Wednesday, January 6, 2016

KW Zine Library Titles

Here are the current titles in the KW 'zine library! If you would like to submit a zine, or learn more about the library, please write to me!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dream Visions : An Exhibition Of Collages by Ellie Anglin

At Jane Bond in Waterloo, from June 15th - july 20th

Frida Falls, digital print on wood, $100

More below...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Parkdale plaques

Throughout 2012, as part of the Parkdale BIA's community garden initiative, four new historical plaques were created and installed in Parkdale.

My friend and incredible artist Joel Hentges did the graphic design, and I wrote the copy and chose the photos.  I think they turned out really well, and it was so interesting to learn about Parkdale's history!  You can find them throughout Parkdale sprinkled around the Queen and Brock area, but you can also check them out here: 

This one is located on the South West corner of Queen and Elm Grove (by The Mascot). 

This one is located on the North East corner of Brock and Queen, by an umbrella tree.

This one is in front of 1313 Queen Street West (South side).  

This one is in the garden beside the Coffee Tyme where old men sit silently sipping coffee all day.

Wish I knew how to post the better quality versions of these on here, because I am really proud of what I wrote - I even slipped a couple of jokes in them. When I finished working at the BIA, I felt kind of bad about myself because they gave me a really wonderful opportunity to fill in as Executive Director over the summer, and my ol' self esteem issues made me feel like I was really incompetent, but whenever I see these plaques, I remember that I did do at least one good thing for Parkdale, and they'll be there for a couple of years at least.  They don't have our names on them, but I know who made them!  Next time you're in Parkdale, take a look!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Emily Anglin

A poem by Emily Anglin.


When you have swaddled your head in vermillion
linen to block a glint that widens like a coo
into a dim room striped with amber light;
when you have lain below a sink, hooded by an apron of
mauve lace, and peeped through eyelets at high panes
dappled with yellow and lime;
when you have sat on a bathing house step in the late-winter sun
and bundled your brow in a rough wool scarf
steeped to a sea green as the wind rushes;
when you have leaned against the bleached stone lion that guards
the coast, and wound yourself in sacking, 
binding your own wrappings
with twine,
as the gusts lift past a scrubbed seawall—then,
and laid out on the cool salt shore,
flat under bright sun you can slowly tune
a white light for shut lids to become.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

where I print my stuff.

I want to tell you about a wonderful place in Toronto where I have Tender Buttons printed and will continue to do all of my printing there because they are just so great: TLAC, Toronto Printing, Publishing & Digital Media
This was totes me when I found TLAC.
I had a really hard time finding a good printer. A lot of the places I went to gave me some serious dude 'tude because I don't know Photoshop and didn't really seem to understand why I would be making a little book of collages about buttons. I felt like I was wasting their time. And I would always leave feeling intimidated and discouraged about whether I'd ever get TB printed.

When I finally decided to grow a pair and find a printer who wouldn't treat me like an idiot, I googled 'zine printing in Toronto and TLAC showed up... and THEN I saw these beautiful words on their website:

At TLAC, we believe that companies can make a difference in the community, and that what we do every day should matter. That’s why part of our proceeds support the Seeds of Hope Foundation, a group that works with abuse shelters, recovery and community homes, and learning centres to help men and women get back on their feet. We believe in the mission of these organisations and support their efforts to provide hope while helping people learn and discover the strengths they have inside. TLAC – Printing that Matters!

Incredible!!! They totes care about the same shit I do! When I called I knew this was the place for me. Andrew was super encouraging and helpful on the phone (and most importantly, made me feel like he valued my business - small and strange though it is).  Katherine Verhoeven worked with me tirelessly to understand how to correctly digitize my files for print, and was SO patient and helpful through a pretty long process. They also understand that 'zines-making, as a profession, is generally not super-lucrative, and have worked with me to reduce costs where possible, and worked out a payment plan with me. In summation, they're the best!  If you're looking for a good printer in TO, I would highly recommend them.

They're located at 233 College Street (right across the street from the magical Lillian H Smith library), and here's their Facebook Page

Will post soon about the Neck of the Woods art show & The Parkdale Bazaar!  They were amazing!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tender Buttons Launch

I am proud to announce that my first book, for which I received the TAC grant for Emerging Artists, is being launched this weekend!

The book is called Tender Buttons, and it is a fusion of flash fiction and collage. Please go here if you want to learn more about Tender Buttons.

If you are in Toronto this week/end, I would love it if you would come help me celebrate. 

On Thursday November 29I will be reading Tender Buttons, accompanied by projections of the collages at the Neck of the Woods Art Show at the Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen St West, Toronto), from 7 to 11 pm.

