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              Freelance writer, editor, indexer, 2006-  (Clients include City Lights, Haymarket Books, University of Nebraska Press, Arte Publico, Continuum)


              Contributing editor, Utne Reader, 2006-07


              Librarian, Utne magazine/Utne Reader, 1999-2006; columnist, "Street Librarian," 2001-06; editor "First Thoughts," July/August 2004-October/September 2005


              Webmaster, Street Librarian, 1997-present


              Publisher, Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 1997-present


              Editor, MSRRT Newsletter, 1988-2000 (review publication for library and cultural workers; nominated for H. W. Wilson Award, 1990-92, 1995)


              Cataloger, Hennepin County Library, Minnesota, 1985-1999


              Reviewer, Zine World: A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press, 2001-05


              Associate Editor, Counterpoise, 1997-99


              Advisory Committee Member, Alternative Press Center, 1995-present


              Columnist, Artpaper, 1989-91: "Fugitive Fact File" and "Chris Dodge's Public Ear"


              Reviewer, Minnesota Reviews, 1984-89; board member, 1988-89







"What a book indexer does." Lower East Side Librarian Shout Out, 2008.

"Useful cataloging." In Radical cataloging: Essays at the front, ed. K. R. Roberto (McFarland, 2008).

"Reconnecting with Mother Earth: 13 ways to help heal the land." Utne Reader, May/June 2008.

"Collecting the wretched refuse: Lifting a lamp to zines, military newspapers, and Wisconsinalia." Library Trends, Winter 2008.

"Tread lightly and carry a big bag of batteries: Rethinking technology in the wilderness." Utne Reader, May/June 2007.

"Messages from above: Why the clouds are worth watching." Utne Reader, January/February 2007.


"Letters from a desert prophet: Ed Abbey's prescient voice rings out again." Utne, July/August 2006. Introduction and captions.


"Water of life." Utne, July/August 2006.


"Beating bombs into plowshares." Utne, July/August 2006. Reprinted in Resist, July/August 2006.


"Gone but not forgotten: Ten defunct periodicals." Ladies & Gentlemen #2.


"Kinds of birds." Minneapolis Observer Quarterly, Spring 2006.


"Elemental art." Utne, May/June 2006.


"The Tao of Sparrow." Utne, March/April 2006.


"Reading matters." Utne, November/December 2005.


"Cold comfort: On Hudson Bay in February, the silence speaks clearly." The Minneapolis Observer, August 2005. [Excerpt from On Ice]


"Knowledge for sale: Are America's public libraries on the verge of losing their way?" Utne, July/August 2005.


"Up from underground: Comic book artists to watch out for." Utne, January/February 2005.


"Music mixmasters: Mash-ups go mainstream." Utne, September/October 2004.


"Emma Goldman, Thoreau, and anarchists." Thoreau Society Bulletin, Summer 2004. (Reprinted in Social Anarchism #39.)


"Literary labels: Independent record labels turn to publishing books." Utne, May/June 2004.


"Folk music's new genre benders: The new 'free folk' movement unleashes a storm of strange and wonderful new sounds." Utne, March/April 2004.


"Used lipstick, cat whiskers, and masterpieces from Mexico's streets." IndieCulture 2004. [Focus: Princeton Architectural Press.]


"Zines' second coming." IndieCulture 2004.


co-author, "Riot mamas." Utne, November/December 2003. [Zines by mothers.]


"Libraries to the people, redux". In Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West's Revolting Librarians Redux (McFarland, 2003)


"Art on the move." Utne Arts Extra, 2003. [Mobile arts venues]


"Phoebe Gloeckner: Portrait of the artist as a young cartoonist." Utne Arts Extra, 2003.


"John Porcellino: Zen zine-ster." Utne Arts Extra, 2003.


"Revolution at the reference desk."  Utne Reader, November/December 2002.


"Wild in the stacks." [Interview with Sanford Berman] Utne Reader, July/August 2002.


"Investigative cartoonist: The Joe Sacco story."  Utne Reader, July/August 2002.


"Documentaries can dance: The passionate films of Les Blank." Utne Reader, July/August 2002.


"Minnesota zine manifesto." Counterpoise, July 2002.


 "Sustainable frugality." Clamor, May/June 2002.


"Mr. Reader." Words That Soak Up Life: A Reading Compilation Zine.


"Dear Abbey: Thank you note to a desert philosopher," Utne Reader, November/December 2001.


