A series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary nonfiction.
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24pp. Guillotine Series #7. July 2014.
"These hags, these great beauties, these mermaids who taunt, who feast, who slash, who steal, these succubae who cannot rest, my mothers, my sisters, my unborn friends, my keepers, my guardians": Powerhouse Jenny Zhang on identity, love, art, and living with rage.
JENNY ZHANG is a poet, writer, and performer living in New York. She's the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find. You can find her at www.jennybagel.com.
Includes a copy of Hags and a limited-edition broadside print.
For Love Or Money
32pp. Guillotine Series #6. February 2014.
"The myth of the greedy poor person is a distraction from the real greed, the systemic greed that’s embedded in policy. This is our right to live lives that are enjoyable, not just to pursue happiness or whatever the damn cliché is": A conversation between the inimitable and formidable Sarah Jaffe and Melissa Gira Grant on sex, love, power, work, and how feelings have no part in the revolution.
SARAH JAFFE is a writer, reporter, and rabblerouser. Her work on economic justice, labor, and social movements can be found at In These Times, Dissent, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, The Progressive, and many other publications. She is co-host of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, and is working on a book about social movements and financial crisis. Find her at www.adifferentclass.com.
MELISSA GIRA GRANT is a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else. Her reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, and Slate, among other publications. Her latest book is Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014). More at: www.melissagiragrant.com.
Includes a copy of For Love Or Money and a limited-edition broadside print.
[Censorship & Homophobia]
32pp. Guillotine Series #5. December 2013.
“It is speech and visibility that legitimate us. It is speech and visibility that give us any political power that we have”: A richly personal and incisive, previously unpublished 1990 essay from one of the most important critical theorists of the twentieth century on free speech, homophobia, and violence. As relevant now as it was the year it was written.
EVE KOSOFKY SEDGWICK (1950–2009) is widely regarded as one of the originators of queer theory. A poet, artist, literary critic, and teacher, her books include the groundbreaking Epistemology of the Closet, Between Men, and Tendencies.
Includes a copy of [Censorship & Homophobia] and a limited-edition broadside print.
PUNK [Second Edition]
32pp. Guillotine Series #4. June 2013.
"Punk is a moving target": Punk is an unwieldy object of study--because of fictions that circulate as truth, absences in archives and the questionable subject of recovery, and the passage of “minor” details into fields of knowledge. A conversation about the politics of methodology, and historiography, of subculture. Now in its second printing!
MIMI THI NGUYEN is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Gift of Freedom. She has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot. Nguyen is a former Punk Planet columnist and a Maximum Rocknroll shitworker.
GOLNAR NIKPOUR served as co-coordinator of Maximum Rocknroll between 2004 and 2007. She is also a founding editor of B|ta’arof, a magazine featuring art, literature, historiography, and cultural critique related to Iran and its diaspora. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in New York City.
Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, and Toilet Bowl
16pp. Guillotine Series #3. March 2013.
“A girl is a gun. A woman is a bomb”: An essay on writing, madness, rage, and being female, from a relentlessly provocative and brilliant thinker.
KATE ZAMBRENO is the author of the critical memoir Heroines, published by Semiotext(e) in November 2012. She is also the author of the novels Green Girl and O Fallen Angel. Her anti-memoir, Book of Mutter, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2015.
Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona
16pp. Guillotine Series #2. December 2012.
"Colonization has a bad taste, a reason for ethnic solidarity. Because, well, not all us brown-skin motherfuckers were annihilated": Meditations on book banning in occupied territory.
BOJAN LOUIS is a member of the Navajo Nation — Naakaii Dine’é; Ashiihí; Ta’neezahnii; Bilgáana. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Platte Valley Review, and Hinchas de Poesía; fiction in Alaska Quarterly Review. He has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony.
Includes a copy of Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona and a signed and numbered broadside print of a previously unpublished poem by Bojan Louis.
32pp. Guillotine Series #1. October 2012.
“The feminine forms we have inherited in terms of sanctified literature pretty much make me want to punch someone in the face”: An expansion of Vanessa Veselka and Lidia Yuknavitch’s conversation on women, writing, and violence, which originally appeared online at the Believer blog.
LIDIA YUKNAVITCH is the author of the novel DORA: A Headcase and the memoir Chronology of Water. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), and Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil). She teaches writing, literature, film, and Women's Studies in Oregon.
VANESSA VESELKA (Portland, OR) has been at various times a teenage runaway, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, and a mother. Her work appears in The Atlantic, Tin House, Zyzzyva, the FSG anthology Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll. Her debut novel, Zazen, is the 2012 PEN / Bingham prize winner for fiction.