Why the name “Meniscus?”
Who contributes to Meniscus and how can I submit my work?
What types of articles does Meniscus publish?
I would like to use some Meniscus content on my Web site, print publication, etc. What is your policy?
How can I become a partner with Meniscus?
Do you do event sponsorships?
Where can I find limited-edition print copies of Meniscus?
How did Meniscus start?Not wanting to get involved with the politics of her high school newspaper, the editor-in-chief founded Meniscus in 1994 with the dream of becoming the ‘Zine of the Month in Sassy Magazine. Sadly, this dream was never fulfilled after Sassy’s demise, but theMeniscus train rolled ahead thanks to a love of writing and a desire to create opportunities for other people to publish their work.As a result, Meniscus quickly established itself as one of the nation’s premier Asian American print ‘zines following reviews in A. Magazine and Giant Robot. Hailed by the University of California at Davis as a publication that “reflects the antic dynamism of Asian American arts and letters beyond its mainstream writers,” the publication switched to an online magazine following 11 print issues.
Why the name “Meniscus?”It’s just a cool word from science class. How do you read the measurement of a liquid in a graduated cylinder? Check the bottom of the curve – the “meniscus” – that the liquid is making against the glass. We could go all Zen and talk about how our philosophy is to find that bottom line, but we’d rather not.
Who contributes to Meniscus and how can I submit my work? What types of articles does Meniscus publish?Our contributors have been as young as 12 and as old as 72. Staff members have written and reported for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, CNN, The Associated Press, Newsday, The Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury News, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Federal Computer Week, Senses of Cinema and Film Monthly.Meniscus, in a sentence, is an arts, entertainment and lifestyle magazine. The articles and multimedia on our site have evolved with the staff’s personal interests, most notably in high-profile event coverage in some of the following areas (partial list):
- Film: Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea), Tribeca Film Festival, New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Subway Cinema’s New York Asian Film Festival
- Sports: Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Westminster Dog Show
- Fashion: New York Fashion Week (eight seasons and counting), London Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, Pet Fashion Week New York
- Food: Chocolate Show New York, Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival
- …and many other areas, including travel, music, books and technology.
Visit our list of back issues for an idea of what we’ve covered. To be considered for publication, please send writing samples and/or a digital portfolio for review by our staff. For specific information on ways you can contribute, please refer to our submission guidelines. Please note that Meniscus is a labor of love for all of us and our goal is to continue to create opportunities for journalists to gain experience, build their portfolios…and have a lot of fun in the process!
I would like to use some content or photos featured on Meniscus for my own use (Web sites, print publications, etc.). What is your policy?Content on Meniscus cannot be lifted for use on other media without prior written consent to admin @ meniscuszine.com. For online publications, we would prefer a direct link to the article on our site. Original photography shot by Meniscus staff members is available for purchase and/or subsequent use online or in print. For price quotes and further information, again please write to admin @ meniscuszine.com with URL(s) containing the specific images that you are interested in buying.
How can I become a partner with Meniscus? Do you do event sponsorships?If you are a reader, it is as simple as linking directly to www.meniscuszine.com on your Web site! To exchange links, please write to admin @ meniscuszine.com with the URL of your site for review.Meniscus sponsored the inaugural Asians in Rock concert tour and the 2006 New York Asian American International Film Festival. If you are interested in a sponsorship for your marketing efforts, please send your proposal to admin @ meniscuszine.com.
- Anno Domini Zine Library (San Jose, Calif.)
- The Asian-American Zine Archive (Univ. of California-Davis)
- Barnard College Library Zine Collection (New York, N.Y.)
- Denver Zine Library (Colorado)
- Duke University – Sallie Bingham Center (Durham, N.C.)
- Papercut Zine Library (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Zine Archive Project (Richard Hugo House, Seattle)
Meniscus was also sold at ‘zine conventions in Seattle, New Brunswick, N.J., Philadelphia and Boston, where its appearance at the Boston Zine Fair in March 2006 marked our last convention. In addition, Meniscus was one of 100 alternative ‘zines featured in the 1996 alt.youth.media exhibit at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, and was displayed at the San Jose (Calif.) Museum of Art and the Baltimore (Md.) Museum of Contemporary Art.