Zines

"In Starvation Mode, Seattle’s Elissa Washuta—author of 2014’s genre-defying memoir of ethnic identity, sexual trauma, bipolar disorder, and independence, My Body Is a Book of Rules—crafts a personal accounting of her struggle for culinary control, and presents the guidelines she followed as she attempted to shape her body and mind through the food she consumed.

The book’s seemingly simple structure (a series of rules to eat and live by) contrasts with the powerful way she pulls readers into a complicated story of our needs and the cultural pressures that shape us."

Originally released through Future Tense Books' Instant Future series. 52 pages, half-letter size. 

Vignettes about the sun that span an impressive range. Nonfiction, fiction, myth, and things in between. How freckles age, a sellout friends' band, the sun's true size, the time it takes for the sun's light to reach earth, and so much more.

With words from: A.J. Michel (Syndicate Product), Amanda Brennan, Arthur Bruso, David Costill, Elly Blue, Jackie Yaeger, Jarod Roselló, Joe Biel, Jonah Matranga, Joseph Carlough, Justin Davis, Katie Haegele. Kenan Rubenstein, Kerri Radley (Deafula), Raymond E. Mingst, and Sean O’Connor.

24 pages, cut quarter-size.

Comic artists and comic lovers think about comics and the importance of comics in their lives. (They even draw a few along the way.)

Within: A dusty comic book store in the '80s serving as salvation for a geeky teen girl; dealing with Asperger’s and learning social cues from comics; the current state of Heavy Metal; adapting The Secret Garden; a girl in the 70’s and her love of war comics; superheroes; Harvey Pekar; and much much more. (“Entries from the indexes of The Complete Peanuts, Vols 1-16” is a pretty amazing, easy to miss, moment.)

44 pages, half-letter size.

Syndicate Product, one of the all-time great compilation zines, returns with Unrecommended Reading. Ten contributors write about the books that disappointed, angered, or otherwise drove them nuts. Within: Hallmark-level hatred, revolutionary fails, anti-Anne of Green Gables, and the life-changing magic of being okay with your mess.

With words from: Davida Gypsy Breier (Xerography Debt), Jenna Freedman (Before I Forget), Kathy Moseley (Ear Plugs & Ticket Stubs​), Ken Bausert (The Ken Chronicles), Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Samantha M. Connors, Joanna Czerepowicz, Aidan E. Derrico, Kris Mininger, and Aj Michel.

28 pages, half-letter size.

Inspiring, fun, heartbreaking, glorious prose poems by Tomas Moniz. Read it and go out into the world feeling ready for anything.

36 pages, quarter-size.

User Not Found is a pocket-sized chapbook on social media and life in the digital age. In a single, long-form lyric essay, Felicity explores our collective addiction from a variety of angles. It's a many-layered joyride of a think-piece. Highly recommended.

"Prompted by a sequence of discouraging internet encounters, Felicity Fenton attempts to free herself from the tendrils of an online world we know, but struggle to look away from. She evaluates the endless distractions of being tethered to her device and all that comes with it: email, spam, texting, taking pictures, and social media (aka 'the walls'). In lyrical prose that swerves into dream-like mirage, hilarious thoughts, social observations, and unwavering sadness, User Not Found is a powerful essay that is all too relatable."

Part of the Scout Book series through Future Tense Books. Second edition. 32 pages, quarter-size. ISBN 9781892061850.

In this issue of our favorite literary zine, seven writers take us around the world—from ancient ruins to the room of a nursing home—while writing under the theme of "Away."

Featuring work from: Charles Reaves, Andria Alefhi, Colette Hannahan, Betsy Houston, Pam Daghlian, M.P. McCune, and Lauren Georgia.

44 pages, quarter-size, color covers. Cover art by Portland's very own collage artist extraordinaire, Kevin Sampsell.

In this, the fifteenth installment of We'll Never Have Paris (the literary zine of all things never meant to be), writers tackle the sprawling mess that is America. 

Essays from Andria Alefhi, Lisa Fenger, Carol Wierzbicki, PF Dumanis, Adrienne Robillard, Sheetal Singh, A.M. Black, and M.P. McCune. Art by Annie Galvin and (Portland's own!) Gabriel Liston.

48 pages, quarter-size.

This issue of We'll Never Have Paris, the literary zine of all things never meant to be, focuses on food. Within, there are personal essays about diets, the melting pot of culinary cultures in a textiles factory, an immigrant family's relationship to Filet-O-Fish, a French mother's relationship to endives, the morning of Freddy Mercury's death, a failed care package, and more. 

With work from: Diane Englert, Melissa Hung, Mollia Jensen, Ed Kemp, Gina Kropf, Charles Reaves, Dani Scoville, Christine Shaffer, and Zou Zou Stasko​.

44 pages, quarter-size.

Now in its thirteenth year, We'll Never Have Paris is an institution. This issue of the all-memoir literary journal revolves around "hindsight" and within there are bald spots, guns, hearing aids, fandom, and so much more.

Essays by: Steven Svymbersky, Lisa Alexia, Amy Bobeda, Suzanne Present,​ Gustavo Rivera, LD Green, Anna Seregina, and Karen Lynch.

52 pages, quarter-size. Cover art by Sima Schloss.