Who are you? Where are you based?
Heather Jackson, Providence, RI USA.
What are zines to you?
ooofff, zines are the coolest and most accessible creative thing, I think. Publishing is difficult, but zines make it easier for everyone. Accessible to information is fucking important. Zines totally help make that happen.
What was your first encounter with zines?
At a punk show in the late 90s/early 2000s. It was about ska.
Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
I make mostly perzines. I have two series – one is called “revolution of my life: learning to eat okay again.” I started that series in 2011 when I went to eating disorder treatment. I couldn’t find many zines on eating disorders in the world, so I thought it would be cool to write about it and my recovery. My other zine is about motherhood, anarchism, mental health, DIY stuff. I have made random zines throughout the years that are not within the series but about other things such as breakups, trauma, love, my breast reduction, and more.
What inspires you to create zines?
Honestly, my own experiences and how to de-stigmatize that shit. That’s why I like sharing my own struggles. It’s important! We all have shit, and the more we talk about it, it can help others. I think it’s super anarchist to share your own struggles.
What’s your favorite thing about zines?
I think how accessible they are for anyone to make about literally anything.
Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
The first zine I made was a zine with friends about our friend who went on a bike trip and came back with a beard. We all thought he looked great, so we made an anonymous zine about it.
Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
I was doing old-school cut and paste for many years. However, with COVID, I started making them on my computer because I bought myself a decent printer/copier. I found that less paper was getting used when I made them on my computer. But I usually just get random ideas. Sometimes it takes a while for them to come. Sometimes I am not in the mood to write/process. Sometimes I have to make myself just do it. I have all sorts of ideas, but I do struggle with follow-through at times. It comes and goes. I try not to be super judgy about it.
What do you hope people get out of your zines?
I hope they get some solidarity, honestly.
Name two of your favorite zinesters.
oooffff – Cindy Crabb and LaMesha Staples
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Make it however you think feels good. Be creative. Anything flies! Talk to other zinesters.
Is there a zine website or resource you would recommend new zinesters to check out?
@wemakezines and my Instagram and the people I follow!
Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Answers and Pictures provided by Heather J.