Daughters of Violence

A stack of five Daughters of Violence Zines sit in a cardboard box with a dark green plant on the right hand side of the frame. 

A stack of five Daughters of Violence Zines sit in a cardboard box with a dark green plant on the right hand side of the frame. 

Call for Submissions - Issue Two: FOOD [CLOSED]

Daughters of Violence is now seeking submissions for issue two of our zine! Our theme for issue two is food. Food gives us power. It connects us to our ancestors, nourishes us, transforms our emotions, and helps us forge social connections. Food is what our mothers cooked for us when we were sick. It is what we violently pushed away when we were anxious, stressed, insecure. It is what those white girls in our class made fun of us for, when our school lunch just smelled a little too different from theirs. It is what too many communities of color and low income communities lack access to. It is a traditional knowledge that tribal communities are fighting to revitalize. It is what empowered immigrants of color to start businesses when they were shut out of unions. It is what white people exploit when they “fuse” our hip food with another hip brown food. Our food is our history, family, trauma, power and hope.


In this zine, we seek to explore our personal and structural relationships with food. You may submit up to two recipes, two poems, two pieces of art, or prose that is 800 words or less. Please submit your work via Word Docx, jpgs, or share a Google doc. We will absolutely not accept work that is violent or discriminatory towards another group (homophobic, sexist, ableist, transphobic, etc.).

Submissions will be accepted at poconlineclassroom@gmail.com until Friday, August 25, 2017. We will contact you to inform you whether your work is accepted or not. The zine will be available in print for sale on POC Online Classroom and other locations. POC Online Classroom is a completely volunteer run resource and we are unable to pay contributors at this time. However, each contributor will receive a free copy of the beautiful zine.

Issue 1 available now!

Issue 1 of the zine is 8.5"x5.5," full color, and 40 pages of poetry, art, and prose from 13 daughters of color including: Ashley Sullivan, Rose Bear Don't Walk, Dilreet Dhaliwal, Kava Garcia Vasquez, heather c. lou, Trish Abalo, Joelle Lam, Janette Ruiz, Iko'tsimiskimaki Beck, Alizarin Menninga, Maya Vilaplana, and zine editors Abaki Beck and Michelle Kiang.

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to ship internationally.

Buy it on our website [link here] or at the Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago, IL. 

Origins of the zine:

Daughters of Violence is a bi-annual zine by women and non-binary folks of color edited by Abaki Beck and Michelle Kiang. It grew from our desire to create an anthology of the contemporary experiences of young women and non-binary folks of color. We first discussed with this idea last Thanksgiving over dim sum and discovered that we had been thinking about this separately. This zine continues the legacy of women of color feminists before us, including This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua and Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman. With Daughters of Violence, we hope to contribute to this literary tradition and movement building with the voices of our generation. Who are today’s young people of color leading the way? How do we support and love each other? How do we continue to create communities and break down stigma and shame?