Hi, I’m Amber! I’ve been making zines since 2003 and running my distro since 2009. In 2013, I started the Fight Boredom Zine Residency. I’m also a co-organizer of Fun-A-Day MTL, and a collective member on the Sidetracks Screenprinting Team.

My sibling and I collaborated on a few nonsense zines in our mid-teens, and eventually moved on to making our own perzines. From 2004-2011, I made twenty-five issues of a perzine called Culture Slut and five issues of a compilation zine about living in small towns called Fight Boredom. In 2012, I began a short series called The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes, where I wrote mostly about depression, anxiety, loneliness, and sobriety, and now I’m working on a new series titled Please. I’ve also made a few one-offs, including Kurt Cobain Was A Feminist / Kurt Cobain Était Féministe.

In 2009, I moved from Lindsay, Ontario to Montréal, Québec and started Fight Boredom Distro. I’d been writing zine reviews for a couple of years and wanted a new way to share my favourite zines with people. I distribute zines by queers, feminists, and anarchists on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, mental health, self-care, gender, race, friendship, and unicorns. As someone in recovery from alcoholism (sober since October 2011), I’m especially interested in zines that explore sobriety, addiction and recovery. You can catch me tabling at the Montréal Anarchist Bookfair (May), Queer Between The Covers (August), and Expozine (November) every year, and sometimes at outta-town events, like the Toronto Queer Zine Fair and the Chicago Zine Fest. And of course I’m happy to mail zines to anywhere in the world.

Where I’m coming from: White, cis, queer, femme, able-bodied, raised in a single-parent / working-class home in a small town, twin, high school dropout, sober, bilingual-ish, still broke. I’m a lab rat, participating in clinical trial studies to pay the bills and to avoid having a boss. I’m a busy bee and can often be found biking across the city, dancing at a punk show, scouring the shelves of used bookstores, thrift stores, and flea markets for treasures, digging through dumpsters, listening to cassette tapes, brewing soda, or lying in the grass by the canal. I’m into reading, writing, screenprinting, going to the gym (happy endorphins okay!), daydreaming, and singing at karaoke. Bit obsessed with coincidences and Jarvis Cocker.