"The revolution will be photocopied: A trip to the Underground Publishing Conference," Utne Reader, September/October 2001.


"Anarchism 101: A beginner's guide to the most misunderstood political movement in history" Utne Reader, May/June 2001.


"Soul stirrers: Singer Al Green and poet Rainer Maria Rilke share a sense of the sublime [A Fan's Notes]", Utne Reader, March/April 2001.


"Going postal: Mail art brings a whole world of creative expression to your door," Utne Reader, September/October 2000.


"Art behind the lines: How a comic book can reveal the truth of war," Utne Reader, May/June 2000.


"Zines," Magazines for Libraries, 10th ed., 2000.


"Street newspapers create lively alternative to establishment media," Street Spirit, August  1999; reprinted in Berman and Danky's Alternative Library Literature, 1998-1999 (McFarland).


"Words on the street: Homeless people's newspapers," American Libraries, August 1999.


"Taking libraries to the street: Infoshops and alternative reading rooms," American Libraries, May 1998; edited version reprinted in Utne Reader, November/December 1998, as "Media junkie review".


"Zines," Magazines for Libraries, 9th ed., 1997.


"Zine books: 'Hip' voices or subterranean exegesis?," Counterpoise, July 1997.


"Zines: The underground press for the '90s," Minnesota's Journal of Law & Politics, September 1995.


"Pushing the boundaries: Zines and libraries," Wilson Library Bulletin, May 1995; cited in From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection in Your Library, by Julie Bartel (American Library Association, 2004)


co-editor, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sandy Berman (McFarland, 1995)


co-author, "Mail art, librarians, and social networking" in Chuck Welch, Eternal Network: A Mail Art Anthology, University of Calgary Press, 1995.


"Multiethnic multimedia catalog sources," MultiCultural Review, June 1994.


"Multicultural catalogs," Rethinking Schools, Spring 1994.


"Multi-media catalog sources," Collection Building, v.13 #4, 1994.


"Zines about zines," Serials Review, Winter 1994.


"Alternative sex: Some zines, comics, books, and sources," Collection Building,  v.13 #1, 1993.


"Green zines: A list of alternative environmental periodicals," Green Library Journal, Fall 1992.


co-editor, Confronting Columbus: An Anthology (McFarland, 1992).


"The Columbus Quincentennial: Who's celebrating?," Reference Services Review, v.20 #3.


"People of color: A periodical list," Rethinking Schools, January/February 1992; Multicultural Review, October 1992; Collection Building, v.11 #4, 1992; Women Library Workers Journal, Spring 1992.


"Columbus Quincentennial: Is there anything to celebrate?," Collection Building, v.11 #3, 1991; New Pages #15, 1991; UNABASHED Librarian #79, 1991.


"The activist librarians," Artpaper, December 1989.


guest editor, Minnesota Library Association newsletter, October/November 1988; April 1994; Aug./Sept. 1996.





"What Librarians Say They Do, But Don't Really." University of Arizona SIRLS Graduate Student Symposium, November 10, 2007

"What Librarians Say They Do, But Don't Really." Montana Library Association conference, April 27, 2007

"Things Librarians Say They Do, But Don't Really." State University of New York, Geneseo, School of Library and Information Science Reunion, September 30, 2006


Presenter, Seminar Day, Rassmussen College, Minnetonka, Minnesota, May 16, 2006


Moderator, "Collecting and Preserving the Do-It-Yourself Revolution:  Zines in Libraries," Association of College and Research Libraries conference program,  Minneapolis, April 8, 2005. Report published in C&RL News, June 2005


Guest presentations on zines, Ben Jarman's 9th-grade English classes, Interdistrict Downtown School, Minneapolis, January 14, 2005


"Reconsidering Fanzines," Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, September 3, 2004


"Reconsidering fanzines: Printed matter by fans, amateurs, and other lovers," Zine fair, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, July 24, 2004


Keynote, "The Zine World," Twin Cities Anarchist Book Fair, April 28, 2002


"Just say know: an insider's guide to the outsider press" (University of Wisconsin, School of Library and Information Science, February 14, 2001)

Talk on alternative press (West Virginia Library Association conference, November 2000)


Talk on alternative press (Tom Eland's Minneapolis Community College class, April 2000)


"No Rejections, No Returns, Documentation to All: A Visual Talk on Mail Art," with Cathy Camper (Visual Arts Focus Group, Resources & Counseling for the Arts, Minneapolis, February 23, 2000)


