Gentle Reminders About Care Postcard

Gentle Reminders About Care Postcard
Now in our etsy shop: Gentle Reminders About Care Postcard by When Language Runs Dry contributor Karen Hixson These are 5 x 7 laminated cards created in the spirit of her 'Beyond the Bubble Bath' self care article from issue #4 of When Language Runs Dry. 

The front (color) includes care reminders and the back (black & white) contains an area for using a dry erase marker to make notes on your care plan intentions (wipe clean with dry tissue). An awesome gift or training tool for social workers, activists, mental health professionals, peer support folks, volunteers and anyone who is interested in harm reduction oriented self & community care.


Now Seeking Submissions for Issue #5

According to data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, at least 19% of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain.  Yet, despite this high incidence, this illness is frequently under-explored and misunderstood.  Because it is an invisible condition, pain often goes without treatment or validation.  Further, dominant white western patriarchal attitudes deny the complexity of chronic pain, including its connection to trauma and emotional health, identity, social institutions, attitudes towards disability, history and many other factors.  
Since 2008, When Language Runs Dry: a Zine for People with Chronic Pain and Their Allies has attempted to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of chronic pain.  Throughout our first four issues, contributors explored this highly personal and deeply political subject through poetry, comics, essay and art.  Now, in 2015, we are excited to be seeking submissions for a 5th issue of WLRD.  Our plan is that this issue will be new material for an anthology that will include the first four issues.
We want to hear your perspective on chronic pain. We are looking for anyone interested in submitting writing or easy-to-reproduce visual art/comics on the subject and experience of chronic pain.

We are not as interested in pain management (drugs, therapies, treatments) as in the social and emotional aspects of living with chronic pain. We want to hear about the way persistent pain impacts people’s lives, relationships, and the way that they inhabit their bodies and communities. How has the pain experience informed how you identify yourself, how you feel about your body, and how you ask for help?  This zine is about support, sharing, and respecting what we’ve been through with pain. Below are some ideas we’ve brainstormed for pieces… anyone want to run with any of these topics?
  • Access to resources, class and chronic pain
  • Queerness and chronic pain
  • Ancestry, history and chronic pain
  • Chronic pain and relationship to the body
  • Being young or old/age and chronic pain
  • Sex and chronic pain 
  • Chronic pain and introspection/change 
  • Parenting and chronic pain 
  • Art/creativity and chronic pain 
  • Mental health, depression, trauma and the pain experience 
  • The invisibility of pain 
  • Chronic pain and intersecting identities/experiences
  • Upbringing/how were you raised to approach pain
  • Book reviews/chronic pain reading guide 
  • Activism and educating and chronic pain
  • Chronic pain and disability justice
  • Your fabulous ideas!

Additionally, are you a caregiver or support person to someone with chronic pain?  Want to submit on:
  • Self-care as a caregiver
  • Communication around chronic pain
  • Being an ally to people with chronic pain
  • Being a healer and providing care to people with chronic pain
  • Growing up in a house/family with chronic pain
  • Etc etc etc!

We’d love to hear from interested participants.  Our current deadline is October 15th.  Please tell your friends, and pass this far and wide. You can contact us with comments, questions, or submissions: chronicpainzine<at>gmail.com 

Take care, 
Claire and Meredith


WLRD at the Los Angeles Zine Fest

We're so excited to announce that we will be among the exhibitors at the 2014  LA Zine Fest.  We can't wait to share When Language Runs Dry, meet some new people, and get the word out the we are looking for submissions for issue #5.  Los Angeles friends, we hope to see you at Helms Bakery on Feb. 16th!


2013 Portland Zine Symposium

Meredith at the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium
We had a blast, as always, at the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium!  Big thanks to the organizers for all of their hard work, and to everyone who came by our table and chatted or picked up When Language Runs Dry.  We sold and traded a bunch of zines, got the word out that we are still looking for submissions for issue #5, and - as a most pleasant surprise - got to spend the weekend sitting next to our good friend Eleanor who wrote the book Grow and the beautiful zine Indulgence.  



I just stumbled across this lovely review from the folks at Ravenswing DIY Fair in Ottawa Canada.  We sure appreciate people spreading the word by writing about our project!


Print Fancy at Reading Frenzy

We're so excited to have been asked to participate in Reading Frenzy's first ever Print Fancy recent release party!  We'll be reading an excerpt from the new issue.


Print Fancy!

Recent Release Party & Self-Publisher Social
Join us for the first ever Print Fancy! We believe every new print publication deserves a party, so we're hosting a bi-monthly round-up for the recently self-published! This month we're featuring A Field Guide to the Aliens of Stark Trek The Next Generation #3 by Zach, Dear Shane, I tried to kill myself  by Jazz McGinnis, Whoosh! #3 by Katherina Audley,Bumpstart #6/7 by Karen Giezyng, When Language Runs Dry co-edited by Meredith Butner, and The 415th Time by Michael Heald.
Anyone with a recently self-published title is welcome to come and consign their publication before 7:30pm. All entries will be featured in a special display for the evening and listed in a written round-up on our blog. There will time to mix and mingle and a rapid fire round of readings from a handful of self-publishers.
We'll provide light refreshments, as well as information on local publishing resources.


When Language Runs Dry #2 and #3 reviewed in Zine World

when language runs dry #2: A collection of essays and comics by people living with chronic pain and illness: Crohn’s, back trouble, depression, panic disorder. Emphasis on coping strategies—helpful to know even if you’re not currently in pain. (There’s an essay on how to react helpfully and supportively to people with chronic disorders.) Contains a list of books and other resources. –MC

when language runs dry #3: This is a comp zine for people with chronic pain and their allies. I loved this; it is easy to read, has great pictures/illustrations, and the stories from folks living with pain are eye-opening. Stories range from an account of a person who was hit by a car while riding her bike to work and now lives with a brain injury; an entry that focuses on having a disability that isn’t visible and how others react to the disability; thoughts on saying no to outings with friends due to fear of aggravating existing pain, etc. This is packed with great information and includes a reading list (books, blogs, media). Highly recommended. –Stephanie K.