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 collection of podcast interviews, 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:
Anthony J. Williams (nonbinary queer Black American writer/scholar)
Osa Atoe (queer Nigerian-American zinester/ceramics artist/musician)
- Rob Fatal (queer Chicano/Native filmmaker)
jia qing wilson-yang (trans queer mixed Chinese-Canadian novelist)
- Paradise Khanmalek (queer Iranian-American illustrator)
- Kai Cheng Thom (trans queer Chinese-Canadian poet/novelist)
- Kamal Al-Solaylee (gay Yemeni-Canadian journalist)
- Joamette Gil (queer Afro-Cuban illustrator)
- Qwo-Li Driskill (Two-Spirit Cherokee poet and writer)
Star Amerasu (Black trans woman musician and performance artist)
- 6 more TBD!
- “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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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