The Way the Lights Went Out: A Hurricane Sandy Benefit

January 2, 2013

This event will be both a zine reading and zine sale to benefit The Ali Forney Center, a Manhattan-based organization which provides housing to homeless LGBT youth. Part of the Center’s facility is located near the Hudson River and was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The event will include readings by zinesters as well as the sale of zines generously donated by many zinesters. 100% of proceeds will go to this important community resource.

We are aware of recent critiques of the Ali Forney Center*, and we concur with TransRadical blog** that it is crucial to rebuild AFC in order to continue creating safe and welcoming communities for LGBTQ youth everywhere.

DATE: Wednesday, January 9th, 7pm

LOCATION: Bluestockings


Kate Angell (My Feminist Friends, A Thousand Times Yes)
Jamie Varriale Vélez (Sinvergüenza)
Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian, Barnard Zine Library)
+ more!


Stranger Danger Zine Distro, Kathleen McIntyre (The Worst), Lauren Denitzio (Get it Together), Kate Wadkins (International Girl Gang Underground), For the Birds Collective, Kate Angell, Amber Dearest (Fight Boredom Distro, The Triumph of our Tired Eyes), Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram), PonyBoy Press, Aimee Lusty (Booklyn, Pen15 Press), Amanda Stefanski, Jami Sailor (Your Secretary), Jordan Alam (The Cowation), Alycia Sellie (Brooklyn College Zine Library), Cindy Crabb (Doris), Natty Koper & Sivan Sabach (Bangarang This), Chella Quint (Adventures in Menstruating), Shawn Smith (Black Lesbians in the 70s Zine), Elvis Bakaitis (Homos in Herstory), Sarah Rose (Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, Once Upon a Distro), Maud Pryor (Marmalade Umlaut)

Zinesters are welcome to contact us with zines to donate! 100% of event proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief.

Kate Angell at
Kate Wadkins at

sandy benefit

Release of Yoko Ono Tribute Zine

November 17, 2012

Once again I’ve allowed a few months to pass since my last post- I started a new job over the summer and also began to attend grad school in September, and thus have been busier than usual! I really do intend to keep posting here, though, so definitely continue to check in.

Today I’m excited to write about a new collaborative zine which I just published last month- it’s called “A Thousand Times Yes: Reflections on Yoko Ono,” and is a tribute to one of my favorite artists and musicians. The zine includes interviews I conducted with people who have been inspired by Ono’s work- including Kathleen Hanna, Barbara Hammer, and Gina Birch- and features original artwork by members of my talented social circle.

If you’d like to buy a copy I encourage you to check out my Etsy Store or send me an email at!

Zine cover by Elvis Bakaitis

Zine cover by Elvis Bakaitis

Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Conference

August 28, 2012

I just learned about a conference that seems really amazing- it’s called “Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference,” and it will take place on October 20th at Princeton University. Conference organizers are still seeking project proposals- the deadline for abstract submissions is this Friday, the 31st. Contact information for submitting a proposal can be found here. The keynote speaker will be Kara Keeling, a professor of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California and author of the book The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense.

According to the call for papers, Intersections “seeks to create a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across disciplines and fields that interrogate the intersections between blackness and queerness. Against an abjuring history, we ask: how might we understand the relationship between blackness and queerness if we first reject the premise of their mutual exclusivity? How might transit between blackness and queerness open up new pathways of thought to engage thinking concerned with a host of issues ranging from agency to temporality to phenomenology to resistance?  Are we in a post-black or post-queer moment, and if so, how might a reinterrogation of both blackness and queerness reanimate supposedly deadened modes of inquiry?”

I’m going to try to make it to the conference myself- I presented at a conference at Princeton once, it was a really great experience (and the area is gorgeous).



C-SPAN Video Library

August 23, 2012

I’m pretty impressed with the C-SPAN Video Library– this site allows anyone to watch all C-SPAN programs produced since 1987 online for free! There are many ways to locate programs of interest- for example, you can browse by program type or tags. They have a great blog as well which is updated very often.

The site doesn’t allow for the embedding of its videos in WordPress (as far as I can tell), but here’s a link to a great video called Women and Political Activism from a few months ago.

