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learning to leave a paper trail zine distro

* "learning good consent," edited by cindy ovenrack, is an exhaustive compzine on the topic of giving & receiving consent in physical & sexual situations. a must-read for anyone who is having or wants to have physical relationships with other people!
* "high on burning photographs" #4 is the newest personal zine from long-time zinester, ocean, all about learning how to be a tough girl, working with the pittsburgh books to prisoners program, giving up alcohol, & more.
* "dudes! 13 appointments" recounts thirteen encounters with various men that authoress, fanny, had while working as a hooker. honestly portrays life as a sex worker, with neither glamour nor pathos.
* "fairytales in the supermarket" is a conceptual A-to-Z encyclopedia documenting emma's ten years working as a retail clerk. funny stories & insightful critiques of modern-day capitalism.

i also made some posters: the design is a typewriter & the words "typewriter saved my life" blockprinted in red ink onto vellum & matted with cardstock. the posters are full-sized (8.5" by 11") & the vellum/cardstock combinations are varied. order at http://www.papertraildistro.com/relateditems.

& remember: i am always looking for new zines to carry. don't be shy about sending yours in for distro consideration!

ciara xyerra
12 lincoln ave. #3
somerville ma 02145

ocean capewell, lately of "high on burning photographs" & "it's not the end of the world!" zines, did an interview with paper trail. see what she has to say about how the zine world has changed since ocean started making zines fifteen years ago in junior high, zining through carpal tunnel syndrome, the impact of the internet, books to prisoners, & more at http://www.papertraildistro.com/interviews (which includes a complete archive of the past (more than) three years of interviews).

i offer subscriptions to the distro. a subscription costs $50 in the u.s. & $60 everywhere else, & consists of a package mailed to you every three months for a year, each package containing a selection of new zines in the catalogue, the latest new distro newsletter (which is also included with all other orders), & some kind of crafty surprise. past surprises have included 1" pins, postcards, posters, mix tapes, t-shirts, one-shot zines i made just for subscribers, etc. the next round of subscriptions will be mailed out in the first week of april, & sign-up for this round closes at 11:59pm on march 31.

for more details on subscriptions (& also postage-paid collections--also a good deal, money-wise), check out http://www.papertraildistro.com/relateditems.

the boston skillshare will be held this year on april 18 & 19 at the MIT strata center. i will be teaching a workshop called "everything you ever wanted to know about zines but were afraid to ask":

this workshop is open to seasoned, long-term zine-makers, as well as those curious about making a zine for the first time. the first half of the workshop will be a Q&A where folks can learn more about the various aspects of zine-making & zine-culture: what to write, how to do layout, how to cut costs in copying & postage, how to find readers, trading, distribution networks, zine libraries, making long-term zine friends, & more! there will be space for people to ask about any questions they have about zines, & hopefully this will become a group discussion...

before we get into making zines! supplies will be provided (but feel free to bring your own) so hopefully everyone at the workshop will have time & space to make a page or two for a collective workshop zine. donations & contact info will be collected so all participants will get a copy of the zine after the skillshare is over. put your newfound skills & tricks right away! (donations & zine pages will be accepted all weekend, so don't worry about feeling rushed.)

i'll also be tabling with the distro over the weekend, so if you are in boston or the surrounding area, come by & pick up zines, attend some workshops, etc!

there's some other upcoming stuff too, including a paper trail grant program, a zinester-in-residency set-up in lawrence (kansas), etc, but this is news that will take greater form as summer approaches. to get all the news, you can subscribe to the paper trail distro e-mail list by sending an e-mail to papertrail_subscribe@lists.riseup.net.

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