Welcome to the website for the Womxn's Identity Resource Center's Creative Programming
Labyrinth, was the 39 year old publication sponsored by Western Washington University’s Womxn’s Center. It’s changed a lot. This publication has broadened its definition and scope of audience and content and came to showcase a great array of lives and experiences over the half century it’s lived.
Starting from a group of dedicated women in the 1976, Labyrinth got its start as a journal exclusively for the female-identified. It was later open to more than the female-identified experience and became a place of varied perspectives of marginalized identities, intersections, and experiences.
As an office we came to understand the changing needs of marginalized genders on our campus. We made the hard deicsion of no longer produciing Labyrinth. Below you can find previous issues of the publication!
All editions of Labyrinth contain strong language, nudity, and graphic content. Content, subjects, and topics of issues vary by year.
2015 Issue of Labyrinth Literary Journal, from the AS Women's Center at Western Washington University
Cassie Skye Howlett
A dance film about escaping oneself. Originally created for Western's Labyrinth Art Showcase. Dancers: Zoe Geiger and Jacob Bevelacqua
How Much Force Does it Take to Blend Back
Ceramics has been a particularly important medium in my life the past year. Coincidently I started working with the material of clay during my time of transition as non-binary, and I really relate to its qualities of being extracted from the earth and its capacity to endure so much in its transformation process. My documentation of the performance How Much Force Does it Take to Blend Back is an exploration of the feelings around being extracted from my family and past life through education, growing my own agency, and building a community in a new town. The act of throwing clay back into the earth is an exploration of exhaustion around trying to blend back once you have been extracted. The overlapped layer is of ceramic caterpillars I have been constructing for the past three weeks, they are an act of foreshadowing or future possibly if I do not go the route of assimilation back into earth, but create intentional form for my life.