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Mini-zines

I have a fondness for grocery-store flyers. And not because of their money-saving potential, but because of their pictures. There’s something compelling for me about these unglamorous photos of glistening raw-meal piles (with garnish), bulbous yams, sturdy pastries, and quivering shrimp rings.

Over the years, I’ve used lots of these glossy and non-glossy images to decorate my cut-and-pasted mini-zines, made out of tiny, self-contained stories or excerpts of longer pieces. I’d either hawk or exchange these little zines at small-press fairs, or use them to advertise readings I was doing.

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To look at any of the following examples, please click on the thumbnail to download the viewable version… OR you could opt for the retro “printable” version, which you can print out on a single sheet of 8½”x11” paper, fold twice*, and voilà—you will be holding my mini-zine in your hands!

*FOLDING NOTE: bottom right = front page; top right = inside left page; top left = inside right page; bottom left = back page

“Monday” (2001): A very short story, featuring cantaloupe.

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“Does that look alright to you?” (2001): A ham-­focused readings advert.

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“Good Burrito” (2001): Original mini‐zine of my story “Those Girls,” published in chapbook form later by Greenboathouse Press. Decorated with actual Taco Bell wrapper.

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PRINTABLE VERSION (JPG) HERE
“The Potluck” (2004): An excerpt from my novel, Pulpy & Midge, plus Danish Butterhorn!

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“Fish Date” (2006): Another Pulpy & Midge excerpt, and a departure from my supermarket style.

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PRINTABLE VERSION (JPG) HERE
BONUS chuckle‐inducing birthday zine (print version only)!
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