ORDERS

OW distro is a semi decentralized circulation of materials and ideas. We aim for something collaborative and generative in our exchanges. Freely print and distribute all that you find useful in our archive. We do limited risoprinted runs of poetry chapbooks and pamphlets. If you would like to buy one, or distribute a larger quantity, get it touch with the author or with us:

    1. send an email to owdistro(at)protonmail(dot)com with the following:
  • name of desired zine/chapbook/etc
  • number of copies
  • your name and mailing address

2. wait for our response which will include paypal info for donations

Hell or Mercy?

OW004: Hell or Mercy? by Maya Martinez. order here.

Maya Martinez’s Hell or Mercy? cartwheels into the surrealist fetishism of the everyday. In the absurd way Anaïs Nin could troll Anaïs Nin, Maya desexualizes pleasure in order to eroticize the desperation of her generation. Work may be a perversion – the original sin – but this is where we find each other, in the heart of the profane. Private and public spheres collapse into our only reality: fantasy. Hell or Mercy? is a Bataillean leveling of desire and violence to create a new order of worshipping nature, piss, feet. Martinez sees the sacred in the debased, celebrates the stars fucking the stars, and turns manifesting into kink. These poems are lubricated with drool, mutant daffodils, and the God complex inside of us all.

Hell or Mercy? (OW 004) was printed in February 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio by Empress Editions. It is Other Weapons’ fourth title.

Florida raised, Maya Martinez is 26, a writer, and living.

This is God  God  God  God Gawd Gawd Gawd Gawd. My piss is God to these ants. My piss is dirty rain. My spit is God. My cum is God. The sores on my thighs are God  God  God  God. I meet God every day. Every stranger is God and I am also God. God meets himself in me every day. And I am moved by the hands of God  God  God  God  Guh  Awe  Duh     Guuuhhh    Aweeee    Duuuuhhh

Pumpjack

OW 003: Pumpjack by Rosie Stockton

 

What emerges when two fields are put next to each other without any legible relation? If common sense urges us to step out of harm’s way, Pumpjack is born from combustible ecologies and political vulnerabilities to reframe danger via devotion. Following a Blakean descent into the Central Valley oil fields and corporate Champagne Rooms, Stockton twists through slurred conversation on extraction, consent, and labor. We must insist on never following leaders, direct our scams at the state, and know that the gift-giver is the lucky one.

 

Rosie Stockton is a poet living in Los Angeles. They are the author of Permanent Volta (Nightboat Books 2021).

tonight i work
to hate adam’s order
in order to fill our
little room, yes i eat
to strip his state
pockets perfectly
Pumpjack (OW 003) was printed in January 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio by Empress Editions. It is Other Weapons’ third title.
Cover Images and illustrations by Willa Nasatir.

PUBLISHING OPEN CALL

Other Weapons is a site for amassing and proliferating knowledge, stories, and positions by sex workers. It has no set place, but circulates in the form of printed zines, online pdfs, emails, stickers and wheat-pasting, and occasional public appearances. Our aim is to experiment with sex workers and our accomplices toward material strategies for our autonomy and liberation. We are for finding life outside of any given parameters, for finding ways to live, interdependently, beyond survival. Through print material, discussions, letters, poetry, film, music, and visual work, we attempt to distribute intelligence often hidden or unpublished.

We are currently looking to publish experiences of sex work that highlight the proximity to criminal and criminalized existence, and how this position can be a site of knowledge, resistance, and solidarity, by refusing the narrative of “innocence” often necessary to make us relatable, or our deaths worth counting or accounting for.

We are open to any medium, format, length, or genre, what matters most is the content and the urgency of the ideas expressed in the work.

For this round of open calls, we will address author payment with the specifics of each project. If the submission will be sold in our store upon publication, we will give the money generated beyond the cost of printing to the author directly. If it is not something that will be sold, or the author wants it to be available online for free, we will work with the author or artist to provide money based on what they need to be supported in their work. The money we are able to offer will be agreed upon and determined before we move forward with publishing. The books are yours to freely reproduce after our initial run.

