Sara Cress, a former journalist, now writes poems inspired by the news! Follow her on Twitter @saracress! She has also been a featured guest on Good Evening with Conner & Billy, a talk show created by the comedic art collective MicroSatan. Read on to learn more about her poetry!
ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!
Sara Cress: I am Sara Cress, a writer and former journalist for the Houston Chronicle. After being laid off from the Chronicle after nine years, I still found myself craving news, and then found myself in a job where I still read headlines all day. I started writing poems based on news articles, slapping them up on Tumblr, and now I find I’ve been doing this for nearly three years and people like what I’m doing. I put together a compilation of some of these poems (I chose a feminist theme for this first compilation) and paired them with pieces of art by Houston women, most of them created after reading the poem. That’s what I will be offering, along with some of the art that was made, and probably some other poetry stuff that I haven’t dreamed up yet.
ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?
SC: I was around when zines were things with hot pink paper covers that you could hold in your hands. There’s nothing better than a manifesto written down and copied and handed out.
ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?
SC: Smart phones.
ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?
SC: Smart phones.
ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?
SC: By being forever willingly enslaved by social media.
Awesome, Sara! Looking forward to reading your poetry zines at the fest! (Side note: we’ve noticed a trend in the exhibitors responses that point to smart phones being seen as both a wonderful and terrible invention…)