Mass Love Distro
Where are you coming from?
Tell me a little about yourself.
Mass Love Distro is a Massachusetts-based distro focused on creating and distributing engaging, immersive multimedia artwork from local area artists, with an emphasis on zines, books, records, CDs, pins, patches, stickers, and other merch. Started in 2015, Mass Love aims to connect writers and artists, inspire organic growth, spread positivity, promote creative and open communication, and encourage all to unfold their potential on this planet.
Tell me a little about your zines and/or other self-published works.
CRUST is the 36-page collaboration between poet PJ Carmichael and photographer Torey Bunish, printed in a limited run of 100 copies. Going Nowhere Fast is the second zine offering from Mass Love and will be available at the fest: 48 pages of poetry and photography from PJ Carmichael and Adam Kooken, printed in a limited edition of 50 copies.
Why do you love zines and/or self-publishing, and what is your history with them?
After making a collaborative poetry/photography zine entitled “High Tension” in 2012/2013 and expecting a lack of positive reception, I was pleasantly surprised to find that friends and peers at the university I was attending were interested in obtaining copies of the zine. That first issue expanded into a second, then a third (and so on), and I began to become more involved in the world of zines and self-publishing, ordering different zines from all corners of the globe based on what piqued my interest and drew me in. With much more exposure to various zines, zinesters, and the vast expanse of self-publication, I decided to form a distro in order to have an outlet to self-publish through and also an outlet through which to promote and distribute the work of others who created zines and other self-published materials that I feel should be spread to a wider audience.
Zines and self-publishing allow for complete creative freedom for anyone who wants to put their work (writing, photography, design, illustration, etc.) out there. Because the term “zine” is so open-ended, the format permits an endless amount of creativity. The community of zine-makers and self-publishers is filled with dynamic, fascinating, passionate individuals that continually remind me why I keep on creating and distributing zines and other self-published works.
Are you planning on bringing anything new to the fest?
Going Nowhere Fast is the second zine offering from Mass Love and will be available at the fest: 48 pages of poetry and photography from PJ Carmichael and Adam Kooken.
Where can we find you online?