My name is Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon.
I'm a poet and a musician. I'm the sole constant member of The Dykings.
I like: non-fiction, poetry, indie rock (whatever that means), quotes by artists I admire about their creative process and their work, talking about my own creative process, public art, talking about what it means to make art as a non-straight non-male artist, trying to make great things.
I also secretly dream to be an advice columnist.
• Ask me anything
It is the blight (wo)man was born for.: Reblog with the meaning of your name(s)
first: (hebrew) lion of god
middle: (literally translated from spanish) of the rose
last: (spanish and basque) the son of mendo,…
last: Reindeer Mountain
PRINCESS WARRIOR REINDEER MOUNTAIN. It’s pretty much the best.
5:48 pm • 17 August 2012 • 8,519 notes
(Lynda Barry, What It Is)
You should read this thing on The Awl about comics and autobiography.
8:09 pm • 14 August 2012 • 102 notes
Mercury by Ariana Reines is our August pick!
It has a beautiful mercury-colored cover in its physical incarnation. To compensate for lack of same when reading the ebook, simply paint your nails quicksilver.
Emily Books release day is a monthly holiday. A holiday of joy and awesome books.
5:04 pm • 9 August 2012 • 25 notes
BAND NAME ANGST
- It is awesome.
- I have been performing under it for two years.
- It’s memorable.
- People are generally amused by it.
- It’s bigger than me, so it allows some space for the listener.
- It is hard to tell your grandmother about.
- It is hard to play in front of children!
- Is it alienating to queers (because a sugar-coated slur is still a slur, and reclaiming slurs is still problematic?)
- Is it alienating to non-queers?
- Does it pigeonhole what I do?
- Are the people who are amused just secretly excited to have an excuse to say “Dyke”?
your thoughts are welcomed.
11:48 pm • 8 August 2012 • 1 note
Roxane Gay is Spelled With One "N": How to Be Friends With Another Woman
1. Abandon the cultural myth that all female friendships must be toxic, bitchy or competitive. This myth is like heels and purses—pretty but designed to SLOW women down.
1A. This is not to say women aren’t bitches or toxic or competitive sometimes but rather to say that these are not defining…
Here is an email that I sent to one of my best friends a few weeks ago (reproduced in its entirety):
also i just finished reading sheila heti’s “how should a person be?” and it was so good and there’s this great female friendship in it, and it reminds me of how much I love you.
I feel like I have been really lucky in life to have close, functional, supportive friendships with people of a spectrum of genders and sexualities. I have had my share of toxic friendships with women, and there was definitely a time where I was like, “Friendships with guys are easier. Guys aren’t catty or emotional.” YIKES. But a couple things happened: 1) I started making friends with awesome women and having healthy friendships with them; 2) I started shedding unhealthy friendships; 3) I realized that I didn’t have to be in competition with other women! That we could all do our own thing and help each other and it was way more fun.
I also think that a lot of early bad friendships just has to do with who’s available to you at the time. Sometimes you don’t find your people immediately and you make do with who’s around. In the same way it takes time to find a really good romantic relationship, it takes time to find really great friends.
Also, my issues with toxic friendships with women are actually pretty similar to my toxic romantic relationships issues (BOUNDARY PROBLEMS!! HA!) so like, why blame that on How Women Friendships Always Are.
You should go read Roxane’s entire post, and remember to always spell her name with one “N.”
7:14 pm • 1 August 2012 • 1,415 notes
I volunteered again last week at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. I taught 8-10 year olds how to play guitar in the morning, and in the afternoon I was a band manager for a group of 12-14 year olds. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with teenagers (and oh man, painful memories of my own adolescence!) but I’m really glad that I had the opportunity.
I have ~1 billion stories and amazing moments I’d like to tell you about, but I think it’s important to protect the privacy of the campers, so I’ll just do some vague sum-ups:
1. “Rolling in the Deep” is universally beloved.
2. Fake mustaches are in right now.
3. Band names included “Pink Whipped Cream,” “Zombie Poptarts,” and “The Cute Sparkly Hamster Girls.”
4. There were at least four songs that were about living in dreams / living in worlds made out of candy.
5. I totally cried during the showcase. It’s awesome and inspiring to see what develops when you give girls the space and tools to express their creativity.
4:41 pm • 30 July 2012 • 3 notes
Oh hello, Portlanders!
I’m playing at the IPRC this very Friday.
“We are celebrating First Fridays at the IPRC. July 6th we will be featuring the IPRC typography show and music from The Dykings, The Dykings are a Portland-based lo-fi music project whose sole constant member is Sara Renberg. Renberg combines the textures of live looping with literary lyrics to create emotionally resonant songs.
Free and open to the public”
The event starts at 6 but I’ll likely be performing around 7. I’m playing several new songs. Also, I’ll have copies of my chapbook available if you’re interested in picking one up.
The Independent Publishing Resource Center is located at 1001 SE Division and is a CRAZY RAD place in case you are interested in learning letterpress or book binding. Or! If you’re just looking for some superhero copy machines for your zine-making needs, they have those, too.
9:53 am • 3 July 2012 • 1 note
“Summoning everything within me, I said, “So what if you haven’t been drawing comics since the age of two. Who cares? I’m convinced that everybody has been doing something since the age of two. And I’ll bet the genius is not the person who has been drawing comics since the age of two, but the person who, since the age of two, has been wondering where her father is…”
Heti, Sheila (2012-06-19). How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life (p. 204). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.
There is something important about this line that I am trying to digest. This book is giving me feelings.
5:52 pm • 30 June 2012
mllehazelwood asked: Tag, you're it! State 5 random facts about yourself below. Then, go to 10 blogs and tag each of them. :) Come on play!
1. I didn’t like oranges until two years ago.
2. I played ice hockey (poorly) for two years in college. I thought it would be a good way to meet girls. (Wrong!)
3. I sleep with books in my bed.
4. In middle school I wanted to learn to play the clarinet but the teacher told me my lips were too big. (?!?) They made me learn flute instead.
5. When I was in 7th grade, bees infested my room and I didn’t tell my parents for three months because I knew they’d make me clean my room.
11:02 pm • 26 June 2012 • 4 notes