Dig in sooner with a digital copy of Scorch.
Whether it's looming scarcity, a restaurant on the brink of disaster, a recipe gone awry, or even an uprising at a certain foodie magazine, everyone has a story about a culinary catastrophe. Scorch is a compendium of anecdotes, feelings, and ephemera about the intersection of food and chaos from 20 talented contributors.
This zine was created as a fundraiser for my upcoming writing residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Thank you for your support!
A PDF with 50 black & white pages of content. Editing and layout by Julian Shendelman. Menu design by Zach Ozma.
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Louise Barry’s short fiction has been published in Pleiades and Crazyhorse (now swamp pink), and nonfiction in Cleaver. Louise grew up in Northwest Pennsylvania and now lives in Philadelphia. She is working on a collection of short stories.
Ellis Breunig is a multiply-disabled writer and bike mechanic. They live in Seattle, WA on the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people.
Damon Cooper is an undergraduate student in Minnesota. He likes learning about ecology, writing, and agriculture.
Michelle Giles holds an M.F.A. from Monmouth University. She writes speculative fiction and poetry.
Sarah Hallacher (she/they) is a queer, dynamically disabled artist based in Brooklyn NY. Her work explores the minutia of bodily and emotional life. She continues to experience anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste).
Eve Gwendolyne Hansen is a graduate of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and has spent her career working, existing, and writing about life in the St. Croix River Valley.
Haley Hnatuk is a 2020 Skidmore Documentary Storytellers’ Institute Fellow and a Muhlenberg College Media & Communications and Film Studies graduate. She is drawn to documentary and poetry because they uncover the rich textures of humanity. The documentary short she edited, Dos Hermanxs, has been screened at film festivals internationally.
Avren Keating is an artist and podcaster living in Oakland, CA.
Alison Lubar teaches high school English by day and yoga by night. They are a queer, nonbinary femme of color whose life work (aside from wordsmithing) has evolved into bringing mindfulness practices, and sometimes even poetry, to young people. Their debut chapbook, Philosophers Know Nothing About Love, is out now with Thirty West (May 2022); their second, sweet euphemism, is forthcoming with CLASH!, an imprint of Mouthfeel Press, in 2023. You can find out more at alisonlubar.com or on Twitter @theoriginalison.
Kryst Le Grif: An aquarian alien assimilating amongst homo sapiens. A poetry lover with affairs in short stories & script writing. She currently resides in Philly & is a filmmaker w/ hopes to team with M. Night. She is critically acclaimed by her mom as ‘a beautiful writer w/ Peter Pan syndrome & needs to get a real job.’ Recently she started a little zine w/ hopes of it evolving. www.facebook.com/legrifexploits IG: @sassypantsmcfingerguns
C.L. Liedekev is a confirmed poet who lives in Conshohocken, PA with his real name, wife, and children. He attended most of his life in a Southern chunk of New Jersey. His work has been published in such places as Humana Obscura, Red Fez, MacQueen's, Hare’s Paw, River Heron Review, amongst others. His poem, “November Snow. Philadelphia Children’s Hospital” is a finalist for 2021 Best of the Net.
Alexis Lukas does public health research, spends lots of time reading aloud, enjoys making then neglecting lists, and tries not to slip on the marbles perpetually scattered all over the floor.
CJ MacDuffee is a songwriter, humorist, and worker of odd jobs, currently residing in Port Townsend, Washington.
Mona Mehas (she/her) writes about growing up poor, accumulating grief, and climate change. A disabled, retired teacher in Indiana, she’s at her laptop most days with two old cats as chaperones. Previously, Mona used the pseudonym, Patience Young. She’s published in Moments Between, Backwards Trajectory, Loft Books, Last Stanza Poetry Journal Issue 9, and others. In 2020, she watched every Star Trek show and movie in chronological order and many online concerts. Follow on Twitter @Patienc77732097 or linktr.ee/monaiv
Eggy Raumekin is a trentarian former restaurant worker who enjoys saving lives and is an epicure of roadside foodisms. When asked whether he wants the soup or salad he says “y3s”. Eggy’s favorite v*getable is the carrot.
Scott Russell Morris is a professor of Writing and Rhetoric at University of Utah's Asia Campus in South Korea. He is a queer writer exploring themes of faith, family, domestic masculinity, and doubt. He is the editor of Magpie Zines: zines about tarot, magpies, and found meaning. www.skoticus.com
Gail Shendelman is a lover of people and feeding them.
Julian Shendelman lives with his husband and two dogs near Philadelphia. His poetry chapbook, “Dead Dad Club,” was published by Nomadic Press in 2017 and his writing has appeared in Bat City Review. He was a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in nonfiction and will be doing a writing residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts this fall. When he's not freelancing, he's hosting Sit & Write and learning to make up stories. www.shendelman.com
Amy Beth Sisson is struggling to emerge, toad-like, from the mud outside of Philly. Her poetry has appeared in Cleaver Magazine, The Night Heron Barks, The River Heron Review, Ran Off With the Star Bassoon and is upcoming in The Shoutflower. Starting in the 2020 lockdown, she began making a series of stress doodles of flowers using cheap markers. She is currently an MFA student studying poetry at Rutgers Camden.
Luke Winnicki is an educator, poet, and unprofessional chef currently living in South Philadelphia. In free time not spent cooking, Luke enjoys contributing to roleplaying games, emo music, and the fall of capitalism.