Queer.Archive.Work supports residents with funding, supplies, resources, and shared access
to the QAW/Binch Press Studio in Providence, RI for the completion of their work. The risograph printer as a tool of empowerment is at the heart of QAW’s mission to support queer publishing, but residents are encouraged to use the time, space, and support provided by the residency however they wish, including reading, writing, rest, and/or other forms of printing and making. Fifteen QAW residents occupied the new studio at 400 Harris Avenue in our second year, sharing access and resources with each other (and Binch Press
members) from September 2021 through May 2022, allowing for serendipitous overlaps, collaborations, skill-sharing, and community engagement. When the residency concluded, most residents stayed on as paying studio members.
QAW was awarded a RISCA grant of $2,100 in July 2021 to support the 2021–22 residency program.
Eli Nixon builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don’t yet exist. They are a settler-descended transqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of plays, puppets, pageants, parades, suitcase theaters, and low-tech public spectaculah. Eli collaborates with artists, activists, schools, mental health and recovery centers, libraries and the more-than-human world to expand imaginative capacity and build muscles for horizontalism. Eli performs naturedrag, incites karaoke, and concocts installations, flotillas and mobile sculptures on beaches, parking lots and stages. They are a Rhode Islander living on Narragansett and Wampanoag land, a New Georges affiliated artist, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice RI, and part of 3rd Thing Press’ 2021 Author cohort. Eli’s current creative efforts include parenting a 12-year-old human, proposing a new holiday in homage to horseshoe crabs, slowly learning trombone, and supporting local and planetary movements for abolition, reparations, and multispecies justice.
Kah Yangni is an illustrator and muralist currently living in Philadelphia, PA, but they used to live in Providence. They make bright, heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy for awesome organizations and publications around the country. Their current projects include a picture book about a non-binary kid, and a 2300 square foot mural in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly.
Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda is a writer, teacher and translator. She received her BA in English from Wesleyan University and her PhD in Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley and is interested in the idea of language teaching as a potential act of reparations and redress for communities who have lost or been denied access to their heritage languages. At the QAW residency, she hopes to write, publish and circulate a small book or zine on this topic. She is also a literary translator and is currently translating a novel from Japanese called My Mother’s Shadow. Born in Tokyo, raised in Texas, she currently divides her time between Iowa City and Boston, Massachusetts. She can often be found on Twitter @lhkuroda.
MJ Sanqui (they/she) is a queer, Filipinx multidisciplinary artist from western NC. Their work is broadly concerned with personal histories, epistemic power, and assimilation. They are also deeply committed to experimentation and love to play with color, texture, and abstraction across multiple mediums such as photography, film and video, printmaking, book arts, painting, and performance. This December, they are graduating from Appalachian State University with a BFA in studio art with a focus in photography and a self-designed BA program in interdisciplinary studies centered around socially engaged narrative media.
Marius Marjolin is a queer Khmerican illustrator and printmaker from Westchester, NY. Their work pools from their experiences navigating DIY music spaces and their mixed-Cambodian heritage. Through their vibrant illustrations and screenprints, Marius combines aspects of punk with characters and stories from Khmer folklore. Both uncovering and creating hidden layers to a place or subject are integral to their practice. They are drawn to printmaking for not only its place in DIY music culture, but also the ease in which they may overlap colors, photographs and textures. By infusing motifs from their Cambodian heritage, such as the Naga and the Monkey King, with DIY and punk approaches to drawing and image-making, Marius aims to explore a Khmer-futurist fantasy world through their prints. Their work reflects their layered, multi-cultural existence and explores themes of hybridity, cycles of transformation and reconciling intergenerational trauma. Marius is currently based in Providence, RI. They recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Printmaking.
Siddisse is a creative researcher, writer, archivist, first generation Ethiopian-American, and nonbinary lesbian feminist from the DMV area, currently based in Philadelphia. They are the co-founder of KyKy Archives, a digital archive and educational resource documenting the histories of Black Lesbian, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People. KyKy Archives, created alongside co-collaborator Zora, seeks to complicate the archive by not only centering Black Queer and Trans people, but by looking for ways to explore the nuanced perspectives, intersecting identities, and complex narratives found throughout the history of these communities. She is engaged in the practice of moving the narratives and stories of Black Lesbian, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People from margin to center by creating accessible resources for collective learning, creative practice, and preservation in the digital space. Excited by world building possibilities and imaginative futures, she is interested in expanding upon the breadth and depth of black diasporic relationships to gender and sexuality through storytelling, oral history, and creative preservation methods.
Zooey Kim Conner
Zooey is a mixed-Korean queer + trans artist making comics, jewelry, amateur taxidermy, and other handmade nonsense in Providence, Rhode Island. Driven by broad, morbid curiosity, their work addresses whatever excites them: the human relationship with nature, Asian-American identity, marginality, the inevitability of death, cool-looking bugs. They are an administrator with @qtma.pvd, a Rhode Island-based mutual aid fund for LGBTQ+ Rhode Islanders. When not working, they can usually be found foraging for edible mushrooms or reading with their dog.