Audacia Ray's Blog, page 9
February 27, 2014
Red Umbrella Project has a community organizing opportunity for those who care about sex workers’ rights, human trafficking, and alternatives to incarceration in NYC. We are conducting research on the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts located in Queens and Brooklyn and need some volunteers to help in recording information (but don’t worry, no knowledge of statistics is required).
Please click here for more info!
Come do organizing with us and let’s figure out together how to provide peer support to people arrested on prostitution charges and processed through the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts in NYC.
February 21, 2014
You should celebrate Black History Month by reading all of these books right now.
def adding many of these to my to-read list
February 12, 2014
A lot if interesting info in this article but this graph stands out as an illustration of the valuation problem ebooks still have.
Super interesting report, though this first installment focuses on genre fiction ebooks sold via Amazon. Planning to keep reading/download the data and see how/if memoir and creative nonfiction differ.
February 10, 2014
1. Soy Sauce For Beginners by Kristin Chen (Jan 7th, 2014):Gretchen Lin, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves behind a floundering marriage in San Francisco to return to her Singapore home, where she confronts the challenges of her mother’s alcoholism…
February 8, 2014
We are currently accepting story pitches for Prose & Lore Issue 4 through February 17! We publish first person, true stories about experiences in the sex trades.
We want to hear your ideas for stories – no need to have a completed piece ready to go, just write briefly about what you want to write. We value interesting stories waaaay more than good grammar and spelling (that’s what editing is for), so tell us about a story you want to get out into the world and we’ll help you develop it. Accepted pitches will get paired with a mentor editor who will support you through the process of writing and revising your piece this spring.
Successful pitches are stories that are true and happened to you. We want stories, not essays about a theme. If there is a particular idea you want to write about, think about an example of this in your life and pitch a story about that.
Issue 4 will be published in print and ebook formats in July, with launch events/readings in NYC.
And if you’re in NYC and want to participate in our free, in person writing workshops, the deadline is the same. Info here.
I edit this journal and I would love to see your story ideas! I’m working hard to make the process of writing, revising, being edited and published as accessible as possible (because let’s be real, that shit is daunting). We’re in the pitch phase through Feb 17, which means you just have to send an idea for a piece. If you get accepted, I will pair you with someone who has been through the RedUP program in NYC and they will be a mentor/editor/accountability buddy for you for the next two months as you work on your story. Please reblog and tell any and all sex workers you know! Also if you know folks who don’t have frequent access to the internet but might want to write something, they can call us at 347-927-3867 and we will work it out.
February 4, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona has some of the most severe prostitution laws in the United States.
According to a municipal statute titled ‘manifestation’, an intent to commit prostitution includes activities like waving at cars, talking to passers-bys, and inquiring if someone is a police officer. Mandatory minimum sentencing and felony upgrades make it highly probable that workers are funneled into the prison system for sex work related offenses. Alongside Arizona’s already brutal racial profiling laws, these anti-prostitution statutes enable police to profile and harass people of color, immigrants, people in poverty, and LGBTQ people.
January 28, 2014
Read an excerpt of Dynasty’s (W)Rex’s piece “Crippled Pleaser,” about stripping and managing chronic pain, on Tits & Sass. Buy Issue 3 of Prose & Lore and read the full piece and 26 other stories.
January 20, 2014
January 17, 2014
Prose & Lore Issue 3 just arrived!! Check out how much bigger it is than issues 1 & 2. 241 pages, 27 stories! (Also note the high femme tape dispenser in the @RedUPnyc office)
Canson watercolor paper/watercolors
There’s a girl at work who is the best dancer in the entire club. And when she crawls across the stage, she moves so smoothly that she practically glides. I stood watching her and was reminded suddenly of an octopus. I will never tell her this because she won’t think of it as a compliment (though I would mean it as one). I also liked the idea that an octopus-stripper would ink a guy in the face if he was being an asshole.
That’s how my random watercolor exercise metamorphosed into octopus dancers. More to come.
So I’m finally starting to make stripper-related art.