Sailor Moon Saturday Series for Quaint

Hey friends!

I know it’s been quiet around these parts lately. I’ve been focusing on my day job, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for really substantive writing. However, I have been blogging over at Quaint Mag (almost) every Saturday with recaps/light commentary of Sailor Moon Crystal, the Sailor Moon anime reboot that’s been airing online!

@4 days ago with 2 notes
#my work #writing #sailor moon #smc 

Quaint Magazine - Feminist Literary Quarterly 


Holy shit, we launched a Kickstarter! If you want to support pro-lady and pro-non-binary unicorn writing and literary activism, please consider sending us a few bucks. You will be rewarded with material boons and a nice, toasty feeling in your heart.

@1 month ago with 54 notes
#reblobbing for the lunch crowd 

"The thing about cultural appropriation is that the appropriator does not have to face the same consequences that we do for practicing our culture or faith. For them, it is an accessory that can be taken on or off at will, while for us, it is a way of life. …in a society where immigrants and communities of color are marginalized at every level, we can’t pretend that power relations do not exist when we have this conversation about appropriation. Sharing and exchanging cultural and spiritual practices is great, but it gets more complicated when we’re not all on equal footing. It gets more complicated when meaningful things are taken, commodified, and exploited for a profit, with little respect shown to the community they were taken from."

Turbans on the Runway: What does it mean for Sikhs? by Sonny Singh Brooklynwala (July 10th, 2012)

(via xtremecaffeine)

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“Broetry”, The Gender Gap, and Women-Only Spaces: An Interview with Quaint Magazine | Room Magazine 

alicedescends and I got interviewed by Room Magazine about Quaint, our publishing philosophies, and dealing with a white heteropatriarchal literary landscape. Ha!

@6 months ago with 6 notes
#Interviews #publishing #writing #women writers 

"[H]ow can we fetishize the act of eating so much while also making food more inaccessible to the people who need it the most? Who is benefiting from this? The setting-aside of food as social capital is logical within the aspirational framework of late capitalism; it makes sense for us to be celebrating the product over the worker and to implicitly shame the ones who cannot afford to shop in the same supermarket aisles as we can. It makes sense for us to colonize others’ traditional foods while critiquing new interpretations of those traditions by the same communities who strive to reinterpret their legacy back into the realm of meaning. In this way we enact little imperialisms that make it possible for us to pat ourselves on our backs, safe from “normal” food and the industrial processes that sustain an illusion of consciousness: trapped in an endless cycle of sleep, false awakening, and BPA-free Breakfast Bars."

@7 months ago with 27 notes
#food politics #ethics #my writing #bitch magazine #foodies #capitalism #social crit 

Quaint to go PRINT & PARTY @ AWP 2015


Hey all! A week or so ago we launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the ongoing costs of the magazine, as well as a PRINT ISSUE for Issue 4, and $$ for a kickass launch party at the AWP conference in Minneapolis, in April of 2015.

We’re 1/3 of a way to our goal, which is HUGE for us! We just unveiled a new tier of rewards, so now in addition to supporting us in return for digital issues, a copy of Issue 4 (print), stickers, our unending devotion, and manuscript editing/workshopping, we’re also offering you the chance to contribute to Quaint’s limited edition Quaint-tails chapbook jam-packed with literary libations and recipes to compliment your reading! After all, one should never drink on an empty stomach!

Here’s an example of one of the recipe cards you can expect to receive for us if you donate to our Kickstarter! A custom snack or drink recipe concocted by Quaint staffers soleilho and Jennifer Hanks!


Here’s how it works: you contribute $30 to our Kickstarter, in return for a hand-designed artisan cocktail recipe OR carefully crafted gourmet snack recipe based on the book, character, or author of your choice. Our in-house mix master (yes, we have an in-house mix master—we’re cool like that) Jen Hanks is dreaming up the drunken delights, and non-fiction editor/professional chef Soleil Ho will be cooking up tasty snacks to soak up all the alcohol. Sound awesome? I know, right?

To donate to the Kickstarter, please click here.

Help us to continue to support & publish brilliant, transgressive writing from a diverse range of writers!

