Gail O’Hara is a U.S. editor, writer, photographer, recording label owner and filmmaker. She has worked at the Washington City Paper, SPIN, Time Out New York, ELLEgirl, EW, Modern Painters, Kinfolk and other publications.
O’Hara co-founded chickfactor magazine in 1992 with indie-pop singer Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, glo-worm, The Pines, Bright Coloured Lights, the Shapiros, etc.). chickfactor staged marathon indie-pop parties at several East Coast venues. The fanzine/magazine championed British pop that was otherwise neglected or disregarded by US mainstream pop critics. It also covered British/c-86 bands like The Wedding Present (whose frontman David Gedge inspired the first issue of chickfactor), Heavenly, Pooh Sticks, and Saint Etienne, as well as US indie bands like Unrest, Tiger Trap, Small Factory, Honey Bunch, Pavement, and the Slumberland scene. chickfactor featured the comic Pavement Boy by Shawn Belschwender. chickfactor ran in print from 1992–2002 and also exists as a blog. A new paper issue, chickfactor 18, was published in 2018 and chickfactor continues to set up small festivals around the world.