On Saturday December 1st, 2012, I will be displaying and selling Tender Buttons and my 2010 ‘zine Kitty Doodles as part of the Parkdale Bazaar at St. John’s Church at 186 Cowan Avenue, from 11am – 5pm

If you ain't in Toronto, or otherwise can’t make it but would still like to buy a copy of Tender Buttons, it can be purchased:

1)      by writing to me (
2)      in store at Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street W, Toronto)
3)      or from my Etsy shop (I’ll mail it to you and seal it with a kiss!)

Each copy is $12, and is signed, numbered, and comes with it's own one-of-a-kind collaged dust sleeve. Postage is $3.

Thanks so much y'all!  I love you!


About Tender Buttons

Tender Buttons is a fusion of collage and flash fiction and was lovingly created by Ellie Anglin. Each full-colour booklet is numbered, signed and hand-bound by the artist, and has a one-of-a-kind collaged book sleeve.
After surviving a mysterious and dark childhood, an emotionally stunted narrator struggles with mental illness, self-injury, and to reconcile her queerness with her strange spiritualism.  Our deeply repressed and simple heroine’s true sadness is only glimpsed at through frequent cracks in the delirious, slavish narrative about her prized Button Collection. The accompanying collages serve to open these cracks wider, giving a literal glimpse of her true desperation. If you like flash fiction, collage, and strange, sad women, Tender Buttons might be the one for you.”
Self-Published in Toronto, Ontario in 2012. 
76 pp. ISBN # 978-0-9879898-0-2, $12

Tender Buttons can be purchased from Ellie at ‘zine and art shows throughout the city, as well as at Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street W, Toronto), or online at

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Preparations for Desecrations!

10/31/2012, 11:31am
Hey gals,

Alright, just gotta say I am pumped!  The boys are gonna cream their jeans when they see us in our matching Dracula costumes!  I say Dracula to differentiate us from the Edward Cullens of the world, because we're going straight up old school. no sparkly Trampires here!  Just cripplingly fearful foes. Here's a fun run down of what I've got:

  • one tube of white cream face make up to create a deadly palor on our grisly faces - ah, ah, ah. ah.
  • two packages of two sets of glow in the dark fangs - ah, ah, ah, ah.
  • three packages of black face crayon to create four sinister widow's peaks - ah, ah, ah, ah.
  • four adult sized black cloak capes with blood red collars to drape about our monstrous forms - ah, ah, ah, ah.
  • five plushy bats to perch upon our hunched shoulders - ah, ah, ah, ah. 
  • six dastardly nail stickers to press upon our brittle nails - ah, ah, ah, ah.  
  • eight pairs of matching black mini gloves, to conceal our claw like hands from the bitter chill if we go out for a smoke - ah, ah, ah, ah.
I think that's it!  Note that the numbers of items may not coincide with the actual numbers, as they were just used for dramatic effect. Make sure to wear your hair slicked back and wear all black to strike that truly horrific note.  It's going to be ghastly! 

Love Nosferata.

10/30/2012, 11:32am

Hey grrrrlfriends! 

Are we all matching? That's amazing. I can't wait. I fear (get it?) I will be less scary than you guys because I cannot put any damn thing on my face without it turning into one of those knobby cancerous gourds, but I will wear all black and get fangy! So excited to see you guys.

Love Elvira.  

10/30/2012, 11:33am

Dearest Creepshows, 

Wow, what tour de force is this that's hit my inbox? I love it. Unfortunately, I'll also have to abstain from most of the face paint because my skin flares up like a cancerous gourd as well given the least encouragement. But I'll make up for it by acting really weird! Thanks for manning the props, Nosferata. I can't wait!

Undead Joan Crawford.

10/30/2012, 11:34am

 Holy Nosferatu, Batman!! You really went above and beyond (the grave)!! Superstoked on my end.

(I'm just a) Juggalo.   

It's a Munster Mash-Up.

Gettin' Staked - I don't get no respect!

The Return of... Bat Boy!
Eddie Munster (L) expires from the garlicky defense of a rogue lumberjack (M), while Nasferata (R) is all like "I don't get paid enough for this shit."
Vampire-hunting lumber jack, the undead Joan Crawford, and sexiest Elvira, still learning to relax her mouth around her fangs. 
Elvira's too busy showing off her fangs to notice the lumberjack's stake!
The undead Joan Crawford tempts Elvira with some garlic, what she doesn't know is that Eddie Munster is sneaking up behind her, preparing to un-undead her!

Even football louts are draculas on haaaallllooOoOoWeEeEeN!!!!

Spook You Later, you Spooky Hooligans.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Get Ya Tenda Buttons Heah!

Tender Buttons now available in my Etsy Store.

Or directly here!

Hot Off The Press

These twenty tender booklets are all buttoned up, ready to go off to some publishers in the hopes that someone will help me to make more of these little Tender Buttons.  They each have their own individual dust vest - not quite a jacket.  I am very happy with how they turned out.  Thanks to everyone for your support.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Two Women

My 100 word story that will be featured in the upcoming collection 100X100, published by LA's Marco Polo Arts Magazine.  

