Update: OCT 2008
TEEN ZINES still open!
Issue 5, the SOUND ISSUE
Fall 2008 Six Word Memoir Contest!
Website.Write a six word memoir about your life! Get published! Give a Reading! The story goes thus: Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. The result? 'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.' Everyone has a story to tell about their lives. Can you tell yours in six words?
Submit your Six Word Memoir to Slumgullion by mail, email or hand delivery to our in- box by MIDNIGHT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26th. All submissions will be translated into a zine for the Slumgullion library, and each contestant will be invited to the Six Word Memoir First Friday Reading at ZooTown Arts Community Center in October.
One winner will receive a ONE YEAR subscription to Slumgullion and TWO FREE CLASSES taught by our excellent staff. We offer everything from writing workshops, to chapbook-making, to sticker and button-making classes.
For those of you submitting from far, far away, your work will still be read at the First Friday event and included in the zine, and if you're the winner of the contest, you'll still receive the subscription packaged neatly for your reading enjoyment.
***Special MISSOULA MEMOIR Category***
Got a story to tell about Missoula? Submit a Six Word Memoir about your time here in the Garden City!
The nationally syndicated radio program NPR conducts a similar event, so if you're looking for great examples to get you started, look for it online. Also check out the book, 'Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure' from Smith Magazine for more inspiration.
-Your submission must be no longer than 6 words. Duh.
-You may submit UP TO 3 memoirs.
-Please attach your name, address and phone number to your submission.
-All entries must be received by MIDNIGHT (Montana Midnight, not yours) Friday, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2008.
-For Electronic submissions, use MEMOIR as the subject of your email.
Send submissions to:
235 N. 1st Street West
Missoula MT 59802
Info at slumgullion dot org
and use MEMOIR as the subject line Posted on 8-6-08 by violet |  comments
Hey LOOK! We're runner's up!!!
.Last spring we applied for a grant for the New Media Women Entrepreneurs Competition, offered by the McCormick Foundation and J-Lab. It was a $10,000 grant. We didn't win, and we were sad, but really we are excited as well because we seem to be first runner up!
"The McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs (NMWE) is a unique initiative addressing opportunity and innovation, recruitment and retention for women in journalism by spotlighting their ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities. Pilot projects will show what can be done. Research will tell what more to do. A summit in 2009 will showcase women’s creative ideas."
go look: http://www.newmediawomen.org/site/j_lab_announces_winners_in_first
"The Advisory Board of judges also cited three runners up:
* Portable Publishing Studio - A proposal by Slumgullion Community Print Shop of Missoula, Mont., to create opportunities for citizens to participate in on-the-spot publishing of their own newspaper, using a printer, scanner, camera and solar-power generator. Said project leaders Debby Florence, Violet Olsen, Courtney Blazon and Katie Ludwick, “with our portable press, we will make print publishing as instant and portable as the Internet.”
We are going to keep trying to make our Portable Publishing dream a reality. Come see us do a non-solar version of it at the Pedal Festival on August 30th and we will talk to you more about this vision to create street publishing, and also use this portable publishing studio in schools and other organizations. Posted on 7-28-08 by debby |  comments
Oh No We Dih—int
.Oh yes we did! We had our 24 hour zine event and produced about five and a half zines? We had several visitors throughout the day that drifted across the scraps of paper on the floor to see our table full of cut up magazines, glue sticks, scissors, and most importantly, popcorn. The typewriters got good use, also. So. This week we fully intend to send these zines off to Avocado Tree Distro, who is going to scan the zines in and post them on their site! Thanks Avacado Tree for providing a reward that suits all our vanity and egos, because fantasizing about our scanned-in zines kept us working diligently to close the gap between 24 empty pages and victory.
(We realized, punctuality isn't necessarily the hallmark of any zinester, therefore any lateness---say it took 25- 30 hours? --- on about 3 and a half of these finished five zines is a celebration of the true spirit of zine-making. right? )
Posted on 7-27-08 by debby |  comments
Online Zine exhibit
.Check out this Election and Protest-themed online zine exhibit: http://www.barnard.edu/library/zines/exhibits/online/elections/index.html Posted on 7-25-08 by debby |  comments
24 hour ZINE THING!!
