Zines

In this issue of Balcony there's a public apology, an essay about Lewis Hyde's The Gift, an interview with left-field hip-hop musician Sterling Toles, in-depth record reviews, and a couple poems by Charles Gonsalves. But as in every issue of Balcony, it's also much more than that. A surprising, quietly exceptional zine.

32 pages, half-letter size.

 

An exploration of the body, one part at a time, by Tomas Moniz. Written as poems, but reading more like vignettes or small essays about how complicated it is just to exist in your own frame. These pieces are sweet, emotionally heavy, sexy, and sometimes really funny. They are so honest that it leaves you wishing for that same openness in yourself, to be so unashamed of what we carry around and what we desire.

Illustrated by Portland's own Amanda Englund. Reprinted through 1984 Printing. 40 pages, quarter-size.

A second short collection of short poems (in handsome mini-zine form) from Murder City Devils' frontman Spencer Moody. Playful, silly, occasionally gruesome. For fans of Richard Brautigan, Kate Greenstreet, and Zachary Schomburg.

24 pages, cut quarter-size. Released on Displaced Snail Publications.

Last two copies! Casually surreal and observational poems about normative beauty standards, punk shows, security blankets. 

16 pages, half-letter size, letterpressed cover.

18 poems for sitting on an imagined lanai. A lanai that poet (and Murder City Devils frontman) Spencer Moody does not have. 

Illustrations by Mocha Ishibashi. 32 pages, cut quarter-size.

A buffet of wildly different work from cartoonists, essayists, poets, and illustrators. With contributions from some of our faves: Jeff Miller (Ghost Pine) on the childhood confusion caused by a Sex Pistols tape, comic artist John Porcellino (King Cat Comics) on hidden creeks, Cherry Styles (Synchronise Witches Press) on natural skin care, and comic artist Jason Martin (Black Tea) on underrated albums.

Plus so much more from: Rob Jackson, Brigid Elva, Grace Denton, Nathan Penlington, Ben Gwalchmai, Joff Winterhart, Timothy Senior, Meriel Harrison, Maxim Peter Griffin, Iona Fox, Jayde Perkin, Jeff Miller, Delaine Derry Green, Andrew White, Dan Cooper, Jacob Knill, Sabba Khan, Peony Gent. Edited by Simon Moreton and Ali Bamford.

52 pages, magazine size.

 

A zine of art and writing to benefit the Mütter Museum, the well-loved weirdo medical museum in Philadelphia. Essays, lyrics, poetry, and photography, plus comics about Einstein's brain and tourniquet tips.

Named after the classic Murder City Devils song and with contributions from: Spencer Moody (of MCD), Katie Haegele, Ben Chisholm, Defectivepudding, Ally Shwed, Joe Carlough, Jay McQuirns, lauren.napier, Nancy Hill, Craig Wenner, Gravey Train, and Joe Jack Talcum. 

28 pages, full-color, half-sized, includes album download code.

Last copy! Some selected poems from Katie Haegele (of La-La TheoryCat Party, and so many other things). With a wonderful essay-length introduction from Katie that put the poems into context.

40 pages, tall quarter-size.

Two poetry zines in one by Tomas Moniz. In A Poetic Theory of Plate Tectonics, he looks at bodies in relation to the various movements of the earth. And in A Reclamation of Manhood, he looks at past joys and mistakes in an attempt to unlearn the socialized expectations of what manhood and fatherhood looks like.

With art from Ajuan Mance, Robert Liu-Trujillo, and Alicia Dornadic.

36 pages, half-letter size.

Last copy! This issue of Pro Wrestling Feelings goes deep. There's an epic and fascinating interview with transgender poet Colette Arrand about wrestling as literary muse and her stints as a wrestler and commentator. Willow Maclay has an excellent essay on wrestling as cinema, and the sport's roots in both carnival shows and theater. There's also an interview with Dr. Jess Krenek about female pro-wrestling fandom and academia, as well as comics, poems, the dream match, and much more.

60 pages, half-letter size. Cover art by Sage Coffey.