Call for Submissions: Elegies for Hallownest

Seeking poetry submissions for a poetry fanzine inspired by the world and characters of Hollow Knight!

Hollow Knight is a game that’s lore and dialogue reads like poetry and that’s storytelling leaves lots of space for speculation.

Elegies for Hallownest is a community project that seeks to gather work from writers who have been inspired by the game’s aesthetics, themes, characters, lore, environment, and dialogue.

Your work can take any aspect of the game for inspiration, so long as you can picture yourself stumbling across it within the world of the game, on a lore tablet or in a wanderer’s journal (though, if your piece gets a little more meta, please still send it in, I’d love to see if we can make it work).

Poetry is defined as broadly as possible; your work can be as structured or unstructured, rhyming or discordant, stanza-based or prosaic as you’d like.

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Zines Without Borders By Hadass “Badass” Bar Lev

I started writing zines rather late. It was 2007 and I was 24 years old. I was in a new country (Israel), in a new city (Jerusalem) with such a different way of life and mentality than the one I knew back in Montreal. The polarized emotions and the culture shock I felt were too powerful for me to contain. Every time I wrote another issue of my zine, it was like a huge sigh of relief as I felt all of those powerful emotions drain out of me and come to life on paper.

Back then, it was all new to me and it was exciting and riveting. As I do with anything I love, I obsessed over zines. I read as much as I could about it, wrote about it, talked about it, listened to the music that accompanied the zine scene of the early 90s, dreamt about it, and wished that I knew more people who were into it. Sadly, there isn’t much of a zine scene in Israel, if at all, so I reached out to other zinesters overseas, and this was when I started trading zines.

I love trading zines! This is my main source of inspiration. Because zines, especially perzines, are so personal and intimate, it’s the next best thing to meeting the creator in person. The zine is the artistic reincarnation of its creator. Every zine is different like every person is different – the writing style, the layout technique, the art incorporated, the talent, the voice, the experience. This is what inspired me to create my own zines and keep creating them.

It went on for about nine years. During that time, I changed so drastically that I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. I had my heart broken and mended and broken again, I started and completed psychological therapy, I lost my grandmother, I had more surgeries than a person in their 20s ever should have, I experimented with different forms of art and activism, I also experimented with drugs and alcohol, I met new friends, then lost all of them one by one, I met the love of my life, I got married, travelled endlessly until the Covid crisis stole that from right under me…

But none of these experiences changed me as much as having a child and becoming a mother. In November 2016, writing zines hit the cold rock bottom of my priorities’ list with a loud resounding thud. My child became my whole world and nothing else mattered. I cared about absolutely nothing but my kid.

Still, I struggled and did my best to keep writing, in between baths, loads of laundry, diaper-changing, feeding times and bedtimes. If perzines are the papercarnations of their creator, and if the creator’s very essence is a maternal one, a zine about motherhood was definitely in order. So I wrote the zine Ima Badass about my experience with motherhood and how I try to balance that part of my life with the one I had back in my 20s.

But no matter how much I changed, trading zines is still important to me and this is what I miss most of all about the zine life. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t make as many zines anymore, but I just can’t seem to land a trade with almost anyone anymore. Sometimes I think maybe it has to do with reasons that are out of my control. I mean, I’m an Israeli zinester after all. And since all my trades are overseas, boycotts abound. I don’t know if that’s the reason – and if you ask me, that’s a fucked up one – but either way, I miss the beautiful brown envelopes in my mailbox. I find myself buying more zines than trading them because this is the only way I seem to be getting zines right now.

And though this is not the reason why I decided to contribute to this blog, Nyx from Sea Green Zines is the only zinester I can still expect to be up for trading zines. A while back, I even got a surprise package from them and it just made my day. If I actually manage to get my ass in gear and send them a couple of zines back, they always feature it on their Happy Mail Monday video cast and it makes my day as well.

I guess my reason for writing this post is to show other zinesters that I’m still me. Still an artist, still a writer, still a feminist, still a metalhead, still a mother, and still lots of different things that have nothing to do with the fucked up politics of the Middle East. There is no reason to boycott me. I took part in the Boston Zine Fest in 2015 for fuck’s sake and the zinesters there sure as fuck had no problem accepting me as one of their own. The zinester community should recognize no borders. And boycotting a zinester makes no sense because rarely does a zinester make any money anyway.

I love zinesters, and I love zines, and I still take part in zine events such as International Zine Month and ZineWriMo, and I just recently joined the Monthly Zine Project community. I so wish that I could meet more zinesters who love trading zines as much as I do.

So if you are one of those awesome zinefolks, don’t be shy, come over and say hi. I’m nice and friendly, I promise. And my zines kick some major fucking ass, I promise that too!

Peace, love and back in the zineverse!