Two Women: 

They met working in the Margarine Factory – Irene worked there from 1975 to 1990 and Helen from 1967 to 1992. They both loved The Family Circus cartoons so they became friendly.  Helen’s biggest pet peeve was when people rode their bicycles on the sidewalk and would come swooping up behind them when they walked home at night and would nearly give them their death of fright.  Irene was very honest and considered even sarcasm to be lying. For the sake of economy they shared an apartment together until in 1992 when Helen died as a flower does: petal by petal.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Reality TV Talk

Okay guys, I've gotta get real about reality TV for a second. I have so many thoughts about the hours of reality tv i watch per day, but just don't have room in my life for another writing assignment, and since most of my frenz don't watch, it's pretty boring for me to tell them about it.  But I'm just fit to burst about the season 9 premiere of SYTYCD!!!

Unlike with singing or modelling competition shows, So You Think You Can Dance progresses every year because it seems like humans have a limitless capacity to invent new ways of dancing!!! And with the best of the dancers it seems like it's not copying what they've seen other people do but figuring out how to make their bodies do what they imagine, or crazy fluke styles that have evolved and mutated from/ into a million subcultures/styles oh! I just love dance! 

Aaaaand another thing: I used to have beef with SYTYCD because they would always question whether the street dancers could do the other styles of dance, but would assume that the ballet and contemporary dancers would just be able to pick up hip hop and crumping and stuff.  But the street dancers just get better and more interesting and do new things, while the trained dancers master what has already been done! Check out this guy who combines break dancing with story-telling/contemporary! 

It seems that SYTYCD clued in to the inherent racism/classism of that this season because they're letting the best hip hop/break dancers through without testing their choreography!  But how could they do otherwise with talent like this!!!!!!  

This guy is "The Zombie".  Inspired by cartoons and video games. 

This guy, Hampton Williams, created his own style, the exorcist style!!!! - inspired by horror movies, but sooo moving!!!  Seems like a lot of people are getting inspiration from horror movies lately.  I wonder if it has to do with the economy! It's great. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

More New Collages!

"Women in Print", for Tender Buttons, 2012

"Mother", for Tender Buttons, 2012.
 "Anna Nicole Smith", for Tender Buttons, 2012.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Mad Love at ValuMart" in the inaugural issue of fuss magazine

There's a great new indie/arts/culture magazine in Waterloo called Fuss Magazine!

You can pick it up at all the KW cool stops, or read it online HERE.  My short fiction "Mad Love at ValuMart" is on page 7.  Mad props to Lisa Olsen for the great new mag!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For Betty

You died as a flower does:
petal by petal.  
When my body returns to clay 
I hope to feel your fur once again
with my celestial hand. 
My hand is not unlike your paw.
Your paw is not unlike a gentle budding branch.

Betty Anglin, 1998 - 2012.

May you rest peacefully, you were the delight of my heart and days.

On The Iran-Contra Affair, On Contraception

On the Iran-Contra Affair:  
I ran, contra – clockwise to the bar to get out of a conversation about this at my last lunch meeting.

Doing a tequila shot by yourself is depressing. The ritual of the salt lick and the lemon is really meant to be a social thing. I just love doing shots. I love the Lil Jon feat. LMFAO song “Shots”.

A co-worker gave me the nickname Shotsy.  I wonder if by doing so he’s subtly casting doubt on my professionalism but it’s worth it to me because having a nick name makes me feel like one of the gang.  And sometimes at lunch meetings now my co-workers buy shots for me as a gag. 

On Contraception:
Lezzzbians don’t need contraception but I still hope for an accident. I’d cut out the crack dope smack coke pills thrills chills AAAAAAND frills if I conceived. Do you think it would still be considered an immaculate conception if it was the result of finger banging and muff diving? 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tender Buttons, Snipperdoodles 2012

"Build the City of God", 201
"Homo", 2012

"horses?", 2008
"By Itself", 2012.

"Kill all Artists", 2010.
"Keep Parkdale Weird", 2012.

"HER FACE", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Sunday Night Button Party" from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Storm Approaches", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Colours", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"My Life with Biscuits", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Please", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Reaching", from Tender Buttons, 2012. 
"Stage Life", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"God Speaks to Me", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Healed", from Tender Buttons, 2012. 
"GED", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Mistress of Her Domain", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Anything is Bearable", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Cat Fancy", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Covetousness", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"Aloe", from Tender Buttons, 2012.
"For Britney Spears 1", 2008 - 2012.
"For Britney Spears 2", 2008 - 2012.
A scan of the lock of my hair that I buried with Betty, 2012.