the gold|dust story


so. what's this? 

Something simple, and full of the magic you're all out there creating. Once a month, a nice little letter in your inbox pointing you to creative work from women, non-binary and trans people of color. Some original content will find its way here from time to time.

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...which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider’s, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?
— Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

I’m claiming a little more space for celebrating and uplifting the creative (and political) output of brown women, non-binary, and trans people. If you don't identify, I hope you'll still join me in that celebration.

I recognize the beauty and humanity in all kinds of people, and they'll slide in occasionally too. But the main purpose of these letters and this space is to connect and uplift this family, and gather some of their genius in one place.

Art uplifts and teaches and strengthens. Art that reflects us has an impact on social and emotional and psychological levels that the wider world is only now just starting to recognize. This is clearly more than just a moment for women of color: after the toil and bravery of so many who came before us, our spaces are increasing, our voices are bigger. I’m so deeply satisfied, everyday, finding all these treasures that brown women are creating. So I’m capturing and curating a small slice of that in these monthly letters, and hopefully pushing it forward by sharing it with you. What a precious thing, to see yourself and your sisters reflected in the world.

I’m still grinding away as a freelancer, but I’ll be spending a good chunk of my time on gold/dust. If you have ideas for me, or collabs, let’s talk talk talk.

The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian—our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.
— Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera

in this space…
Anti-blackness and white feminism, SWERFS and TERFS are full on banished! I’m here for womanism and intersectionality. Trans women are women. I support and love femmes (and won't steal from them). Women come in all forms. Don't be racist. Don't be sexist. Don't be a bummer. I’m trying to shine a light and uplift here.

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
— Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

on board? 
Hit subscribe —> to get the goods in your inbox, one x month. I'll strive for pithiness and vibrance and fun, and for the kind of representation and support that makes our hearts sing. 

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