This Badass spills her guts in Fallopian Falafel (a compilation zine from 2007 to 2011), Purple Moon Spawn – A PMS Perzine (from 2010 to present), and the one-off zines: Ima Badass, International Zine Month 2018 Zine, Raise Your Horns and More than Default Male. Her words of sheer badassery are also found in her blog Riot Grrrl in Israel, hadass420.wordpress.com. Contact this lonely zinester at fallopian.falafel@gmail.com and make her day!

Happy Mail Monday – Ramble-full Edition

Hello, dear friends, and welcome to the last happy mail before the April break. Of course I wasn’t going to leave all this lovely goodness waiting until May! Check out the gorgeous stickers and awesome zine goodness.

Call for SeaGreenZines Guest Posts – https://seagreenzines.com/2022/03/14/call-for-guest-posts/

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*Billy – https://www.patreon.com/iknowbilly
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*Sam/Ever Caffeinated Press – https://linktr.ee/evercaffeinatedpress

*Stickers4U by Kate – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Stickers4UByKate

*Vixxie – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/VixxiesShop
**Vixxie Plans – https://www.youtube.com/c/VixxiePlans

*Hadass – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PMSmess
**https://hadass420.wordpress.com

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My PO Box:

Nyx
PO Box 378
Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Australia


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Have You Seen These Zines/Zinemakers?

Hello, zine friends! I am doing a little research project, and I am looking for informations on these zines – and the zinesters who made them! If you have any information, please get in touch.

What I’m Looking For:

*Sock Monkey Social Life by Alexandra Stolarski

*We Like Poo by Tara Sin

*Western Lore by Tim White

Call for Submissions: Elegies for Hallownest

Seeking poetry submissions for a poetry fanzine inspired by the world and characters of Hollow Knight!

Hollow Knight is a game that’s lore and dialogue reads like poetry and that’s storytelling leaves lots of space for speculation.

Elegies for Hallownest is a community project that seeks to gather work from writers who have been inspired by the game’s aesthetics, themes, characters, lore, environment, and dialogue.

Your work can take any aspect of the game for inspiration, so long as you can picture yourself stumbling across it within the world of the game, on a lore tablet or in a wanderer’s journal (though, if your piece gets a little more meta, please still send it in, I’d love to see if we can make it work).

Poetry is defined as broadly as possible; your work can be as structured or unstructured, rhyming or discordant, stanza-based or prosaic as you’d like.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/elegieszine
On Tumblr: https://elegieszine.tumblr.com/post/674660777927606272/seeking-poetry-submissions-for-a-poetry-fanzine

Zine Review: …with an e.

tomorrow

…with an e.
Lynne
http://www.butchnorfemme.com
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ButchNorFemme

…with an e. is a US 1/4-sized black and white zine about gender stereotypes, societal expectations, anxiety, and not so healthy coping mechanisms… all wrapped up in preparations for and attendance of a wedding.

As Lynne mentions on page one, this zine does contain writing about alcohol in case that is triggering for you.

…with an e. opens with Lynne writing about how this zine was put together in 24 hours the day after Thanksgiving and how a 24-hour zine seemed to fit the bill of writing about the experience but not taking weeks or months to do so. From there we have the aforementioned trigger warning before launching into where it all started: their brother got engaged.

Lynne writes about many things, from hating dressing up, anxiety from being expected to do so at their brother’s wedding, looking for a dress, and more. Lynne’s writing style is an interesting mix of opening up with personal anxieties, thoughts, and feelings but with as sort of ‘one step back’ perspective that lets them – and the reader – take in their actions from a self-reflective sort of stance. With a flair for a sort of subtle, dry humour as well, I felt like I was reading a letter from a friend about everything that had happened.

I’m someone who likes to get dressed up and is comfortable presenting as a cis female, there was still so much in this zine I identified with. I may like to wear a dress, but I abhor clothes shopping. Trying clothes on? Horror of horrors. Lynne also writes about how their boobs suddenly got bigger after thirty. Strangely enough, I can identify with that and all the fun adjustments clothing-wise that needed to be made. Only at 35 for me.

The mythical makeup class that Lynne felt like they missed, the feeling awkward in social situations – especially when there are expectations set for behaviour, etc – and even using alcohol as a coping mechanism… I was right there with it all. Heck, music isn’t my strong suit either.

It was hard reading about the sort of silent agreement Lynne has with their family to just ‘not talk about the things’ in regards to Lynne’s queerness. But I think there is a great value in the fact that Lynne wrote about it because I imagine that a lot of people are in the same position with family: not ‘out’, possibly suspected, but they don’t talk about it to avoid any potential conflict.

I could keep going on and on about this zine, and I think that goes to show how much I enjoyed it and how it made me think about things. I love it when a zine surprises me with ‘I’m that way too!’ thoughts while I’m reading.

…with an e. is a zine about so much but, overall, about being human and trying so hard to navigate the weirdness we call life.

Check it out.