Get to Know Your Zinester: Paradise Khanmalek

Who: Paradise Khanmalek

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I primarily make books of illustrated poetry that mostly revolve around the sensual intensity of life on earth, the density and richness of consciousness, ecstatic color theory, and science fiction.

This year I’ll be sharing a new book of poetry and philosophy called “Thoughts”. I’m excited to share this book because, as with all my other work, I really want to connect with other humans and talk about the concepts I’v been exploring. These concepts include the chaos and order binary, the illusion of gender and the male subject, female object binary, and the beauty of entropy. Come talk to me!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Carmen Virginia Johns, whom I have tabled beside the last 3 years is an incredible zine maker and artist who’s work I am consistently blown away by. Her work straddles authentic inner Carmen culture and electric digital aesthetics. She not only makes books and comics but also dazzling jewelry and mini sculptures. She also brings along books and prints from friends in Baltimore, where she has lived for the past several years.

I’m also a huge fan of Carolina Hicks. I always buy her work at Zine Fest and I currently have one of her prints hanging in front of my desk. Her work taps into the intensity of human life, emotion, and mental pathways. Her illustration style and visual treasure chest is as dynamic and deep as the feelings her work explores.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m looking forward to meeting people and talking about art, poetry, life, culture, and everything in between. Every year at zine fest I end up making incredible connections and having deep conversations at my table. It’s definitely my favorite part :-).

Make sure to check out Paradise Khanmalek’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

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