Katie Haegle answers our Same Damn Questions!
1. Who are you!? What zine/project/form of creative genius are you responsible for?
I'm Katie, and I've been making different kinds of zines for a good few years now. My longest running one is a serial zine about language / linguistics called The La-La Theory, and I've come to think of that name as an umbrella for all the zines I publish. I most love to write personal essays, and for work I write articles and reviews, and I sometimes write poems too.
2. How does feminism relate to your work?
My sense of myself as a woman in the world affects everything that I do. Sometimes my work reflects that explicitly, sometimes less so. In general I admire people who challenge the patriarchy or even the plain old status quo. A few years ago I made a zine of interviews with women-identified folks, both straight and queer, who don't want to get married, and I asked them why. I got such a surprising variety of responses from them -- I really learned a lot. I called the zine White Blackbirds after an old Irish expression that goes, "There will be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot." I've since done a second edition of that zine, featuring interviews with new people, a few of whom were a good bit older than the first set of respondents, which was interesting. I'll bring both of those zines with me to the Feminist Zine Fest. I've got one I wrote about the Slut Walk, too. And I'm all fired up about a found poetry project I've started working on with the fest in mind. Teaser: It involves a 100-year-old book with a gold mirror on its cover, and the word spinster.
3. Who are your feminist role models?
I thought about this a bit and it seems like the people who have influenced my own feminism the most are contemporary writers: Michelle Tea, Kate Bornstein, Eileen Myles, even Camille Paglia, who has sometimes said ridiculous things but has such a fine mind, really. Women who have expanded my idea of what I can do and be, those are my role models, and personal heroines tend to be women I look up to because of the way they live (or lived) their lives, whether or not they talked about feminist ideas or called themselves feminists. (Cookie Mueller and the poet Stevie Smith come to mind.)
4. Who or what has influenced your work, and in what ways?
Oh gosh, I guess everything I've been through and everyone I've known has influenced me and my work. My writing is most often about my own life, so small moments and details influence me probably as much bigger ideas do. Even strangers I spoke to only once have found their way into things I've written.
5. Answer a question you've always wanted to be asked.
Oooh, that's a good one. I long to be questioned about my personal style as though I were a fashion icon, so I'm going to pretend you asked me what I'm wearing to the zine fest. I think I will wear my new flowered skort dress and some heels. I love that dress. It's a thrift store 90s romper-ish thing and I'm old enough to remember the first time these kinds of dresses were in style. They say that means you're too old to enjoy something on its second go-round, but I say eff that! It's the cutest, most comfortable dress I own. If it's not a million degrees that day I will also put big curls in my hair and wear red lipstick. Thanks for asking!