Speaker, "Words on the Street: Newspapers from the Homeless" (American Library Association session, New Orleans, June 1999)


Guest lecture on alternative press (University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, March 26, 1999)


"Street Libraries: Infoshops and Alternative Reading Rooms" (co-coordinator, American Library Association session, Washington, DC, June 1998)


Presentations on children's literature (Read-to-Me program, Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility, Plymouth, Minnesota, May 1998)


Talk on alternative press (Tom Eland's "Introduction to the Information Age: Explorations in the Ethics, Politics, and Ideology of Information," Minneapolis Community College class, February 1998)


Talk on alternative press (Christine Pawley's class on electronic publishing, College of St. Catherine, Information Management, February 1998)


Presentation on zines (with Cathy Camper; Great Transitions program serving teenagers on probation from the Hennepin County Home School; Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 1997)


 "Beyond the Valley of the Mega-Publishers: Dangerous Reviews" (co-coordinator and panelist, American Library Association session, San Francisco, June 1997)


Presentations on zines (incarcerated teenagers' English classes, Hennepin County Home School, Minnetonka, Minnesota, May 1997)


 "Pushing the Boundaries Zines and Libraries" (coordinator, American Library Association session, Chicago, June 1996)


 "50 in 90: 50 Alternative & Small Press Reviews in 90 Minutes" (co-coordinator and panelist, Minnesota Library Association conference, Mankato, October 1995)


 "Archiving and Documenting the Underground" (panelist, Underground Press Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, August 1995)


"For the Common Good: Illinois Experience and the Minnesota Model of Social Responsibility in Librarianship" (panelist, Illinois Library Association conference, May 1995)


 "50 in 90: 50 Alternative & Small Press Reviews in 90 Minutes" (co-coordinator and panelist, Minnesota Library Association conference, Duluth, October 1994)


 "60 in 90: 60 Alternative & Small Press Reviews in 90 Minutes" (co-coordinator and panelist, Minnesota Library Association conference, Rochester, October 1993)


 "Alternative Library Press: What It Is and Why Do We Need It" (speaker, American Library Association session, New Orleans, June 1993)


"Resources for Understanding Diversity" (panelist, "Information: A Bridge to Understanding" conference, Library Task Force of the Governor's Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, St. Paul, January 1993)


 "SRRT in Wisconsin--What are the Issues? How Can We Make a Difference?" (panelist, Wisconsin Library Association conference, LaCrosse, October 1992)


 "60 in 90: 60 Alternative & Small Press Reviews in 90 Minutes" (panelist, Minnesota Library Association conference, Brainerd, October 1992)


Panelist, The Ethics of Celebration and De-Celebration: Quincentenary Issues, Education and the Native American Perspective conference, University of Florida, December 1991


 "The Columbus Quincentennial: Is There Anything to Celebrate?" (panelist, Midwest Federation of Library Associations conference, Minneapolis, November, 1991)


Presentation on counter-Columbus Quincentennial organizing (Ron Sakolsky class, Minneapolis Community College, July 1991)





Critics Travel Grant (Minnesota Center for Arts Criticism), 1995

Minnesota Book Award nominee, 1996

Eubanks Award, American Library Association, 1996

Certificate of Merit, Minnesota Library Association, 1996





 "Pam Keesey" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1995. Subject: the editor of Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Jim Northrup" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1993. Subject: Ojibwe columnist Jim Northrup, author of Walking the Rez Road; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Lane Relyea" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1990. Subject: Lane Relyea, editor of Artpaper; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Diane Glancy" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1990.  Subject: Native American poet Diane Glancy; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Alison Bechdel" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1990. Subject: the lesbian cartoonist creator of Dykes to Watch Our For; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Jack Weatherford" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1990. Subject: the author of Indian givers: how the Indians of the Americas transformed the world; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Bill Holm" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1988. Subject: Icelandic-American poet and essayist Bill Holm; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


"Phebe Hanson" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1988. Chris Dodge interviews Minnesota poet and teacher Phebe Hanson; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.






"The invisible art and craft of indexing." MinnPost, March 6, 2008.


"Making book: Notes on the literary life: Chris Dodge." Minneapolis Observer, September 2004. Interview.


Sagrans, Erica. "Radicalibrarians: Out of the stacks and into the streets."  [Brown University] College Hill Independent, March 6, 2003.


Kumbier, Alana. "Liberating information: radical librarians shelve the status quo." Punk Planet, November/December 2002. Focus: Jessamyn West, Bruce Jensen, Katia Roberto, Chris Dodge, Sandy Berman.


