“That there are few recognizable visual cues associated with censorship is one reason the topic receives such short shrift in our brand-focused, social media-infused culture. Another is that the topic is nearly impossible to address with objectivity, a concept particularly beloved by those who impose limits on speech and speakers: if a censoring body refuses […]Read more "PEN America"
Seeing Silence was a collaborative zine-making project with students in the designmatters program at ArtCenter. Students were asked to create visual responses—on paper, transparencies, or translucent materials—to a series of prompts recalling moments they may have experienced censorship, silence, or disability. Participants were then encouraged to rework each others’ images and ideas to create something visual from the collective experience […]Read more "Seeing Silence (2016)"
The Adventure School for Ladies is an occasional, experimental graduate program that explores gender, cultural production, political engagement, and economic matters with the top ladylike scholars in the field of adventure studies. Our 2016 program was divided into two international sessions. Session I was held over a single week in Detroit, Michigan in June. We worked […]Read more "the Adventure School for Ladies (2011-present)"
“Sharp, shocking, and darkly funny” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)Read more "Body Horror"
“2016’s Best Investigative Reporting on Sex Work” —Tits & Sass
“[S]imple, graphic … artfully illuminating.” —LA TimesRead more "Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking"
Let’s Chat About Civil Rights / Let’s Chat About Civic Memory was installed in April 2016 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa at the behest of St. Ambrose University. The images, by Melissa Mendes and Sheika Lugtu—a Ladydrawers collaboration—are accompanied by oral histories from local Quad Cities residents regarding two major aspects of Davenport’s participation in the […]Read more "Let’s Chat About Civil Rights / Let’s Chat About Civic Memory (2016)"
A comics memoir and collaboration with Melissa Mendes, Harvey & Me is a six-episode literary series for Belt based on Anne Elizabeth Moore’s work and travels with Harvey Pekar. Read “Let’s Just Wait,” “Uninteresting Phone Call,” “Laureates for Everything,” “Book Signing,” “Pulling Lynda Barry’s Leg,” or bookmark the whole series here.Read more "Harvey & Me (2016)"
The Chicago Radical Publishing Timeline (2015) was installed in June of 2015, during Pride and CAKE, in the front window of Andersonville’s legendary Women & Children First Books. The timeline included radical publishing projects from queers and folks of color throughout Chicago’s history, and was installed with a selection of complementary books on display in the front window, […]Read more "Chicago Radical Publishing Timeline (2015)"
First created in 2004, How To Make This Very Zine is a single-page eight-fold set of instructions for making itself. It has since been translated into Arabic, Greek, German, Georgian, Khmer, Russian and Spanish. Download them all here.Read more "How To Make This Very Zine (2004 – present)"
A film version of the auto-transcription of a fall 2015 talk called The Queer Crip Narrative delivered at Gallery 400 in Chicago on illness, disability, and storytelling. Watch it here.Read more "The Quick Prep Narrative (2015)"