ISSUE TWO // SUMMER 2015
the girls of Selfish are back with issue two, "Just One More," which explores the ways in which we grapple with the countless moments that chip away at our innocence, the fluidity of identity, and the sweet futility of resisting change. "Just One More" features the work of 30 contributors, who take us through experiences of bewilderment, expansion, self-discovery, and more. issue two was the catalyst for the "Just One More" Tour, which spanned seven cities across the US and ended with the New York Art Book Fair in September. issue two was also featured at the Pittsburgh Feminist Zine Fest in October.
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Alex Martin grew up in the Los Angeles area and currently lives in Monrovia, CA. She received her BA in Religious Studies from Stanford University and her MFA in Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Alex has had poems published in Pirene’s Fountain (Glass Lyre Press), Presence and Listen (publications by Spiritual Directors International), Selfish, Peel Pages, and others.
Denisse Martine is an up-and-coming multimedia visual artist based in Southern California. Prominent themes commonly addressed in her work are womyns’ social issues and empowerment contrasted by the internal struggles of depression and anxiety that many face. By directly translating somber and melancholic life experiences on to paper, she has managed to capture images both strong and fragile through a surrealistic approach.
Becky May works in custom media publishing. When she isn't writing at work, she is freelancing for trade publications. Becky comes from a broadcast journalism background, but decided she didn't want the career path of Ron Burgundy. She earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is just one of the many transplants from the Midwest to Los Angeles. Despite her lack of photography skills, she likes to document her adventures--like the saying goes, "pics or it didn't happen."
Ana Medina is originally from Florida, where she received her BFA from Florida State University. Ana then received her MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico. She has interned at a non-profit gallery and worked as an adjunct professor. Ana currently lives in Los Angeles and was recently the Artist-in-Residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She won the third place grant for the William and Dorothy Yeck Painters Award juried by Franklin Sirmans of LACMA.
Daisy Noemi lives and works as a photographer and illustrator in Los Angeles. She has a love and passion for film photography, zines, hugs, watercolors, flowers, cats, and cake. She is a maker of many things and often gets stuck in a case of wanderlust.
Rosa Quezada is a soul in search of truth. So far, traces of truth have been found in practices of yoga, meditation, poetry, translation, folk tales, travel and love. She lives and loves in Los Angeles.
Amelia Rebecca is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator, and storyteller. Her work is inspired by nature, magic, connections, and synchronicities. She debuted her first zine, Just for the Sound, a collection of poems and illustrations, at LA Zine Fest 2015.
Charlotte Red is a writer for www.thisisstupid.me and on twitter as @totescharlred. She has been published on TheSpinoff.co.nz, been a local music writer, and offline the Methodists love her. She can be found wandering the streets of Auckland’s inner city looking for someone to have coffee with just so she can claim it back as a work expense. Charlotte has been known as a broadcaster and DJ, and poetry is her favorite off-brand exercise.
Ashley Shell is a Texan living in Los Angeles. She teaches gardening and healthy eating in public schools throughout the city, and she volunteers as a writing tutor at 826LA. Her favorite things right now are learning how to make pottery and designing the summer garden of her dreams.
Chrysanthe Tan is a violinist and composer who writes music for chamber ensembles, film, and dance. She recently completed her debut album of alternative classical chamber music called Stories and is currently on tour with Ariana Grande. A graduate of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing program, Chrysanthe’s poetry and reviews have been published in places like DUM DUM Zine, The Volta 365, and Next Words. She is also the Communications Editor of Black Clock Magazine. Follow her on twitter and instagram.
Adriana Yugovich hails from Detroit, a place where it hails from time to time. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan, whose fight song goes "Hail! Hail!" Then she went to CalArts, where she got her MFA in "Art." Adriana takes photos that examine the absence of narrative and makes comics that do the opposite. She is interested in the space between desire and disappointment and is probably too obsessed with form. Go ahead and Google her, you might find something interesting.
