Zines zines zines!
I've been publishing zines—which are, roughly, self-published, usually handmade booklets—since 2004. My longest-running zine, The La-La Theory, is about language and linguistics from a quirky, personal perspective. Others have been collections of personal essays, interviews, poems, and lists.
Some of my zines are archived in university and public libraries, including Barnard College, the Zine Archive & Publishing Project in Seattle, the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University, and the London College of Communication Library. They have also been exhibited in galleries and museums, including Space 538 in Portland, Maine; the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art in Scranton, PA; the National Gallery of Australia; Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zürich; the traveling kiosk Le Bouquiniste; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
My zines are available for purchase at Wooden Shoe Books and South Street Art Mart in Philadelphia, Quimby's in Chicago, Bluestockings in NYC, Catland Books in Brooklyn, Powell’s in Portland, Oregon, Downtown Books & News in Asheville, North Carolina, The Jaybird in Birmingham, Alabama, and online at Antiquated Future. If you would like a copy of any of my zines for your library I will happily donate them. If you're another zine maker and you'd like to trade, I'd love to do that too. Just get in touch with me here.
I created a workshop on zine making and the history and culture of zines that I’ve tailored to suit different age groups: little kids, teenagers, college students, and adults. Please contact me if you'd like me to do this at your public library, university, rec center, community art space, or any other place where humans gather.
2010, black & white, 72 pp.
The last installment in the zine series that would later become my first book
2011, black & white, 16 pp.
A short, delirious diatribe I wrote while sick with a fever
2008, black & white with hand-colored cover, 12 pp.
A short piece about the ups and downs of living alone
2019, black & white, 44 pp.
Split zine with Vanessa Berry. We both wrote about 5 of our favorite mugs, and Vanessa did illustrations.
2013, black & white with color cover, 22 pp.
I wrote a story about a dress I loved, and the wonderful Australian artist Nicholas Beckett illustrated it.
2008, offset printed, 32 pp. Edition of 500.
26 poems, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each one is named for and inspired by an obsolete word of English.
2006, black & white, 8 pp.
A minizine with one fortune for each day of the week
2010, black & white with screen-printed covers, 36 pp.
Stories about things I’ve lost and things I’ve found. These include a dollhouse, a shoe, and a nun’s desk chair. Illustrations and screen-printing by Helen Entwisle.
2018, black & white with hand-drawn cover, 28 pp. Edition of 20.
A collection of ridiculous “bios” I originally wrote for my website
2012, black & white, 16 pp.
Just what it sounds like.
2012, black & white with block print cover. 16 pp.
Two stories, one by me and one by Sarah Mangle, who also made drawings. The zine’s inside covers had pockets that held paper dolls Sarah drew of us as little kids. That one is me.
2008, black & white, 8 pp.
A short story about a bus route, with a cover illustration by Jennifer Cuellar
2007, black & white, 28 pp.
A collection of the family stories I’ve heard all my life. “These aren’t my memories, but they are my stories. I inherited them.”