Barnard Zine Library’s collection is growing thanks to the donations of generous zinesters. We spoke with Jaime Anno, who recently donated her collection to the library…
Barnard Zine Library: How long have you been making zines? Do you still make zines? Why/why not?
Jaime Anno: I did not make my own zines previously, but I am in the beginning stages of co-writing a zine with a friend right now!
BZL: What zines have you written and what was your motivation for writing them?
JA: For the zine we are writing now, our inspiration was a zine about "riot grrrl in 2010" where we submitted a co-written piece about how riot grrrl impacted our lives and turned us into awesome feminist women who are working to create a better world. We decided to start our own zine where women like us, who were not necessarily the key leaders in the original riot grrrl movement and who are not necessarily artists or musicians (we are both social scientists in our day job), but who still carry the riot grrrl ethics and ideals with us, can submit their own pieces about how they were inspired by the original riot grrrl movement. We envision it as a sort of personal history anthology. You can find out more about our zine here: http://www.measuretwicecutonce.org/thelo
BZL: How long have you been collecting zines? What types of zines have you been collecting/reading?
JA: I have been collecting zines since I was about 15 or 16…so for about 10 years now. I believe my introduction to zines was through Cometbus, and then I found Pander Zine Distro through cruising around riot grrrl websites, and so I began ordering countless riot grrrl, feminist, and "personal" zines over quite a few years!
BZL: Do you have any favorites or ones you couldn’t wait to appear in your mailbox?
JA: I am still a sucker for Cometbus, and occasionally MaximumRocknRoll. I have been a fan of Cristy Road's GreenZine (and now her books and art!) since it was actually a Green Day fanzine. I remember being excited when I found places to order Doris online while I was growing up.
BZL: What made you decide to donate your collection to Barnard?
JA: I donated because I had moved to NYC for grad school and was cleaning out my old room at my parents' house. I realized that I hardly ever looked at most of my zines any more, and decided to donate them so someone else can be inspired by them. Since Barnard's zine library has a specialization in riot grrrl/feminist zines, it seemed like a perfect fit. I have to admit that I am a little selfish and kept all my Cometbuses, GreenZines, and other zines I couldn't bear to part with.
BZL: Why do you feel it’s important to make your collection available to others in a library and archival setting?
JA: I think the zines I bought growing up, especially the riot grrrl zines, were really important in forming my feminist and social justice consciousness, and connection to all things DIY and punk. I simply want to give back to the zinester community and give others a chance to learn from these amazing zines/people!