Beer & Zines
Sick of generic beer and boring readings? Come to Beer & Zines! Featuring readings by some of the midwest's finest zinesters: Jonas, Julia Eff, Liz Mason, and Jessie Lynn McMains! Plus, a Q&A with the zinesters, a zine reading area, delicious craft brews (& non-alcoholic root beer!), and more! 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 released his first novel, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus. He's also been a regular contributor to the critically acclaimed zine/magazine Rad Dad. He currently lives with his wife and son. Julia Eff hails from the Motor City and has been making zines for over 10 years, specializing in the queer, crass, spooky, and horribly emotional. They don't have a consistent running title but their book, Every Thug Is A Lady, came out last year on Pioneers Press. Julia enjoys coffee, tea, and Alkaline Trio. There is only an 84% chance they're actually a dozen anxious weasels stuffed in a human suit. Liz Mason has been self-publishing for seventeen years. Her work has been printed in such publications as The Chicago Tribune, Punk Planet, Venus, Lumpen and The Zine Yearbook. Recent published works include Punk Rock Glee Club #1, Caboose #9 Masons On Masons: How to Start a Secret Society and Britney Spears 101, which focuses on her experience undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer, as seen through the lens of consumerism, celebrity obsession and public scrutiny. She has appeared on the reality show Starting Over to provide instruction on publishing zines, which NBC executives referred to as “pamphlets,” as if they were Marxist propaganda. She is currently the manager of Quimby’s Bookstore, home of wild and weird reading material in Chicago, where she has worked since 2001. Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin. She has been publishing her prose and poetry in her own zines since 1994, and her work has also appeared in numerous other publications. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. She currently writes music reviews and essays for Witchsong. Someone once dubbed her the Debbie Harry of Poetry, and she still thinks that’s a pretty rad description. Her chapbook, The Girl With the Most Cake: Poems About Courtney Love, is forthcoming in March 2016, and her book What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk, is forthcoming from Pioneers Press/Punch Drunk Press in May 2016.