HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Lisa Baird


Lisa's zinesTell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I am very very new to thinking of myself as a zinester. Zinesters have always seemed inaccessibly cool to me. So I’m just a performance poet who’s venturing into the world of zines. And I don’t really have a distro. What I have is a humble pile of zines inspired by Guelph Zine Club on a wide variety of topics.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

I started making zines when I joined Guelph Zine Club in January of 2014. My influences include a bunch of rad mostly queer-identified folk in the living room at 70 Huron Street.

What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist diy publishing?

That means different things to different people. To me it’s about creating culture rather than just consuming it. It’s about pushing back against every soul-destroying aspect of mainstream culture. It also means getting to read my latest zine out loud to the folks at GZC, once a month. The show-and-tell aspect puts the zine out into the world. “Go forth, little creation, I set you free.”

Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.

Oh golly, there are so many. Well, everyone at GZC inspires me regardless of whether they identify as feminist or not. These days Shira Erlichman is inspiring me (she’s a poetry teacher in Brooklyn). Also Britta Badour, a performance poet and educator based in Toronto.

What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?

I’m stoked about HFZF partially because it’s in Hamilton and I’ve not been there since before my grandma passed and I think she’d love the idea of me tabling at a feminist zine fair. She’d ask all sorts of questions about what a zine is and what will I be doing with the table and she’d want to see all the zines.


Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.


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