Block, Marylaine. "Communicating off the page." Library Journal, September 15, 2001.  [Article on "web sites for librarians who call themselves renegade, cool, ska, marginal, modified, pernicious, and psycho" – includes material on Street Librarian]


"Street librarian: derribando fronteras."  Perez Melendez, Catalina, and Gonzalo Lara Pacheco. Educacion y biblioteca 14, no.130 (2002).


"All the libraries of the world and mine: the Hennepin County Library," Ten Page News, Summer 2000. (About Sandy Berman and Chris Dodge)


"Indy news."  Ink Reader (Independent Press Association), Winter 2000.


"SoUP interview with Chris Dodge."  Bathtub Gin #5 (Fall/Winter 1999).  Transcription of May 1999 radio interview.


"Bat of Minerva," Minneapolis cable television interview, August 1999, (on zines).


SoUP (Society of Underground Poets) radio interview (on activist librarianship and zines), Georgetown, Kentucky, May 1999.


Romenesko, James. "'Learning junkie' offers subversive fun." Saint Paul Pioneer Press, March 30, 1998. Profiles Street Librarian website.


Beard, William Randall. "Access activists." Twin Cities Reader, January 24, 1996. Focus: "Minnesota Social Responsibilities Round Table" (MSRRT); librarians Sanford Berman, Chris Dodge, Jan DeSirey, and Kim Edson.


Live radio interview by Eric Bailey (focus: zines; with Peter Larsen; "Write on Radio," KFAI-FM, Minneapolis, December 1995).


Hawley, David. "The zine scene: from bowling to splatter movies to radical librarians, there's a zine..." Saint Paul Pioneer Press, November 15, 1992.


 "John Yewell, Jan DeSirey, Chris Dodge" (Video). Hennepin County Library, 1992. Sanford Berman interviews the editors of Confronting Columbus; cable television series Northern Lights and Insights.


 "Activist Librarians" (Video). Minnesota Peace and Justice Coalition, 1990. Nikki LaSorella interviews Chris Dodge, Sanford Berman, and Jan DeSirey for "Live Wire" cable access television series, Minneapolis.


Live radio interview by Beth Friend (with Sanford Berman and Jan DeSirey; prompted by Artpaper article, "The Activist Librarians); "Take Out," Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, January 1990.






"Living room" (poem). Poetry Now, March 2005.


On Ice: In Northern Manitoba. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2005.


Grand Marais. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2004. [Reviewed in The Minneapolis Observer, January 2005]


contributor, Publishers & Pets.  (Knucklehead Press, 2004).


Climbing Ktaadn. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2004.


"The Poets Take the Field." The Minneapolis Observer, February 24, 2004.


You Are Here: New Thoughts From Northern Woods. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2003.


Walking to Walden. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2003. [Reviewed in Xerography Debt #13]


"Fourteen books that changed my life." Dwan #35.


Baptism River: A Love Poem. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2003. [Reviewed in Xerography Debt #11 by Davida Gypsy Breier ; Xerography Debt #12, by Androo Robinson and Maria Goodman]


Hello James. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2003. ("Selections from letters by the editors of zines� in response to a postcard from the Wisconsin Historical Society� with a few words about� librarian James P. Danky") [Reviewed in Xerography Debt #10 by Donny Smith]


Cairn Free: Further Travel Down & Up Some Canyons. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2002. [Reviewed in The Match!, Summer 2003; Xerography Debt #12, by Androo Robinson  and Maria Goodman]


The Book of Matt: Matthew 5-7 Summarized in Plain English. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2002. (Reprinted in Utne magazine, July/August 2003.)


"Brother Void: happy with hopelessness."  (Short profile of Andrew Boyd) Utne Reader, May/June 2002.


"Daniil Kharms: Russian martyr to nonsense."  Utne Reader, May/June 2002.


"Serious about the funnies."  (On Comics Journal) Utne Reader, May/June 2002.


What Matters. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2002.


"Inside outsider art."  (On Raw Vision magazine) Utne Reader, May/June 2002.


Solo Utah: An Account of Travel Up & Down Some Canyons. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2001. [Reviewed in Free Press Death Ship #1]


Someday: Poems. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2001.


Details: Four Poems. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2001.


"Looks like candy, but..." Sugar Needle #13. (Short essay about a condom

packaged to look like a lollipop)


Moving On: Poems. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2000.


