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By Nia King
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About

Hi! My name is Nia King and I am a queer mixed-race artist and activist based in Oakland, CA. Though I have made many zines, comics, and even a short film, I am perhaps most well-known as the host and producer of the longest-running queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) podcast, We Want the Airwaves.

For the past five years, I have been interviewing queer and trans artists of color about their lives and their work for We Want the Airwaves. In 2014, I self-published my first book of interviews based on the podcast, Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives with co-editors Terra Mikalson and Jessica Glennon-Zukoff. In 2016, I self-published a second collection of interviews from the podcast, Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 2 with co-editor Elena Rose. This Kickstarter is an attempt to raise funds for my third book, Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 3.

Where the money goes:

  • Paying artists: $1600
  • Paying a co-editor/copyeditor: $1200
  • Printing and shipping books: $1200
  • Kickstarter fees: $500
  • Graphic design: $250
  • Foreword (paying someone to write it): $250

Artists confirmed to be in volume 3:

Need more convincing? Here are some nice things people have said about the first two volumes:

  • Queer & Trans Artists of Color is a nuanced exploration of the value of art in community organizing and activist causes that matter to LGBT people of color.” —Sam Levin, East Bay Express
  • “In this new volume Nia King continues the invaluable work of amplifying the voices and interrogating the ideas of a new generation of joyous, committed creators. If you want to know who is shaping the culture of the next century, this is a book you must have: a book brimming with honesty, intelligence and heart.” —Nayland Blake, artist
  • Queer & Trans Artists of Color is one of the most informative and inspirational books I’ve read in a long time. It’s like a primer for how to be an effective artist or community worker.” —Mey Rude, Autostraddle

Risks and challenges

I am still looking for a co-editor for this volume and still confirming artists to be in the book. If an appropriate co-editor cannot be found, the money allotted for the co-editor will be divided up among the artists.

I have invited ten artists to be part of the book so far, but most of the ones who have replied are cisgender. I can promise at least half of the artists featured in this book will be transgender. I will be announcing more of the artists to be featured in this book as they are confirmed.

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    Access to all past podcast eps!

    There are 20+ episodes of the podcast that are behind a paywall/not available on iTunes. A $5 pledge will get you access to all of them!

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    zines!

    Copies of Nia's zines #artlife, Artlife 2: Don't Quit Yr Day Job, and Hari Kondabolu interviewed by Nia King!

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    Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 1

    Volume 1 includes interviews with Janet Mock, Ryka Aoki, Julio Salgado and more! (paperback)

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    Volume 3 (paperback)

    THE NEW ONE. Featuring Anthony J. WIlliams, Osa Atoe, Rob Fatal, and many more!

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    Volume 2 includes interviews with Martin Sorrondeguy (of Los Crudos and Limp Wrist), Vivek Shraya, Juba Kalamka and more!

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    Let's hang out for an hour and Skype and talk about whatever you want. Need career advice? Want to complain about your boss/landlord/roommate? It's all fair game!

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    Before I was a journalist, I was a cartoonist! If you're local, I can have you sit for a portrait. If you're not, send me a picture!

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