Zines

The second volume of Tim Devin's epic delve into the counterculture movements of the 1970s. Using the greater Boston area as a microcosm, he maps out the diverse manifestations of people organizing, working, and living collectively.

"Mapping Out Utopia is a three-part look at the Boston area's 1970s counterculture, based on listings found in old countercultural directories and magazines. Each volume maps out a different part of the city. This one takes a stab at the heart of the region: Boston. This volume offers overviews of almost 200 organizations, eleven hand-drawn maps, and a number of in-depth overviews on topics including gay liberation, black separatism, and church basements as countercultural command centers. From Operation Black to the Recycling Revolutionary Coop, it's all in here."

108 pages, 26 illustrations, 11 maps. Green cardstock cover, with off-white interior pages. Half-letter size, stapled wraps.

The Mapping Out Utopia zine series is stunning in the depth of its research and the way it examines local history as a microcosm of broad societal change. In this, the third and final issue, Devin looks at communities near the Boston area and the kinds of counterculture organizations that formed there in the 1970s. While mapping these organizations and their histories, he also provides brief histories of the environmental movement, corporate boycotts, consumer rights, the peace movement, food cooperatives, and so much more.

80 pages, half-letter size.

Last copy! ​​​​​​​The newest zine from Nomadic Youth, a London-based DIY youth project that provides free pop-up activities to teenagers across the city and supports youth activism and mutual aid. This small art zine celebrates Pride and the Black Lives Matter movement with 11 pieces of art by young people of color and/or young people who are LGBT+. 

20 pages, full-color, quarter-size. Comes with free sticker.

In Otherwise, their sequel to the excellent All Together workbook zine, Emma Percy guides us through better understanding and connecting to the world around us. Through questions, exercises, quotes, and research, Otherwise explores "ecological identity, climate grief + anger, the precarity + necessity of hope, and sparking creative resistance to the genocidal + ecocidal capitalist system."

44 pages, half-letter size. 

A collaboration between Portland nonprofit Know Your City and writer Martha Grover (Somnambulist zine, The End of My Career), The People's Guide to Portland is an in-depth resource guide for marginalized people and communities, as well as a succinct and clear guide to being a good ally. 

Sections within: Chronically Ill/Disabled, Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+, Reproductive Rights, Gender Inequality, Youth, Folks in Recovery, Parenting/Child-Rearing, Survivors of Violent Crime, Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Housing: Renting and Houselessness, Mental Health, Environmental Justice, Low Income, Educate/Agitate/Organize, Self Care, Veteran Resources, Wealth & Voter Suppression.

And featuring an all-star list of Portland contributors: Katy Ellis O'Brien, Celeste Chicas, Olivia VanSlyke, Bobby Hayden, Max Key, Lydia Grijalva, Kjerstin Johnson, Jaden-Thiago Fraga, Katie Ash, HopSkotch Sunday, Ruby Story, Jamani Ward-Leis, and Trisha Shozuya.

50 pages, half-letter size.

Portraits and short biographies of nuns who "altered history for the betterment of people." Visionaries, activists, political prisoners, education reformers, pop singers, computer scientists, DJs, queer writers, and graffiti artists.

Within: Hildegard of Bingen, The Nuns of Selma, Ani Pachen, Mary Ward, Soeur Sourire, Mary Kenneth Keller, Mary Ignatius Davies, Corita Kent, Rosemary Curb, Nancy Manahan, and Megan Rice.

24 pages, half-legal size.

The new edition of Reclaiming Our Ancient Wisdom: Herbal Abortion Procedure and Practice for Midwives and Herbalists​ is a deeply researched "guide for practiced herbalists and midwives to better serve the women of their communities." Benefits and safety issues, historical context, herbal implantation inhibitors, and so much more.

Beautifully illustrated with botanical drawings from Gerard’s Herbal and other early texts. 40 pages, offset print, archival dust-jacket.

A highly recommended interview issue from this long-running Vancouver, B.C. punk zine. Community organizing, the perspective and challenges of being a DIY lifer, real-life sailing epics. Aaron Cometbus, Shellshag, Matt Hern, and more.
60 pages, half-letter size.

In Snacks in the Park, Portland zine legend Moe Bowstern (Xtra Tuf) meets up with interesting Portlanders in parks around the city. Along the way, there's bits of local history and far-ranging discussions. Casual and fun, but with plenty of depth, Snacks is an interesting ride from cover to cover.

Conversations with: rapper and activist Mic Crenshaw, film-score composers Shawn Parke and Kim Henninger, massage therapist and burlesque performer Shanta Prescott, community radio manager and activist Monica Beemer, furniture maker and salvager Preston Browning, and writer and activist Judith Arcana.

40 pages, half-letter size. Color covers, B&W insides.

In this issue of Somnambulist, Martha Grover publishes her mom Frani's letters to Portland mayor Ted Wheeler regarding Portland's housing crisis. This far-reaching collection of letters brings in personal, literary, and historical viewpoints. Largely, she writes from her perspective as a long-time advocate for houseless communities. She talks about the friends she's made in these communities over the years and the challenges these friends have faced, trying to get through to the mayor. 

Ten percent of all proceeds go to my Frani’s charity East County Aid and Comfort. 40 pages, half-letter size.