.Join us at ZACC to watch us make a 24 page zine in 24 hours. It's an INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE to make a zine from scratch, no preparing or pre-planning, just bring a stack of stuff and your brain and create on the spot.
We will be there to help you along, or you can just hang out and see it all happen. We're going to start at about 2 PM next saturday the 26th, and finish by 2PM on Sunday. Hours of coming and going will be variable because our donated copiers are still not up and running so we might be going back and forth to Kinkos. THATS WHY YOU HAVE TO RSVP if you want to make zines with us!
Saturday is going to be at ZACC, with finished copies done at Kinkos on Sunday. THEN all our finished zines will be mailed to the organizers at Avocado Tree Distro in Abingdon, Va.
Go to thier website to see more info and a list of participants!
Thanks and see you soon
RSVP: send it to info at... slumgullion.org Posted on 7-19-08 by debby |  comments
Open House, SUMMER ISSUE, CLASSES.
. This Saturday, you are more than welcome to stop by at 235 N 1st St W. to see the beginning phases of our new facility at the Zootown Arts Community Center. Come on over from 12-5 pm and see what's developing. We will be gathering class ideas and requests from the community, soliciting volunteers, and generally showing people around so you can get to know what we are all about! Then, stop by over the summer as we continue to ready ourselves for our Grand Opening on August 30.
SUMMER ISSUE SUBMISSIONS DUE:
The summer issue of Slumgullion is already underway! It is being guest-edited by Liz Guthrie and Andy Peterson. The theme for the issue is 'the element of sound'. Interpret however you like. And we know you will. Please send 1-4 pages of poetry/prose/art/vispo/creative nonfic to: Andy at akpeterson79 in the mailing service known as hotmail.com, &/or Liz at elizabeth.guthrie in the mailing service known as gmail.com The deadline is July 15th. (email addresses above encoded with genius coding to thwart spam robots)
Because we were just donated two photocopiers, we already have classes lined up for July. Here is how Slumgullion is going to work: we will offer classes, and workshops, and host open hours for visits and library time. If you make a zine with us, you get the option of leaving a copy of it in our zine library for all who come to read. Class schedule is below, but we may make additions later this week so please do check Slumgullion.org often. In the future, we look forward to offering poetry workshops, fine art book making, silk screen, and visiting artists. Things are happening in a whirlwind right now. Classes are from 6:30 tp 8PM on the dates listed below. Our volunteer meeting will happen on July 8th at 6:30.
Courtney Blazon, Ladypajama, and myself will offer "Intro to zines" to give an overview of the history, culture, and art of zine making. We will also talk about our own backgrounds and how Slumgullion came into being. Learn some methods, and talk about independent publishing. This class takes place Wed July 2 and Thurs. July 10th. Its meant to prepare you for our zine-making classes.
Also, we have mini zine making ( the size is 4.5 inches by 5.5 inches), one of the simplest, and cheapest ways to create your own publication. For one two-class session, Ladypajama, local zine maker and Slumgullion Bookmobile Zine Peddler, will assist you with the creation of your zine from start to finish. Come to class with some sort of content, preferably already cut to the size of the zine. However, if you dont have anything or that seems daunting, let us know and we can help. $20 because its a 2-class session. You get a copy of your zine, and liberation from the box-store publishing paradigm. More copies are available for the cost of copies, which isnt too much with this format. ages 13 and up.
Debby Florence, founder of Slumgullion, will offer a Scribble Cut-up mini-zine class. July 9th and the 23rd. Bring in your journal, notebooks from Spanish class where you doodled in the margins, and other random nonsense you have laying around the house. Be prepared to use rubber stamps, typewriter, and other glorious methods to make your nonsense a published artifact. Words, images, and stuff you found in the recycling bin are fine. $20. You get a copy of your zine, liberation spoken of above, and more copies if you pitch in for them. This class is open to all ages.
