Queer and Trans Artists of Color by Nia King

Queer and Trans Artists of Color

A collection of sixteen unique and honest conversations you won't read anywhere else... Mixed-race queer art activist Nia King left a full-time job in an effort to center her life around making art. Grappling with questions of purpose, survival, and compromise, she started a podcast called We Want the Airwaves in order to pick the brains of fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and "making it" - both in terms of s...

Details Queer and Trans Artists of Color

TitleQueer and Trans Artists of Color
Release DateJun 5th, 2014
GenreNonfiction, GLBT, Queer, LGBT, Art, Transgender

Reviews Queer and Trans Artists of Color

  • Mel Bossa
    A wake-up call. Eye-opening. Healing. Soothing. Amazing. I learned so much.
  • Alenka
    This book is an incredible, must-read for anyone interested in creating political art, or doing community organizing. Nia is a wonderful interviewer and lets each artist share their stories in a way that truly lets their passion shine through. This book is chock full of good advice, and will guide you to other books and works of art created by queer and trans people of color. Nia King is amazing, read this and fund her indiegogo for her second bo...
  • Mari
    Each of these interviews is strong, thoughtful, intelligent and eye-opening. It's a book that ought to be required reading for new artists finding their footing, people who want to make a difference in the world, people who want tips on how to be inclusive, people who want to learn deeper compassion, people who are struggling to find (or project) their voice, and...well, everybody really. Highly recommended.
  • Lance
    This book was so much of what I needed. My biggest complaint is that it was too short. Nia King is definitely one of my personal role models, so I was super excited to hear about the creation of this book. The only thing better than getting to read a book written by someone you look up to so much, is getting to read a book filled with interviews filled with more people you admire! I'll admit the interview style to writing isn't always my first ch...
  • Jaysen
    This book was AMAZING. I was worried I might not like the structure of it - I didn’t read the summary of what this book was about because I knew I wanted to read it based on the title alone, but I didn’t realize that it would be a book of interviews. It didn’t end of bothering me at all, and even if it had, I was too enthralled by the opinions of all of these wonderful artists to care. It’s clear that they all were very thoughtful about t...
  • Mandy
    These were well transcribed interviews, but I probably would have enjoyed just listening to them audiobook style.
  • Sawyer Lovett
    I’ve been a fan of Nia’s podcast (and her own personal work) since I met her at Brooklyn Zine Fest last year. This book is interviews transcribed from her podcast. It is as brilliant, beautiful, and diverse as the people being interviewed. There is at least a nugget of good advice or insight in each of these interviews that most people will relate to and several of them will either inspire you to look the artist up or to create something amaz...
  • Tammy
    I found this book in the bathroom of a queer-friendly coop I was a house guest in, in a stack of books with the Sandman and Notes from Gaza.These interviews are honest. They are soulful. They are about art and race and sexuality and light up in a million spots for me. There's practical advice within, too, but above all this book inspires because it shines minority artists in the spotlight and showers aspiring artists with role models.
  • Hannah
    within the stories of queer & trans artists of color, these interviews touch on formal education or not, paying for art and artistic work, communal care and self-care, dis/ability. essential reading. within the stories of queer & trans artists of color, these interviews touch on formal education or not, paying for art and artistic work, communal care and self-care, dis/ability. essential reading.
  • Joseph
    Review on my blog! Review on my blog!
  • JJ Hawkins
    Taken from the hearts of some of the most inspiring demographic. Entrancing with its vulnerability, empowering with its diversity.
  • Roberta Emerson
    I found the book a challenging read for a couple of reasons. The facilitator for the Diversity Book Club helped with one of them by posting links and articles showing some of the contributors’ work. I had never heard of them; queers in theatre, film, and literature, as well as friends, are all I’ve known. The second issue was that these artists exist in primarily insular communities in LA, NYC, or the Bay Area. Their presence and activism, ev...
  • Kira Gillett
    I thought I wouldnt like an interview style book but this book was super interesting and really expanded upon some ideas within activist communities that are often difficult to discuss. Also, it was an informative piece on the vast experience and ideas of a group of people that so often gets stereotyped and marginalized into one story.
  • chloe knott
    This book was so enticing that I read it in one sitting! King made the interviews gripping and interesting and asked questions that really pulled at my heart. It was so incredible to be able to connect with the artists through the pages of a book!
  • mica
    As someone who normally finds interviews pretty difficult to read, I was surprised at how smoothly this book read. It's an interesting selection of interviews from a variety of people who identify as QTPOC and who work as artists - in a variety of different media.
  • Tien
    I received this book as a graduation gift. I was pretty surprised that they gave me this book, because we had never talked about art or queerness. But here we are. My favorite themes are 1) generational “differences,” 2) art and community organizing, and 3) community care and self care. I got pretty bored when they kept talking about academia and getting money for your art.
  • cat
    LOVED this book of interviews with QTPOC artist activists - many that have been heroes to me for years. So much great stuff to dig into in this time of resistance.
  • Svetlana
    Thoughtfully edited, meticulously put together, interesting, funny, sweet, sad. Everyone should read this!
  • Rose
    I read this book when I was a senior in high school and it quite literally changed my life. I go back to it often for inspiration and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone.
  • Shauna
    Through her podcast “We Want the Airwaves,” Nia King documents artists who identify as QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) and are committed to art as a tool for political change. Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives collects 16 interviews from the podcast to highlight in print. The anthology covers quite a bit of territory without losing both the specificity of each collaborator’s tale or the larger picture of...
  • Terrilynn Cantlon
    Nia King's Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives reveals the myriad nuanced real life first person accounts of real Artists and people who are Trans and Queer. Leave your stereotypes and media tropes about Queer and Trans People of Color people behind —and enter the three dimensional world actual people and Artists share about themselves and their Art of living. The reader will learn how Trans and Queer Artists of Color...
  • Tylyn
    A fantastic series of interviews, this book is a stellar read for artists and academics.Each essay is a transcript of an interview that lead-editor Nia King conducted for her podcast series with different queer and/or trans artists of color, and the selections have been curated masterfully. While certain themes continually appear throughout the book (the prevailing white supremacy of academia, the importance of making the transition to paid artis...
  • Kayla Rosen
    This collection is vitally important. There's so much wisdom here and so much advice for other artists. I appreciate Nia's attention to behind-the-scenes stuff like paying transcribers to create access and running edited transcripts by interviewees for approval.This book took me a long time to read because there was so much wonderful stuff to take it, and I quoted from it extensively in my journal.I particularly love the interviews with Ryka Aoki...
  • Thomas Hale
    A collection of interviews between Nia King and a range of different folks who fall under the QTPOC umbrella. There are discussions of art, of politics, childhoods both good and bad, abuse and recovery, creation and criticism. Each encounter feels like a snippet of a longer conversation - I'm not sure if that's accurate to how the interviews were transcribed or edited, but for a few interviewees I wasn't sure what exactly they did until it came u...
  • Jared Levine
    I really appreciated the different perspectives advice, and strategies of everyone included in this collection. At times I felt strong resonance with some of the experience shared, while at others felt awakened to other's perspectives. This was a treasure. I'm so thankful for Nia for putting this all together.
  • spoon
    this is one of my favorite books-of-interviews to bring around with me, to open up at a random page and read. it's opened up a world full of artists & writers & activists who I hadn't known of before, and for that I'm so so grateful. this is one of my favorite books-of-interviews to bring around with me, to open up at a random page and read. it's opened up a world full of artists & writers & activists who I hadn't known of before, and for that...
  • Zoe Eileen
    I would say this is one of the best books I have read.
  • willowdog
    Transcriptions of video posts interviews of queer and trans artists of color focus almost entirely on the writing process and not enough on the queer or trans aspect of their writing or lives.