I am a 26-year-old psychology student at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and I have been involved with zines and mail art (mostly the latter) for the past five years, although my love affair with homemade print media began in childhood. My middle school best friend was often grounded, and I was often sick, so we developed a method of keeping in touch that would allow us to communicate and cheer each other during tough times. We created newsletters for each other that were cut and pasted and hand-delivered to the mailbox of the suffering party (we lived a few blocks away from one another and used bicycles as transportation). Even before this time, I amused myself during visits to my father's workplace by creating collections of short stories either by hand or with ClickBook software. Stories that I wrote at six years of age were compiled by my father and handed out to family and friends.
These days I have far less zine-time than I would like, but without all of this living I would have no material!
The following are my current projects:Machinebook
: A collaborative hypertext exploration of love and technology, continually edited by myself and my partner. Machinebook is also available--with offline extras--via floppy disk.BETRAYED!
: A collaborative zine featuring the writing of myself, my partner, and our friend A.E.P. Art is provided by Kata Dales and Ned Kane. Although all written content is available online, Betrayed! is also produced in cut-and-paste format and distributed throughout Baltimore. We appeared at the Baltimore DIY Festival this year and we hope to see you at the Richmond Zine Fest in November.
Concrete Swans: A forthcoming perzine covering a multitude of subjects. The first issue, delving into my experiences working with elderly people suffering from dementia, is in the works. I expect to begin distribution in August.