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Queer invisibility zine stalled

I thought the zine was finished and just needed to be laid out.

Then I got home and realized that I wasn't happy with the ending. Now I am trying to write an ending, and I am STUCK.

I think I need to move the computer out of the messy office. I think I need to sit down and write before I go to work, as I seem too tired after work.

Endings are hard. Beginnings and middles aren't always easy either.

Added by Amazing Sunflower on June 4, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

Review of Crimsonheart Ring

This review first appeared on the Feminist Review website

( http://feministreview.blogspot.com/search?q=Chantel+Guidry)



(Sadly, I lost the ring before this review was even published. I just hope the person who found it loves it as much as I did.)





I found another beautiful piece of jewelry on Etsy. I was looking at member profiles on We Make Zines and found a link to a fellow zinester’s Etsy shop. I like seeing cool things other imaginative folks have made, so I… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on May 30, 2009 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Queer Zine Archive Project

Do folks know about the Queer Zine Archive Project? I just discovered it. I plan to spend some time (when I have some time) exploring the QZAP website.



Here's the web address: http://www.qzap.org/v5/index.php



Here's some info about the QZAP:



The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on May 30, 2009 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Zine about my own personal queer invisibility

I was supposed to go to the Bash Back gathering in Chicago this weekend, but my friend had to change her plans when she got a gig to photograph a wedding down South. I decided not to go alone.



Some friends of mine have a lovely loft with huge west facing windows and hundreds of books on shelves lining the walls. They said I could spend the weekend here writing. I've been fortunate enough to make myself my own free, four day writing retreat.



So far I've used the time… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on May 30, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Candy Box is ready!

I am going to the copy shop soon after writing this post to make copies of Candy Box, my new zine in which I rate twelve varieties of candy (mostly chocolate) that my friend Carolyn sent from the UK. I am planning on pink covers, which is exciting to me. I will post photos soon.



This zine will be of most interest to folks who love candy and/or those who live in the UK or will visit there. I am asking 75 cents for it, but I would REALLY like to trade for it.



This one's… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on March 14, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Review of The Chainbreaker Bike Book

This review originally appeared on the Feminist Review blog.



The Chainbreaker Bike Book

by Shelley Lynn Jackson and Ethan Clark

Microcosm Publishing



This “rough guide to bicycle maintenance” is really two books in one.



The first half is a bike repair manual, with which the authors strive to “serve many people, from the very beginner to a decent mechanic who just likes to geek out...” I found the how-to instructions accessible, written in a way that is… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on March 6, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

A Review of My Zine A Few Words

Anu wrote this review of my zine A Few Words for a past issue of Zine World.



A Few Words: A standout poetry zine, Chantal has a knack for creating tiny little worlds within her poems. “Longing for Home” is touching love letter to New Orleans. “Revelation” has a great lesson in it that we all should learn. “Anarchist Valentine” details the ups and downs of a prison romance. Many poems touch on the magic of the ordinary, causing the reader to pay more attention to seemingly mundane… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 26, 2009 at 7:23am — No Comments

Review of the Flow Chronicles by the Urban Hermitt

I wrote this review a couple of years ago, but it was never published anywhere. Now I am posting it here.



The Flow Chronicles

The Urban Hermitt

Microcosm Publishing



I read a couple issues of the Urban Hermitt’s eponymous zine a few years ago and really enjoyed them, so I was excited when my partner sent me a copy of The Flow Chronicles, Hermitt’s first book. Like the zines, this book was super fun to read!



Hermitt writes about coming of age and coming… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 21, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

My Submission to Telling Secrets: A Body Image Postcard Project

The Topeka & Shawnee County (Kansas) Public Library's Sabatini Gallery is hosting an exhibit featuring photographs from the Book Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield. The exhibit will run March 6 through April 17, 2009. Telling Secrets: A Body Image Postcard Project is part of the Girl Culture show.



I got one of the submission postcards at the Percolator gallery. (The Lawrence Percolator is the project space of the Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 13, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Review of Indestructible by Cristy C. Road

While on the subject of Cristy C. Road, I thought I would also add this review that I wrote of Indestructible. This review originally appeared in Zine World #24.



