Femmescapes #3

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Zine, edited by Charles Theo­nia and Juli­eta Sal­gado, bit.ly/femmescapeszine, 40pgs, $10.65

Femmescapes is a se­rial zine high­light­ing works from queer and trans peo­ple who cel­e­brate and have har­mony with femme­ness. In this is­sue, there are 10 con­trib­u­tors who share art­work, po­etry, and sto­ries. Femmescapes #3 has an en­ergy, a power, and a com­mu­nity be­hind it. All the artists strongly state their in­di­vid­ual pres­ence, but co­he­sively bind to­gether to make a pretty great zine.

Art from the LGBTQ com­mu­nity has al­ways spo­ken strongly to me, be­ing part of the com­mu­nity my­self, and this zine re­ally broad­ened the love. One of my favourite pas­sages in Femmescapes is in Tommy Pico’s sam­ple from Na­ture Poem: “Last night I had a dream that I was a ghost who gave blowjobs and that is pretty much the ex­pe­ri­ence of dat­ing in the city.”

The piece that stuck to me like honey was Oni Lem’s run-on poem, which just ap­pears as you are flip­ping through the pages. It blends strug­gle, love, and deal­ing with the world in such a beau­ti­fully com­plex, yet eas­ily un­der­stood way. How we all live and what we do counts, even if it feels mun­dane or unim­por­tant.

The zine it­self is sturdy with thick glossy pa­per. When I first saw the cover I thought the zine was called “Femmes in Space,” as the art work im­me­di­ately brings sci­ence fic­tion to mind. It was made by the artist Far­rah Fang, whose art­work you can find through­out the zine. Fang’s whole style gives off spacepunk vibes. I think Femmescapes is a great med­ley and col­lec­tion of queer and trans art, and I feel very priv­i­leged to have read it. (KK Tay­lor)

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