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Lubomyr Tymkiv left a comment for ciaraxyerra
"We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the…"
Jan 7, 2013
ciaraxyerra replied to Cindy Elder's discussion any Lawrence, KS folks? in the group Midwest Zinesters
"try wonder fair, on mass st. it's upstairs from the casbah (burger restaurant). they definitely have a few zines. i wish they had more. you can also check out the solidarity zine library at ECM (1210 oread st., i think). you can't buy…"
Jun 21, 2011
ciaraxyerra replied to Andrew Culture's discussion New Issue Announcement thread!
"i have a new issue of "love letters to monsters" out as of august 2010. it's a split with my friend & next-door neighbor (& long-time zinester) ailecia. she wrote "alabama grrrl" #9 & i wrote "love letters…"
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ciaraxyerra replied to Tom Hendricks's discussion Zinesters here that have been publishing their zines for 15 or more years.
"*raises hand* i published my first zine all by myself in 1994, i think, so...sixteen years."
Apr 9, 2010
ciaraxyerra replied to Tiara Shafiq's discussion Microcosm issues?
"tiara's comparison to roald dahl is a brilliant one. because of remarks dahl made in his life, there are people who perceive of him as viciously anti-semitic. some of those people refuse to purchase his books because they feel they are…"
Jan 23, 2010
ciaraxyerra replied to Tiara Shafiq's discussion Microcosm issues?
"it would be patently impossible for me to disagree more. certainly this is a divisive issue. when joe was individually banned from the 2009 portland zine symposium (though microcosm was permitted to table, & did indeed table) & the 2009…"
Jan 21, 2010
ciaraxyerra replied to tarynhipp's discussion zine distros
"oh snap? they have a new website: http://desertcitydeathdistro.blogspot.com/, which was easily found by googling "desert city death distro". at least they didn't close down in 20fucking04. half the shit on your useless list was for…"
Jan 21, 2010

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i am ciara xyerra. i live in lawrence, kansas with my cat (charlotte) & my boyfriend (jared). before that, i lived in boston for eight years, & i lived in portland, oregon for two years before that. i have a sweet blog for the world to peruse: crabigail adams was here.

zines i have written include "up the logic punks!" (logic puzzles about zines, punk, & anarchists), "love letters to monsters," "you live for the fight when that's all that you've got," & "a renegade's handbook to love & sabotage" (all personal zines). i have been involved with more zines than this, but we'll just leave it here for now.

i have a new issue of "love letters to monsters" out as of august 2010. it's a split with my friend & next-door neighbor (& long-time zinester) ailecia. she wrote "alabama grrrl" #9 & i wrote "love letters to monsters" #3. it's eighty quarter-sized pages, pretty heavy on the text. i wrote about topics including: moving to kansas, being a grad school widow, closing down my zine distro, becoming interested once again in writing fiction, the convoluted meaning of "community" in a punk/anarchist context, self-care & mental health, physical disability, tenants' rights, my father's unexpected death & my mother's unexpected conversion to islam, & more. ailecia wrote about what she wishes she would have known before enrolling in graduate school, tips on successfully integrating school with the rest of your life, grieving a friend who passed away too young, the excesses within the punk scene that lead to a culture of self-destruction, the importance of feminism, fat-positivity, & queer solidarity in punk scenes, an open letter to radical kids in lawrence calling them out on unchecked misogyny & violence, & more. we are both writing from an early 30s feminist personal perspective.

the zine costs $3 (anywhere in the world, including postage), which can be paid via paypal to learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com or mailed in cash to me at:
ciara xyerra
1126 tennessee st. #5
lawrence KS 66044

trades may be acceptable. i like politically-tinged personal zines. drop me a line privately to set something up.

distros are also welcome to order copies. wholesale is $1.50 each (again, including postage, & anywhere in the world), which can be paid in the same ways listed above. i also accept checks made out to "ciara xyerra".

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paper trail zine distro is closing

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 5:26pm 7 Comments

paper trail distro is open again now that the holidays are over, but the break i took made me realize that the distro isn't where i want to put my energy anymore. i knew when i started out seven years ago that the distro had an expiration date--i couldn't keep running it forever. & i think the time has come to shut it down. it's been a while since i really enjoyed the process of running a zine distro, even though i had many good years of reading great zines, meeting interesting people,… Continue

zinester starts blog, alert the media!

