WHY THE NAME?
A Kite is prison parlance for letters and notes shared between inmates or to loved ones on the outside. Originally, when prisoners on death row couldn’t speak to for fear of a guard overhearing they tied a note to a string and slid it under the door. These looked like little kites flying from cell to cell. For decades now and across the entire nation, incarcerated people use this word. Because stories are letters to the public we found this name befitting.
We publish both private and public zines. Because certain agencies will not allow students to consent, private zines are made for students and their families. Through storytelling, bonds that have been weakened by incarceration are strengthened.
Our public zine is currently being produced by our board members Travis and Cynthia, the creators of Maroon World.
From the Latin American Spanish word cimarrón: “feral animal, fugitive, runaway.”
African refugees who escaped from slavery in the Americas, and formed independent settlements.
To put ashore and abandon on a desolate island or coast by way of punishment or the like.
To place in an isolated and often dangerous position.
THE KITE ZINE
PO BOX 210325
Brooklyn. NY 11221
The latest edition…
In October 2018 we released our second annual women’s storytelling zine.