Broken Pencil Magazine Zine Philosophy Column :)

Last fall, Alison Lang, the editor of Broken Pencil Magazine (a magazine on zine culture and independent art) contacted me out of the blue to ask me to write their Zine Philosophy column for the next issue. Of course I was delighted and honored.  It wasn’t until I got home to the States a few days ago from Colombia that I got to see the hard copy. Here it is in print along with Alison’s “Editor’s Note”. Woohoo 🙂 Super happy with the piece because I talk about okasan, my amazing mother.

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. Kudos for getting published here! So glad to see your work getting passed along!

  2. Good report from your work… happines that you are at home and look this!

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