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Zines are amazing because, when I read them, I feel like I'm having a conversation with a new best friend. I've been reading zines since I was ten years old. I'm 31 now, and I've put out a few zines of my own.
My current zine is "Fresh Starts". It's a continuation of my old perzine. Issue one is about my move from Central Florida to Philadelphia PA in the summer of 2016.
My former personal zine was "Impossibles". Impossibles was a perzine, but it focused on things in my culture that are hidden from view or not talked about. I try to keep my zines under forty pages, so all the zines listed below are about that long or just a little bit longer if I can help it. 1/2 size.
Issue one is about being diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, how it's affected me over the years, a small essay about a nasty trip to a county ward, and has a list at the end of helpful things to do if you feel a little unstable. There's a couple of parts that are a bit triggering, as they are old journal entries from when I wasn't doing well. Overall, it is thematically dark, so it is probably not a light read. From October 2010.
Issue two is about living in Orlando, Florida. It's a series of short essays about how I feel about the city, the beach that is actually 45 minutes away, the largest flea market in the United States, crazy ass street preachers, and the arty/ punk scenes around town. There's also some okay black and white pictures of the city proper. It is a much lighter read than issue one, and I had a lot of fun writing it! From April 2011
Issue three is about growing up as a woman in an extremely strict, Christian fundamentalist culture. It's another series of short essays about how traditional gender roles are forced on young girls, how I started to question religion in general, a little bit about the particular sect my family belongs to, my complete rejection of all of the values I grew up with and how it affected me, and an essay at the end about how I managed to blend the best parts of the culture I left and my new values. It's not quite a light read, but I don't think it's nearly as dark as issue one. It got reviewed in Xerography Debt #30. From July 2011.
Issue four of my zine is about being a black woman and the culture I grew up in. It is a series of personal stories about how I feel about the things that define me racially and goes a little bit into black culture. There's a little bit of everything in there from short essays about my skin tone and natural hairstyles to observations about social hierarchy. If you want to learn a little bit about black culture from a black woman's perspective, it's pretty good for that. From September 2012.
One issue zines:
This Is My Dad was a zine I wrote about my father for Father's Day 2011. 1/4 size, approx. 24 pages., black and white.
Home Is A Sometimes Place: Rochelle's Life In Pictures was a zine I sent out to my pen pals with pictures of the places I had lived in up until that point, old pictures of myself when I was super gothed out, artwork, and scenery around my neighborhood. I think I only printed out two copies of this zine ever, and now it is out of date because I have moved twice since then. From September 2011, approx. 16 pages, 1/2 size, color.
My zines are now all out of print, but if you really want a copy, send a self stamped self addressed envelope. Send me a message and I'll give you my address. If you want a pen pal, just drop me a line at my email- I am slow a lot of the time, but I do make up for it with goodies like mixtapes and stickers.