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Portland Zine Symposium / Exhibitor Interviews  / First Time PZS Exhibitor: Emily Schnipper of Pillhouse Publishing Co.

First Time PZS Exhibitor: Emily Schnipper of Pillhouse Publishing Co.

We’ll be posting short interviews each day with the many exhibitors tabling at the 2016 Zine Symposium. Come meet all of these amazing zinesters, Saturday July 9th at Ambridge Event Center here in Portland, OR. Remember, there is only 1 day of tabling at this year’s Symposium. On Sunday July 10th, you’ll find us hosting a Skillshare day at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Keep checking in with the site for additional exhibitor interviews, workshop and panel schedules, and fun events leading up to the Symposium.


Where do you live?
Milwaukie, OR


If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?
Yes, this is my first time tabling at any zine event.  I’m hoping to meet people who’d be interested in sharing our work, collaborating on future projects, or just encouraging each other to keep creating.  I’ve mostly done zines on labor/employment issues and would love to meet other zine-makers in that genre and related ones.


Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?
I have a very, very tiny desk at home, so I come to IPRC when I need more space.  One thing I like about zines is that you don’t need your own art studio or a ton of materials.


How do you keep inspired?
Zines can give meaning to all the weird and scary things that happen in life.  It’s a place where you don’t need anyone’s permission to speak about things, and it’s an opportunity to reach out to people.  I’m inspired by trying to help others feel less alone.

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
I’m not sure, because even though I was in my 20s when I found zines, I think it was the perfect time for me to find them.

What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!
My most recent zine is a small one called “Constant” and it’s about depression and London (they relate here, I promise!).  I’m not super-prolific and don’t have a specific zine in the works right now, but I usually have some writings and drawings going at any given time, which might become a zine later on.  I’m thinking of a poetry zine or a “passport” zine that encourages you to do different activities.