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@4 weeks ago with 6 notes
#literary magazine #cooking 

Quaint Magazine - Feminist Literary Quarterly 

Holy shit, we launched a Kickstarter! If you want to support pro-lady and pro-non-binary unicorn writing and literary activism, please consider sending us a few bucks. You will be rewarded with material boons and a nice, toasty feeling in your heart.

@1 month ago with 54 notes
#kickstarter #quaint mag #literary magazine #awp2015 #feminism 


Gahiji and Kezia speak with Soleil Ho about Food Gentrification, the rising costs of food, and the effect of foodie trends on low-income communities.

@6 months ago with 36 note and 159 play
#interview #food gentrification #wtul #radio #listen to my awful voice 

"Craving the Other" in the classroom


I came to school on Tuesday, March 11 with my expectations set fairly low. I teach first year composition at Miami University in Ohio. Needless to say, as a woman of color, it’s not always very fruitful when the classroom topic of the day is going to be race and ethnicity. I had assigned Soleil Ho’s short essay, “Craving the Other” from Bitch Magazine’s food issue and I arrive that morning ready for their resistance and their hesitation. I started our class with a writing activity which I have been calling the food-nationality quiz. This consisted of me presenting eight nationalities to the students and their task was to name five foods that they associate with each. They struggled most with Ethiopian and Thai. Some are not very sure that there is a difference between Greek and Italian cuisine. They proudly declare that pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers are the three most ubiquitous American foods around. Most concerning to me was that so many of them are convinced that “shrimp,” “chicken,” and “pork,” unmodified ingredients in their own right all belong to specific nationalities.

The next step, was the student led discussion on the essay. CC and PC were the students in charge today. The average student led discussion consists of a 15-minute block of class time where getting responses out of their peers is like pulling teeth. This day, something changed. Was it the 60-something degree dawning of Spring? Was it the email I had sent with the scary chart of the participation rates from the semester so far with the friendly reminder that midterm grades were due at Spring Break? Maybe any and all of these things, but I was floored by the way this discussion proceeded.

CC and PC’s questions:
1. Was [Ho] going too far in her accusations [against Americans]? Student 1 responded that he wasn’t sure. There is a level authenticity of expected when we [by which he means White Americans] eat ethnic foods. His example, in a Mexican restaurant, he expects the food to be prepared and served by Mexican people. Otherwise, he thinks it is a chain restaurant. This was quickly followed up by Student 2’s response: that he disagreed upon first reading since he was of the persuasion that food is a medium for connecting with people who are not like us and that sometimes food is the only connection.
2. What, in general, is the point [Ho] is trying to make? Student 3 responded that we shouldn’t be associating entire cultures with a very limited number of foods. Student 4 agreed and added that we don’t know as much as we think we do about specific cultures just because we have eaten some foods ascribed to them. Student 5 went on to say that our focus on foods as markers of cultures implies that food is the only thing we are willing to know about other people and places. A sixth student chimed in, referring to the point of the essay when Ho writes that her own consumption of Vietnamese foods did not help her better understand Vietnamese culture or history. He noted that if that is the case for Ho, it is even more true for someone like himself, who is much further removed from knowing anything about Vietnamese history or experience.
3. How are the situation’s [Ho] describes similar to the ways we treat St. Patrick’s Day and Green Beer Day? Student 7: we do the same things, pretending we know so much about Ireland, telling people we are “Irish” even if we don’t know anything about it, just as an excuse to spend the day[s] “drinking like the Irish do.”
4. Why does Ho use the examples from popular media like “Asian Girlz” and Bizarre Foods? Student 8: She is trying to point out that mass media is guilty of this as much as we as individuals are. Since we look to mass media as an authority and source of credibility, we learn these stereotypes from the media.
5. What do you think of [Ho’s] perspective of wanting to be like White Americans when she gives the examples such as the rice and cold cut meats? Student 9 responded: we never think about it, but it’s the same situation for us. We get tired of those things we eat all the time and we want to try something else.

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Wow! What an incredible compliment, Nicolyn. I’m really glad my writing has been useful to you :)

@7 months ago with 20 notes
#grad school #teaching #pedagogy #good vibes 

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Lovely ladies of the internet, send Quaint Magazine your nonfiction! I promise that I will treat it with care.

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#nonfiction #writing opportunities #literary magazine #intersectional feminism