Though the days of couples carving their initials into treestumps and undeniable love-at-first-sight reside only in fiction, the fact is, you can't deny the appeal of falling in love while wrapping yourself in a Snuggie and slurping instant noodle soup. Online dating services allow users to construct and hide behind tippy-top versions of themselves and simultaneously lust over the photoshopped versions others. While one could argue that these websites such as OK Cupid attempt to build love from sham, statistics show that online dating was the root of 17% of last year's marriages.
On August 18th, the fifth annual queer lit bookfair, Queer Between the Covers, is taking place in Montreal, as a part of the 10-day Montreal Pride program.
The collective mobile zine project Cross Pollinate is looking for your participation in their show and tell zine tour. The central mission of Cross Pollinate is to create spaces and communities across the country for people to exchange wisdom, skills, ideas, and art. Participation in this tour may entail traveling in the zine mobile, contributing to Cross Pollinate's project at their local stops, organizing local events, and hosting tourmates in your home. Though their exact route is not explicity planned, they shall venture out from California in the last week of June, head up through the West Coast, then eventually land in Nebraska in early August. They are still open for potential destinations, hosts, and organizers across the country. Cross Pollinate is especially interested in bringing their project to marginialized areas such as international communities, land projects, small towns and rural areas, and wheel-chair accessible venues.
To find out more information: http://zinemobile.wordpress.com/
To get in touch with the organizers of the tour email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Cambridge grad student Stefanie Carter is looking for authors and readers of Riot Grrrl zines to be interviewed for her research thesis. In her work, she hopes to emphisize the importance of zines and networks of zinesters to the Riot Grrrl movement overall.
Because Stefanie is located in the UK, the interview will be recorded over the phone, email, or Skype for US residents. The interview will be approximately one-hour long and will consist of pre-composed questions as well as questions that arise during conversation.
If you would be interested in participating in this interview or would like to recieve more information, contact Stefanie at email@example.com.
NYC-based feminist collective For The Birds is compiling a zine about grief and loss for its third issue of "The Worst." For the Birds is looking for your experiences with grief and loss that may include but are not limited to those dealing with multiple losses, oppression and loss, community movements to address and process loss, children and loss, things that help you feel better while grieving, gender roles and grief expression, how to support people who are grieving, and treatment of grief by the mental health industry vs. radical mental health movements
Send relevant submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st.
The Madison InfoShop, a radical resource center in Madison, WI, is launching a digital zine library and oral history project. Get a summary and volunteer info.
Looking for some inspiration to spice up your envelopes? Check out the Digital Collection of Mail Art compiled by the University of Buffalo.