2012 Rainbow Book List

August 13, 2012

Every January the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table join forces to create the Rainbow Book List. A carefully selected bibliography of high-quality books with diverse GLBTQ content, the Rainbow Book List is targeted at readers between 0-18 years of age.

I’ve looked over the 2012 Rainbow Book List and just from the titles alone am impressed with the selection. As a queer librarian who came out in my late teens it gives me great joy that resources like these exist. Anyone interested in checking out past lists can go here and find lists dating back to 2008.

Brooklyn College Zine Collection Opening

July 28, 2012

This Tuesday will be an exciting day for New Yorkers who love zines, as the long-awaited Brooklyn College Zine Collection is officially opening! The collection was started in 2011 by Brooklyn College librarian Alycia Sellie and primarily features zines that are connected to Brooklyn (specific collection parameters available here).

Tuesday’s celebration is open to the public and will feature readings by Brooklyn College students and Brooklyn zinesters (including my zine buddies Elvis Bakaitis and Kate Wadkins). I’ll be reading from my zine “My Feminist Friends” and am especially pleased because my first academic library internship ever was at Brooklyn College!

More info about the event is available in the press release.

Flyer by zine interns Sarah Rappo and Erica Saunders

Flyer by zine interns Sarah Rappo and Erica Saunders

Directory of Open Access Books

July 25, 2012

If you’re like me and you were quite enthralled by the idea of open access (read: freely accessible) scholarly journal articles, you’ll most likely be equally pleased with open access books! The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), developed in part by the creators of the Directory of Open Access Journals, was launched in April of this year and already boasts 1000+ free academic peer-reviewed books.

Remember, since these books are open access it means you can download an entire book for free- I know it sounds like a joke, but it’s the truth.  Let’s pretend that I’d like to access a 2005 book titled European Cinema: Face to Face  with Hollywood and written by Thomas Elsaesser. If you locate the book’s record on DOAB all you would have to do to open it as a PDF file would be to click on the “Fulltext” link.

You can locate books using either the advanced search box or browse via subject (my personal favorite- I’m the type who brings up the topic of subject headings at dinner), title, or publisher.

Smiling Dog

This is how happy open access books make me. Citation: Davey, A. (Photographer). (2008). Smiling dog. [Digital image]. Retrieved from

CIA World Factbook

July 18, 2012

The CIA World Factbook is a great free, credible resource for anyone interested in obtaining current background information about a country. Topics covered include geography, economy, people, history, transportation, etc.

There are also regional maps and images of flags of the world, both of which can be downloaded as JPGs or PDFs. Here’s the Czech Republic’s page as an example! Each country has its own photo gallery as well.

Prague's Hradcany (Castle District)

Guide to New York City Women’s and Social Justice Organizations

July 9, 2012

When I worked at Sarah Lawrence I would often refer patrons to the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s wonderful Guide to NYC Women’s and Social Justice Organizations.

The Guide is a directory of 500+ NYC-based organizations which all work for sexual, racial, economic and/or social justice. You can check out the organizations either alphabetically or categorically (e.g. Activism, Arts and Media, and Labor).

It’s a great place to explore if you’re looking for employment or volunteer opportunities, as well as building connections with people who are doing amazing things in our community on a daily basis.

Queer Immigration Reading List

July 3, 2012

My friend Charlotte sent me a link awhile ago that I’ve been meaning to blog about. Published by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, the Queer Immigration Reading List is an excellent bibliography of 20+ free online articles pertaining to experiences of LGBTQ immigrants in the United States.

While the bibliography is a bit dated (the most recent articles were published in 2009), the librarian in me thought this resource could particularly be of use to people researching queers and immigration rights from a historical perspective.

On a related note, my friend Stina and I recently wrote a joint book review on two recent texts exploring the treatment of queers in the U.S. criminal justice system, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. The same website, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, posted a well-written and informative 2011 paper called “Connecting the Dots: How Immigrant Repression and U.S. Incarceration Serve Global Capitalist Interests,” which I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn more about these significant issues. The paper is available for free download here.