Critical Sass started as a zine distro and independent publishing collaboration between two best friends, Sasha Simmons and Lindsay Nixon. Based out of Montreal, CS have have frequented independent publishing and zine fairs for years, tabling content too often marginalized within the mainstream literary community: work by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and person of colour) queer and trans writers.
In 2016, CS decided to expand into a literary publishing collective, releasing their last independent zine style publication, or chapbook, in August. bawajigaywin (visions), a poetry collection by Lindsay Nixon, is the outcome of a daily writing practice by the writer. Each of the pieces evolved from a vison, in a dream, a ceremony, or chemically assisted. All proceeds from the publication will go towards fincancing CS’s first literary publication.
CS is also the publisher of the Indigenous Art Council‘s literary magazine mâmawi-âcimowak. mâmawi-âcimowak is a literary, art, and art criticism journal that publishes the work of Indigenous writers, artists, thinkers, and poets.