TENDERNESS: AN HONORING OF MY BLACK QUEER JOY AND RAGE
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What would it mean if tenderness could hold a simultaneous existence of joy and rage? How to call on tenderness as a practice of love, rather than a regurgitation of white supremacy? Author and writer Annika Hansteen-Izora explores answers in Tenderness: An Honoring of My Black Queer Joy and Rage. A meditation, critical inquiry, and invitation to expand our imaginations on meanings of tenderness, this piece calls into question conceptions of tenderness that are rooted in desirability, anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and instead unfolds the potentials of tenderness as a tool, a balm, a healing agent, and a question to lean into.
Size: 5" x 7.5", 72 pages, spiral bound. Edition of 750.
Self published by Co—Conspirator Press with the support of Feminist Center for Creative Work. Written by Annika Hansteen-Izora. Copy Edited by Aliyah Blackmore. Designed and Illustrated by MJ Balvanera. Risograph printed by Neko Natalia. Bound by South Gate Bindery.
SCHOOL OF SOFTNESS BUCKET HAT
These stylish bucket hats are not only a favorite accessory of Annika's, but they feature an image designed by the author themself, and a phrase inspired by the themes in the book. Don't deny yourself, everyone looks great in a bucket hat.
This durable bucket hat is made of 100% heavyweight brushed cotton twill. It is in the color stone and features blue embroidered text that reads “school of softness” with symbols underneath.
One size fits most. Edition of 200.
(they/she/he) is a writer, poet, and multi-disciplinary artist from East Palo Alto, California. They use the elasticity of language and design to explore love as an action, queered intimacy, and frameworks of care rooted in Black futurity. Their work has been shared by McNay Art Museum, Bustle, It’s Nice That, The Creative Independent, and others.