The goal of Kentucky Fried Zine Fest is to recognize and educate the public about zines, comics, and independent publishing. 

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Michelle Aiello began writing to pen pals at the age of 10; sparking a lifelong passion for writing, paper crafting and D.I.Y. projects. Hailing from Chicago, she started Indigo zine in 1995 and organized the first Ephemera Festival in 2005. Michelle's work has been featured in The Onion's A.V. Club, Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center, Lexington's Chevy Chaser magazine, and many more. She is currently a content manager for the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, as well as a freelance writer and journalist. She lives with her husband Scott, their daughter Ivy June, and their dog and cat, Levi and Ava in Lexington's LoLi neighborhood.




Chuck Clenney is an ephemerally-bearded writer, Japanophile, DJ, and visual artist, living on the north-side of Lexington. He writes for Under-Main.com and has published poetry and articles in various publications around the globe. He plays drums in a band called FuzzCuzz and hosts a radio show every Friday from noon-2PM on 93.9FM WLXU. Chuck helps coordinate KFZ by harnessing the ultimate power of his kitty-cat-with-an-asymmetrical-face, named Elwood, to put on FUN-raising events throughout the year, provide ample amounts of kale hummus, and bring-a fuzzy spoken word element to KFZ.