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Archive for December, 2010

Our Current Projects page has just been updated! Find out more information on HOOK’s new poetic writing workshop project, WordPlay: Valuing Voices in the Sex Industry. Come write with us, drink tea, and spend some creative time with other ho’s!

Also, HOOK has just been asked to host an evening at the Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival (SWFAF)! Check back for updates there in the new year, and/or email us if you’d like to get involved with organizing this exciting event and meet some friendly folks!

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It’s been a while since our page has been updated – partly due to technical issues, and partly due to our busy busy schedules. As you probably know, HOOK is a labor of love, and as grassroots as it gets! We don’t get paid to do this – we do this because we feel strongly about the need to create more spaces dedicated to dialoguing/sharing/creating our experiences and our art as people of color within the sex industry.

At the end of July 2010, we went to the Desiree Alliance sex worker conference and facilitated two workshops: A race/class caucus and a writing workshop. (Click on the links to read more information about the workshops.)

We have been approached by several people since the conference who said they loved both of our workshops! Our caucus was one of the most highly attended workshops at the conference, and a lot of very interesting, insightful discussions and constructive feedback were brought to the table about how race and class have impacted us, and the current state of the sex worker activist movement in the US.

The writing workshop that followed the caucus saw the creation of our very first issue of HOOK zine! So exciting! Titled/themed “Race, Class, and Sex Work”, this awesome zine includes a collection of writing, poetry, and artwork created by many of the incredible attendees at the conference! It also includes a word-for-word reportback transcription of notes written by participants during the caucus, which we highly recommend** as it includes many significant issues, questions, and concerns from folks in this vast community of sex workers and activists – concerns which we at HOOK feel should be taken more seriously, and necessitate deeper examination if we are to evolve and grow as a radical community.**

The caucus and the writing workshop were held on the last full day of the conference, and we wanted to have the zine done in time to distribute at the DA Afterparty Fundraiser at the Erotic Heritage Museum. So, in a whirlwind 6 hours of transcribing, writing, cut+paste, and printing, we somehow managed to print 35 colorful copies of the zine! At the party, we asked for a small donation to cover printing costs, donated one to the Erotic Heritage Museum at their request, and sold out by morning!

It took much longer than anticipated for us to track down and get back our original (and only copy) of HOOK Zine #1, so we apologize for the delay! But now that it has been returned to us, we plan on printing more copies of HOOK Zine #1 for distribution at the beginning of 2011. We also plan on digitizing the entire zine so, in the future, issues will be accessible and reprintable for distribution through our website. HOOK Zine is a project we plan on continuing, so stay posted for the next Call Out for Submissions for HOOK #2! For now, if you want a copy of HOOK Zine #1, we greatly appreciate donations from $5-50000 which go directly towards keeping HOOK projects accessible and sustainable. Ultimately, though, we prioritize inclusive accessibilty to information and knowledge always – anti-copyright/pro-stewardship! – so no one will ever be denied for lack of funds.

All in all, our workshops at Desiree Alliance were a big success! Many thanks to all the amazing folks who helped make it happen, the DA organizers for having us at the conference this year, the people who attended the workshops, and everyone who shared their stories and contributed to HOOK Zine #1! We are so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing individuals, and we look forward to continue building bridges with you in the new year!

xo,
Tobias R. Ex
HOOK Collective
hook.collective@gmail.com

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