Chella Quint (click for her home page) writes and edits the zines and books. She is a comedy writer and performer originally from New York who now lives in Sheffield, England. She has contributed to Elevate Difference (which was formerly Feminist Review), Girlfuture, Sadie Magazine, Subtext Magazine, and the Guardian Arts Blog. Chella’s live work includes performances of It’s Not You. I Just Need Space. (interplanetary letters of love and rejection), The Venns and the Stand Up Columnist at venues around Sheffield, annual Adventures in Menstruating Roadshows, and sketch- and improv-based comedy in her ever-dwindling free time. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Maxipad was a poster she designed for the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 2011 Conference (text co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth A. Kissling). Her prose poem, To The Leaking Girl, appeared in the Women’s Studies interdisciplinary journal special issue: Representations of the Menstrual Cycle, and her comedy activism has been extensively cited in New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and less extensively in Reclaiming the F Word. Her zine covers and design work have been featured in Time Out London, Plan B, Stranded magazine, and the book Fanzines. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education, focusing on femcare ads and media literacy, mostly when she ought to be sleeping.
You can email Chella here: chartyourcycle at gmail dot com
at her website: www.chellaquint.com
or send post to:Chella Quint The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row Sheffield, S1 2BX ENGLAND
She’d particularly welcome an email if you:
- are involved in a similarly-themed project or are interested in this one and want to chat or collaborate
- would like to publish something she’s written, request reprint permission, or commission some writing
- would like to make an event booking
- have something to contribute to the zine (writing, art, interview, ad analysis)
- would like to submit a menstrually-themed product, performance or publication for product testing or review
- distro the zines already or want to do so in the future
- are researching attitudes toward menstruation, advertising or menstrual activism or the comedy inherent therein
Chella’s wife, Sarah Thomasin, contributes to the zines and performs the live show with Chella. She is a (mostly) political (mostly) comedy performance poet from Yorkshire, England and runs the Slam Bam Thank You, Ma’am poetry slam series at The Riverside Cafe Bar in Sheffield. She has also co-hosted the Speak Easy spoken word and poetry night at Sheffield Hallam Union, and won the Poetstars competition at the Off The Shelf Festival in 2008 and the Now Then Poetry Slam in 2010. Her wordgeek blog can be found at http://cunninglinguaphile.blogspot.com/. In 2011, Sarah wrote 100 sestinas in 100 days. She thought she would never write another, but did it all again for 2012: http://100poetryforms.wordpress.com/
Profiles of other contributors coming soon.