Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is JC and I’m a public librarian living in Maryland. This is only the third place I’ve lived in my life, the previous two being Illinois and Mongolia. My favorite things to consume are tea and popcorn.
Who or what are your influences?
I read a lot of non-fiction and memoirs, so I’m definitely influenced by the candor and frankness of those genres. I like learning about people, which makes my job as a librarian a great fit. My friends and fellow zinesters are my greatest influences, for being so brave and honest and amazing.
What subjects do you touch upon in your work?
My zine tributaries is about my experiences growing up with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). I’ve had a physical disability my whole life, and I touch upon how that affects work experiences, relationships, and daily machinations.
What is your most recent work?
Tributaries #4 is my newest issue, which discusses my diagnosis after several years of illness and is aimed at informing people about what JRA is and how it affects children and young adults.
What are you looking forward to most at the fest?
Seeing friends and making new ones! I also really like the drive between where I live near DC and Scranton. Pennsylvania knows its scenery. Last year I also remember going to eat some amazing vegan food afterward, so I’ll need to repeat that.