WOLFRAM-JAYMES KEESING

AUTHOR | PUBLISHER | COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Connect with me on [Instagram], [Twitter], [Facebook], and [Goodreads].

QUALIFICATIONS

Dip. Community Welfare (2006)

Bachelor of Arts (2017)
– Extended Major in Writing
– Minors in Communication & Drama

Masters of Writing, Editing, and Publishing (2021)

I’m completing my Masters of Writing, Editing, and Publishing at the University of Queensland later this year, and I’m looking for work now. I’ve a background in events management, community services, and marketing, working behind the scenes on Brisbane Queer Film Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, and the Zine & Indie Comic Symposium.

I’ve written for street mags Frooty and QNews, zine publications PASTEL and GULP!, produced social media content for Queer Radio and 4ZZZ, and edited for UQ’s student mag Semper Floreat. I also publish Queer!Content: an irregular zine publication celebrating queer media and identity.

I worked as a student partner with Meg Vann to establish the Young & Emerging Publishers Network, through which Corella Press was launched. I was part of their team to publish Dorothy Blewett’s Death of a Nom De Plume, and will have my first short story, ‘Heartstring’, published in their premiere ‘Cackle Anthology’.

However, I think of myself as a ‘dedicated consumer of queer media’ before anything else. More than any other minority group, LGBTIQ+ folk develop an identity primarily through interactions with media. This often leaves folk at the mercy of producers who borrow our stories without consultation and without considering us a target audience. In defiance, I proudly take it upon myself to disrupt this process by sharing beautifully honest stories that encapsulate our lived experiences.

EXPERIENCES

Queer!Content Comix & Zines> Publisher, Jun 2013 – Present
Personal zine publication celebrating queer media and identity. I used this project to develop writing, publishing, networking, and marketing skills.
Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC)> Ally Training Facilitator, Oct 202 – Present
Delivering inclusivity training to businesses and universities on behalf of QC. Further research to answer questions not covered in the material.
Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF)> FoH Manager, Sep 2019 – May 2021
Managing teams across multiple venues. Handling complaints and emergencies. Working with BWF management to deliver a smooth festival.
> General Assistant, Sep 2014 – Sep 2019
Wordplay support team leader, general assistant to core team, assisted in running venues.
Frooty Magazine
(Eyeball Media)
> Content Writer, Jun 2019 – Present
Conducting interviews, researching, and writing articles to meet deadlines.
Brisbane Queer Film Festival> Volunteer Coordinator, Jan 2017 – Mar 2021
Coordinating a roster of volunteers. Acting point of contact during the festival, working with New Farm Cinemas, sponsors, and film producers.
The Wendybird> Peer Support Worker, Jul 2019 – Nov 2020
Referring guests to health and financial services in addition to facilitating monthly community events as part of a team.
> Wendybirder, Jan 2016 – Jul 2019
As above, on a volunteer basis.
Corella Press> Student Intern, Feb 2020 – Jun 2020
Acquired, edited, and published Dorothy Blewett’s Death of a Nom De Plume.
> Student Partner, Jun 2018 – Dec 2018
Established the Young and Emerging Publishers Network, and assisted in launching Corella Press.
QNews Magazine> Content Writer, Jun 2018 – Aug 2019
Researching local LGBTIQ+ events, coordinating interviews, and constructing articles for print and online media.
University of Queensland> Research Assistant, Nov 2018 – Dec 2018
Compiling research sources into a database, fact checking notes, and generating a bibliography for Kim Wilkins’s Genre Worlds project.
Semper Floreat> Sub Editor, Dec 2016 – Dec 2017
Part of the editorial team for Semper Floreat, 2017: UQ Student Unions’s magazine.
4ZZZ Community Radio> Radio Announcer, Sep 2016 – Sep 2017
Part of the Queer Radio Team. Managed social media and sourced information during the show. Occasionally operated audio equipment.
Zine & Indie Comic Symposium> Event Organiser, Feb 2014 – Aug 2017
Delivered a two-day indie publishing festival with The Edge, SLQ. Managed PR and advertising, crowdfunding campaigns, workshop facilitators and panellists, our creator’s market, and admin.

MOMENTS

2020
MAR 01Radio GuestQueering the Air: Queer Zine Culture w/ Frank Candiloro & Emily_N3v3r
FEB 08-09TableholderFestival of the Photocopier
2019
DEC 06Podcast GuestSexuali-Tea: V for Vendetta (2005)
NOV 22-24VolunteerGenreCon 2019
OCT 26PanellistReal Zine Publishers of Brisbane @ Ruckusfest
SEP 13Stage ManagerWendybird 5th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala
AUG 08Workshop FacilitatorMicah Projects Zine Workshop @ Lotus Place
JUL 13Queer Zine LibraryInternational Non-Binary Day @ Clarence’s Corner
JUL 01Podcast GuestYEPcast S01E05
APR 13PanellistGULP! @ Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival
MAR 12ContributorGULP! Issue One Launch
FEB 10FacilitatorQueer Pals Zine Tour w/ Nick Henderson @ AQuA
FEB 09TableholderSticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier
FEB 07FacilitatorQueer Pals (un)Socialites Zine Night w/ Concrete Queers
JAN 30PanellistQueer As Film Club: Mean Girls w/ The Russo Test and Here We Queer
2018
NOV 22FacilitatorQSpace Zine Workshop @ Southport Library
NOV 08ContributorPASTEL Issue 4 Launch
OCT 31Event ManagerYEP Australia & Corella Press Launch
OCT 18Radio GuestQueer Radio Brisbane
SEP 26FacilitatorQueer Literature Night w/ Brisbane Pride @ Avid Reader Bookshop
SEP 22WendybirderBrisbane Pride Festival
SEP 01WendybirderTrailblazers Podcast Launch
JUL 14Queer Zine LibraryInternational Non-Binary Day @ Betty’s Espresso
JUN 08TableholderComic Street AU
MAY 13Queer Zine LibraryNot Of This Earth @ University of Queensland
FEB 10-11TableholderSticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier
FEB 10FacilitatorQueer Pals Zine Tour w/ Nick Henderson @ AQuA
FEB 09FacilitatorQueer Pals Zine Launch w/ Concrete Queers @ Sticky Institute

QUEER!CONTENT…

… is my independent zine publication. It began in 2013 as a collaborative project, but quickly fell on my shoulders when everyone else moved to Melbourne (traitors!). Rather than pressing political views, I wanted Q!C to explore how queer folk develop personal identities through interactions with media. It promotes moving away from ‘tribes’ and towards ‘queerness’.

Q!C’s provided opportunities for me to develop my writing, publishing, marketing, and networking skills. In 2018 I tested what I’d learnt through study by publishing ‘Sadvertising’: my short-form perzine (personal or memoir zine) on growing up gay in foster care, which garnered an overwhelming reception when it was launched at Festival of the Photocopier. I’ve since used Q!C to deliver workshops on storytelling and zine publishing, and I’ve connected with hundreds of brilliant, queer storytellers from around the world.


FURTHER SERVICES

SENSITIVITY READER

Being an avid consumer of queer media from the age of fourteen has given me a unique perspective on how our relationship to media has continued to evolve. Combined with my copyediting skills, I can provide a detailed response to texts that explore queerness.

QUEER ZINE LIBRARY

I offer my personal collection of domestic and international zines, comics, and art to event organisers looking to engage with their audience. It comes with me, your humble queer media nerd, ready to guide readers towards narratives that might speak to them.

I also offer zine workshops on self-publishing and storytelling skills, as well as workshops on active audienceship. You can request my services by visiting the contact page.

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