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About Broken Pencil

“Broken Pencil is the entertaining, indispensable guide to zines.”
– the Toronto Star

About Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts

Welcome to Broken Pencil! Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

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Contacting Broken Pencil

For general editorial inquiries email [email protected] For anything related to subscriptions email [email protected] For anything related to advertising or any other business stuff, email [email protected] Our mailing address is PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S7  Canada, or, in the US



Editor – Jonathan Valelly
Jonathan Valelly is a writer, zinester, and community artist. His writing has appeared in NOW, Canadian Notes & QueriesXtra!, Quill & Quire, and zines a plenty.. He is also a co-editor at Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine distributor focusing on radical politics and gay men, and often collaborates with community members and organizations to make special zine projects.



Assistant Editor – Anisa Rawhani

Anisa Rawhani is the Assistant Editor of Broken Pencil. She works as a journalist and editor in Toronto — and would like nothing more than for you to send her wholesome photos of your pets. Doggos, kittens, piglets, ducklings, cows, bunnies, and all others are welcome. She does not discriminate.


halFounder and Publisher – Hal Niedzviecki
Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of over ten books including the novel The Archaeologists (ARP), a collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future (Seven Stories Press).


Associate Publisher – Tara Gordon FlintTara
Tara Flint is the Associate Publisher, Business and Circulation Manager at Broken Pencil. Tara introduced the spreadsheet to BP in 1999 and brings a broad background in marketing, event planning, finance, and management. Tara is responsible for circulation, accounting, and fundraising.



Design – Ian Sullivan Cant
Ian Sullivan Cant is the Design Editor of Broken Pencil. He is an artist, writer, graphic designer and wannabe falconer.




Fiction Editor – Sofia Mostaghimi

Sofia Mostaghimi (MO-stah-GHEE-mee) is a fiction writer and secondary school teacher. Of Persian and Québécois descent, she was born in Sherbrooke (Qc.), and raised in Mississauga (Ont.), where she mastered the art of hanging out. She completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and was Fiction Curator for the Emerging Writer’s Reading Series in Toronto from 2013 to 2015.

Submitting to Broken Pencil

Want to pitch an article idea, submit your zines & books for review, or just introduce yourself to the editors? Check out our submissions page to find out how.

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