"This is the first zine I’ve ever made. All the writing is my own, and all the pictures, with the exception of the first two, which were taken by close friends, are my own. The poems were all written within the past two years, but the bulk of them were written in the past few months. Self-interrogation and self-actualization are major to this work, which is a progression of my understanding of the world around me. BUTTERFLIES, the first poem, is what gave the inspiration for AUTOMATED RESPONSES OF A BLACK GRRL LOOKING THE WORLD DEAD IN THE EYES SHE KNOWS NO FEAR. My heart beats irregularly fast sometimes, but it usually it flutters back to normal after a few seconds. On one outstanding occasion, it was beating irregularly for three minutes, and I thought to myself, I am so close to death. Within this time frame, I wrote BUTTERFLIES, which led me to think deeply of my life and the life, or, depending on the context, lack thereof, around me. After writing that, the rest was history. I don’t want to say too much about the zine, because it really does speak for itself, but pay close attention to the imagery and themes carried throughout the work. Note how they change—or how they don’t. As always, I’m open to feedback and discussion on my work." - Sarah Z. Mamo
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Author's Bio: I like to let my work speak for me, so I don’t have much to say. My name is Sarah Z. Mamo. I use they/them/theirs and she/her/hers pronouns. Columbus, OH, is where I was born and raised, where I currently reside, and where I’ll be for the foreseeable future. I am a member of the International Socialist Organization and the OSU Coalition for Black Liberation. Organizing has done a great deal in the development of my identity, as well as the refinement of my politics—through organizing, I came to be a Marxist. As a result, my art has everything to do with my politics, which have everything to do with who I am.
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