And Courtney Blazon, artist ( www.courtneyblazon.com) is going to have a Button and Sticker Making class! All you need is yourself and lots of desire to wear buttons and stick stickers. She will provide all kinds of materials to collage or draw on. And you get buttons and stickers. $12 All ages.
Please email me your mailing address if you would like to get class schedules and event notices via regular post so you can stick them on your fridge or whatever.
Thank you again and again for all your support,
Slumgullion Posted on 6-24-08 by debby |  comments
ZINE DONATION REQUEST!
.I just posted this on a list serve ( zinesters on yahoo groups ) but I just realized it might be good to post something here as well.. so .. cut and paste:
We're looking for donations for our zine library, which we are setting up again in a community art center that will have tons of visitors and amazing events and activities. Please send us all kinds of good stuff to show Missoula. We will be teaching workshops and classes, and this year have a goal to start buying zines to distribute.. (right now we only distribute locally-made zines but want to expand) . We are also starting a community printshop.
(We still have all the zines from the last time we asked for donations, so if anyone sent things then, your zines are still in circulation here.. we just had to move out of our old studio. But, we put the zines at a livingroom library where lots of people roamed through. Now they are in our new space, getting happily shelved on lovely spinny-racks)
We have a special interest and need for kid-friendly material. Zines made by kids would be awesome. Also, zines in espanol, or other languages as well. Right now we can't afford to buy a bunch of zines but eventually we want to start doing that, so if you want to send a sample of your zine thats great.. and if you want to simply send us info that you are interested in trading, we are going to be making lots of zines in our classes and stuff, so it will be fun to set up the new zine-makers with some addresses for swapping. Thanks!
Posted on 6-20-08 by debby |  comments
HERE IS OUR HOME
Come stop by the Badlander so we can thank you for your support and celebrate with you! We will also be staying for the CDB record release party at the Badlander, so you can amble around for First Friday events and come back and find us at 9PM as well..
Posted on 6-5-08 by debby |  comments
WE DID IT. We Found A HOME.
. Slumgullion has joined forces with the Zootown Arts Community Center
and we now have a 3,000 sq. ft. space at :
235 North First Street, Missoula MT 59802.
PLEASE if you live in town, come see us this Friday at the Badlander DIY
Bazaar if you can, we are raffling off a 8.1 megapixel digital camera at 8PM
and you don't have to be there to win! Proceeds from this raffle go to buy
us toner and other supplies that we need for the center so that we can serve
the community at large with our Community Print Shop! I will be announcing
an open house date soon ( tentatively late june, likely a saturday!) , so
that you can all visit the space as we assemble all its amazing ingredients.
Then in September we will hold our huge grand opening but we will be open
for business this summer.
The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) will feature
A cool location! just over the Footbridge across the tracks from downtown!
BIKE BUS WALK!
Our own store!
Small press and zine library!
Community Print Shop! of course
Community Dark Room with camera library!
Art, writing, publishing etc Classes for Kids and Adults!
Thus, a Child-friendly facility!
Services rendered by local real artists who are making their dream-jobs!
Stay tuned for more announcements, and please feel free to email me with questions. We're seeking
lots of supplies and support so if you have art supplies, paper, silk
screens, construction or plumbing skills, gardening interests, know an
artist that wants to rent a studio from us, colorful fabric, rubber stamps,
welding skills to make a bike rack, storefront shelving, a gorgeous desk, a
piano, tiles we can use for painting on, scrap wood for wood cuts, paper,
ink, paintbrushes... you name it we'll appreciate it, and you can bring it
to the open house. Oh, and if you want to make a book or magazine or zine..
you know where we are.
Thank you all,
Slumgullion Posted on 6-3-08 by debby |  comments
WIN THIS CAMERA!!!!
.Yes, we are now selling raffle tickets for THIS CAMERA. They are $10. Available at Saturday market (if its not too rainy we will be there this week) This is a 8.1 megapixel Lumix digital camera, generously donated by Vann's! Its got 3.6x optical zoom, a movie mode, optical image stabilization, and its really small. Its on sale right now at vann's but it originally sold for nearly $300. Posted on 5-20-08 by debby |  comments