Venus Zine; Bright, Bold and BACK!


Venus Zine, like my other US printed crushes BUST and Bitch, was a classic American Dream feminist publication; a true rags to riches tale. Starting out as a black and white photocopied zine in 1995, Amy Schroeder’s college creation went from strength to strength over the years to become a full colour, glossy, quarterly mag. Women were clearly thirsty for a publication that profiled and celebrated women in music, art, entertainment, literature, fashion and DIY culture… and Venus Zine delivered in a bold and visionary fashion.

Venus delivered right up until Autumn last year, but then something went awry. I’m not sure what that was, but I’m guessing (like many feminist leaning magazines, hell, ALL magazines in these harsh economic times) that the ‘riches’ in Venus’ rags to riches tale were a richness in female creativity rather than piles of US dollars.

But never fear! The women over a Venus towers have announced that they are bouncing back with a new issue in April and I can’t wait! It’s great to know that such a fabulous outlet for talented female writers covering exciting emerging culture has not fallen by the wayside. There’s been a bit of a shake-up at the mags offices, which could explain Venus’ re-emergence. Here’s what they have to say about their new family;

Venus Zine’s new owner and publisher, Sarah Beardsley, is thrilled to lead the magazine into its fifteenth year (can you believe it??). Meanwhile, editor in chief Jill Russell, music editor Selena Fragassi, fashion editor Andrea Kasprzak, and art director Denise Gibson are working hard to uncover the best new music, designers, film, books, visual artists, and more – along with fresh commentary and criticism.

Whilst you’re counting down the days to April, get your Venus fix on the updated daily Venuszine.com, with their Twitter feed, and by buying up a stack of back issues.

By: Sarah Barnes, 22.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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