Carmen Abbe is a poet, a sporadic dancer, a feminist, a curly-hair advocate, and a spoken word artist. She is a current student at Scripps College and can be found climbing trees at midnight to get closer to the stars. Seattle-born, she is a coffee and tea enthusiast and a roller derby player (aka Bad Carma).
Megan Bealer is a poet and prose writer and has written for collegiate and literary magazines. She just received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies, and hopes her artwork will take her in a new direction.
Rachelle Beaudoin uses video, wearables, and performance to explore feminine iconography and identity within popular culture. She holds a Master’s degree in Digital + Media from Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited at Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London; the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland; Low Lives 3; and the Itinerant Festival of International Performance Art in Queens, NY. She was Fulbright Artist-in-Residence at quartier21 in Vienna, Austria in 2014.
Mar Cuervo was raised in Vigo, Spain. Her practice engages issues surrounding female identity as a result of the struggle for autonomy. She’s worked as an artist assistant to the legendary Peter Beard and other photographers. She recently finished a PhD in Fine Arts in which she evaluated collaborative processes in the visual representation of female identity in male-dominated contexts. She is currently living and working between Madrid and Los Angeles.
Lenae Day is a Los Angeles-based performance artist. Her solo shows at Mark Moore Gallery and Disjecta Contemporary featured her female film dynasty, Prescott Pictures, which spans the silent era through the 1980s, in which she plays every role. Her work takes the form of fabricated archives, utilizing commercial media forms to create and document conceptual universes. Her current exhibition with 323 Projects, “KLAM Radio 109.5,” presents a fake radio station in a fictional desert town and is released as a weekly podcast.
Chermelle Danicea Edwards is the founder of webzine The Coffeetographer, creator of Walking for Coffee, and blind contour artist at The Blind Contour Era. Raised in LA, she attended UCLA, moved to NY, and became bicoastal. Her inspirations include but are not limited to: God, family, friends, flea markets, Faulkner, indie music, mono, random conversations, coffee, Picasso, and print.
Audrey Dundee Hannah is a writer and actress with a degree in Drama from Stanford University. She has read her work on National Public Radio’s Forum, guest-starred on “Bones,” played an eager speck of dirt in an international Swiffer campaign, and walked the runway at New York Fashion Week. Audrey counsels teenagers on college admissions and life when she’s not lifting heavy things at CrossFit. “The Vagina Facial” is an excerpt from her collection of essays about work. She lives in Los Angeles.
Carrie Hilgert is an artist. Sometimes she employs paint and ink, sometimes a camera, and sometimes words. She always, however, strives to capture the everyday magic and connections she sees in the world. You can read more “Ask Myrtle” at askmyrtle.com.
Lara Kaminoff makes her home in Seattle, walking the fine line between the dark art of comix and the sometimes sunny world of children’s books. She feels funny talking about herself in the third person and is great at throwing ink at paper.
Molly Kaplan is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. She feels uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person, likes animals, reads e-books because they take up less space, and has a recently uncovered secret addiction to writing poetry. Tomorrow she is going to pluck her eyebrows.
Harpreet Kaur was born and raised 4th generation sikh-punjabi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She moved to Manhattan to study at Parsons at the New School in NYC. She is an artist, illustrator, and writer, and teaches yoga in Los Angeles.
Megan Kelly is a Philadelphia-based photographer who earned her BFA from the University of the Arts. She utilizes environmental self-portraiture to document life as a feminine being. Her work has been published locally and nationally in WXPN's The Key, SPRED, and Girls to the Front.
Erica Larsen was born and raised in Los Angeles, but spent the last decade trying to get out of her own way so she could get her words out into the world. Her journey plunged her deep into the highlands of Peru, spat her out onto the streets of Boston, and ultimately dropped her back in her native La La Land where she finally settled into her skin. She has been published in Salon and AfterParty Magazine and is working on her first novel.