Zines as Literary Tools

Zines as Literary Tools

In my glory days I wrote my own zine. It was called “The White Rabbit Zine” and I featured local artists, poets, and writers, as well as little DIY projects. I dropped the project after my course-load at school became way too heavy, but it was a fun commitment while it lasted!

What constitutes a zine, you ask? Zines are widely variable. They don’t have to just be literary. They can be an art-piece in themselves, they can have a very specific theme. Zines can be little comic books, they can be in black and white and copied at Kinko’s. They can be hand-bound or cut and pasted. The options are limitless, really.

Making a Zine can be a great way to self-publish your own art or writing, or to feature other artists that you admire. They’re little labors of love – homages to our fascinations. Collecting zines is a great means of reaching out to your arts community, and connecting with underexposed authors and artists.

The Zine pictured here is a literary Zine available for purchase on etsy.com, that features some short stories and poems all on the theme of heartbreak. Here are some other great zines, and information about zine-making:

SPACE PLEASE: A zine/poster set by Alex Hahn

A Review of Fur, Hide and Bone Zine

How to: Be a Feminist Zinester

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