Indestructible: This short illustrated novel by long-time zinester Cristy C. Road tells the coming-of-age story of a young, queer, punk woman of color having adventures and struggling through adolescents in the 1990s. I found the writing unremarkable, but the illustrations are phenomenal. The book is worth the asking price… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 13, 2009 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Review of Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick: A Book of Postcards by Cristy C. Road

This review first appeared on the Feminist Review Blog

(http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2008/03/distance-makes-heart-grow-sick-book-of.html)



Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick: A Book of Postcards

Cristy C. Road

Microcosm Publishing



I really dig postcards. They’re the cheapest way to send a bit of mail to friends, a quick and inexpensive hello that doesn’t involve computer technology. Postcards are tangible and real, something that can be hung on the wall… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 13, 2009 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Review of Anatomical Heart Necklace by Niku

This review originally appeared on the Feminist Review blog

(http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2008/11/anatomical-heart-necklace.html)



I was messing around on Etsy.com when I stumbled upon this lovely and unusual anatomical heart necklace. I’m not much of a consumer, so I thought my desire would prove to be nothing but a passing fancy. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about this piece and didn’t stop wanting it. I finally decided that $10 (plus a $2.50 shipping fee) was a… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 12, 2009 at 5:03pm — No Comments

A Poem a Day is READY!

This zine that is ready is the culmination of my writing for the A Poem a Day exercise. It's not the big compilation zine containing work by many poets. This one is just me.

I am asking $2 or cool trade for it. It has over twenty new poems, all by me. It's 22 pages, 8 and 1/2 by 5 and 1/2.

I think it's great! I hope other people will think so too.

To order it, write to me at

PO Box 1483
Lawrence, KS 66044

Added by Amazing Sunflower on February 2, 2009 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Old interview with Ayun Halliday

Some years back, I interviewed Ayun Halliday (of East Village Inky and The Big Rumpus and No Touch Monkey fame) for Clamor. I can't remember what title this interview had when it was in the magazine.



Ayun Halliday is the author of the recently released book The Big Rumpus. She is also the writer and illustrator of the quarterly zine The East Village Inky and the mother of two in the under-five crowd. I adore her work. When I start reading The East Village Inky, I cannot put it down,… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on January 21, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

My Zines Available for Your Reading Pleasure

Chantel’s Zines



A Few Words—my first collection of poems—$1



The Best of Poet-in-the-Box—a short collection of poems that I wrote on demand as my alter ego while sitting in a cardboard box (really!)— $1



Poems for the Year—a collection of over 20 poems not found in any of my other poetry booklets. I wrote one or more poems in a variety of styles for each month, from the cold of Kansas winter to the heat of Kansas summer—$2



August… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on January 18, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A Poem A Day

The Project for January is A Poem A Day.



I have to give myself projects and challenges or I never get anything done. This time I have invited other poets to join me.



I guess the title is self-explanatory, but here's the invitation I sent out to other poets:



1) Write a poem each day during the month of January 2009.



2) Give yourself full permission to write mostly crap. The exercise does not call for a great poem or even a complete poem every day. The… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on January 18, 2009 at 7:20am — No Comments

Review of Let's D.I.Y. #2 by Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go

I wrote the following review for Zine World #25:



Let’s D.I.Y. #2: This issue of Let’s D.I.Y. is subtitled “Off the Page: taking zine-making to the community” and was produced by Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go. It tells why zine-makers should get involved with community groups and gives info on how to begin and maintain such partnerships. Once the basics are covered, there’s some more in-depth information on how to do it all better. The zine closes with a list of resources as well as questions… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on January 4, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Reviews of You Live for the Fight When That’s All That You’ve Got #1 by Ciara Xyerra

I wrote the first review for the Feminist Review Blog, and it can be found here

http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2007/06/you-live-for-fight-when-thats-all-that.html



The second review was written for issue #25 of Zine World.



This zine is the latest from the woman who brought the world five issues of A Renegade’s Handbook to Love & Sabotage. After her dad’s unexpected death in 2002, she took a break from producing zines because “the words just didn’t come out in a… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on January 4, 2009 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Reviews of Functionally Ill #1, #2, #3

I wrote these three reviews for GoodReads.



#1 Subtitled "adventures with mental health", this first issue is specifically about "becoming bipolar."



In her introduction, Laura-Marie writes, "I'm writing this zine so others can know what it feels like to be me. Also, it...more Subtitled "adventures with mental health", this first issue is specifically about "becoming bipolar."



In her introduction, Laura-Marie writes, "I'm writing this zine so others can know what… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on December 31, 2008 at 12:26pm — No Comments

reviews of Morganmuffel #16 and #17

These are the reviews of Morganmuffel #16 and #17 that I wrote for my GoodReads page. #17 actually just came out, so you can get a copy from Isy. She's on We Make Zines, so look her up.



#16 Morgenmuffel RULES!



Isy tells the stories of her life through super cool, super cute comics. She goes to protests, cooks a lot of food, and drinks a lot of beer. This particular issues includes lists of hated things compiled by a variety of people.



#17 I so appreciate Isy's… Continue

Added by Amazing Sunflower on December 31, 2008 at 11:48am — No Comments

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