All content created by Peregrine Bermas, 2020

Chicago, IL

SKIN: navigating intimacy with myself after assault


2019. Independent zine

It feels important to mention that I had originally intended for this to be about navigating relationships with others after assault - but after receiving MANY messages from the universe to focus on my own damn self, here we are. This is a really humble offering (6 pages and a fold-out of anti-exceptionalist recipes) of practical magic that continues to bloom and branch out. Every printing contains new edits to honor growth, questions, truth.

I wonder which version will make it out to you.

This zine is self-distributed over tea and meals, handed-off at events, and snail-mailed.

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Illustrated Guide to Surviving Police Violence: How to stay connected, get support & keep it real when dealing with the cops (again)

2018. Zine collaboration with the Chicago Torture Justice Center

"An encounter with the police can make us freeze up or “leave” our bodies in the moment. Repeated over time, experiences of aggression or harm at the hands of police can seem to pile up and keep us from feeling and acting like ourselves. This guide exists to help you stay connected to yourself, your streets and your support system so you can communicate what you need in these situations."


An emotional awareness and embodied healing resource for survivors of state and police violence.


The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence.

Free download of the full zine:

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Sacral Healing Guide for Survivors

2017. Independent zine, hand-stitched

*reformatted for print 2019

A mini-zine with information from my "Sacral Healing for Survivors" yoga workshop. This guide is an introduction to working with the chakra system, herbal medicine, meditation, and gentle movement to increase body awareness for survivors of sexual assault. The sacral chakra, svadhisthana, is an energetic center of creativity, sensuality, and joy.

Free download of the full zine: sacral19.pdf

*formatted to print 2-sided on 8.5x11 (select "short edge bind" in printing options).

Fold in half hamburger style and cut.

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Commuter Special

2014, edited 2018. Food-based flash memoir co-written with Christian Alfaro

"When we began this project in 2014, we were undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We proposed a food memoir at the intersection of gender and women’s studies, Asian American history, and art as social practice. It would be written from two perspectives because there are always so many stories to tell. After a decade of friendship between us, collaboration was just a matter of setting the table. Our tummies demanded it. Within academia, we were learning how to let our bodies lead.


Our recipes are adaptations of Filipino food we have always known but had never cooked before. The following pages boil down a semester of long hours on the Metra and the grind of working student life. We made most of the dishes late at night, for ourselves, quickly realizing that maintaining a practice of self-nourishment was also labor.


Other meals we curated to share. Navigating our relationships to home included crossing private and public places. The first gatherings we had were in our parents’ houses, with people who had shaped our early experiences with food. In the spring we brought our work to campus. At the time we both worked as educators at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. We made a meal for our colleagues in the Residents’ Dining Hall - historically a site for dialogue around food. We cooked for the Asian American Studies Program faculty, many of whom were our mentors, in their office building. Finally, in plein air we broke pie crust at the campus Asian American Awareness Month kick-Off event. Each gathering was a learning experience and grew context for the food, our questions, an end product (was there an end product?), etc.


This project was partially funded by an Asian American Studies Expo Grant to support undergraduate research. It is part of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative supporting the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English language learner students at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education1s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program.

We are immensely grateful."

View the full text: commuterspecial.pdf