I don’t know if you know this, but zines are awesome.
They’ve got this groovy history that dates back to 1930’s era science fiction nerds (I mean that in the nicest, most complimentary way possible) and found their footing in the punk movement back in the ’70s. My apologies if you knew this already…I just think it’s neat!
Anyway, they’ve always been a big part of my life, creatively speaking, and factor into my work as a writing instructor, too, particularly because they give students an opportunity to work with writing outside the prescriptive scope of traditional academic work. Mostly my zines focus on experimental poetry (la dee da, I know) and anecdotal observations about life, though I did just start one that is essentially doodles of dogs I’ve seen. It’s called Dog Zine: Some Dogs I’ve Seen. Because…come on. Dogs are perfect.
If you’re in the LA area this weekend and you don’t already know, ZINEFEST IS COMING. It’s happening this Sunday, from 11am to 6pm, and I will be there, zines in hand, waiting to meet you.
Pictured Zines: “Racial Tension,” “Barbara Walters” (part of the “Beards” series), and “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore,” featuring artwork by my groovy friend Shamara Jones. Other zines available for purchase include “Daddy Issues” and “Dog Zine: Some Dogs I’ve Seen.” Collages & poetry postcards available, too, plus some pins!
More info on zinefest HERE // email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, price inquiries, and commission requests