Chella Quint is a comedy writer, performer, artist, educator, and old school zine girl from Brooklyn, New York who now lives in Sheffield, England. A lot of her education work is in social justice, conflict resolution, health promotion and media literacy, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Education.
She is most well known for her adbusting comedy fanzine Adventures in Menstruating (and did a TEDx talk about it), and she’s excited about her new voluntary role as editor of the F Word blog’s new Comedy Section. She performed comic poetry about outer space as a member of Other Voices in the first ever spoken word category at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this past summer, is a frequent contributor to the Talk About the Passion podcast and blog and a slightly less frequent contributor to Now Then Magazine and to the Ms. Magazine blog. She is such a big fan of outer space that she has also written a fanzine and done a podcast about it, which was featured along with the National Museum of Scotland’s Object of the Month for her 1913 Exhibition project.
In March, Chella co-hosted the very successful 2013 Sheffield Zine Fest and you can watch a little film about it! In earlier zine news, she presented at the Fanzine Forum for World Event Young Artists as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and most recently contributed a poem and a stencil to English PEN’s Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot and illustrated educational posters for the latest installment of Shape and Situate. She is one of the poets featured in the (recently very positively reviewed!) Binders Full of Women(‘s Poetry).
Her Pecha Kucha talk is here, and you can check out her comedy song stylings and advice about zines and the DIY scene in a short documentary film about the Outspoken Showcase here. Her zine covers, art and design work have been exhibited at The Big Red Door and The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh; Site Gallery, APG Works, and Access Space, Sheffield; Wharf Chambers, Leeds; Space Station 65, London; and Bluestockings and New Stand, New York.
Earlier last year, her comic essay, Getting Civilized, was published in the book Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, March 2012).
Follow the blog links below for more details about each project.
The 1913 Exhibition Project: A year-long challenge to curate a collection of things that were cool a century ago, in honour of what would have been her grandma’s 100th birthday.
Adventures in Menstruating: A comedy zine, blog, and live sketch show about the foibles of feminine hygiene advertising.
It’s Not You. I Just Need Space. (Interplanetary Letters of Love and Rejection): A tumblr based on Chella’s full-colour comedy print zine of the same title. Now also in handy podcast size.
The Venns: A quest for the perfect pub quiz. Chella presented her findings, PhD style, at a conference at the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival.