I will once again be offering creative coaching sessions at Psychic Sister on Sunday, July 24, from 1-6 pm. You can book 15 or 30 minute sessions here (scroll down and choose Creative Coaching @ Psychic Sister), or you can just walk in on the day of (109 5th Ave SE Olympia). In these mini-coaching sessions, I utilize magical tools and practical know-how to unlock your process and activate & actualize your artist self. What do you need to bring into the world? What’s blocking you? What needs to move so you can flourish? What nourishment does your creative spirit need? This is a good opportunity to check out what I’m offering if you’re not quite ready to commit to a 2-hour creative coaching intake. I hope to see you on Sunday! spread the word!
You can schedule voice lessons and creative coaching sessions at www.nomyteaches.com.
Beth Ditto has a new clothing line and solo music project, and she shouted me out in a recent article on Pitchfork (excerpted below). Thanks Beth for continuing to bring your gifts to the world.
“Of all her bold style moments, Beth Ditto’s most iconic look epitomizes “less is more”—as in, less clothing. About a decade ago, when her band Gossip was making the best music of their 17-year existence (Ditto informs us she quit Gossip, they’re broken up, and she’s gone solo), it was not uncommon for Ditto to go shirtless, pantsless, or both during their raw and rowdy shows. I am certain the image of her half undressed will remain clear in my mind forever, captioned by this takeaway: There is no wrong way to have a body.
The subversive delight of seeing unapologetic fatness in the spotlight was not lost on those of us who looked like Ditto. Her own version of that moment centered around badasses like punk singer/activist Nomy Lamm and Missy Elliott, whose trash-bag onesie from “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” video made a huge impression on Ditto for its embrace of what would later become her motto: fuck “flattering.” This mentality—coupled with her strong sense of personal style and her penchant for speaking out on body acceptance—has made Ditto an increasingly important figure in the plus-size fashion game over the years. The culmination of that arrived this week, as Ditto launched her first independent plus-size collection, available via her site. Produced in Manhattan, the self-titled line is both a nod to Ditto’s DIY roots and a reaction to her frustrating experience with British retailer Evans, with whom she collaborated on capsule collections.”
Read the rest of the interview here.
I was also fascinated to hear Beth and Nicole Georges talk about me in this Sagittarius Matters podcast episode. Thanks for the shoutouts, Beth! <3
An excerpt from my experimental novel 515 Clues has been published in Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy. This is an amazing collection, including work by Heels on Wheels founders Damien Luxe and Heather Acs, as well as like a hundred other femme geniuses including Amber Dawn, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Annie Danger, Alex Cafarelli, Celeste Chan, Cristy C. Road, Ezra Berkley Nepon, Glenn Marla, Hana Malia, Kay Undalay Barrett, Kentucky Fried Woman, Kirya Traber, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Meliza Bañales, Michelle Embree, Sassafrass Lowrey, Shomi Noise, and more more more. You can purchase it now here.
On December 7, all donors to our “Help House Nomy and Lisa” campaign will receive a digital re-issue of ‘i’m so fucking beautiful’ issue 1. We can’t do this move without the support of our community, and it feels good to offer some fun gifts in return. Please donate if you can and spread the word!
I wrote the first issue of this zine in 1993, and it hasn’t been available in any kind of organized way for almost 20 years now. I was 17, and I drew the cover in an art history class. I had just read ‘Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression’ and was planning a performance where i “came out” as fat. The zine cost 35cents and a stamp, and soon became ‘zine of the month’ in MaximumRock&Roll (thanks to some feminist infiltration). It caught the attention of MS. magazine, who later named me as a “Woman of the Year” for “inspiring a generation of young feminists to fight back against fat oppression.” ‘i’m so fucking beautiful’ connected me with hundreds of penpals around the US and beyond, and led me to write for magazines and anthologies and speak at colleges and universities. It is a concrete document from the very beginning of my process of body acceptance and politicization of fat as an identity, and it is now available for the first time in downloadable format.
While photocopied zines have a certain aesthetic, the “master” copies have their own special feel, and we captured the full-color detail of the original, where you can see the glue stick marks, the tape, the hand-written edits, the hands-on process of creation, and the visible signs of age. Selections from other issues of i’m so fucking beautiful are included in the 2013 anthology The Riot Grrrl Collection, edited by Lisa Darms and published by The Feminist Press. i’m so fucking beautiful is also included in the Sarah Wood Zine Collection at Duke University, the Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zine Collection at The University of Iowa, and the West Coast Zine Collection at San Diego State University.
“i am not going to wait any more for people to tell me that i’m ok. now I am telling THEM. and if they don’t agree, they can go fuck themselves, because it’s no longer their decision to make.” – nomy, age 17
PLEASE DONATE NOW to help us get out of San Francisco and into a more grounded, loving home.
Click here to see the press release about the zine re-release.
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It’s the beginning of the month, and our fundraiser is at $1495. We’re doing giveaways of music and art this week, with the goal of hitting $3600 by the weekend. Today, we are releasing a downloadable mix tape called “nomy & lisa RETROSPECTIVE,” and all donors of $20 or more will receive a link. These are songs by bands and projects that we’ve been involved with over the past couple decades, many of them not available to find anywhere else. Includes Punky Bruiser, Central Standard, Hey There Cowboy, Tricrotic, ((double hug)), the Foolers, and more… It’s cool to hear our histories mixed up together like that, and we think you’ll like it too! Punk rock meets cello meets accordion meets pop, with silliness and love for these fat queer bodies we live in.
We are not happy that we’re being pushed out of San Francisco, but we are happy that we have somewhere to go, and that we have community who can help make this possible for us. If we can get to $3600 by this weekend we can rest assured at least that our mover will be paid. Keep an eye on our site for the rest of the week and tell your friends to check out our giveaways. And thank you again to everyone who has so generously given already. xox