Functionally ill

all of Laura-Marie’s zines

Hi, I’m Laura-Marie–a queer permaculturist trikewitch, living in community in Kalapuya land with my spouse Ming.  I enjoy prayer and ritual, rest, ecstatic dance, fat liberation, radical mental health, and sunning.

I’ve been making zines for 33 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 Resilience Permaculture
  • gardening
  • vegan cookzines
  • serving soup to hungry people
  • alphabet zines about growing up a lost child
  • suicide notes
  • prayers
  • poetry
  • fat liberation…

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

Something else I love is Trike Diaries!  There are two issues of that one too.

functionally ill

My main zine is a mental health zine called functionally ill.  There are 31 issues.  It starts with me getting into “the system” and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Throughout the 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, autism, gender, feelings, the death of my dad, and the death of my mom.

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

hat genius

Another current main zine is hat genius, a poetry zine.  The latest hat genius is #26.

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.

lost child

The alphabet zine I mentioned earlier, Lost Child, is on issue 7 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 photocopied, mostly text-heavy, and hand bound with thread.  I’m willing to ship anywhere on the planet.  So ask me any questions that cross your mind, and see you in the mail.

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

love to all,


fish letters 6

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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