About + meet the team!
sweet-thang is an independent print zine and press publishing work exclusively by Black artists of marginalised genders. We aim to foster a creative space for women, femmes, GNC people and non-binary folks. We focus on themes of resistance, healing and free artistic expression. This is a space for joy, in whatever way that manifests.
sweet-thang will provide you with beautiful poetry, thought-provoking essays and amazing visuals surrounding any theme and will generally just be a sweet lil' publication for all to enjoy!
sweet-thang press publishes works from our community all year-round: poetry collections, anthologies, photobooks, essays, pamphlets and more! The ethos of our press is to platform writers and artists who don't have the resources or platforms to get their work to the masses. sweet-thang press is all about community. We provide tools, events and vibes!
I created sweet-thang at the end of 2016 because I wanted to see more people like me in the DIY publishing industry, where representation has lacked in the past. I am inspired by the history of zines: their non-traditional and anti-authority messages, their dedication to supporting underground and under-represented voices. Zines can be spontaneous and messy, and within that, they "redistribute power to those that make them" (perfectly put by Lu Williams @ Grrrl Zine Fair). Zines and niche publications have a lot of force and significance in our world, and sweet-thang was definitely born out of the desire to reflect that.
At sweet-thang we strive to be inclusive, representative and honest, and using language that reflects this is very important to us! We acknowledge that language evolves and that while language often fails us, we have to evolve with it too. Thank you for supporting us on this journey!
Zoe Thompson ❤
editor and founder
Logo designed by Fiona Quadri
pictured: issues 1 - 6
~ ZOE tHOMPSON ~
Zoe is the founder of sweet-thang and is a London-based writer, workshop host, zine artist and copywriter.
She loves to write poetry, daydream and learn new languages. She is inspired by zine culture, the DIY revolution and Black liberationist politics.
~ melody triumph ~
Melody Triumph is a writer and educator based in Kent and London. Her writing has appeared in Black Ballad and Female Music Focus. Melody has recently published her educational children’s book Places: Important Sites in Black British History in collaboration with The Black Curriculum and DK Publishing.
As an educator, Melody specialises in communication, health and wellness. Melody has experience in creating and delivering online and in-person impactful workshops for both children and adults. She has delivered in a variety of educational environments such as primary and secondary classrooms, universities, community centres, businesses and museums.