Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NYC Zine Fest June 27th!

[directions, details, and more info here]

I'm going to be at the NYC Zine fest this saturday, speaking and tabling with my friend Ben who just came out with a new zine on physical illness called "Sick!"

We are speaking from 12:30-1:30, and our talk is called "Using Zines to Reclaim Community Support."

Zines have the power to bring attention to neglected topics. This presentation focuses on two recent compilation zines which seek to create dialogue around two issues that are usually met with silence, even within alternative/DIY/radical communities: grief and physical illness. These zines (The Worst: A Compilation Zine on Grief and Loss and Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness) allow contributors the freedom to articulate their own honest experiences with these issues, without pressure to conform to socially prescribed responses and emotions. They also seek to enrich our praxis of community-based support, rather than outsourcing it exclusively to mainstream “experts.” The editors will speak about the motivations behind each project, as well as how presenting these difficult discussions in DIY zines enacts the process by which we become our own experts.

We would both love to see you there, have lots of great discussions, and meet other people who are into talking about this stuff!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Call for Submissions for an Australian Grief Zine!

Obviously, projects like this make me really excited--especially since they ask for comfort food recipes--GENIUS. I found this call for submissions here: Makes me wish i lived in australia!!


We want to make this zine because in this culture, we only talk about death when it crashed into our lives. Fuck that! Please send us your experiences, ideas, questions, remembrances, etc. Words, pictures, anonymous contributions all welcome. Possible topics include:

- How have you mourned?
- How can we support friends who are grieving?
- Favourite comfort food recipes?
- Worst - or best - cliches about death/loss?
- How is mourning gendered?
- How does grief change over time?
- Whatever else you want!

Send stuff to Sandy, 42 Merton Rd, Rozelle, 2039, or email