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About the Author: John Gerken

John Gerken is a zinester from New Orleans, LA.

He is the editor of I Hate This Part of Texas, of which at least eight issues have been released. His zines address queer issues through personal anecdotes.

In November of 2002, John took part in the Y'herd Me Zine Tour with the New Orleans zinesters Ammi Emergency, Ethan Clark, Willie Jones and Natalia, travelling to a number of cities on this tour of the east coast and reading from his zine. The selection that John read on the tour was reprinted in the compilation zine Y'erd Me?, which brought together all the selections read by the participants on the zine tour.

I Hate This Part of Texas was one of the twenty zines from which writing was featured in the book Stories Care Forgot: An Anthology of New Orleans Zines by Ethan Clark, with an introduction contributed by John Gerken. Other zines included were Chainbreaker, Chihuahua and Pitbull and Nosedive. The book also dealt with the zine editors' experiences of Hurricane Katrina and proceeds from sales were given to various grass roots organizations working in New Orleans.

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Pamphlet, Published in Nov 2007 by Microcosm Publishing

ISBN10: 1934620742 | ISBN13: 9781934620748

Page count: 60

Hope and John team up on this split zine reflecting on hurricane Katrina. Both long-time New Orleans residents, each has to come to terms with loss in their own way. John evacuates, travels, and returns, while Hope stays, applies to school, works, and lives on as best she can. Both Hope and John take their time here, and present a somber account of life after a natural disaster. Their words embody what it means to be human, each story picking up another piece, and slowly putting their world back together.

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