September 4, 2013

Zine: DOLLFEEDER Vol. 1

Redefining reality since 2013.

"There is need for a space where women can present their experiences in an idiosyncratic manner rendering the female experience in whatever medium they find fitting...my hope is that DOLLFEEDER becomes that space where female artists can get at the truth in their work, and share publicly the private nuances of individual experiences, rather than cater to what is expected from them. This the future."

These lines are taken from Alyse, co-founder of the nonfiction literary magazine DOLLFEEDER, created with Bri, classmate and friend who, together, have created a magazine for female and female-identified writers to express their thoughts about, well, anything. The first volume, titled 22nd Century is filled with truths and confessions so lovely, so creative, and so honest, the pages read like fantasy, almost as if the reader can't believe someone would iterate something so real in such an eloquent manner. In a recent interview I did with the founders, Bri stated about nonfiction (a statement she would go on to reiterate in her respective letter from the editor): "Because think about it; all fiction is derived from reality, and all reality is an extension of fiction." I thought I understood that statement then, but realize I have only begun to as the first volume of DOLLFEEDER has been released this past Sunday.

The magazine's pages are filled with poetry, art (collage, comics and illustrations) and essays, with with such fluidity and wonder, they feel like fiction. Things we never would have remembered are nonfiction--interviews, definitions, things that just inherently are, both as mediums and things in general--suddenly become very real, causing the reader to remember everything around us has the potential to become a story. In Denise Jarrott's "This is the Place," her words are written with an undeniable small town twang, where the mere descriptions of what might seem like everyday life almost feel like they're derived from another world. And the interview Bri and Alyse conducted with the band Hot Fruit: the girls admittedly conduct the interview through gchat, and then proceed to leave the interview in gchat format, as if unabashedly revealing the piece for what it is--it's real. It's an interview. It's honest and it's truthful. It just is.

How do these women accomplish what might seem like an easy task, but in the end proves insurmountable for most? By confronting the reality of it, confessing what is true and doing so in such basic, though stunning, language, fiction is blurred with nonfiction, and a new genre of truth is born.

Read the first full volume of DOLLFEEDER here. 

Written by Molly Morris