HFZF Interview with Zinesters – Sarah Pinder

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I’m a writer and educator who lives in Toronto. I’m a zine maker, and also have a book of poetry out with Coach House Books, called Cutting Room.

My zines are predominantly poetry focused. Recurrent themes include: utopia/dystopia, domesticity, labour, bodies and intimacy, and… teeth. My website is here: http://bitsofstring.wordpress.com and you can catch me on twitter and instagram as @compasspoints.

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

I started making zines as a teenager in small town Northern Ontario. My first encounter with the idea of zines came, bizarrely, from Seventeen magazine, where they had printed a tiny review of Sarah Dyer’s Action Girl. I think it was something like four short sentences, but it was enough to plant the idea of zine making in my mind. I ripped the review out and hung on to it.

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

I just discovered Kate Larson’s No Better Than Apples zines this summer, and was so excited by them:  They’re both visually really strong – she hand letters and illustrates them – and the writing is AMAZING. Very meditative, poetic prose. I’ve actually bought multiple copies of issue 10 for friends.

I also really love Metropolarity, out of Philly.  They’re a group that puts together speculative fiction/sci fi zines by Black and POC (people of colour) writers whose work envisions the struggle, survival and resistance of Black people and folks of colour in utopian and dystopian urban futures. Critical political and engaged work.

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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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