What was your first zine about and when was it made?
my first zine was about being angry at men, other feminist musings and probably stolen bikini kill images. it was very, very bad. i made it when i was in eighth grade and it would have been around 1994. hopefully i never have to see it again. if found, please destroy. there are some documents that don’t need to be treasured.
Describe your most recent zine.
my most recent issue of truckface is about my fourth and part of my fifth years of teaching. it contains stories leading up the chicago teachers strike and the eventual strike. it is text heavy, messy and hopefully enjoyable.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
well, when it comes out soon, the truckface anthology will be what i am most proud of. it is scary to see a document of my life over the past 9 years. here it is. oh here’s that time i was a total asshole or caused a bunch of trouble, cool. it shows my progression as a teacher and a person. at least 1 of the volumes (or hopefully both of them) will be released just in time for the LA zine fest. (or the books might even be placed into my hands in LA. hollywood ending! yes!)
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
my good friend heather from dig deep and stranger danger distro influences me to stay positive. my favorite zine writer of all time, mimi thi nguyen of slander, influences me to remain forever enraged, stay active and continue thinking critically. and old man william faulkner changed the way that i viewed writing and literature. without his creativity, i would not be an english teacher or probably would not have spent so much of my life focused on writing.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
when i’m not creating it’s most likely due to being overworked during the school year. during the school year, all i can focus on is my job and surviving week to week. i only have time to paint or write during the summer or any breaks from school. even when i’m not working on a new issue, i’m at least trying to have other creative outlets such as playing drums in a band once a week. but i also feel itchy if i don’t create a new issue. i think having some sort of creative goal in either writing, art or music, keeps me somewhat balanced in this very hectic world. it can be frustrating to not have as much time to pursue all of my creative endeavors. but, i make it through somehow.