Issue 57

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Deathmatch 2015: Meet BookThug!

Category: Features, Issue 57, natalie zina walschots, News

Back in 2012, Natalie Zina Walschots wrote a profile of the fierce independent Canadian publishers at BookThug. Two years later the publisher continues to flourish and produce fascinating, groundbreaking and award-winning works of fiction and poetry. We are very pleased to bring them on board as our featured publisher in the Indie Writer’s Makeover prize for Deathmatch […]

Reading Between the Bars

In Canada and the U.S., zines are thriving in an unlikely place: prison by Ashleigh Gaul For most zinesters and small presses, editorial meetings probably don’t start with the removal of handcuffs and a security guard’s demand to empty the pockets and take off the bra. But for Sara Falconer and David Gilbert, collaborators on […]

Zines Are Undead

Six Meditations on the State of Zine-making Pictured: My Dad the Serial Killer by Ellyn H. O’Keefe, zine reviewed in Issue 57 of Broken Pencil   In issue 12 of Broken Pencil (Spring 2000) I wrote an article entitled “Zines Are Dead: The Six Deadly Sins That Killed Zinery.”  In it I discussed factors which […]


Drugs J. R. Helton, 256 pgs, Seven Stories Press,, $15.95  For three days straight, I did Drugs. The straightforward matter-of-fact prose — reminiscent of William S. Burroughs’ classic memoir Junky — latched onto my brain and wouldn’t let go until the final page. The press release describes Drugs as a “fictionalized memoir,” which is […]

The Complete Lock Pick Pornography

The Complete Lock Pick Pornography Joey Comeau, 172 pgs, ECW Press,, $14.95 When the casual reader comes across a book with pornography in the title, one can’t help but wonder if this will simply be just a good old-fashioned piece of smut. But some books — like Joey Comeau’s Lockpick Pornography — use this […]

The Cloaca

The Cloaca Andrew Hood, 160 pgs, Invisible Publishing,, $16.95 This collection opens with an epigraph featuring quotes from both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Adam Sandler. These colliding sensibilities give the reader the basic parameters of Andrew Hood’s world; in one corner, there’s unflinching storytelling, and in the other, an impudent fascination with bodies. Case […]


Map of Fog

The Morning After — Slept On, Thrown Away

I Love Cats

The heart of the end. (a psychogeographilosophy)

No Kind of Man

I Already Know How My Life Will Go

The YA Underground


The Blaring House by Claire Seringhaus

Arrested Artists

Feminist Zine Fests: On the Up and Up

Zines Für Alles

Issue 57