Mission Statement

WHITE   DADS ZINE: 

A new anthology of creative stories and experiences told by people of color, fathered by white men.

Brought to you by Sarah Grace

WHITE DADS is an anthology of stories that focuses on a specific slice of the brown experience: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose, and art by people of color who have white fathers. Don’t let the specificity of the title fool you. The theme may be specific, but it is by no means narrow. 

By choosing an often overlooked focus, we have the potential to publish those who are bursting at the seams with untold stories. By choosing such a specific theme, we hope to solicit and ultimately showcase how absolutely wide open and uncharted many 21st century POC experiences are. There is no one singularly collective black, brown, POC, indigenous, mixed race, adoption, or interracial experience. 

This publication recognizes that there is comfort, community and validation in sharing our stories, as well as recognizing that the only truly universal fact of race identity is that there are as many different experiences as there are people who experience them.

For this anthology, the parameters of white fatherhood were set as a way to create thematic focus. White men are too often the gatekeepers of our society. The impact of being on one side of the gate and having your father on the other is a relationship we seek to explore. 

In a family dynamic, this could potentially create a divide or tension between either child and parent, between child and the larger brown community, or a combination of other intersecting identities. But we do not seek to only publish certain types of experiences. We want all kinds of stories, from those who can relate to these potential impacts and from those who would utterly disagree with the sentiment. We want stories from all ranges of humor, heartbreak, and the whole wide spectrum of emotion.

This publication does not necessarily seek to serve as a guide on how to deal, cope, act, change, or say how things “should” be. None of our experiences are the same, and that’s OK. It’s wonderful, in fact, and we seek to represent that. 

Though we seek to explore race relations, gender, and forms of oppression such as patriarchy within a family unit and beyond, WHITE DADS is not a manifesto. 

Submissions should work off of the theme, but they do not need to be centrally focused on how you “deal” with your white dad. This publication does not seek to enforce any kind of standard mode of thought or place more value on any one experience than another. It is simply a collection of honest, quality storytelling from people of color who want a creative outlet to speak on their experiences. We are especially interested in stories that incorporate intersectional modes of thought.

We hope this collection will be honest and thoughtful, while overall, being an anthology that people will want to read and enjoy. We hope these stories will be a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be black, white, brown, or mixed within the context of a family. We hope they will deal the struggles that come with having a parent who is too often mistaken as a stranger instead of a father by those who don’t know, and the miscommunications that can come up between brown child and white dad. 

Most of all, we hope you will use this mission statement as a guide for your own interpretation of what having a white dad means to you. Beyond that, we hope the stories we receive will be representative of the portrayals of the shifting identities of families and relationships that are anything but black and white.

© Lights On Jupiter Press 2016

Submissions & Questions: whitedadszine@gmail.com

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