you tell me first of all a little bit about yourself? How old are you, where are
you originally from and where do you reside now?
name is Olivia, I come from a very strange and unusual background of thieves,
pirates, gypsies and queens. I am 19 now, a paradoxical age, one of those on-the-brink
times in a person's life. I was born in a cabin my father built in the mountains
of Southern Oregon. I moved to Eugene, Oregon with my family, cultivated imaginary
friends and a fourth dimension, and promptly became a writer. I lived for some
years on a farm, at which time I developed my earthy sensibilities, and I traveled
a lot throughout my adolescence. In September 2001, I migrated to Denver, Colorado,
a city I have decided is probably an air sign.
do you do besides your zine?
A whole myriad
of things: I act, sing off-key, have plenty of sex, contemplate all sorts of useless
stuff, engage in pointless celebrity worship, embrace anarchism, pursue happiness,
I make other zines, I get dressed up, I write unfinished novels, I do research
on Harry Houdini and circuses and voodoo queens and mythology, and I am learning
to cook. Also, I'm an aspiring cellist and modern dancer.
how long have you been running your zine now? How many issues did you put out
until now? Are you the only editor or is there a team?
have been putting out my major zine, Persephone Is Pissed, for about a year. I
have (almost) 4 issues. Yeah, it takes awhile, but I like to think it is worth
made you decide to start this project? How did you come up with the idea and the
have known about zines forever. Persephone Is Pissed was born when I realized
Ineeded an outlet for my recently-unearthed feminist fury. I realized a zine was
perfect, I grabbed scissors and began.
topics are most often discussed in your zine?
feminism, and more feminism. I write about what it is to be a woman, freedom,
anarchy, choice, aging, sex, queer issues, identity issues...basically whatever
do you hope to accomplish by establishing your zine?
I want a voice. More than anything, I have always wanted a voice.
does zine making (and reading) mean to you? What do you love about zine making?
What is the most challenging aspect of making zines?
making and reading means to me being a part of an underground literary
a kind of beautiful uprising of all kinds of people everywhere who want voices.
Whatever they want their voices to say, we are all looking for the same thing
when we make a zine. We want to be heard. From Britney Spears to police brutality,
I think it is all valid when someone is just putting on paper that they have something
to say and here it is.
love most the feeling you get in your chest when you create something and it meets
your expectations; that special, burning, beautiful pride.
most challenging thing is my fear of criticism or rebuke. I know my zine is controversial,
but I am still afraid to meet people's disapproval. Also, it is sometimes hard
just to force out an issue.
was your first exposure to zines? How did you find out about them? What have they
come to mean to you?
In a way I have always
known about zines. I guess I grew up alternatively, they were always present in
my life. They represent art, creativity, opportunity, and profound love.
you consider grrrl zines as an important part of a movement of sorts? Do you think
zines can effect meaningful social and political change?
There are many zines that have changed me, and I know people
have been changed
by my zine...any time that someone is being daring, and honest, it will affect
does the zine community mean to you?
kind of a support network, and a good place to go when you are looking for advice
or a feeling of community...also, it is nice to send a message to one of the list
serv's looking for contributions or staff and to have a bunch of cool new people
email you back.
advice would you give others who want to start a zine?
it. Sit down. Make it. That's all.
are some of the zines you admire?
many. One of my all-time favorites is a one-shot called My Stupid Heart, by a
Canadian gal named Sarah. Also, Love And Rage, which is a collection of diary
entries written in prison by Carl Harp in the late 70's. A Renegade's Handbook
To Love And Sabotage. Cherry Pepper. Dictionary Stories. There are others, but
I can't think of them now.
you please describe a little bit the grrrl zine community in your country?
It varies so much for me! I would call all of
the wonderful women who have subscriptions to Persephone Is Pissed part of my
grrrl zine community, and they are all very different kinds of people: mothers,
artists, gardeners, rebels, anarchists, liberals, old, young, outspoken and shy
alike. Mostly I guess the grrrl zine community consists of women who want to change
the world, and who make art or live life in a way that expresses those desires.
you define yourself as a feminist? What are the most pressing issues you are confronted
with in daily life (as a woman/feminist)? Are you active in the feminist movement?
I am EXTREMELY active in the feminist movement.
Every day, I am confronted by issues surrounding the patriarchal order. Women
everywhere are oppressed, in all kinds of ways, and if someone can't see it, they
aren't looking hard enough.
do you think about feminism today? Do you see yourself as part of the "Third
Wave Feminism" and what does it mean to you?
think feminism today is struggling a lot because many men in anarchist/activist/rebellious
circles have taken steps backwards in terms of confronting sexism and patriarchy.
So, women struggle. We fight. We have to. I don't know if I'm a part of Third
Wave Feminism. I just want to be a part of the everchanging, ongoing women's movement:
women who are brave, strong, and determined to have our voices be heard.
role plays the Internet for you? Does it change your ideas of making zines and
The Internet is a great
networking tool, but Persephone Is Pissed is and always will be all cut-and-paste.
Do you have any suggestions? Something you want to add?
girl out there should take some photos or write some poems or rants or essays
or short stories and start her own true, passionate, heartfelt zine.