past zine themes
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January 2018 | RENEWAL & NEW BEGINNINGS
A new year, a new start. Or, is it more of the same? Do time markers, like calendars, hold spiritual, magical or mystical powers? Can the start of a new year really foster a new beginning, despite the seeds planted of yesteryear? A beginning cannot happen without something, first, having come to an end. What influence does an ending have on a beginning? Is there such a thing as a clean slate? Humans begin dying immediately after they take their first newborn breaths. Yet, humans cling to the idea of rebirths and new beginnings, whether through religious or spiritual practices or via mundane activities such as moving into a new space. What does rebirth mean to you? What are your experiences with endings, renewal, or new beginnings? Submit by December 25th!
February 2018 | LOVE & HATE
Let's face it: Cupid is a bow-and-arrow-totin' baby with wings, hell-bent on stabbing people in a vital organ. But before Cupid became an international symbol of courtly love (because violence is sexy?), there was Greek god, Eros, who ran around shooting people in the heart with arrows of gold (for love) or lead (for hate). Add in the Catholic St. Valentine, who faced religious persecution and was ordered beaten and beheaded by Roman Emperor Claudius II, it's no wonder humans struggle in matters of the heart. Of course, love and hate aren't limited to romantic relationships -- and neither is violence. So, give us your best written pieces or images on love and/or hate, gold and/or lead, bows and/or arrows, St. Valentine, St. Valentine's Day, feuds and rivalries in any context (for inspiration, see: St. Valentine Day Massacre). AlthoughRoses are red, violets are blue ... poems aren't right for this zine, we certainly aren't averse to beautiful expressions of love, whether for a romantic partner, parent, child, sibling, animal, etc. Submit by January 25th!
March 2018 | BAGGAGE & OLD THINGS
March 2 is Old Stuff Day, described as an opportunity to identify and change the ruts and routines that keep us stagnant. But, going deeper, "old stuff" can do a lot more than create stagnation. "Old stuff" can be responsible for forever altering the course of our lives, through grief of the loss of a loved one or traumatic events that created long-lasting physical, mental, emotional, or psychic injuries. Some "old stuff" we can toss out like a bag of old clothes headed to Goodwill, but other "old stuff" we cannot shake off so easily. In some circumstances, people must make space for the "old stuff" and find creative ways to peacefully coexist. Tell us about your baggage and "old stuff," whether figurative or literal. For the literal: Do you have old objects that hold emotional significance for you? Have you had objects of emotional significance stripped from your life? What is the impact of keeping these objects in your life? How have you been affected by the loss of meaningful objects from your life? Or, for any interpretation: Is stuff just stuff?Submit by February 28!
April 2018 | SECRETS & LIES
May 2018 | MOTHERS
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