Abandoning Comfort, For Freedom’s Sake

Today I thought about endurance, and how it relates to mindfulness. I find myself practicing this in small ways. I’ll have an itch but I won’t scratch it. I make myself feel it. When it seems too much to bear I assure myself, it likely won’t itch 10 minutes from now. Then I tell myself,…

Writer in residence during Covid19: An introduction

I’m literally a “writer in residence”. It’s certainly a challenge to write about or draw inspiration from the local art scene while distant from it, but I often find it challenging to be around people. So in a weird way, this works for me. Emily Dickinson managed to write almost 1800 poems as a recluse,…

Farewell for now and Thank you

By Jenny Maurer   When I  first thought about applying for this position last year, I was both a little intimated and at ease about having to put together a portfolio. I had put together  a sample of my work earlier in the year for my application to Shepherd’s Express, but at that time I…

The Beach and other leisures during Quarantine

North Beach without the hammocks, lunch shack or volley ball net is a very depressing sight.  I think the beach is one of the best things about the city and it usually is a welcoming symbol of summer. However, the lack of accoutrements didn’t deter people from enjoying time by the water; there were many…

Zines of Racine a four month assessment

I set out for Zines of Racine to be the main project of  my residence at Artroot. Sadly, with the coronavirus crisis, my scope became limited to interviews over email rather than 101 meetings and visits to the annual Milwaukee zine fest. With that said,  I do think that the interviews conducted have  provided a…

Life during Quarantine: Milwaukee Pride was at home this year

By Jenny Maurer I started attending the Milwaukee LGBT pride festival in 2010 when I was a member of my university’s LGBT alliance. It was festive, passionate and exuded the humble friendliness that the Midwest is known for. I’ve been back four times since and it has always felt different each visit; current events occurred,…

Zines and Noir- what I’ve been up to this past week

This past week felt like the longest week in history with the continuing quarantine and recent police brutality. I tried my best to distract myself with consuming film noir and Noir stories along with a zoom session with the fine folks at Quimby’s book store in Chicago. Each month, Quimby’s has a “‘ zine club”…

Zines of Racine 7: Mark M Giese

Starting with Sumari BULLetin  in 1986, Mark M Giese has brought the world surreal, honest, collage filled zines for almost 33 years.  He branched into self published books of poetry and observations during the mid 90s and continues being productive today. He discussed his experiences in an e mailed interview.  What inspired you to start…

Retail Noir: An extremely mixed bag at best

By Jenny Maurer With the discourse and sense of uncertainty surrounding reopening retail stores during this period of the pandemic, I thought it’d be interesting to examine a collection entitled Retail Noir I was searching for an solid collection of Noir detective stories when I stumbled across this strange compendium of short stories. The assignment…