Hmmm…Some of the poems and the love zines would taste like the most delicious vegan buffet you can imagine – with plenty of chocolate for dessert. Some of the other poems would probably taste like old cigarettes and beer.
Cover vs. content, which do you do first?
What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?
Oh! A travel zine in two parts! I would travel to two places I long to go: Where Pablo Neruda lived in Chile and where Frida Kahlo lived in Mexico.
What’s your favorite zine/art piece?
I love the Peace to All Creatures zine that was created by two women: Pippi Howard and Jessi VanPelt. I don’t believe they are creating this anymore. I also love Woman House by Esther Pearl Watson.
What particular zines/work inspire you?
I get amazing inspiration and support from some spectacular LA/OC writers and artists I’m also happy to call friends, including Annie Knight, Amber Garza, Brodie Foster Hubbard, Jen Venegas, and many more. I am also inspired by Joni Mitchell, Henry Rollins, Dorothy Day, Led Zeppelin, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, bell hooks,…
How does your work connect with day-to-day living?
Everything I do is connected. I aspire to be a Love Activist and everything falls under that. Love Activism is what I call a radical, daily activism of kindness. Of course, there are many ways to practice this. The Love Zine Project (I’ll have the first two zines for this project at Riverside) is all about examining love in its various contexts, so much more than romantic love. I like to think about love everyday and I think about poetry all the time, too. My vegan baked goods (Wild Librarian Bakery) fall under all of this also. It is social justice baking – 100% vegan and fair trade – so an example of love.