First edition published in association with Feather & Anchor – October 2017.
Curated and co-edited by Bassam, editor-in-chief.
Layout and cover design by Mona Mousa. Edited by Odesia Howlett.
The publication’s main mission is to provide a platform for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPoC) from across (Colonially Known As) “Canada” to speak about the social impact of mental health through the lens of racialized experiences.
The project originally comes from a need to highlight more BIPoC artists and writers in the predominantly-white “Canadian” spoken word scene (especially wimmin, femmes, and folks outside the binary), as well as the social and psychological impact of mental health narratives long dominated by white supremacy.
Although explicitly titled and focused for BIPoC, this project also recognizes the need for welcomed inclusion LGBTQQIP2SAA, queer, genderqueer, trans, non-binary, bigender and agender representation, visibility for disabled individuals, and across intersections of all social marginalization.
There will be no consideration for any material embodying or representing the same hateful, discriminatory, and oppressive systems which currently exist as the object of our resistance. This includes (but is not limited to): anti-blackness, homophobia, ableism, Islamophobia, misogyny, misogynoir, cis-sexism, transphobia, anti-Semitism, serophobia, classism, etc. Kyriarchy is a Rubik’s cube of various systems we can unlock and break down with time, patience, energy, care (for self and community), and most importantly, love as radical justice.
For more information, please contact:
Samuel “Bassam” Halévy