Feeling really inspired today after being on this panel at the Jacksonville Public Library.http://jplzinelibrary.wordpress.com/kathleen-hanna/
The talk was about zines, The Personal is Political. Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, LeTigre, Julie Ruin) was the keynote, and It was such and honor to be a part of a conversation with someone who was one of the folks who paved the way for me as a musician and artist!
I haven't done a zine in 5 or 6 years, but it was great to be invited to be on the panel because that is my artistic root. I made my first zine when I was 17. Interviewing bands and doing punk show reviews, then I moved away from that and started writing about my experience as a black women in the punk scene. It was a really special time period of my life because I was so vulnerable with people I didn't know. Through my zines I became penpals with other women of color who had similar experiences to me. This was so crucial to my creative life, just to feel that I was not alone. So when I got home I looked through some of my old zines.....part embarassing, part cool.