Sunday, July 26, 2015

allowing myself to pick up the phone

This is Mary Marge. She told me that I broke her zine virginity. She had just moved to SF as a 17-year old and out of all the zines at City Lights Bookstore, show chose WNHP 5, the Home issue with cover by Gabriel Liston. She told me my zine meant a lot to her and she bought the most recent issue, WNHP 12, stories about leaving NYC with cover by Enrico Miguel Thomas. She just moved to NY and came to Pete's Mini Zine Fest at random, had no idea I would be here or that I was the organizer. When you send a publication out into the world, you don't know that anyone is even noticing it, let alone choosing it among others, buying it, loving it, and letting it change your life like lead you into writing or publishing or writing a zine or moving to a new city.

WNHP isn't the kind of zine where people contact me. I've reached out to folks who buy it online to ask, hi, thanks for buying my zine out of the thousands of zines out there. Who are you? Where did you hear of it? But I got a reply only once or twice over the 8 years. Even in person, like at BZF 2015, a man came up and promptly bought the latest issue, saying he has been buying this for years. He didn't need to meet the editor or be talking into buying it, he didn't want to tell me why he was reading it. I've come to accept that the brand really is an extension of myself - an outside even at the best of times. WNHP is what you find in the attic, without context or future.

But today, a bright and happy young girl told me that my zine changed her life, a little bit. The words that I know are powerful, that I entirely know, but don't believe others will know have been acknowledged. She also knew.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Witty Agent interview July 24, 2015

I so rarely get the opportunity to step out from behind WNHP and talk about why I do it and the value of the zine community.  Please read The Witty Agent interview

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pete's Mini Zine Fest July 25

Like to invite you to check out Brooklyn's longest running, under the radar Pete's Mini Zine Fest. It's one day only, Saturday, July 25, from 2-5pm. Many of your favorite volunteers and zinesters will be selling at a table there. It's at Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn. The L to Lorimer or G to Metropolitan, or a nice bike ride.  facebook page

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pete's Mini Zine Fest PMZF 2015

This year's Pete's Mini Zine Fest is going to be the best ever or I'm not the co-organizer.

We have all our favorite zinesters back, plus Pam the snacks lady, plus new zines and comics. Plus Pete's has that unforgettable beer garden. Plus hey, Adam J. Kurtz designed our poster and will be there with all his goodies, and you do NOT want to miss a chance to say hi to JK.

PMZF 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WNHP: grant winner

We are so excited. Thanks entirely to Council of Literary Magazines and Presses for having grant money set aside exclusively for zines and chapbooks.  WNHP has just won it's first ever grant, made possible through New York State Council on the Arts.

I have to say that, when I saw the application, and the words budget and deadline and criteria, I was going to bail. But CLMP encouraged me, and it's good that they did, because, we were the only chapbook to apply so we got a double-sized grant.  How's that for a bright sunny result, which is the opposite of the WNHP life outlook?

While grant money cannot go towards printing costs, it sure can motivate us to decide to put out the next issue super early.  More on that to come, soon!.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kickstarter success - box of zines

I was able to print this year's edition, We'll Never Have Paris 12, 200 copies, on ivory linen paper.  Here they are.  Now you get to read it.  you can order it here on this blog.

We had 31 backers.  So many people to thank!  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

WNHP 12 Kickstarter!!

Kickstarter is going to bring issue number 12, "You Got What You Wanted Now Leave: true stories from people who have left NYC" to your mailbox.  How?  You gotta click on the link and goodness will ensue.

Remember, we got 30 days to bring the rainbow to the pot of gold.  Please check it and donate before March 10, 2015.

Here's the cover!  Painted by Enrico Miguel Thomas