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“DYKE’S DAY, A HOLIGAY” IS A MULTIMEDIA AND MULTISENSORY PUBLICATION ABOUT A SURREALIST HOLIDAY FOR LESBIANS, BASED ON AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BY MAYAH LOVELL. SIX LESBIAN WRITERS COME TOGETHER TO CREATE AND CURATE A CONTINUATION OF LOVELL’S MANUSCRIPT, RESULTING IN A FULL ANTHOLOGY EXPLORING WHAT A HOLIDAY FOR LESBIANS CAN LOOK, SOUND, FEEL, TASTE, AND SMELL LIKE. DYKE’S DAY INCORPORATES POETRY, LYRICISM, FICTION, RESEARCH, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOUND TO ITERATE AN ECOLOGY OF ENJOYMENT FOR LESBIANS.

ALTHOUGH LESBIAN COMMUNITY IS HISTORICAL TO DC, THE CITY HAS VERY FEW LESBIAN SPACES. IN AN EMERGENT WORLD IN MAJOR CHANGE, SAFETY AND ECONOMIC SUPPORT FROM DYKE CURATORS PROVIDES TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHEREIN ARTISTIC LESBIAN PRESERVATION IS CRUCIAL. AS WASHINGTON D.C. CONTINUES TO SHIFT THROUGH CAPITALISM AND RAPID GENTRIFICATION, THIS PROJECT DOESN’T JUST SERVE AS A METHOD OF SELF-PRESERVATION AND MEMORY WORK, BUT ALSO AS A STABLE AND SAFE ECONOMIC AND CREATIVE ENDEAVOR.
THROUGH AN IMMERSIVE MULTISENSORY PERFORMANCES AND DISPLAYS, A BROADER COMMUNITY OF INTERREGIONAL DYKES EVERWHERE CAN ENGAGE IN PLAYFUL AND ACCESSIBLE WAYS TO LEARN THE HISTORY AND CELEBRATIONS ARRANGED AND BY DYKES.

THE CURATORS FOR DYKE’S DAY ARE MAYAH LOVELL AND FABIOLA CHING, TWO FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS WITH PRACTICE CURATING VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL SPACES WITH ARTISTS AND EACH OTHER. OUR INDIVIDUAL PRACTICES MEET AT THE INTERSECTION OF LITERATURE AND DYKE PERFORMANCE, RESULTING IN SHARED INTEREST TO ALLOW LESBIAN ARCHIVES TO EXPAND AND SUSTAIN OUR ARTISTIC QUEER URBAN COMMUNITY.






AUTHORS


TAHJIA BRANTLEY


is a Jersey born poetess living in Iowa City.
She is an Iowa Writer’s Workshop 2025 candidate,
a Maharishi dropout, and a waitress.



PAULA BONFIM | ︎


is a Writer & Artist based in Oaxaca, Mexico
by way of the East Coast examining the fringes
of blackness, lesbianism, death, desire and
fantasy in the literary and cultural sphere.


FABIOLA CHING | ︎ ︎

 
is a literary curator, writer, and publisher
researching YA fiction and playful methods of
publishing and communicating around literature at hermeticstate.com



MAYAH LOVELL | ︎


is a Carribean lesbian from surburban-area DC.
Find her interdisciplinary artistry like writing
painting, performance,  and such at mayahlovell.com


MAYA MARTINEZ


Florida raised, Maya Martinez is a writer and living.



ADAEZE OKERE | ︎


is an interdisciplinary artist  and self proclaimed
internet spy; writing &  making home goods in Detroit.

SOUND DESIGNERS



LONA MANIK | ︎
Lona Manik is an Indonesian musician, poet,
and performance artist based in NYC.


SAZ

Saz is an artist and scientist from DC and currently based in Brooklyn. In their work you will find intermingling of sculpture, music, microbiology and creative writing. Find them under the alias 000777 on Spotify.

3D/GRAPHIC DESIGNER



SAMANTHA VASSOR | ︎


Is a multidisciplinary designer and 3D artist from
South Florida. Find her work at samanthavassor.com.