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all of Laura-Marie’s zines

Hi, I’m Laura-Marie–a queer permaculturist trikewitch living in Las Vegas, Nevada with my spouse Ming.  We live in community and help run that Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective.

I’ve been making zines for 30 years.  All the zines I have in print are available for trade, so please contact me, if you’re into trading!

My zines are mostly personal zines, or perzines.  I talk about my life–mental health, gender and sexuality, disabled permaculture, gardening, vegan cookzines, serving soup to hungry people,

Sacred Peace Walk, alphabet zines about growing up a lost child, suicide notes, prayers, poetry…

I’m really excited about this zine a special treehouse for fat people.  The ideas are so important to me!

Something else I love is Trike Diaries!  It’s new as of 2020.

My main zine is a mental health zine called functionally ill.  There are 29 issues.  It starts with me getting into “the system” and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Throughout the 29 issues, I talk about voices, moods, radical mental health, what mental illness is, psych meds, being rediagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, applying for Social Security, self-care, other-care, the Icarus Project, family, paranoia, and feelings.

All issues are in print and available for trade.  Please contact me to put a trade into motion.

Another current main zine is hat genius, a poetry zine.  The latest hat genius is #23.

My poems are autobiographical, mostly short, always freeverse, and sometimes funny in their own way.  I went to grad school for poetry and earned an MFA in poetry, so I know things.  Of course, school’s weird, though.  Did I really learn how to write, there?  No, not at all.

Accessible, poignant, strange, fun poems.  Please get in touch if you’d like to orchestrate a trade!

Let’s see–what’s next.

Resisting Capitalism for Fun is another zine I’m proud of.  I’m up to issue #4 on that one.

The alphabet zine I mentioned earlier, Lost Child, is on issue 4 now.  An alphabet zine has one essay or vignette for each letter of the alphabet.

This alphabet zine is loosely about my childhood and young adulthood: growing up awkward and damaged–struggling.  Feelings, anguish, trying, and failing!

I have lots of other zines, even a cute little quote zine called Fun Is Free!

My zines are all photocopied, mostly text-heavy, and are handbound with thread.  I’m willing to ship anywhere on the planet.  So ask me any questions that cross your mind, and see you at a zine fest or in the mail.

Reach me at robotmad at gmail.  Thanks for reading, and have a creative day.

love to all,

Laura-Marie

fish letters 6

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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