I’ve been inspired by the way that Kate Wadkins has displayed the Brainwaves collection at RAC. Lots of three dimensional art is really beautiful and interesting, but you have to get creative with ways to display it. So I looked around RAC and thought about ways that I would display our three dimensional pieces in my home.
First and foremost of course is the Brainwaves display on our gallery wall. If you are anything like our intern Madeline Dahl, you love zines and have more than you know what to do with. Simply letting beautiful art pieces sit on a bookshelf, only viewed when someone picks them up, doesn’t do justice to even the smallest of collections. By taking some rough textured yarn or twine and tying it to nails on the wall you can create the perfect display for zines, magazines, or even light handmade books.
Are you a zinester in or near New York? Well the Sarah Lawrence College Feminist Collective is going to be hosting a small zine fest this year, and we want you! The fest will focus on feminist and queer zines, or queer feminist zines. We are hoping to get some tablers to come and sell zines and…
Reading at C.L.I.T. Fest was great! I was a little self-conscious about reading, since I haven’t made a zine in a long time, but it went well. I sat on stage to read, and in that intimate space it felt really comfortable. A couple people came up to me after I finished to talk, so that was good… who doesn’t like friendly strangers?
Bummed that I didn’t have the chance to see the entire night, but I had an awesome time while I was there. Really enjoyed 3Jane and Aye Nako, the two bands I got to see, and it was great to meet Rachel and Sari (the folks behind Hoax Zine) and Cristy Road (Glad to know I’m not the only one whose middle school perspective shifted thanks to Green Day’s Dookie album!).
The energy there was great; the enthusiasm of the organizers and the attendees for the folks who came through showed, and I think that proves well that if you really want to see the kind of art/music/writing/whatever you’re into, coming together with like minds and creating an event can be really rewarding.
If you weren’t able to attend and wish you could have experienced Julia B.’s reading live, we’ve scanned and uploaded Suburban Jamerican Fancy for you to read and download online. Julia describes it as “a brown suburban weirdo’s ways of escape.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: POC Zine Project is a volunteer-run organization. If you want to support our efforts and our tour happening this fall, please consider making a donation. Thanks! <3
POC Zine Project’s mission is to makes ALL zines by POC (People of Color) easy to find, share and distribute. Community and activism through materiality.
POC Zine Project will curate a traveling POC zine exhibition, establish an archive, produce a website that shares POC zines and provide grants, tools and events for zinesters.
We are a new organization and appreciate your support. Share this site with your friends and keep an eye out for updates!
POC Zine Project was founded by Daniela Capistrano in 2010.
We want to make it easier for POC zine fans and their supporters to find a diverse selection of zines made by POC.
Zines are a vital component in the long tradition of self-publication. They share knowledge and experiences that supplement (and often contradict) the information that other sources distribute, encouraging free thought.
There are several valuable zine collections in the United States (many accessible online) but none that are devoted to curating POC zines while partnering with educators, universities, activist networks and DIY/punk networks of all stripes. We aim to change that.
BUT WHY IS IT CALLED ‘POC ZINE PROJECT’?
Daniela founded the POC (People of Color) Zine Project in 2010 after realizing how difficult it was to find old and new zines by people of color, both IRL and online. The same ones seemed to be in every zine distro and there was very little representation from POC at zine conferences and other zine events.
Books written about zines rarely included zinesters of color and Daniela was confused about why and how zinesters of color somehow seemed invisible within DIY and punk communities. It didn’t make sense, because she was a person of color who made zines and she knew there were more POC out there doing the same thing.
After complaining about this lack of visibility since 2002, Daniela finally decided to do something about it in 2010. She created a Facebook page and Twitter to promote zines by people of color and organized some events.
Word started to spread and it became clear that POC Zine Project was more than just a Facebook page, a Twitter account, some events and emails: Zinesters of color started supporting the project and our community continues to grow, slowly but surely.
Our mission is guiding us but we’re still not sure what the end result will be of POC Zine Project - but we’re excited to find out.
Hi fam! We’re in the middle of building our site AS WE TYPE ;) but we wanted to say HI and thank you for your support.
We are taking POC Zine Project on tour this fall, so stay tuned for details. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/POCZineProject to get the latest updates from us while we work on making this Tumblr something awesome and useful.