At OW we generate money by selling merchandise and through the sales of publications. All the money we generate is distributed to autonomous sex worker organizing, various cashapps, bail funds, commissaries, and directly to sex workers in need. Groups we have sent money to recently include Whose Corner is it Anyway, Answer Detroit, Bimbos, Cleveland SW fund, GLITS, CDMX street worker solidarity group, Lysistrata, Black and Pink, and SWOP behind bars. As this is a rolling submission period, we will be continuously fundraising and adding to our pool of funds in an effort to always provide cash support to both contributors and other sex workers.

To get a sense of what we might be interested in, please review our archive to see titles we feel address our pressing demands and otherwise overlooked positions in sex work politics.

Please, no politicians, gatekeepers of the whore-archy, defenders of the state, cops, bosses, borders, or prisons.

We are accepting inquiries/submissions on a rolling basis, and read submissions at the end of each month. We aim to get back to you within 4 weeks.

Email owdistro@protonmail.com with pitches or completed material.

STRIPPER PHOTO ZINE OPEN CALL

CALL FOR PHOTO ZINES

Other Weapons is seeking strippers for a new series of limited run photo zines. We invite you to sift through and share your strip club photographs and ephemera as an exercise to reflect on your time and work at the club; the aura, the people, the pain, and the unforeseen pleasure of this deep world. What has surfaced in the ocean of your mind and body since your club was forced to close since the pandemic? For those of us who may never return: What is your ode to those rooms? What is your final hex?

The content and form is open to you. We will support and collaborate as much as you would like. We can help to edit, format, and design your book, as well as produce a run of 30 zines. We will host the books in our online store, at a price you name. Any money beyond printing and shipping will be yours to keep or sent to a fund of your choosing. The books are yours to freely reproduce after our initial run.

For this round of open calls, we will address author payment with the specifics of each project. If the submission will be sold in our store upon publication, we will give the money generated beyond the cost of printing to the author directly. If it is not something that will be sold, or the author wants it to be available online for free, we will work with the author or artist to provide money based on what what they need to be supported in their work. The money we are able to offer will be agreed upon and determined before we move forward with publishing.

At OW we generate money by selling merchandise and through the sales of publications. All the money we generate is distributed to autonomous sex worker organizing, various cashapps, bail funds, commissaries, and directly to sex workers in need. Groups we have sent money to recently include Whose Corner is it Anyway, Answer Detroit, Bimbos, Cleveland SW fund, GLITS, CDMX street worker solidarity group, Lysistrata, Black and Pink, and SWOP behind bars. As this is a rolling submission period, we will be continuously fundraising and adding to our pool of funds in an effort to always provide cash support to both contributors and other sex workers.

We are accepting inquiries/ submissions on a rolling basis.

Email a message of interest and a few photographs to owdistro@protonmail.com

Hope Is Weird

 

“If the world swells to the right size, like when hard rain disturbs an afternoon, a window opens. Through it, you can see the blur you have been removed from. Crawl through this window. You fall upwards infinitely. It feels like quitting your job. Birds thank you on your way.”

Nora Treatbaby’s Hope Is Weird is an inquiry into what unfolds between one world and the next. In flight of the utopias produced by hope’s images, Treatbaby gives us molten weapons. We are at our most threatening when we remain unhardened. A transpoetics at gender’s edge, we are calmly moved through nihilisms counternote. We are dipping our nipples in champagne.

Nora Treatbaby is a queer writer in New Orleans. She is the author of the chapbook Ammo in Hairdo (Impunity Press). Hope Is Weird (OW 002) was printed in May 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana by Max Seckel. It is Other Weapons’ second title. Cover Images by Nick Anderson. (sold out, second edition coming May 2022)

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intent

Other Weapons is a site for amassing and proliferating knowledge, stories, and positions by sex workers. It has no set place, but circulates in the form of printed zines, online pdfs, emails, stickers and wheat-pasting, and occasional public appearances. Our aim is to experiment with sex workers and our accomplices toward material strategies for our autonomy and liberation. We are for finding life outside of any given parameters, for finding ways to live, interdependently, beyond survival. Through print material, discussions, letters, film, music, and visual work, we attempt to distribute intelligence often hidden or unpublished.