Vale, Ramon Loyola

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It is with incredible sadness and shock that I share the news that friend, poet and editor Ramon Loyola passed away yesterday after suffering a brain aneurysm. I had the privilege of working with Ramon as a guest editor for the upcoming issue of Pink Cover Zine – just days ago we were making the final edits before print – and Ramon, as always, poured a lot of love into his work.

Ramon was kind, open, talented and a friend to many in the literary community. When I moved to Sydney he welcomed me warmly, supported my work, and while I did not know him as well as some, I will always be grateful to him for sharing his passion for poetry with me, and for helping me to grow the zine from day one.

Pink Cover Zine Issue #3 will still be printed in his honour, and I hope to share this beautiful collection of work handpicked by Ramon with the world soon.

You will be sadly missed dear friend.

 

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Young Writer’s Day

I have been invited to present a zine-making workshop at Young Writer’s Day 2018 on the 26th of September at Western Sydney University. I am so humbled to be able to share my passion with the next generation of writers, and to show them that there is a whole world of possibility outside of traditional publishing methods.

Also, what a wonderful excuse to stock up on new supplies.

Each year, talented young writers hone their skills in the company of like-minded peers at Young Writers’ Day (YWD).  Year 10 and 11 students from Greater Western Sydney schools gather to hear a keynote address from a prominent author, with the opportunity for Q&A.  They then take part in two workshops each, with a wide choice of topics across different genres and aspects of writing.  All the workshops are run by published authors, including many award-winners.

Meanwhile, I am busily working away with Ramon Loyola on issue #3. Thank you so much for all the wonderful submissions. Just when I think the work we receive just couldn’t possibly get any better…

Coming October!

Issue #3: Mementos – Call for Submissions

Pink Cover Zine, Issue #3: Mementos

Guest Editor: Ramon Loyola

 

One quiet evening you will return

To join your elders speaking

Of Freedom hanging in the sky, and

Inspired, you will relate on wings

Of such eloquence the burden of a dream

– From Myths for a Wilderness, Tiang Hong Ee

We all have dreams, but, for many, dreams aren’t free. They come with the price of leaving something behind. Whether it is a person, a special object, a piece of childhood nostalgia, a ritual, a language, or a sense of self: the things we miss leave a lasting imprint. Sometimes, we stuff special items into the inside pockets of suitcases, or wear them like talismans to be carried across lands and passed down through generations. We take what we can, and we cling to these items as we start anew.

In this special issue of Pink Cover Zine, guest-edited by Ramon Loyola, we will be exploring the theme of ‘mementos’. The things we carry from place to place in our hands, hearts, minds and bodies. They might be physical objects, they might be scars, they might be secrets or memories hidden deep and only retrieved on rare occasions. We are interested in hearing about mementos in all forms, including experimental responses to the theme, and are accepting submissions until June 30th 2018.

Categories

  • Short Fiction/Non Fiction (one piece up to (around) 1,000 words)
  • Poetry (no more than three poems)
  • Photography (send as many as you like)
  • Other – collage, drawing, painting or anything else that can be presented in print (send whatever you like provided it can be sent digitally)

We are very fortunate to have Ramon Loyola working with us for this issue. Ramon is a poet, editor and author from Sydney with writings in various online & print publications in Australia and overseas. He is currently the co-editor of the creative arts journal Verity La’s Discoursing Diaspora project.

Email submissions to pinkcoverzine@gmail.com

Issue #2 Digital Copy Now Available

Thank you to everyone who made the launch of Pink Cover Zine Issue #2 at the MCA Zine Fair a big success. I was delighted to see so many people’s faces light up as they flicked through the pages. To see others love reading and looking at these beautiful pieces as much as I do was the best reward.

For those who weren’t able to get a hard copy, the digital version can now be downloaded here.

We are already brain storming for Issue #3, so look out for a call for submissions shortly.

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MCA Zine Fair

Issue #2 is almost ready and we are so excited to be launching it at this years Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair on May 6th. Please come along, say hi, and grab your copy.

MCA Zine Fair is an annual festival featuring a stellar line-up of zinesters, distros, independent presses, and artists. Showcasing zines, small press, prints and comics from across the country, the fair celebrates the alternative, experimental and emerging.

In 2018, the annual MCA Zine Fair will be celebrating its 10th year of swapping, making and selling zines. Mark your calendar for one of our best-loved programs, as we showcase over 100 creators of zines, small press and comics from across the country.

 Check out all the details here.