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Margarat Nee is an artist, independent scholar, curator of the San Diego Punk Archive, and founding member of activist art group Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UCSD and since then has broadened her artistic practice to include herbalism, energetic and intuitive bodywork, and vibrational sound therapy.
Kim Schwenk is a rare book cataloger at UC San Diego, Special Collections & Archives Library and an antiquarian bookseller with Lux Mentis, Booksellers. She has been active with zines since 1987 and a founding member of Grrrlzines-a-go-go since 2003. She also operates Of Oak and Ash herbal apothecary and promotes the work of herbalism through the printed word.
Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go – the name stands for a small group of women who organize zine workshops & events promoting empowerment through self-publishing. GZAGG started in 2002 after a few women got together to present a workshop at a womens radical art event in San Diego. The catalyst was Elke Zobl, founder of the Grrrl Zine Network. As a visiting graduate student from Austria, Elke networked with local zinesters in San Diego for her research. She hooked up with Margarat Nee, creator of Radical Pet, Oya, and Dogrrrl, Glue Magazine’s Claudia Lucero, Kim Schwenk, creator of Grrrl Noire and Cyclette, and Wives Tale’s creator Britton Neubacher. A few years later some had gone on to other projects, and Ari, writer of Metasynderine, joined the collective bringing her distro expertise.
GZAGG continued to work with Kim and Margarat as a duo. The work has evolved to include exhibits, academic presentations, pop-up reading rooms, and “scrap lounge” set-ups at events, all the while customizing for the wide variety of audiences that could range from Girl Scouts to LGBTQ youth to herbalists. Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go has been cited in books in the U.S., U.K., and Europe for their original thinking on bringing this accessible and flexible art form to wider attention as well as promoting the importance of preserving these critical forms of publishing and print history.