about Volpane In Love

Hello, my name is Nathan Kibler, but my partner Bruce introduces me like this:

"He was made in Japan with parts assembled in California."

Five years before I was born, my father was stationed in Japan by the US Navy. I arrived soon after he retired and my parents, with my two older brothers, returned to California. But I grew up in Northern Idaho where I found myself with a lot of unsupervised time. You might think it was something of a cultural wasteland, but I found, far from that, Music, Fine Art, Theater, Dance and Literature were all practiced in the community to some extent.

It was a good childhood despite a generalized angst of growing up within an insular family. My parents did their best to give me strong values; they could only do better than their own parents. Still they raised four kids who managed to grow up and are making their lives as they see fit.

I came out a Gay man in college. Since then I've devoted my life to my love of books, the publishing medium and my artistic expression.

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my domestic partner. We have a cat and a dog.

Volpane in Love is my Internet zine. You will find here links to various blogs, image collections, personal poetry, short stories and essays. Please tell me what you think of it: volpane@hotmail.com.

I started Volpane in Love back in 1999 when first learning to code HTML. A lot has changed since then, but even before I began publishing online I self-published several times. In the mid-nineteen Nineties, I published two issues of Gae-raj, an anthology-style "Queer art" zine. It was written up in Queer Zine Explosion #12, back in 1995 and Larry-Bob gave it a favorable review,

"...it's not a solid block of text like some zines, but draws you in visually."

I've gone on to self-publish visual chapbooks of poetry and graphic anthologies of short stories created with other writers using round-robin story method. You may purchase my poetry chapbook at Etsy. Unfortunately other publications are out-of-print indefinately.

I post regularly to many blogs, depending on the subject. At Volpane I am posting pages from my sketchbooks, frequently redesigning them into t-shirt, hoodie, mug, mouse pad, and totebag designs available at CafePress.com and Zazzle.com.

If you'd prefer a more visual interface to explore this web site I am re-posting a visual record of everything that appears at this website also at my Tumblr, as well as photos of my garden in bloom. For your convenience sharing what you find here with others, you will find Facebook "Like" buttons scattered about the website.

I also design web pages and have done extensive work for Pistilbooks.net and for my friend Jon Macy. If you would like me to design for you, please contact me by e-mail.