Extended deadline for Issue # 3

Super nice summer in the southern hemisphere makes us friends, strangers and lovers spend more time on beaches than at computers – fair enough (and this includes myself).

Therefore the deadline for JTR #3 is extended to February 23rd 2013.

Please spread the word again, so this issue will be as diverse, voluminous and fun a read as the last two.

With best wishes for creative wonderful writing hours on desks and beaches, under apple trees and umbrellas, in bed and trains!


Short trip to Europe

For December I will be in Europe and I have a few hard copies of JTR on me. If you are in Europe and you or an info shop/archive/zinefest are interested in one or more copies, please contact me jugglingtherainbow@gmail.com and we can arrange cheap postage etc.

The call-out for submissions is still running hot. I had major issues with the old email and having had to close it down might have lead to missing out on some great stories. If you submitted something and have never heard back from me, it’s not because I didn’t think your contribution was worth consideration! Please email again to address above and I will get back to you asap.

Wellington zinefest was an interesting experience, although the zine scene is heavily influenced by artists and I have the slight feeling JTR was for most people an too out-of-it topic. The great thing to discover was, that the people who have similar guidelines around zine publishing as well as topics, are already my friends 🙂

Call-out for zine submissions: JTR issue 3

Dear friends & strangers near and far,

It IS time again to start collecting stories for JTR # 3. Here is the call-out to contemplate, to forward to others around the globe, your circle of friends and lovers; and to respond to (of course):

[For those who don’t know Juggling the Rainbow yet, it is a collection of personal reflecting stories about non-monogamous (non-exclusive, multiple loving) relationships and friendships. The idea is to share our experiences of creating relationship models beyond the norm of society. Much talk is about the struggles (boundaries, fears, jealousy) and equally much is about celebrating the joys (abundance, growth, friendship). All of us have differing ideas, needs and practices of how non-monogamous relationships can be lived and it seems that naturally those things also constantly change as we go along and live it].

As usual, there is no specific focus but “personal writings on non-monogamous relationships” (the idea is not so much to share academic/theoretical/ too philosophical work – I want the real-live-experience ;-).

Whatever angle you want to take, story to tell, medium suits your story best (poem, comic, interview, article, stencil, collage …) is up to you. If you need some inspirations to get you started, here is a list of loose themes or questions I collected:

– Why do I chose an alternative to monogamy?
– Jealousy and boundaries (negotiations)
– Poly – queer – race-ism – culture – gender
– Coming out as non-monogamous (perception/judgement/reaction of outsiders)
– Poly /alternatives & children
– Relationships, mental health and recovery
– Conflicts between mono needs and poly desires (between partners)
– Do multiple relationships effect my friendships?
– What practical stuff / tips can I give to others (eg. living/together, safer sex, time management)?
– How was/is the “opening up” process within an existing relationship?
– …

Please contact me (new email) for questions and submissions:

Deadline for submissions is 20th of January 2013. (Put this in your wall planner 😉
Please let me know what NAME / synonym you wish to publish your piece under!!
Articles that have been published elsewhere and fit in with the zine’s focus (personal story), are absolutely welcome.

I can’t wait to receive your stories and create another beautiful zine together.

with queer love & anticipation!

Inspirations by our zine

To the creators of the Juggling the Rainbow zine,

I want to say thank you. That zine has had a big influence on my life. I picked it up at Dunedin Zinefest last year. My girlfriend and I had been experimenting with a sort of non-monogamous relationship format for sometime, and I knew I did not feel or want to be monogamous, but your zine really consolidated all those ideas for me. From there, I bought Wendy O-Matik’s Redefining Our Relationships, learned the importance of defining my own relationships, and the zine also inspired me academically.
When I read it I was starting to think about what to write my honours dissertation on. Now it’s about a queer approach to polyamory, and the Otago University Library has ordered in many more books on the subject!
So, thank you so much. It’s such a great zine, one that I happily have shared with my friends who don’t understand my polyamory or want to develop their own sexualities in poly directions. I think that Juggling the Rainbow is great proof of the power of zines and the potential they can have.
It really meant a lot to me.

Zinefest in Wellington

Wellington Zinefest is an annual zine and music event based in Wellington.

On November 17th is the next one being held at Mighty Mighty.

Stall applications are open till end of September. You can register here.

I will be having a stall (for the first time – yay!) with both Juggling The Rainbow issues.