GUTS is back, bbs! We are a collective of feminist editors who don’t see our communities’s interests represented in Canadian and American media and publishing. We were able to get where we are today—positions where we can support and mentor other Indigenous Peoples into roles in publishing and media—because of feminist publishing collectives such as GUTS who gave us chances early in our careers. We knew that we wanted to create a platform that could truly represent our politics but we also realized that we didn’t have to start from scratch. Feminist, queer, and trans politics that are not about reinforcing the status quo, that see settlement in our everyday relationships to one another, is what binds the content that GUTS has continually presented. GUTS is an established feminist platform that changed publishing in Canada and we didn’t want to see that fade away.
We are witnessing a shift in collective history (more on this in the current call for submissions). Canada is realizing it resides on Indigenous land. Canadians are reckoning with histories of first wave feminist eugenics, enslavement, and white supremacy. We are finally discussing Indigenous governed and led futures for policy and heritage formation in Canada. We wondered, why not create an informal feminist agreement with GUTS wherein we could take over their platform? GUTS said, “Oh, hell yeah, Land Back!” Thank you GUTS for making our feminist utopian dream a reality.
The GUTS website is in need of some upgrades. Fear not! Over the next several months, we will be updating to the website to make sure it’s secure for our readers upon the launch of our upcoming REVENGE issue.
We know there are communities missing from our editorial collective. We want to assure our feminist comrades that, though it felt important to ground our initial work in the directives of the Indigenous Peoples, over the next year we will work to expand our editorial board. For now, we will continue editing and publishing the innovative, courageous, and anti-colonial feminist work GUTS is known for. Come along for the ride.
Your New GUTS Collective