When I started out in publishing, I was fortunate enough to have the support of a strong publishing house behind me. They took big risks and stuck with me me as I experimented with different projects and ideas. I got to be totally myself--a sad, weird, romantic ex-punk rock poet with a love for Los Angeles. I still have a supportive publisher but things have really changed in the industry. It makes me wonder, if I had come up today, would Weetzie Bat ever even been published? Would it have been published then if I hadn't found the one editor who was willing to take a risk on me? If it wasn't published, what would I have done? If I came up today, I would independently publish Weetzie and promote it myself on social media. In thelast few years, some of my favorite events to participate in have been independent ones, like when I read with the awesome-rad LGBTQ-positive feminist collective Sister Spit (2013-2015) or joined a panel of Long Beach punk rock writers at Zinefest Long Beach.
Zines from Long Beach Zinefest 2015.
As I get older I am becoming closer to my DIY punk rock roots (and I don't just mean the roots of my colored hair). I'm collaborating with friends, fans and students on film, fashion, video and writing projects. Let's create art together! I've learned that if you want to make something happen, you have to do it yourself. But you don't have to do it alone.
From the Sister Spit 2015 show at the Hammer Museum.