WHAT'S A ZINE? Zines are self-published magazines and books that are often handmade. They can look like and be about anything at all. Mine have been small books of poetry, first-person narratives, collections of interviews, and other more eccentric stuff.
OH WELL THEN TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR ZINES, KATIE. I've been making zines since 2004. I sell them at zine fairs and on my online shop, and some of them are carried by zine distributors and independent bookstores, including Philadelphia's Wooden Shoe; Bluestockings in New York; Sticky Institute in Melbourne, Australia; and Le Bouquiniste, a mobile kiosk that operates out of Curious Matter Gallery in Jersey City. Some of my zines are held in the collections of public and academic libraries, including Barnard College; the Multnomah County Library in Oregon; The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University; and the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University.
MY ZINES ARE ART, SORT OF! Some of them have been included in shows at d21 Kunstraum in Leipzig, Germany; Space 538 in Portland, Maine; and "Dark Matter," a 2004 exhibit of underground art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. My zine The La-La Theory was featured in the art book Fanzines by Teal Triggs (Chronicle) and on the BBC News website. In 2010 I did a zine writer's residency at the Anchor Archive in Nova Scotia, where I wrote an issue of my zine White Elephants and hosted a reading and yard sale. It was very pretty there.
WANNA TRADE? I sell many of these zines on my etsy shop, but I also love to trade them for other zines (or even a nice letter). Just send me a note at katie at thelalatheory dot com if you enjoy that sort of thing.