The Anarchist Review of Books publishes intelligent, non-academic writing with an anti-authoritarian perspective. We are dedicated to transforming society through literature and through open, incisive critique of the media, politics, history, art and writing that shape our world.
Issue #4, Summer/Fall 2022
Literary Kitchen, 2020. Edited by Ariel Gore. ...a network, a community, a secret society of writers and art-makers. We are beginners. We’ve been at this for decades. We are bestselling authors. We’re recluses who only create for ourselves and each other. We are MFA professors, sex workers, high school dropouts, administrative assistants—and sometimes all of the above.
"I dream of shutting myself inside my house, writing while subsisting on unemployment, food stamps, and the feel of the wind as I watch it move through the leaves outside the window. Then I remember how impossible it was to access creativity when I was unemployed, how impossible it was to step back from my distraught over worsening debt and no viable job options. The back pain. The weight gain. The fear of homelessness. Again. The constant fighting with my partner over buying books, weed, getting my eyebrows done, contributing to his sister’s rehab instead of saving for new tattoos. It wasn’t romantic."
"In the contemporary political moment, when there is such an urgency to act, these writers insist that we consistently critique our analyses and approches, and remind us how vitally important explicitly intersectional, multi-issue organizing strategies are to the success of our movements. Feminisms in Motion provides both a historical record of significant antiracist feminist interventions and a roadmap for moving us in the direction of freedom and justice." Angela Y. Davis
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AK Press, 2018. Edited by Jessica Hoffmann and Daria Yudacufski. From 2007-2017, a small Los Angeles-based magazine called "make/shift" published some of the most inspiring feminist writers of the decade, articulating ideas from the grassroots and amplifying feminist voices on immigration, state-violence, climate change, and other issues.
Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation
photo: Brooke Anderson
This is an archive of adjunct organizing through personal essay and an intersectional feminist framework. The vast majority of college faculty are cis, het, and white, yet the 10% of faculty who are of color are far more likely to be adjuncts. More adjuncts are women than men, no surveys account for non-binary gender identities or sexual orientation.
"So I did what I knew how to do, find others experiencing a similar loss and fight back. I didn’t realize I was walking into a new movement that was going to become one of the stronger interventions to the neoliberal university under the gig economy. I also didn’t realize I was walking into one of the largest mobilizations within the labor movement in many years." Click here to read more
Made by an editorial collective committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives, make/shift embraced the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities by people seriously and playfully resisting and creating alternatives to systematic oppression. It existed to represent, participate in, critique, provoke, and inspire more of that good work.
I was a regular contributor to make/shift over the decade it existed. I wrote essays, book
and film reviews, and conducted interviews. One of my favorite interviews was with
Alicia Bell and Melissa Crosby of the black.seed collective, a Black female, and
femme, and queer led group of activists who shut down the Bay Bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco on MLK Day 2016.
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NAILED is designed and curated to publish and promote voices that have been historically marginalized. We are dedicated to elevating the art of our contributors while pointing focus towards social, cultural, and political issues that we believe are of critical importance.
"If we want to know where the adults are, then we need to make the connections. The adults are scared. The adults are covering their own asses. The adults are teenagers who grew up, and never learned anything else except that having power and control over others means winning. The adults are modeling violent behavior. The adults are absent." Click here to read the essay
University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Edited by Ming Yuen S. Ma and Erika Sudenberg. Resolutions 3 explores the wide-ranging implications of video art and video-based production in contemporary media culture. The contributors to this volume investigate the ever-changing state of video’s deployment as examiner, tool, journal reportage, improvisation, witness, riff, leverage, and document.
"Sitting in a bar, lesbian or straight, I may not be read as queer in either. If I consciously name myself a [trans-loving] queer femme, all sorts of invisible social relations become visible, ensuring passing is not the operative mode. Naming myself something other than lesbian queers my location in both hetero- and homonormative spaces. What is significant in that radical action is more than just naming and visibility: it is the intent to blow up normative social relations."
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"I looked at that boy looking at me and found my identity in that look. In that torn up room where cupid danced on the detritus of love, wings spread out in victory, reeling me in with his sexy soft body, his charming yet dangerous smile, confusing me as he opened himself up, exposing his most private parts, convincing me this was vulnerability so I wouldn't notice the deadly arrows clenched tightly in his cocked fist, my stomach tightened with a familiar longing. My stomach tightned with desire."
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"Sarah Jaffe’s, Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone, reads like a feminist punk anthem for our times. Jaffe sheds light on some of the most common jobs women, queers, and femmes have—K-12 teaching, non-profit, domestic work, retail, and non-tenured professors—skewering the myth of an equitable relationship between labor and love. There is an exceptional chapter on art—the connective tissue throughout my work life- that unpacks the systemic impossibility of earning a living solely as an artist. Jaffe gives convincing evidence that debt and the inability to create a safety net are not the result of individual shortcomings but capitalism working as designed." Click here to go to ARB website