ZINE SPOTLIGHT: Inked by Liz Mayorga
AUTHOR: Liz Mayorga is a writer / illustrator from Southeast LA. She grew up watching old, Black and White, Mexican films and selling burritos with her family. The films were her inspiration. The tacos and burritos paid for college. She used to work with teenagers, and they taught her what it means to be brave. Their energy and fearlessness inspired her to write and draw for herself, but she ends up creating for them too.
Liz is now an MFA Writing Student at CCA, where she writes both fiction and nonfiction, milks the Illustration department for all they’re worth, and experiences an existential crisis every day. Despite the hard work and many sleepless nights, she is extremely grateful to read, write, and draw. She thanks you for your support.
ZINE DESCRIPTION: “This is my latest work. In this zine, two perspectives braided into a personal essay about my family in rural Mexico’s reaction to my visible tattoo. This zine is hard to summarize because it is rich with cultural observations. I tried to juxtapose two very different perspectives, and at the same time tried to show my own stance on tattoos (and life). I included illustrations to go along with my prose. My drawings give this zine more of a children’s book feel, which balances the tone of my voice.”
WHERE TO BUY INKED: Etsy!
POINT OF AWARENESS: @ChingoZine tweet
Sacramento, California. 1971.
Victoria Cruz is a transgender boriqua from the island but has lived in New York City since the age of 4. In 1997, Victoria Cruz was a victim and is a survivor of sexual assault and harassment by four female co-workers. After refusing to remain silent and hold her attackers responsible for their violent actions, she has dedicated her life to helping other TLGBQ folks, especially TLGBQ people of color survive and thrive despite their experiences with domestic violence, police brutality, and/or sexual violence. Victoria Cruz works for the New York Anti-Violence Project and was recognized as one of the 2012 recipients of the Justice Department’s National Crime Victim Service Award.
I/We honor her part and effort en la lucha for creating a more just and safe world. We give thanks for the love and light she brings into this world that often does not contain enough of either.
JoCasta Zamarripa came out today in this interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Manny -local archivist from the local Santa Ana Library talking about the importance of archiving LGBTQ history! #library #archive #queer #decolores #history (Taken with Instagram)
I doubt local libraries know what this is
Newest image from the photoshoot I did hair for!
Poema para los Californios Muertos
Once a refuge for Mexican Californios…
—plaque outside a restaurant
in Los Altos, California, 1974.
These older towns die
into stretches of freeway.
The high scaffolding cuts a clean cesarean
across belly valleys and fertile dust.
What a bastard child, this city
lost in the soft
llorando de las madres.
Californios moan like husbands of the raped,
husbands de la tierra,
tierra la madre.
I run my fingers
across this brass plaque.
Its cold stirs in me a memory
of silver buckles and spent bullets,
of embroidered shawls and dark rebozos.
Yo recuerdo los antepasados muertos.
Los recuerdo en la sangre,
la sangre fértil.
What refuge did you find here,
Now at this restaurant nothing remains
but this old oak and an ill-placed plaque.
Is it true that you still live here
in the shadows of these white, high-class houses?
Soy la hija pobrecita
pero puedo maldecir estas fantasmas blancas.
Las fantasmas tuyas deben aquí quedarse,
solas las tuyas.
In this place I see nothing but strangers.
On the shelves there are bitter antiques,
y estos no de los Californios.
A blue jay shrieks
above the pungent odor of crushed
eucalyptus and the pure scent
— Lorna Dee Cervantes