As promised, here’s the first part of my story for the Descendents zine I did last year with one of my al. time fave dudes, rickyvigil.

Tumblr would only let me upload 10 pages, which is a problem for a 12 page story, so here’s what I sorta considered the first chapter when I was writing it.  I still really like that first page, Bountiful hasn’t changed too much in the last 10 years, but that Dee’s closed down, so I miss it.  

Part 2 here


I just finished this project, and am gonna have these buddies with me at CZF this weekend!

It’s an audio cassette/zine bundle: I asked friends to tell me stories, and I asked if I could record them telling them. What resulted is 13 true-life stories told by 13 different people, all compiled onto a tape for you to listen to.

The accompanying zine includes 120mm portraits of all the storytellers (taken on the day of the story’s recording), and information on them to follow along with as you listen.

There are stories about ballet teachers, jail time, rabies shots, bad parenting, paranormal experiences, tour escapades, dance contests, and more.

Storytellers are: Samantha Cohen, Jared Larson, Michelle Ravit, Sarah Ayton, Alan Resnick, Dee Addario, April Rose, Dylan Taylor, Matt Ross, Simon Thrasher, Kate Larson, Jordaan Mason, and Dustin Lamberta.

I think it’s a really great collection! It’s sort of like an audio book: perfect for car rides, a day inside, a stroll with your walk(wo)man, etc.

Each tape is hand-stamped with gold ink, and runs 98 minutes long, in a numbered edition of 50.

Tape duplication by SUPERCRUSH tapes.


If you’re keen on submitting something for our next issue, but are not sure you can think of anything for our theme [Arab fairy tales/folk tales/folklore/myths & legends/horror stories/local stories] , take a look at Saladin Ahmed’s short Fantasy stories for some inspiration! saladinahmed is an Arab-American science fiction and fantasy writer and you can download and read his amazing work for free! 

Alternatively, just shoot us an email @ with some of your artwork and/or writing so we can better understand your style, and we’d be more than happy to brainstorm ideas with you or put you in touch with another artist/writer to start a collaboration! 

read RICH now - be about it zine #8

featuring work by andrew hofmann, anith makherjee, catch business, cassandra dallett, davis land, hanna m. owens, jeff von ward, joe calvarese, joel landmine, kelly thomas, kelley lynne moncrief, manuel arturo abreu, matthew russak, max sawhill, wemberly schuirmann, michael o’hara, paul corman-roberts, paul strohm, patrick trotti, tracy dimond, trevor l. sensor, and zach lindsey


The ninth issue of DOOM zine is now available for free!

FEATURING SHORT STORIES AND POETRY BY: Jedediah Hewitt, Jason B. Edwards, Quentin Norris, Jonathan Dantzler, S Blake Ervin and others
ARTWORK BY: Alexandra Bradley, Derek Huss and Kimmy Fiorentino
EDITOR: Jason B. Edwards

Contains 40 pages, 10 stories/poems, and 4 artworks.


Call For Submissions!

Are you Bisexual?  Do you care about those who identify as Bisexual?  Do you like to write or create?  Then, this is for you!

Welcome to the launch of Bi-Ology, a literary magazine devoted to those who identify as Bisexual.  But, you don’t have to be Bisexual to submit to the zine, you just have to be open to the conversation about Bisexuality.  With your help, this magazine is going to be a place for bisexuals from cover to cover.

We want bisexual voices in short stories, creative nonfiction, regular nonfiction, poetry, and art.  We are currently accepting submissions through May 20th for our Premiere Summer Issue: Coming Out.  Please send all work to  If your file is too large, you can share it with the g-mail account, as well.  We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the technicalities of submissions.  

More information about submissions that we are looking for can be found on our website:  You can also tweet, follow, and like us on our various social media, links are all available in the contact section on the website.

