Today I picked up issue 8.2 of the SpeedPoets Zine from my local copy shop. I love the moment of anticipation as the zines are handed over in a sealed copy-paper box. Then, like a mouse in a cheese factory, I peel back the lid and sneak my first glimpse of the issue. Of course, I know full well what the zine will look like, having designed the cover and all, but that moment is something I look forward to every month. It’s a little burst of wonder that immediately gets me thinking about the next zine… a moment of excitement and inspiration.
Of course once you have the zine, you need to get it into the hands of eager readers… so for all those people out there wanting to get a look at issue 8.2 of SpeedPoets, get yourself along to the gig tomorrow at The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St, New Farm) from 2pm and pick up your free copy.
And as the April Zine is now complete, I am looking for submissions for the May Zine… so if you have a few poems sitting around, gathering dust in your bottom drawer/notepad/hard drive/ etc… and want to find them a good home, then consider this:
Send two (2) poems to me in the body of an email titled SpeedPoets Submission to: geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au. SpeedPoets is looking for work that is bold, passionate and unrestrained. Words that pull you close then touch you inappropriately…
Look forward to hearing from you.
And If You Are Into Zines These Places Are Worth Checking Out…
On my recent trip to Melbourne, I had the joy of discovering Sticky Institute. Check out their site (and better still if you are in Melbourne, drop in) as they are willing to stock zines in all shapes and genres. Another great resource if you have a zine and want to get it into circulation is Bird in the Hand. I hadn’t yet discovered Bird in the Hand, but came across it in a great article called Zines and the decay of modern civilisation in the new look QLD Writers Centre Magazine. The good folk at QWC have revamped Writing QLD and I have to say the first issue (the DIY issue) is superb.