Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anne Elizabeth Moore  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Winner, South Dakota

-- Website --
-- Anne Elizabeth Moore on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Moore currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a Fulbright scholar, Truthout columnist, and author. She has seen her work in print since the age of 15, and started her first periodical in 1993 called ''AnneZine''. Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct ''Punk Planet'', founding editor of the ''Best American Comics'' series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works with young women in Cambodia on independent media projects. While in Cambodia, she teaches self-publishing to first generation feminists in the country self publishing as a way of combating governmental oppression and self-censorship. Her work there inspired her 2011 book, ''Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh'', the first in a series of four volumes on independent culture, globalization, and women's rights in Southeast Asia.She travels throughout the globe to lecture on corporate and governmental oppression and freedom of expression.Her work with young women in Southeast Asia has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Make/Shift, Today's Chicago Woman, and Print magazines, and on GritTV and NPR's Worldview. She recently mounted a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.Moore exhibits her work frequently as conceptual art, has been the subject of two documentary films, and her work appeared on the radio program ''Snap Judgment'' and in the ''Progressive'', ''Bitch'', and on ''Truthout''. She has written for ''The Onion'', ''Feministing'', ''The Stranger'', ''In These Times'', ''The Boston Phoenix'', and ''Tin House''. Lately, Moore has been doing a comics column for Truthout called ''Ladydrawers'', which is based on a participatory research class on the comics industry that she's teaching at the School of the Art Institue. She has twice been noted in the Best American Non-Required Reading series.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Hey Kidz! Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People
ISBN: 1932360352

Soft Skull Press/Red Rattle Books. 2004

The author presents a manual for identifying and overcoming the poisonous effects of the media, highlighting the role of community building, teamwork, a sense of history, and self-expression in empowering young people to take control of their mental environment. Original.

Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity
ISBN: 1595581685

New Press, The. 2007

A writer and activist investigates corporate America's inroads into—and alliances with—the cultural underground.

"There's an industry around you that works, whether you agree with it or not."—Alec Bourgeois, Dischord Records label manager

For years the do-it-yourself (DIY)/punk underground has worked against the logic of mass production and creative uniformity, disseminating radical ideas and directly making and trading goods and services. But what happens when the underground becomes just another market? What happens when the very tools that the artists and activists have used to build word of mouth are coopted by corporate America? What happens to cultural resistance when it becomes just another marketing platform?

Unmarketable examines the corrosive effects of corporate infiltration of the underground. Activist and author Anne Elizabeth Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts who use DIY techniques to reach a youth market—and at members of the underground who have helped forward corporate agendas through their own artistic, and occasionally activist, projects.

Covering everything from Adbusters to Tylenol's indie-star-studded Ouch! campaign, Unmarketable is a lively, funny, and much-needed look at what's happening to the underground and what it means for activism, commerce, and integrity in a world dominated by corporations.

Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publising in Phnom Penh
ISBN: 1934620890

Microcosm Publishing. 2011

In Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, writer and independent publisher Anne Elizabeth Moore brings her experience in the American cultural underground to Cambodia, a country known mostly for the savage extermination of around 2 million of its own under the four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge. Following the publication of her critically acclaimed book Unmarketable and the demise of the magazine she co-published, Punk Planet, and armed with the knowledge that the second generation of genocide survivors in Cambodia had little knowledge of their country’s brutal history, Moore disembarked to Southeast Asia hoping to teach young women how to make zines. What she learned instead were brutal truths about women’s rights, the politics of corruption, the failures of democracy, the mechanism of globalization, and a profound emotional connection that can only be called love. Moore’s fascinating story from the cusp of the global economic meltdown is a look at her time with the first all-women’s dormitory in the history of the country, just kilometers away from the notorious Killing Fields. Her tale is a noble one, as heartbreaking as it is hilarious staunchly ethical yet conflicted and human.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)