stop by!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010


a new project by Emily Klamer:

Substance: On Addiction and Recovery is a collection of people’s experiences with addiction and recovery in radical and/or marginalized communities. Not just a text to break the silence, Substance is an opportunity for those affected by substance abuse to make meaning of our lives and create opportunities for lasting social change. Substance: On Addiction and Recovery will be a book that transcends the mainstream discourse regarding addiction and recovery and forges new pathways towards healing and the reclamation of our lives.

I am open to essays, poetry, personal narratives, photography, art, comics, collage, and more.

Please be in touch with questions and submission ideas: substancebook at gmail dot com!

Potential topics:

• personal narratives of addiction and/or recovery support groups • radical sobriety • harm reduction • silence and stigma • withdrawal and detoxification • the intersections of race/class/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability status and addiction • creating and sustaining community support networks • how addiction intersects with activism, sexuality, health, sexual and intimate partner violence, mental illness, privilege, oppression, identity, capitalism, the state, work, and creativity • current or historic examples of community-based groups that focus on the politics of addiction or support of community members • healing from addiction • self-medication • overdose and death • incarceration and criminalization

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


Additionally, if you know anyone who would like to donate funds of any amount to support the printing of this book, please have them contact substancebook at gmail dot com!

Please forward this message on, and spread the word!