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We Want the Airwaves

Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.
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May 21, 2013

It's the radicals versus the assimilationists. But wait, are we talking about the queers or the DREAMers? In this case, it's both! Undocuqueer activist illustrator Julio Salgado discusses his political progression from painting a picture perfect portrait of undocumented students to a framework that recognizes even if your record isn't squeaky clean, you don't deserve to be deported. Highlights include a date with a gay Latino Republican, using art to combat fatphobia and body-hatred, and the "privilege" of being undocumented in California.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivitnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Photo by Jesus Iñiguez

May 11, 2013

Chemist. Poet. Fifth-degree black belt. Meet Ryka Aoki, author of the new Lamba Literary Award-nominated book of poetry (and more), Seasonal Velocities. In this interview, we discuss her previous job doing weird science (really, really weird science), publishing her book with a brand-new DIY all-trans press, and her Lamba Literary Award nomination. Highlights include how judo prepared her for a life in the social justice movement, how being an abuse victim helped prepare her for an MFA in poetry, why your "movement" work doesn't have to end in becoming jaded and burning out.

This interview was originally recorded May 11th, 2013.

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Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

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