In SPICY’s first print zine, 001, we explored what it means for us as women of color and queer/trans people of color to UNLEARN what we have internalized from a society that has been built on white supremacy.now we ask the question: WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DESIRE? In 002, we explored what it means for us to REIMAGINE, whether it is new realities, new selves, new bodies, new love, and more. In the the wake of a global pandemic, we had to radically alter our plans for the publishing 002, yet the work of igniting our collective imagination has become even more critical than ever. Together, we created a virtual programming series and online zine for 002, utilizing the transformative power of art and technology to pave the way for a new world order.

The Nine Lives of My Mother

Sukhpreet Kaur Purewal is a writer, photographer, holistic practitioner, and community organizer based in Los Angeles, California.  She never married my father. She received news of the proposal and said no—a hot slap to the face of her relatives. Her family shut their lips and iced their shoulders, she surged on as an exile. Studying,Continue Reading


This poem was written by rachel atakpa, an artist and educator in the great plains. in your lifetime you will unlearn seasons perhaps after a summer  sludging through coagulated rain  that comes with iron atmosphere or when dandelions forget when to open and lie dormant sunshine learn to remember  rivers’ resonant cicada song that birdContinue Reading


The islands of the Caribbean represent one of the most diverse regions on earth, with over 25 countries and countless cultures spanning more than 7,000 islands. In the centuries since the European colonization of the Caribbean and the Americas, different island nations have fought for their independence from colonial control following the slave-led Haitian RevolutionContinue Reading


This piece is written by Vivian Renteria, a visual artist who uses art to nourish others healing with stories that were left from all the ancestors who await to be heard. Cualli tlanezi Mija. Are you ready to awake? The ancestors await, can you hear their songs? With every breath you take they celebrate withContinue Reading


This piece was created by Kamee. They were born into an Armenian family displaced from the SWANA (Southwest Asian, North African) region, and grew up in an immigrant suburb of Toronto. They arrive in the world today as a queer and feminist mother, interdisciplinary creative, scholar, writer, producer, and facilitator. Their work is steeped withContinue Reading

Axis Overturned

This piece is by Megan Wray, a 20 year old mixed race Japanese-Canadian (hapa) woman. Over the past year, she has worked hard on reconnecting with her cultural identity that had been diminished after her grandma was interned during WWII. Through writing poetry, she finds herself able to connect with the deepest part of herContinue Reading

Random Access Memory

This piece is written by Joyce Keokham, a storyteller based on earth. Do you know about Thuy’s suspicions? Do you remember the last thing you ate? Thuy remembers everything. She remembers the ingredients of the soaps that lather her head just as she remembers the restrictions on the parking signs that contour her car. SheContinue Reading

Little Seed

This piece was written by Miyo Tubridy, a queer, biracial Japanese American teacher in New York City. She and her wife hope to be mothers soon. Little seed, You are the one waiting in readiness for creation.  Patient, relaxed, creative. You trust that your being will come to transform, through multiple metamorphoses, until you burstContinue Reading

I Heard That Joy Would Come

Mallika Singh is a poet, cook, and facilitator who writes about borders, surveillance, and intimacies. Their chapbook Retrieval is forthcoming from Wendy’s Subway this summer.  I heard that joy would come in that prison guard’s office the roof was leaking, an old  forgotten fern still green & outside every worker unwilling  every worker planting seedsContinue Reading

My Re-Imagining is an Escape

This piece is by Megdi Abebe, a Black woman, daughter of immigrants, and future MLIS student interested in zines and public libraries. my greatest dream is an escape. i created the identity of She when i was a 14. a part of her has lived with me since then. how could i describe her?…She wasContinue Reading

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

This piece is written by Adeto Kunbo, a queer black teen who writes to connect their blackness to their queerness, to celebrate what makes them who they are, and to continue to fight for all that they represent. Black fist raised, Cutting through their Lies that cloud our skies And our thoughts. Thoughts no longerContinue Reading

Jacintos de Agua

This piece was written by Micaela Gonzalez, a queer Cuban Ecuadorian Immigrant woman who says they learned at a young age the importance of community in defining their survival. Micaela has been fortunate enough to be held and fed by a vibrant tapestry of queer diasporic peoples throughout their journey. Daughters of diaspora, ravished gardensContinue Reading