Get to Know Your Zinester: Kelli Callis


Who: Kelli Callis

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
That Girl zine is a quintessential perzine written by an old school riot grrrl turned teacher/mom. Kurt Cobain is a satirical conspiracy zine that just won’t go out of print.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Initially I started writing zines to connect with people in the punk rock community so I wrote short vignettes about important issues like body image, alienation, scene politics, etc. but I liked to punctuate it with what I consider to be Bugs Bunny in-your-face tongue-in-cheek humor.

Nowadays I focus on one major theme, such as raising a child with autism or bands that influenced me while I was growing up, but the intention is the same– to entertain and connect with like-minded people, but my audience, hopefully, has grown bigger than just disgruntled punk feminists.

Disgruntled punk feminists are my tribe but I also connect with weirdos into late 80s industrial dance music, parents of special needs kiddos, Brazilian jiu jitsu enthusiasts, and pvp’ers who miss Vanilla WOW.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
Nite Rhymes by Robin Crane is a collection of poems written in tribute to her recently deceased mother. I am a big fan of perzines because many of them are cathartic to the writer– you have an issue going on in your life and putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, can help you explore these feelings and create something beautiful out of the longing and the sadness.


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