I thought it would be good to write about some publications that I’ve been drawing on for ideas and inspiration while working on LEFT. So this is me doing that.

Hue & Cry


Hue & Cry is my favourite New Zealand journal. Chloe Lane publishes consistently exciting work, but more important for the purposes of this post is the way that everything fits together. The individual works in each issue fit together like jigsaw pieces and the issues are bricks that form the most comfortable house. Everything feels so complete. The minimalist design by The International Office perfectly encompasses the Hue & Cry aesthetic.

Also, in a country dominated by a couple of big journals, Hue & Cry offers a space where less established and more unusual writers can reach a wide audience. This is definitely something I want to emulate with LEFT



Artifice’s desire for work that is ‘aware of its own artifice’ is one that I share. I could easily steal that tagline and staple it onto LEFT and I think I would receive exactly the type of submissions I’m looking for.

With such loose submission guidelines one might expect Artifice to be messy, but nothing could be further from the truth. This magazine is not a home of meaningless experimentation. Their editors’ eyes are sharp. Each issue is a controlled explosion which uncovers the most shiniest crystals.

One of my favourite things about Artifice is their wishlist, a work of art in its own right.

The Newer York


The Newer York is not a controlled explosion. The Newer York is a firework factory on fire. Reading one of their books is a truly visual experience. I want LEFT to similar experience but with a more focused vision.

TNY pushes the idea that anything can be literature/everything is literature which I wholeheartedly believe in. But I think their focus on new forms causes them to miss out on some work that is doing interesting and new things but takes a more traditional form. I want to find a balance of these two things with LEFT.

Illuminati Girl Gang


'IGG is a zine dedicated to showcasing female perspectives in art and literature.' I don't see how anyone could hate on that mission statement. I salute Gabby for undertaking this project and for the quality work she publishes.

The thing about Illuminati Girl Gang that I will be drawing on the most is the way that it brings an internet aesthetic into the print medium. The majority of the art (in any form) that excites me is found online. One of my main goals for LEFT is to create that same sort of excitement around a physical artifact.

I’m also really impressed by the way Gabby has gotten so much coverage for the zine. This is something that I think will be a struggle for me to achieve with LEFT, especially since I don’t have such a strong mission statement.

While I admire and support all of these publications, I also view them as the competition. I will be measuring my success against theirs and trying to outdo them in terms of quality (which is subjective) and reach (which is more easily measured). These publications are important to me and I want LEFT to be important to people too.


Girls Get Busy #21 is finally finished and available for free online HERE
Featuring: Patricia Alvarado, Hiba Argane, Darcie Blake, Naana Bodomo, Leslie Boroczk, Cristine Brache, Alyse Burnside, Katrina Cervoni, Samantha Conlon, Sammie Concilio, Zie Darling, Erin Dorney, Nora Drew, Azia Egbe, Malu Engel, Femtyechrome, Cecilia Ferraro, Georgia Grace Gibson, Dafy Hagai, S. Nicole Lane, Daisy Lafarge, Gena LeBlanc, Sonia Lopez, Laura Maw, Alanna McArdle, Katherine McBride, Rivers Henry McKenzie, Claire Milbrath, Beth Milner, Szilvia Molnar, Madeleine Moriarty, Jo Pink, Christina Poku, Livia Roscioli, Beth Siveyer, Cheyenne Sophia, Pamela Loredo Sustaita, Barbora Togel, Katerina P. Trichia, Ebonni Watford
Girls Get Busy is a feminist creative platform that supports female-identified artists, writers and musicians. Curated by Beth Siveyer
Cover artwork by Patricia Alvarado
RV-based artist, Geneviève Belleveau will have stills from her video #SELFIEAFFIRMATION in Illuminati Girl Gang Vol. 4

this is the selfie that landed me my man

The Girl Canon of Andrea Quinlan


1. The Ravenous Audience - Kate Durbin 
2. Green Girl - Kate Zambreno 
3. I EAT CANNIBALS - Gina Abelkop 
4. Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys 
5. The Passion According to G.H. - Clarice Lispector 
6. The Ravishing of Lol Stein - Marguerite Duras 
7. The Pure and the Impure - Colette 
8. My Life is a Movie - Carina Finn 
9. Bad Bad - Chelsey Minnis 
10. Angel - Elizabeth Taylor 
11. The Dud Avocado - Elaine Dundy 
12. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 
13. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 
14. Emily Dickinson’s poems 
15. Laura Riding’s poems 
16. Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles 
17. Nightwood - Djuna Barnes 
18. Henry and June - Anais Nin 
19. The Vicious Red Relic, Love - Anna Joy Springer 
20. Divine Horsemen - Maya Deren 
21. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 
22. Aurora Floyd - Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
23. Coming to Writing and other essays - Helene Cixous 
24. The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter 
25. The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
26. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton 
27. Katherine Mansfield’s short stories.
28. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
29. Roxanne Carter - Beyond this Point are Monsters 
30. Unica Zurn - Dark Spring
"I watched the first few seasons of The Biggest Loser avidly. The show offered the ultimate fat girl fantasy—go to a “ranch” for a few months, and under the pressure of intense personal trainers, low caloric intake, the manipulations of reality show producers and the constant surveillance of television cameras, lose the weight you’ve never been able to lose on your own."

Portrait of the artist Bunny Rogers by Brad Phillips, 2014

One of my images along with a nice mention of Girls Get Busy in arvidabystrom's London feature in the latest Indie Magazine

Are u pr6ud


Men who can see right through me
Tell that I’m just scared fuck you
Give me one example of a man using
his sensitivity for Good