Brooklyn Zine Fest #BlackLivesMatter / POC Visibility Controversy

Brooklyn Zine Fest still owes Jordan Alam, black folks in Brooklyn (and beyond) and disabled folks a real apology. Check it out:

[View the story “Brooklyn Zine Fest #BlackLivesMatter / POC Visibility Controversy” on Storify]

CONTEXT: After POC Zine Project pointed out that the fest’s promotional poster artwork erased black and disabled folks, Brooklyn Zine Fest responded in a dismissive and unaccountable manner. Soon after, Jordan contact us to share that they had resigned as a fest panel coordinator due to fest organizers rejecting their idea for a #blacklivesmatter panel because the fest is “apolitical” and that the panel might incite “violence.” We decided to collaborate; we signalboosted Jordan’s statement and challenged Brooklyn Zine Fest to include a #blacklivesmatter panel.

Brooklyn Zine Fest eventually announced that they would include the #blacklivesmatter panel. But reacting to public pressure while placing unjustified blame on Jordan is not enough. We are waiting for Brooklyn Zine Fest to provide a real public apology that acknowledges the mistakes they made and that trying to discredit Jordan in their replies was unethical and slanderous. We are waiting to see some actual accountability because tacking on a #blacklivesmatter panel purely out of public pressure doesn’t signal that Brooklyn Zine Fest actually cares about black lives.

Jordan Alam participated in one of our first public events many years ago. We believe Jordan. And we demand that Brooklyn Zine Fest issue a (real) public apology.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Much love to @studiumpunctum on Twitter for responding to our call for support and storifying what has taken place so far.

You can support the POCZP by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.
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So recently I wrote a zine, and well I have to say I was pretty proud of my accomplishment.  I always wanted to share what I wrote with others, but couldn’t find the courage.  Well I finally did it!  What I am sharing with you is the beginning and a random story form my zine.  My zine is titled “Normal Life” and deals with a lot of moments in my youth and reflecting as an adult.  I am also working on another one right now, so keep your peepers out!  What follows is excerpts from “Normal Life”

I believe we all have stories that can encompass vast libraries, though some stories are difficult to tell.  This collection of stories are from different periods of my life growing up, where it was too difficult to express or even understand my feelings, but also in general difficult to discuss.  My purpose for writing this zine isn’t to provide some biblical answer to someone’s issues but instead to take a risk for myself and to allow people to read stories from someone they can possibly relate to.  Wherever you are reading this, I hope you enjoy it!

I chose to reflect coming back home from college for the first time, because to me my hometown became such an alien planet where I felt like I didn’t belong.  I’m ending with the following because for most of us leaving for college is the definitive end to childhood for many reasons. Either you part ways with friends, family, or partners maybe for a short while and for some forever.  

When He Comes Home:

His beard will be dirty

His hair unkempt

Where he’s been there was no barbershop quartet

When he comes home

He will be a stranger

There will be no parties

No friends no family

The streets are unfamiliar

These streets he knew from heart

Are all but ghosts of a memory

As he rummages through the rubble of his past

He finds no comfort in what he finds

When he comes home

He is called an outcast

He screams for his mother for safety

His mother is silent

Another spectator of the stares

He buries what’s left of himself

He leaves as he came,

Quietly a stranger

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Meet the Author - Celina

Bonjour !
Je m’appelle Celina et j’étudie le français à NAU. I’m crazy about languages and in addition to being a French major, I also take German, Spanish, and studio art (I’m thinking maybe Chinese next). If you ask me what I’m going to do with my life, I’ll tell you I have no idea. I believe my work reflects who I am: it’s all over the place. I have a short story, art, a recipe, and some “poetry”. I hope you appreciate how eclectic our collection is- I know I do! 

Zinearchy Works:

Ava (Short Story)
Acrostic Poem
Recipe for Anarchy
There’s More Than One Way to Make Change
What Will Move Us?

From the Zine Library #25 - The Flasher

The Flasher. Magnus Irving and Adrian Hobbs. c2003. A5, 20 pages, photocopy. With A4 letter to Queen Elizabeth II in envelope. 

Subtitled ‘A day in the life of a Belisha Beacon - a cautionary tale for children’, The Flasher is a moving photo story of what it takes to be a Belisha Beacon (represented here by a man in a striped suit wearing a spherical paper lampshade). The letter to the queen points out his usefulness to society, questioning his more recent disappearance. 

This post is part of an ongoing series celebrating work from my zine collection. You can find the rest of the posts here.