I've been publishing zines—which are 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; Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zürich; the National Gallery of Australia; the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art in Scranton; the traveling kiosk Le Bouquiniste; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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 over here.
I teach workshops on zine making and the history and culture of zines to kids, adults, and anyone in between. Please contact me if you'd like to hire me to teach one at your school, library, rec center, university classroom, tea room, cryptoporticus, root cellar, samizdat print shop, or other grassroots space.
A Perpetual Calendar of Fortunes for You
For years I gave away this tiny zine for free to anyone who asked for one. I put a message on the main page of my old website asking people who wanted a copy to email me with their mailing address, and I'd send them one. Many dozens of people contacted me this way—I wish I'd made note of how many, come to think of it—and it was a sweet, inexpensive way to share my work and make a connection with strangers, some of whom became pen-pals and friends.
I've decided to do this again, from this website, in a slightly different way. I've uploaded a PDF of the zine for you to print out, with marks indicating where to fold (on the dots) and where to cut (on the solid line). Simply click on the image to the below to download a PDF of the zine to print. The print-out will be just one side of an ordinary 8.5 x 11" sheet of printer paper, and when you've done your cutting and folding you'll have a tiny 8-page booklet. It's a perpetual calendar, a booklet of fortunes that you can tuck in your pocket or purse and carry around with you like the charming weirdo you are.
If you find the zine’s assembly confusing, take a look at this helpful video on Kickstarter’s website.