My position – when I’m not on here blogging, or cuddling with my husband – is that of an assistant librarian at a high school. For the most part, I recommend books to children and they stare at me blankly. And of course, I put books back on the shelf, help the English teachers get their class sets sorted out, and try to promote reading in various ways. During the month of April (National Poetry Month! Duh…) I helped the kids at the high school celebrate poem in your pocket day by hiding poems around the school, and giving the students prizes when they came and read a poem to me.
One of the prizes were these bookmarks that I’ve given you a template for! Simply print them out, cut them along the proper lines, cover them in book tape (carefully, I might add), trim the book tape, and voila! You’ve got yourself some perfectly good poetry to look at every time you crack open your book.
Feel free to use these for personal purposes, as gifts, or if you’d like to promote the love of poetry next April.
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: