leah angstman I was born in Lansing, Michigan, spending most of my youth in and around the East Lansing/MSU and Detroit areas. As I write this I am 28. Born with no conversationallevel hearing, and after fifteen sets of ear tubes and several botched surgeries, I have less than 40% of my hearing, mixed with a head condition that gives me seizures if you just look in my direction wrong. So I shot out of the womb kind of a wreck and wrecked myself a little more as I went along, carving my cornea with a piece of plastic to leave me mostly-blind in one eye, to boot. By high school, I was a punk rocker. I started a Lansingarea branch of Food Not Bombs, Anti-Racist Action, and student-oriented Amnesty International on my college campus, where I went to school for Musical Theater, and subsequently built a theater of my own, operating a theater company for many years with the theme of controversial societal-issues-oriented plays. In 1990, I started writing. A year later, I was well into creating zines with the press company I had created, Propaganda Press. Steadily going for years writing worldly articles of politics, boycotts, injustices, reviews... something would happen in 1997 to change my life forever: I would lose my best friend in a car accident ten days before my seventeeth birthday, resulting in the birth of my poetry. In 1998, my first chapbook, poem poorly written, the therapeutic outpouring of grief over my friendâ€™s death, was released from my press, and the rest, so they say, is history. This history takes us into my press, Propaganda Press, under the blanket of my arts co-op, Alternating Current Arts Co-op, which encompasses a publishing company, a record label, an online zine library archive, an online art gallery, a web comic archive, a D.I.Y. indie art project marketplace, and cheap custom promotional items for the struggling artist in all of us. The idea behind the co-op is to give exposure to artists of all kinds for dirt cheap. While my press publishes many different books by a huge variety of talent, it also publishes my own books. Seventeen of my poetry chapbooks have been printed from Propaganda Press All of Propaganda Pressâ€™ materials can be found at our (stillmajorly-developing) website: alt-current.com, and a smidge of my poetry can be found on my poetry blog at leahangstman.blogspot.com. Lined up for future projects are plans to print my screenplays from the past few years, finish up my website, and complete the writing (and eventually painting of each panel) of my next and biggest epic comic book, possibly just titled Jack.
I still want a big fat yellow or pink landline phone with the wide mouth and ear pieces. I will never go barefoot. I have a Spiderman collection that would make Stan Lee poop. I have an obsession with angels that have no eyeballs. I am completely enamored with penny presses where you can insert one boring old penny and grind, crank, and press it into an amazing imprinted souvenir collectible necessity... that I can add to my collection of...oh, about 30 now; send me one!! Send me all four that you can make at once!! I am seriously obsessed with all kinds of colorful, striped, rainbow, over the knee, up to the knee, or mid-calf socks. I am chewing my fingernails as I write this, despite my efforts to stop.
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