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Let's D.I.Y.

Zines: the Alternative Resources in the Vorhoff Library

What the Heck are Zines? the question you all are probably asking right now. Unfortunately there is no simple answer, all I can give is generalities and a glimpse into the world of zines. Zines can be defined as small, self-produced semi-periodicals, ranging in a vast variety of subjects that interest the author. Usually, zines contain information that is not readily found in the mainstream media, but make for interesting and alternative reading.


The History of Zines

The history of zines is longer than one might think. In the 1930s the Science Fiction community created fanzines as a place to share stories, reviews and communicate with other sci-fi fans. By the 1970s another incarnation came about when fanzines were infused with the punk scene. This is where modern day zines have gleaned and retained much of their D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) spirit. By the 1980s and the onset of the riot grrrl movement in the 1990's, the "fan" had been by and large dropped of the "zine". As zines are now, vast and varied in all their forms, they are hard to define. Here are some categories:



Simply, fanzines are publications devoted to discussing the intricacies and nuances of a cultural genre. Within fanzines there are distinct subcategories


Personal Zines or Perzines

These are personal diaries open to the public; shared notes on the day-to-day life, thoughts and experiences of the writer.

Scene Zines

These contain news and views on the local music and underground cultural "scene" in the writer's area.

The Vorhoff Library is interested in collecting zines that focus on New Orleans, the recovery and rebuilding of the city, and the adventures of new transplants or former city residents.  The library houses a small circulating collection as well as an archive of zines from the late 1990's and early 2000's.

Please contact Bea Calvert, WS librarian at 865-5762 or by email at, for more information.

New Orleans Zines


The New Orleans zine collection offers a zine on a woman who "dances" in New Orleans, zines on Hurricane Katrina (especially the recovery of New Orleans), as well as two zines about New Orleans residents that focus on their lives in the city before Hurricane Katrina. It is interesting to compare the differences between the zines that were created before Katrina with those that were created after. It shows how the city once functioned, and gives the hope that New Orleans will one day get back to that state, and hopefully reach an even better condition.

Rocket Queen, by Janet
This zine is written by Janet, who dances in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This truthful and honest zine will open your eyes to truths of the dancing world that you have never known.

I Hate this Part of Texas, Part 5

Written by John Gerken, this perzine covers a variety of experiences of John's from the dangers of bike riding in New Orleans, to his drag show performances. 

Emergency #5: The Ocean and the Hills, by Ammi Emergency
This perzine documents Ammi's continuous move between New York and New Orleans. Although both of the cities represent different things to her, there is no doubt that she lives a somewhat reckless lifestyle in both.

Keep Fighting, Texas No. 7

This zine alternates between short stories by John Gerken and Hope, giving two different but yet similar experiences on rebuilding their lives after Katrina.

New Orleans...My Love, by Shelley Jackson
In this perzine, Jackson gives a heartbreaking account of her evacuation of New Orleans and her return to her beloved but destroyed city.

Crescent City Stories, by Nicki Sabalu
This zine gives an outsiders perspective of volunteering after Hurricane Katrina. In four small sections, Sabalu talks about the things that inspired her and the things she learned while helping to rebuild the city.

Click below to check out our new blog, with reviews on the zines available here at the Nadine Vorhoff Library!


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