Recently, while tabling at DC Zine Fest someone asked me "how long have you been doing this?" She was pointing down at the zines on my table. The answer is "more than half my life". I started making zines after a girl down the shore handed me an issue of Cometbus & said "you have to read this". I was sixteen years old. I made my first zine soon after reading that one. (What's a zine you ask?)
I've been writing my current zine, Lady Teeth for about five years now. I used to write the zines Girl Swirl & Sub Rosa (I've also written a bunch of one-offs). In October 2015 I spoke on a panel at Boston Zine Fest called "Zines as Radical Resistance" where I discussed how zines are a part of my recovery and sobriety. In April 2016 I was part of a reading for Chicago Zine Fest where I shared a piece from the new issue of Lady Teeth called "Getting Sober & Staying Sober".
I have 6 years sober as of June 10, 2016. For a long time being sober meant just not drinking. But now, with a new found love of cycling, I am LIVING SOBER. There is a huge difference between the two & I have never been happier. I started documenting my miles here & sharing my experiences on this website. I love talking about my sobriety. You can hear an interview I did with The Rooms Project here (also, read an article about the project from City Paper). I would love to come talk about addiction, recovery & sobriety at your event or in your classroom. Please don't hesitate to get in touch. I also did a piece for Bitch Media on zines about sobriety & attempted 31 Days of International Zine Month.
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You can email me at tarynhipp[at]gmail.com
You can see my personal zine collection here.