paper trail distro

order tracking & news

paper trail distro/ciara xyerra
8 October
External Services:
  • ciaradistro@livejournal.com
  • there were bones
learning to leave a paper trail distro is a zine distro specializing in radical d.i.y. personal & political zines about sex work, parenting, bikes, travel, history, personal narratives, reproductive health, feminism, mental health, punk, etc. visit the website to see what i carry, & for information on placing an order or getting your zine carried. i focus on independently published zines--no magazines, no mainstream books, no multi-media extravanganzas, etc. i am working on expanding into carrying some hand-made some crafts: blank books, 1" pins, t-shirts, etc. but for now i am pretty narrowly-focused on zines & i have over 150 titles to choose from.

a distro is a service that acts as a middle-person between the creator of the zine & people interested in reading the zine. my distro is non-profit. all the money i make goes back into the operation of the distro, which i operate alone. i don't consider it a "business," in the traditional sense, even though i take seriously the fact that people are trusting me with their money, & i don't consider the people who order to be my "customers". i try to operate on an anarchist-inspired, community service model, even when dealing with the necessary evil of money/commerce.

this journal serves the purpose of keeping track of orders coming in, orders going out, new items coming into stock, & items going out of stock, new descriptions & interviews with zinesters, as well as distro-related news & events. very occasionally i post friends-only entries about my thoughts on running the distro, or participating in the zine community.

if you are looking for my personal, friends-locked LJ, it's at http://ciaraxyerra.livejournal.com. comment to be added, but i don't add everyone over there. oh, & i make the zines "up the logic punks!" (logic puzzles about zines, anarchism, & punk rock), & "love letters to monsters" (personal zine about mental health, reproductive justice, zines, writing, growing up, anarchism, etc). & i used to write the zine "a renegade's handbook to love & sabotage," if you are on old-time zinester who remembers such relics of the past.
1" pins, addiction recovery, alphabetizing, alternate bindings, america?, anarcha-feminism, anarchism, anarcho-punk, apprenticeships, artist residencies, baby girl, basic paper airplane, beyond gallery walls..., big hands, bike touring, bikes, body acceptance, brainscan, breakfast at twilight, building a life..., cardstock, chainbreaker, clever drawings, clutch, colored paper, copy scams, critical theory, customs forms, cut & paste, d.i.y., dad, day of reckoning, death & loss, dirty love, doctrinal expletives, doris, dream whip, eyes of pearl, feminism, fertility awareness, fire hazard, flat-rate priority envelopes, game nights, ghost pine, glossolalia, harm reduction, headlock, health collectives, hirsteria, hot pantz, hpv, i dreamed i was..., i still believe..., index cards, invincible summer, jesus christ superzine, journaling, keep loving keep fighting, kiss off, ladders & hips, legible handwriting, letterpress, life during wartime, logic puzzles, long-arm staplers, love letters to monsters, mail, may cause dizziness, mental health, messy dog/messy baby, midwifery, milk crates, mourning, mute as bottles, narrative, no better voice, no more coffee, not sorry, packing tape, paypal, personal is political, phases of the moon, photocopiers, pink & brown, pink & light blue, pink & red, post office boxes, post offices, post-riot grrrl, postcards, potentially heartwrenching distractions, protests, punk houses, punk rock, queer liberation, radical historical contextualization, radical history, radical parenting, radical politics, re-purposed paper, really good comp zines, recipes, record-keeping, refugee, reproductive justice, responsible spirituality, rice hearvester, rocket queen, root, salt & slush, scam, scrappy, see no hear no..., sex work, so midwest, sojourner, stamps, support, surviving, survivorship, susie is a robot, teenage vegan cookbook, the worst, toothworm, travel stories, truckface, try try again, typewriters, up the logic punks!, we all have bones, well-concealed cash, what i saw..., when language runs dry, wives tales, xines, you live for the..., your pretty face..., zine community, zine distros, zine libs, zine recommendations, zine reviews, zines, zinesters