Oatmeal Magazine

Oatmeal Magazine is an illustrated comp zine that we started in 2011 when we wanted to publish all the powerful, soft poetry and prose our friends were writing. We've built a tender-hearted, badass, mostly queer literary community around it over the years — we host release parties for our biannual issues, plus a reading series called Breakfast for Dinner. We publish chapbooks and mini zines, too!

City:Oakland
  • Poetry/Literary
  • Political/Social
  • LGBTQ/Gender
  • Feminist/Riot Grrrl
  • Illustration
  • Comics

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What are your current zines about?

so many things! our last two issues are ROASTMEAL: the rage issue and OATFEELS: the tender issue, and they're both fiercely vulnerable and gorgeous and full of fire and feeling. all of our zines have a lot to do with feelings! we look for pieces that move us and make us feel all kinds of things. the main zines that we publish are collections of poetry and prose, and there's a wild assortment of stuff in there, but most of the pieces grapple with issues related to identity and bodies and experiences and tenderness.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Screenprinting
  • Digital
  • Other

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Hand-stitched
  • Other

What is your favorite part of making zines?

i have so many favorite parts! i used to be pretty shy about sharing my art, but with zines it feels so good to have this tangible thing that you've put a lot of love into that you can share with people. i love the physical act of making zines and all the different steps of collaborating / designing / writing / editing, and i super-love the community around zines. i didn't start articulating my queerness and mental health issues until i went to some zine fests in college and felt these super strong connections with zinesters and their stories. zines and diy spaces are so special and full of important art by wonderful people. reading zines makes me feel more whole, and i think maybe my favorite thing about making zines is knowing that the pieces in oatmeal also nourish our readers in a bunch of different ways.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

i think i feel most stoked and motivated to make zines when i'm publishing and sharing other folks' writing with the world, but i also get major imposter syndrome every time we put an issue together! like, i'll just get kind of panicked designing the cover because i want to honor all these amazing people's talent and vulnerable words, and i'm worried about being a big fraud and totally messing it all up. but, for better or worse, i think that anxiety/excitement is a big part of what fuels me / us to keep making issues of oatmeal !