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. Selling them is nice because it opens them up to a wider community of people than just my DIY compatriots, but I love the culture of trading and will always give someone a zine in exchange for something small. These trades are usually for another zine, but once a girl broke a large cookie in half and gave me that. Some of my zines are held in the collections of public, academic, and grassroots libraries, including Barnard College; the Multnomah County Library in Oregon; The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University; Poets House in NYC; 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. It was pretty there.