Daisy Salinas is a San Antonio-based Xicana feminist zinester, punk musician, fest curator, activist and poet whose work explores themes of feminism, decolonization, and social justice. Through creating fanzines, punk rock music, and D.I.Y fests, Daisy’s goal is to become the person she needed when she was younger.
Daisy grew up a Brown punk in a white suburb outside of Nashville, TN. Having had experienced racism growing up, she found solace in punk but it was not until she experienced misogyny and racism in the punk scene that she discovered the power of zine-making. Rather than leave the punk community, she decided to publish Muchacha Fanzine and create her own feminist punk scene. Originally about her experiences as a feminist punk of color in a majority white male music scene, Muchacha Fanzine has grown into an international DIY publication that has become an essential space for radicals of color.
In addition to zine-making, Daisy’s greatest passion is music. She founded the bands Alien Midwife, Mendiga Desgrasiada, and currently fronts the San Antonio feminist punk band Frijolera Riot. Along with music, Daisy is also a poet who performs in the bilingual spoken word feminist collective WAKE-UP – Womxn Artistically Kollecting Experiencias – Unidx Prosperando.
Daisy’s passion in amplifying the work of marginalized artists also informs her work as a festival curator and activist. Daisy has curated a variety of radical D.I.Y music 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, Black and Brown Punk Fest TX 2018-2019, and Afropunk in the Pit 2019. She has also led a variety of feminist art collectives and house venues including Feminism is Not Dead (FIND) 2010-2012, The Dinosaur House 2010-2012, Southern Woman’s Bookstore 2014-2015, Southern Feminist Collective 2015-2016, Alien Sister House 2015-2016, Casa Sin Vergüenza 2017-present, and the all-ages decolonial feminist punk collective Xingonas in the Pit 2017-present.
Daisy has been featured in Remezcla, ​Vice BroadlyBust Magazine, Washington Post’s The Lily, Maximum Rocknroll, The GuardianWire Magazine, Quirktastic, The Austin ChronicleThe 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 lead a community workshop, panel, or performance, contact daisysalinas56@gmail.com