Daisy Salinas is a San Antonio-based Xicana feminist zinester, punk musician, fest curator, and activist whose work explores themes of feminism, decolonization, and social justice. In 2011, Daisy founded the radically intersectional decolonial Native Xicana Feminist publication Muchacha Fanzine. Along with zine-making, Daisy’s greatest passion is music. She founded the bands Alien Midwife, Mendiga Desgrasiada, and currently fronts the San Antonio Anti-System Tejana punk act Frijolera Riot.
Daisy’s activism in amplifying the work of marginalized artists also informs her work as a fest curator. She has curated a variety of radical D.I.Y music and art festivals including Fem Fest 2011, Ladypalooza 2011, Femme Fest 2012-2014, Brown Queen 2013, Alien Sister 2015-2016, Xingonas in the Pit 2018, Decolonizing the Tricentennial 2018, Texas’ first Black and Brown Punk Fest 2018-2019, and Afropunk in the Pit 2019. Daisy founded the all-ages decolonial feminist punk collective Xingonas in the Pit 2017-present, and is a member of the intersectional grassroots feminist network Feminists Toppling Patriarchy (FTP) Collective 2019-present.
Daisy has been featured in Remezcla, ​Vice BroadlyBust Magazine, Washington Post’s The Lily, Maximum Rocknroll, The Guardian, Sorjo Magazine, Quirktastic, The Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Current, and in the book Fanzine Grrrls: The DIY Revolution in Female Self-Publishing. She holds a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Multicultural Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University.
For collaborations or to book Daisy to table or lead a community workshop, panel, or performance, contact daisysalinas56@gmail.com.