Posted on December 5, 2009 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

yeah, i started a blog. click the link if you too have nothing nice to say.

from the cranky, yet witty & urbane zinestress behind "up the logic punks!" logic puzzle zines, "love letters to monsters" & "a renegade's handbook to love & sabotage" feminist perzines, & learning to leave a paper trail zine distro!

paper trail distro newsletter winter 2009

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 4:31pm 0 Comments

learning to leave a paper trail zine distro


ciara xyerra

1126 tennessee st. #4

lawrence KS 66044

note the NEW new address! if you have a different lawrence address for me, throw it out!

plenty of new… Continue

paper trail distro news august 2009

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 11:36am 0 Comments

i haven't made a distro news post in three months! life got away from me. but scope out all the new zines i have in stock!

learning to leave a paper trail zine distro

ciara xyerra

1306 new… Continue

paper trail distro news may 2009

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 11:19am 0 Comments

learning to leave a paper trail zine distro

paper trail distro carries personal/political zines on topics like reproductive health, mental health, parenting, illness, death, bicycles, traveling, d.i.y. skillsharing, cultural inquiry, queer & trans issues, sex work, anti-racism, feminist issues, &...you get the gist. feel free to send… Continue

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At 11:30am on January 7, 2013, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. 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. Welcomed but not "necessarily" 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.

At 5:44am on October 3, 2010, Stephanos said…
ooops forgot to mention that its UK in the address, though I'm sure you probably worked that out
At 5:42am on October 3, 2010, Stephanos said…
(Paypal wouldn't let me write over 300 characters...)

Hey Ciara
I reckon £2 is more than reasonable for such a mammoth sounding zine! I've picked up both of the previous issues from Tukru I think (couldn't think who else may have had them...Lizzy marching stars maybe?) and enjoyed them; so lets see if it can be made into a hatrick! Will be interesting to read the split side as I haven't come across it before. Anyhoo have paypaled you as a gift so that they dont go thieving money from you. Looking forward to reading it:)
At 2:30pm on September 8, 2010, Jillian McGrath said…
Hello Ciara! I run Honey Flow Distro, a small zine and book distro currently operating out of Providence, RI. Its been on hiatus most of the year, but I'm in the process of restocking and getting my website up in running- hopefully in time for the Philly and Richmond zine fests, as well as The Fest in Gainesville. While on tour last summer, I picked up a copy of Love Letters to Monsters #2 in Boston and really loved it. I was wondering if you had 3 or 4 copies I'd be able to purchase to sell in the distro? I'm most easily reached at honeyflowdistro@gmail.com. Thanks and hope to hear from you!

At 5:48pm on January 4, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
oh yeah - wanna add me ;D
At 6:29pm on January 3, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
hmmm... well i guess that is what it is.. it would be great if you had any paraphanelia from the '99 zine conference - so that we could establish a little more of the hystery. That would be pretty cool. I'm sure there were flyers made... what happened to them. But yeah - the following year, 2000... that's when it became the Underground Press Conference - okay.
At 12:40pm on January 3, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
Well from the looks of it, it seems that what is now AMC was called the MIDWEST ZINE CONFERNCE (MZC) in 1999. That must have been the event you helped to organize. It also seems that the following year - when the conference was renamed to Underground Press Conference (UPC) that whoever was part of the renaming might have had some connection or information about the conference in Chicago at DePaul. Further research reveals that Jen Angel (also a lead organizer of the UPC) was an attendee at the 1995 UPC in Chicago. So there is a direct connection. From your last message though, its seems, by then you had already left Ohio.

from http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/about
The Allied Media Conference is the central project of the Allied Media Projects (AMP) network, which emerges out of ten years of organic relationship-building. Since the first conference (then the Midwest Zine Conference) in 1999, people have been compelled by the concept of do-it-yourself media. Later, as the Underground Publishing Conference, the emphasis was on building a movement of alternative media makers. With the shift towards Allied Media, the AMC has attracted more and more people who are interested in using participatory media as a strategy for social justice organizing.
At 2:08am on January 3, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
I dont see how its inconsistent with what you are saying. The original UPC happened in Chicago in 1994 - it then moved to Bowling Green Ohio... LATER it became known as the AMC. You also failed to mention what year you were organizing in BG... which would have been a key piece of information.

"The original Underground Press Conference happened on the DePaul campus in August of 1994. This conference eventually migrated to Ohio and later became the Allied Media Conference."
At 11:45am on August 24, 2009, Krissy Ponyboy Press said…
Taken care of. Also, I posted something about Forum responsibility on the front page.
At 6:17pm on August 20, 2009, Krissy Ponyboy Press said…
Hi Ciara, I just looked through all the settings and that seems to be on of the few they do not offer you to manage. What a shame. Sorry about that. I will investigate more.



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