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|Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go - the name stands
for a small group of women who organize zine workshops & events
promoting empowerment through self-publishing.
GZAGG started in 2002 after a few women got together
to present a workshop at a womens radical art event in San Diego.
The catalyst was Elke Zobl, founder of the Grrrl
Zine Network. As a visiting graduate student from Austria,
Elke networked with local zinesters in San Diego for her research.
She hooked up with Margarat Nee, creator of Radical Pet, Oya,
and Dogrrrl, Glue Magazine’s Claudia Lucero,
Kim Schwenk, creator of Grrrl Noire and Cyclette,
and Wives Tale’s creator Britton
Neubacher. A few years later some had gone on to other
projects, and Ari, writer of Metasynderine, joined the collective
bringing her distro expertise.
++ CURRENT MEMBERS ++
Creator of the zine RADICAL
PET, her first zine was OYA: a feminist rag, published
in the mid 1990s. Margarat has an MFA
degree from UCSD, & participated in various community arts
projects before GZAGG. She also has her own business, The
Art of Dog.
Kim Schwenk is a rare books librarian and archivist at San Diego State University, Special Collections & University Archives, folk herbalist, editrix, and artist. Her areas of research include Northern European and nomadic peoples' history and medicine, early medieval botanical illustration, and folk mythology. In every facet of life, her interests of art and ecology mirror the critical need to archive and use folk medicine traditions and document our knowledge through zines. She also operates an online herb shop, Of Oak and Ash Botanicals, and distributes education about herbalism through the printed word. She started making zines in 1987 and has created Cyclette, Grrrl Noire, Hunt & Gather, and Goat Farm zines..