I haven't posted here in a while, but I have had a lot of stuff going on. So here is some information about recent poems & zines & interviews, upcoming events, and more. The biggest news is that in October I finally, finally finished Reckless Chants #23. It took me four months, and it was a challenge the whole time, but I'm pretty proud of the result. Reckless Chants #23 is a long-form personal essay about loss, grief, violence, trauma, and mental illness, and also strength a
I haven't updated this site in over two months. Half the summer I was too busy losing my mind (three cheers for anxiety and manic-depression!) to do much of anything other than survive, and the other half of the summer has been spent writing, making art, making zines, traveling a bit, doing readings, taking workshops, and generally having an awesome, albeit busy, time. It's not that I have nothing to show for the summer - though it would be alright even if I didn't (I'm forev
I was all "I'm going to update this site on a regular basis" and "I'm going to do my serious blogging on this site," and yes, I'm still planning on staying on top of both of those things, but I've been busy! I moved to a new house, and then immediately had to get started on writing pieces for upcoming events and working on a new issue of Reckless Chants, plus doing more book-release preparation and recording my spoken word album, as well as trying to enjoy life by wandering a
I've been so busy working that I haven't had time to update my website! The Girl With the Most Cake is coming out in April, followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk in May. In the meantime, here are a few recent things for you to check out: -Trust Yr Stupid Fucking Heart (a playlist/piece about springtime restlessness I wrote for Witchsong) -Over Cocktails, Courtney Love Tells Me About Aging (a spoken word version of one of the poems from The Girl With the Most
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Jonas is a writer/zinester from Chicago. He penned the zines Cheer the Eff Up and Fixer Eraser, as well as edited several compilation zines such as Srviv #1-3. In 2014 he rele
I published eight zines in 2015: and it murders your heart (they didn't tell you that part), Belmont & Clark, This House is Not a Landmark (split with Jesse Ankle Grease), Treehouse b/w Insect Summer, What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk (the titular essay from my upcoming book), Reckless Chants #22, Full Ghost Moon (a ghost story I made into a mini-zine for my patrons), and Major Arcana of the Punk Rock Tarot. My writing career took off, and I mean Took Off. It has bee
A lot of big news here at Reckless Chants HQ - the biggest news being that I've recently been crowned 2015-17 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin! I have big plans for the next two years, so stay tuned. Here's the current haps - I've had two more poems published in Rising Phoenix Review - "All Through the Town (On a Bus in L.A.)" and "How to Build A Clock That Isn't a Bomb." I'm working on a chapbook called The Girl With the Most Cake: poems about Courtney Love. You can read
And here we are, 21 years later. This cut & paste collage of a life, this punk rock anthem screamed at the wind, this spilling my thoughts onto Xeroxed pages, is all I’ve ever known. -from "all that's left/all I've ever known" (as appears in Reckless Chants #22: "Remember Who You Are") Reckless Chants #22 is now available! You can order it via Storenvy, or find more info here. #zines #recklesschants #rustbeltjessie #jessielynnmcmains #indielit #90s #punk #riotgrrrl #shameless
Reckless Chants #22: “Remember Who You Are” (available for preorder via Storenvy - $5 + shipping) Approximately 80 pages (subject to change slightly once the layout is completed) of stories from my life circa the ‘90s. Stories about how I got into zines, my dysfunctional family, shitty dudes, heartbreak, depression and self-destruction, trying to be cool (and failing miserably), being a terrible riot grrrl, sexual misadventures, bike rides, adventure, stick & poke tattoos, an
Photo: Watcher's Woods @ Filth Fest III, June 13th 2015 Black Sunday Magazine chatted with me about zines! I reviewed Filth Fest III for the Shepherd Express! The first installment of my piece about Kenosha punk and indie music is up at Witchsong! AND - You can listen to and download some songs I recorded in the late '90s and early '00s! I made a .pdf version of excerpts from Reckless Chants #20! I made a .pdf version of Belmont & Clark! #rustbeltjessie #news #interview #zine