WHAT'S A ZINE? Zines are self-published, often handmade publications of various kinds. They can look like and be about anything at all. Mine have been small books of poetry, first-person narratives, collections of interviews ... and then there's my eccentric serial zine about language, The La-La Theory.
OH WELL THEN TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR ZINES, KATIE. I sell them at zine fairs and on my etsy shop (above), and some of them are carried by zine distros such as Parcell Press and Microcosm, and independent bookstores such as Philadelphia's landmark anarchist bookstore the Wooden Shoe; Bluestockings, the fantastic feminist bookstore in New York City; and Sticky Institute in Melbourne, Australia. My zines also live in the collections of some public and academic libraries and infoshops, including Barnard College's zine library, the Multnomah County Library in Portland, 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 found poetry zine, Word Math, was included in "Dark Matter," a 2004 exhibit of underground art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and some of my other zines were included in shows at d21 Kunstraum in Leipzig and Space 538 in Portland, Maine. My zine The La-La Theory was featured in the big beautiful art book Fanzines by Teal Triggs (Chronicle, 2010). The La-La Theory was also included in this nifty report from the BBC News. In the fall of 2010 I did a zine writer's residency at the Anchor Archive in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was very pretty there.
I ALSO DO A WORKSHOP, EVERYBODY. I have created a crafty-style how-to zine workshop, and so far I've presented it at Philadelphia's great big Free Library Festival, the Collingswood Book Festival, and for the students of Bryn Mawr College at their lovely Art Spectacular event. I've also done it for kids, tweens and teens at libraries, including the Lucien E. Blackwell, Haverford Avenue, and Tacony branches of the Philadelphia Free Library. If you'd like me to do one at your school, library, community center or what have you just email me.
ARE YOU STILL NOT SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT A ZINE IS? Take a look at ZineWiki, that should help.
NOTE TO SELF: START USING WORDS LIKE MULTIPLES, CODEX, AND EPHEMERA, IT SOUNDS FANCY.