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Behind the Wheel 2 is OUT NOW!!

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

From the trenches of San Francisco’s sharing economy: another rideshare confessional

Behind the Wheel 2 includes more insight into the day-to-day travails of a rideshare driver in San Francisco, more stories about driving drunks, switching from Lyft to Uber, a visit to Uber HQ, self-entitled douchebags, talk of gentrification and displacement, the tech boom, public debauchery, emotional breakdowns, police activity and the constant threat of pukers.



The Murky Realm

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

"The Murky Realm," a biographical sketch of a tragic union with some creative engineering...

My parents never should have gotten married. But even though my father was gay and my mother was chemically imbalanced, this was the 60s, when single men in their forties did not identify as queer and people with personality disorders were rarely diagnosed, much less treated. And marriage was inexorable. The tragedy, of course, is that five children came out of this…


Piltdownlad #5 - The Detour Guide

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Piltdownlad #5 is “The Detour Guide”

Piltdownlad is a personal narrative zine. Each issue is centered around an autobiographical story. In this issue it's "The Detour Guide," which continues the story from issue #2: “Women Got Me Drinking.” So there are more…


piltdownlad #4

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 2:00pm 1 Comment


Today I Started Slogging Again - Can truth and fiction coexist in the perzine?

The Nasty Oh-Dear - A true narrative

2012 LA Zine Fest - What and who I…


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At 11:47am on January 9, 2015, Cheering and Waving Press said…

behind the wheel #2 looks rad, want to trade?

At 3:57am on September 11, 2013, Kari Tervo said…

Hey Kelly! Thanks so much for the review of Shards! I'm so glad you get a kick out of it. As someone who grew up around entertainment, you are the person to get that "not taking something seriously" involves a lot of work, so I'm glad you "get" Shards. I'm baking up a series for more serious stuff and reviews, and can't wait to share my thoughts on your candy-selling story. Appreciatively, Kari

At 12:22am on July 24, 2013, Joyce Hatton said…

Hey, sorry it's taken so long for me to send your zines!  I'm sending them out tomorrow!

At 12:21pm on June 10, 2013, Shophia Sherwood said…

Hey! My address is:

1a Cornhill,




At 1:05am on June 5, 2013, Epiphany Publishing said…

Enjoying the Murky Realm.......i find it to be very well written.   

At 1:29pm on May 17, 2013, Shophia Sherwood said…

I'd love to get my hands on the new Piltdownlad! Tell me what I have to do!

At 6:16pm on May 11, 2013, Epiphany Publishing said…

very cool.

i'll send off one of the new publications. looking forward to your work.

Marc Billings, 9421 Buck Haven Trail, Tallahassee, FL. 32312 USA

At 5:10pm on May 9, 2013, Kari Tervo said…

Hi Kelly, it's Kari of Shards of Glass In Your Eye! I don't know if I'm on your trade list, but would love to be. Your essays are interesting and engaging--I really enjoyed that batch of Piltdownlad you sent. I'll send you the latest Shards (#9) in return! 

Kari Tervo

POB 7831

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

P.S. I hope you got that packet of Shards I finally sent, I think in March. I wanted to return the favor when you originally sent your trades last summer, but I was injured at that time.

At 1:44am on November 5, 2012, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "Tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Desired summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine. mailposht[.]gmail[.]com

At 4:39pm on October 8, 2012, Jon Foster said…

Got your amazing zines in the mail today, thanks so much. Going to dive into these in the next few days, thanks again.


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