Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in a little borough south of Scranton, and I’m originally from around here though I’ve lived other places far away. Writing and photography are my main interests nowadays. I read my first ‘zine when I was 13 or so years old, and duly inspired have experimented in the medium a few times over the years.
Who or what are your influences?
My influences are mainly punk/hardcore subculture, as well as the issue of Cock Fight #1 I stumbled upon back in ’85. I’m also heavily influenced by Maximum RockNRoll columnist Mykel Board, Charles Romalotti, ‘zinewriters Ryan Mishap, Mike Antipathy, Al Burian and the photography of Christine Boarts-Larson. Plus, the typicals like Burroughs, Bukowski and the Situationist International.
What subjects do you touch upon in your work?
I’ve tinkered with standard punk fanzine and photozine subjects in the distant past which didn’t get far at all, even by D.I.Y. ‘zine standards. My current projects are a continuation of the ‘zine I did while in prison (which ran a few years over about seven issues in the early aughts), as well as a collection of my writings that originally appeared in other formats. They’re all just collected photos, screeds, stories and observations, maybe too personal to be political ‘zine fodder and maybe too political to qualify as perzine.
What is your most recent work?
My most recent work is Usual Suspect #8, and Local Anesthesia — both of which will be finalized and available by the end of February.
What are you looking forward to most at the fest?
I’m looking forward to appreciating the work of other people’s ‘zines, and to exchange ideas and stories with folks.