Three Poems Three. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2000.


Eight Poems.   Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 1999.


"Open the doors."  Poem co-authored with Solveig Nilsen.  Published by Hennepin Country Library (Minnesota) on the occasion of HCL's Ridgedale Library re-opening, October 1999.  Reprinted in Berman and Danky's Alternative Library Literature, 1998-1999; UNABASHED Librarian; Progressive Librarian, Summer 2000.


"Pralines 101." Sugar Needle #10. (Short essay about the candy commonly sold

in New Orleans)


"Baseball car bubble gum." Ibid. (poem)


Contributor, Kiss My Filing Indicators ("The Sandy Berman Rocks My Socks Issue"), June 1999.


 "ALA programs of the Alternatives in Print Task Force in (and slightly before) my day", Counterpoise, January 1999.


Contributor, Cognots (two issues).  June 1998. [Zine parody of Cognotes, the official publication of the American Library Association conference]


 "Alternative to what?" Counterpoise, April 1998. (Editorial reprinted from MSRRT Newsletter, March/April 1998)


How To Do a Zine. By Karen Eliot (pseudonym). Minnetonka, MN: Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 1997.  (Typo on some copies: "Dochester Dog Hip")


"Fallen anarchist comrades." Contributor (obituary for Ernest Mann). Fifth Estate, Fall 1996.


A Zine-ography.  4th ed. C. Dodge, July 1996.  Twenty-four page annotated bibliography of books, articles, and other material about zines. (Earlier editions: 1994, 1995, January 1996.)  Cited in Stephen Duncombe's Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture; (Verso, 1997).


Preface, special section on zines, Alternative Library Literature, 1994/95 (McFarland, 1996).


"Stale air: silence surrounds the changes at radio station KFAI." Star Tribune, January 31, 1994.


contributor,  The Epistolary Form & the Letter as Artifact, (Pig Iron #17), 1991.


contributor, Novel Approach: A Coincidental Mailart Assemblage, Xexoxial Editions, 1991.


 "Epiphany." The Impossible Utterance #7 (December 1990).


 "Biblioddities." American Libraries, March 1989. Reprinted in The Whole Library Handbook, 1991.






Anderson, Byron, editor. Alternative Publishers of Books in North America (CRISES Press, 1999). [Editor's introduction]


Atton, Chris. Alternative Literature: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Gower, 1996). 


Bartel, Julie. From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection for Your Library (American Library Association, 2004).


Cornog, Martha. The Big Book of Masturbation (Down There Press, 2003).


Cornog, Martha, and Timothy Perper.  For Sex Education, See Librarian. (Greenwood  Press, 1996).


De Cleyre, Voltairine. Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre-- Feminist, Anarchist, Genius.  (State University of New York Press, 2005). Sharon Presley and Crispin Sartwell, editors.


Halliday, Ayun.  The Big Rumpus (Seal, 2002).


Loewen, James. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong (New Press, 1999).


Maggio, Rosalie. New Beacon Book of Women's Quotations (Beacon, 1996).


___.  Talking About People: A Guide to Fair and Accurate Language (Oryx Press, 1997).


Pendergrast, Mark. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World (Basic Books, 1999).


Spayde, Jon.  How to Believe (Random House, 2008).


Thoreau, Henry D. Henry D. Thoreau: Letters to a Spiritual Seeker (W. W. Norton, 2004). Bradley P. Dean, editor.


Woog, Dan. School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools (Alyson, 1995).





Berman, Sanford, and James P. Danky, Alternative Library Literature, 1998/99.





Gunderloy, Mike, and Cari Goldberg Janice's The World of Zines (Penguin, 1992).


Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News and Why: The Project Censored Handbook 1996 (Seven Stories Press, 1996).


Censored 1997 (Seven Stories Press, 1997).


Censored 1998 (Seven Stories Press, 1998).


Censored 1999 (Seven Stories Press, 1999).


Spunk #7 [Hayward, CA]


Widely reviewed in Factsheet Five (circa 1988-98), Zine Guide, and Zine World .





De Cleyre, Voltairine.  Sex Slavery. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 1999.


Kropotkin, Peter. The Chief Duty of a Revolutionary Paper. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2002.


Thoreau, Henry D. Thoreau on John Brown & Harpers Ferry: From the Journals of Henry D. Thoreau, October 1859. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2003.


Thoreau, Henry D.  Life Without Principle. Dorchester Dog Hip Press, 2004.