The Joy of Releasing Music When You Have No Fans (Yet)
Alex de Vries aka adv calls out to his fan, yes, one fan, and lets them know how much of a flop he is.
To Be Queer in the Aotearoa Summer
“Rather than rural spaces being intrinsically homophobic, I think that there are inaccurate assumptions of queer folk present”. Inspired by the lived experience of queer people, Mik writes about how looking queer impacts experience of place in regional New Zealand.
A piece by Dani Yourukova in which a dungeon-crawling, adventure game is also secretly about the relationship between value and time, the evils of capitalism, and the financial precarity that comes with being a working artist.
The Long History of Trans Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand
The protests held to oppose notorious anti-trans activist Posie Parker’s speaking tour are the latest in a long and proud history of trans activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Historian Will Hansen takes a look back at this past, tracking trans communities’ records of defiance as generations of trans people have worked together to demand change.
Becoming an AUP New Poet
What’s it like to become of of AUP’s new poets? Frequent bad apple contributor harold talks to their experience joining this star-studded cohort of local poets. Plus, one of their poems featured in AUP New Poets 9.
Putting On the Shirt Again: A Personal Account of the March for Trans Rights
For the Auckland Pride March for Trans Rights Sophie Jackson fishes through their drawers — there has to be a a shirt for the occasion. With ten years of protest at their back there are too many to choose from. For how many years will they have to keep pulling out shirts and taking to the streets?
The Tale of Two Christmases
Christmas Day can be a hell of an ordeal, and some of us have to go through it twice. In this essay, Kiran warps through his tumultuous memories of Christmas from childhood to adulthood, recounting the tight-rope walk between civility and chaos in celebrating the day with two very different families.
An amorphous body seeking a form to settle into and call home. Shapeshifting through the past, Rhi speaks the the girl they were and the patchwork being they have become.
Divorced Adult Gay Seeks Date for Christmas
In the first of our Summer Series, Grace Shelley reflects on Christmases past, unpacks critical hits to the psyche made from across the breakfast table and ponders the future.
Trixie and Katya Live: A night of kookiness, costumes, and Klarma.
After two long years with dates pushed out and pushed out again Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova finally arrived in Pōneke. Kat wasn’t going to miss the chance to finally see them live.