Hello! I’m Chella. Here’s a third-person bio for people who like that sort of thing:
Chella Quint is a public engager, 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 and engagement work is in human rights and social justice, conflict resolution, science communication, health promotion and media literacy. She is the Sheffield Docfest 2013 Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch winner (and is making a short film about menstruation with Mandrake Films and the Open University) and she is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Education focusing on changing attitudes to menstruation in secondary education. Her dissertation is entitled Period Positive, and her research has an accompanying campaign and website in development (check back soon for updates), and download a STAINS™ stain in the meantime!
Here’s the bit where I tell you all the stuff I’ve been up to and link to it. My mom finds it helpful. Hi, Mom! I’m most well known for my adbusting comedy fanzine Adventures in Menstruating (and did a TEDx talk about it), and I’ve just started my new voluntary role as editor of the F Word blog’s new Comedy Section. I performed comic poetry about outer space in Other Voices in the first ever spoken word category at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2012, did it again this past summer, and perform stand up and compere at comedy and spoken word shows, mostly in the north, including the UK Women in Comedy Festival and the Manchester Science Festival (but sometimes I go down south for cool things like Science Showoff and Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart because they are lovely). I did a few other guest spots at the Fringe in both 2012 and 2013, including Crunch the News and Domestic Science (which had a lovely 4 star review and in which I was called a ‘clever comic’ — woohoo!) and I would love to do a full show next year. Sometimes I contribute geeky facts and pop culture commentary to the Talk About the Passion podcast and blog, write about the outrageous lack of support for public services in Now Then Magazine and I’m a UK corespondent for the Ms. Magazine blog. I’m such a big fan of outer space that I’ve 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 my 1913 Exhibition project, and have started up a touring night for funny space ladies called Comedy In Space. In June I created a zine and an installation for the Hidden Perspectives festival to benefit SAYiT and in July I helped explain the universe at The Universe Explained. I’ve been on a couple of new podcasts recently. You can hear me fail miserably in the World Science Festival edition of NPR’s Ask Me Another. This is one of my favourite shows and it was loads of fun doing that segment. I talk nonsense for a lot longer (this time about spoken word and chapbooks vs. zines) on episode 3 of the brand new Fun With Egos podcast. Speaking of zines and poems, back in March, I co-hosted the 2013 Sheffield Zine Fest (which had really nice reviews like this one) and you can watch a little film about it! In earlier zine news, I presented at the Fanzine Forum for World Event Young Artists as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, 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. I was one of the poets featured in the (recently very positively reviewed!) Binders Full of Women(‘s Poetry). I’m also a proud member of the Sheffield Hallam University Improv Comedy Society, and co-captain of the Varsity Slam team. There’s some video of the first varsity slam here in round 1 and round 2 (my round two poem is a bit naughty). My Pecha Kucha talk is here, and you can check out my comedy song stylings and advice about zines and the DIY scene in a short documentary film about the Outspoken Showcase here. My 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. Last year, my comic essay, Getting Civilized, was published in the book Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, March 2012). Some of my projects have their own blogs. You can follow the blog links below for more details about each one. The 1913 Exhibition Project: A personal project in which I curate a collection of things that were cool a century ago, in honour of what would have been my grandma’s 100th birthday. Adventures in Menstruating: A comedy zine, blog, and live sketch show about the foibles of feminine hygiene advertising. Coming soon: an all ages umbrella project including my research called Period Positive. It’s Not You. I Just Need Space. (Interplanetary Letters of Love and Rejection): A live show and tumblr based on my full-colour comedy print zine of the same title. Now also in handy podcast size. The Venns: A quest for the perfect pub quiz. I presented my findings, PhD style, at a conference at the highly memorable 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival.