A collection of literature: Zines.Poetry.Etc.

Riverside, California · 185 Sales


A collection of literature: Zines.Poetry.Etc.

Riverside, California 185 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Brenda Montaño

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Brenda Montaño


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Sophia on Jan 10, 2017

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Moon on Dec 6, 2016

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This Zine is amazing, beautiful and inspirational. Every page is filled with so much vulnerable truth and absolute magic. This is a must read for all mamas, and anyone else who can relate in some way to the journey of our lives.

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Zines Rasquache is a collection of Zines that tell stories that challenge the dominant narrative present in mass media.

The first zine I helped make was born out of a sit-in I helped organize with student activists at SF State. We took over the administration building sometime in 2010 to bring focus to the ridiculous fee hikes in tuition, on going since 2008. Folks wrote their grievances on sticky notes and hung them all around the wall. Rather then letting the custodian throw them away, a friend and I gathered them and put them into a zine, which we then delivered to the SF State president at the time. I hope he read it.

Since then, I've been making zines as alternatives to typical forms of literature/compiled written documents: school projects, short stories, interviews, historical non fiction, civil disobedience. I don't rely on someone to publish the work I choose to put out into the world. I am therefore not edited, censored or silenced by an outsider, though I greatly take into consideration the safety of the people whose voices carry over the pages.

My work focuses mostly on the Xican@ experience, living in the United States, being of Mexican/Central American descent. I tell stories of resistance to government oppression, social inequities, misogyny and capitalism. I am brown and proud, mujer y xingona.

This is a mini-hustle, I suppose, but mostly my main form of creative expression. Proceeds for many of the zines are going to greater, sustainable causes. The rest go to printing and labor costs (though how we quantify labor is too much of a capitalistic endeavor for me to go on) and occasionally to a treat-yo-self gift (tacos, a movie, etc.)

Holla at me if you want to collab and are serious about it. Holla at me if you have questions or critiques. I'm not interested in arguing and do not feel the need to be defensive but am always open to hearing ideas.


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  • Brenda Montaño

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    I'm Brenda Montaño. Educator. Xicana, Califas native from the IE, migrated to the Bay. My works been published in El Tecolote,Flies, Cockroaches and Poets, and Cipactli, a literary and arts publication out of SF State.

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