Burn Something Zine Celebrates Its First Issue


Tonight at the Exchange in south Minneapolis, artist and critic Adrienne Doyle is throwing a party to celebrate the first issue of Burn Something Zine, and to raise money for the next edition. With poetry, visual art, and more, the zine boasts a queer-inclusive alternative space highlighting talented women of color.

Doyle got the idea for the zine around last May. In part, she was prompted by an experience writing about the "9 Artists" exhibit at the Walker Art Center. Doyle works as a guard at the museum, and had some major problems with the show. She posted her criticism on her Tumblr account, which eventually was re-posted on TC Daily Planet.

"I usually don't do that kind of thing in public," she says. "I just felt like representation of women of color is something I'm really passionate about, and I asked myself if I was doing anything to help with that issue." 

Eventually, she's hoping the zine becomes community-owned, though right now she and Nancy Musinguzi are the main people working on it.

"I want to build a coalition of people to run the zine and throw events," she says. She hopes the zine will have a venue for digital storytelling as well, where the issues can be archived, and additional blog posts can be published. 


The first issue can be found on Issuu, where it exists as a digital copy. The actual paper copy can be found at Café Southside. Doyle says she plans to put copies at Juxtaposition Arts, Avenue Eatery, and Ancestry Books. Originally, she only printed 30 copies, which she gave out for free, but she's aware that she needs to be thinking about both accessibility and sustainability. Last week, she printed 100 more copies, and she's hoping to sell them at the event on Friday for $2 a copy. Proceeds from Friday's event will go toward the next issue.


For the second issue, Burn Something Zine currently has a call out for submissions, with December 12 as the deadline. Doyle says it will be released in early January. While the first issue was pretty open topic-wise, the second one has a theme. Applicants are asked to submit work that answers the question: "How do our communities function as a way to claim, be claimed, and to belong? How does this understanding of community relate to and/or inform the identities we claim for ourselves?"

For the first issue, everyone that submitted a piece was included, though Doyle didn't know everyone who turned in work. The project has helped her to get to know the larger spoken word, activism, and public-art community. 

Currently working two jobs, Doyle is also taking classes in art and African studies at MCTC, and is participating in a project through the city of Minneapolis to replace a mural created by African American muralist 20 years ago that was taken down. With Tacoumba Aiken, Seitu Jones, and others working at the Fire Arts Center, the new project will eventually replace the mural on Olson Memorial Highway and 94. 

Despite her busy schedule, Doyle says she's got a lot of thoughts right now about voice and representation, though she hasn't had a lot of time to put words to those thoughts. Her plan right now is to start video blogging, in order to help her organize her ideas verbally, which hopefully will be the building blocks for additional writing in the near future.  
"I feel like I've been spending time trying to identify different ways that anti-blackness has been absorbed into society and different ways that still affects people," she says. 


Burn It Down: Burn Something Zine Open Mic and Celebration

7-10 p.m. Friday, November 14

The Exchange

3405 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

There will be food, an open mic, and music by DJ KEEZY, plus live painting by Mickey, Jordan Hamilton, and Ivoire Forman.