The short version, my latest project Bar Dykes is now available online via Pegacorn Press.
The longer version begins with a nearly 20 year friendship with my collaborator Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press. Our intertwined histories are both rooted in underground DIY culture and a continuation of that lifestyle into our adult creative lives. I met Merril Mushroom, author of the play Bar Dykes this past year when I made the leap and moved to rural middle Tennessee. Merril and I started spending a lot of time together and over coffee one day Merril brought out a copy of her unpublished play Bar Dykes. A period piece about dyke bar culture in the 50s written in the early 80s, I recognized the significant importance of the play and also how Merril’s personal story is intimately connected to the work and had the idea to republish the piece with an accompanying interview. I made the connection to Pegacorn Press after seeing one of Caroline’s infamous calendars hanging in Merril’s house and realized they were already friends and fans of one another’s work. When I reached out to Caroline about publishing Bar Dykes along with an interview with Merril, she was instantly on board. A wonderful example of a synchronous trifecta and extended community.
I just celebrated my year anniversary of making the leap to live in rural community. I was drawn to this area of Tennessee because of the 35+ year history of radical queer’s who have made this area home in various forms of intentional communities, land projects, communes, and houses. I came here, like many others, for a combination of reasons; to heal, to slow down and to have space to breath. My experience “out here” has been life altering. Meeting Merril is a large part of that because I’ve never had the opportunity to share space with an queer elder who’s inspired me so deeply.
This publication is an affirmation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. It’s a personal reminder that the world is small and our actions resonate outward. A theme that has resonated throughout my career as a curator, author and filmmaker is connecting people and generating community through access to information. I want my actions to inspire, educate and empower those around me. My hopes are this zine is a now a part of this lineage.
Pegacorn Press, Brooklyn, NY
8.5" X 6 7/8", 32 pages, saddle stitched, five color Risograph printed (teal, florescent pink, raisin, federal blue, gold)
Debuted at the New York Art Book FairFirst edition printing of 300