MEET POCZP’S SECOND MIDWEST COORDINATOR: Chaun Webster, director of Free Poet’s Press
Part of POC Zine Project’s advocacy is empowering new and seasoned zinesters of color in the U.S. (and soon worldwide) to share their stories while supporting other POC. We are excited to share developments as this part of our experiment in activism and community through materiality unfolds.
Chaun is the second Midwest Coordinator for POCZP (meet Joyce here). We spoke with Chaun at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest and have been working out a zine partnership and other exciting developments.
Chaun by POCZP’s table at the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest
Chaun also has the distinction of being the first cis male ^_^ POCZP coordinator. We welcome and are actively seeking more POC masculine and gender fluid energies, so if you are anywhere on the gender spectrum and want to be involved, contact us!
CHAUN, IN HIS OWN WORDS
I was born in Saint Paul, raised in Minneapolis where I live with my partner and two boys. I work as a poet, publisher, graphic designer and teaching artist in know particular order.
In 2009 I started Free Poet’s Press with the intent of creating space for Black and Brown artists to independently publish their work, seeing as how we weren’t/aren’t being looked at by the dominant publishing world.
As a poet my work is informed by The Black Arts Movement, Graffiti, The Concrete Poetry Tradition, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Reading about Dudley Randall and Haki Madhubuti solidified my direction in publishing as I learned about the significant work they did to publish Black poets independent of the machine and make that work accessible.
I continue to be excited as I carry on that work, publishing work that is accessible to POC communities monetarily and in it’s sites of distribution. Whereas I don’t necessarily use the language of zines, the work is the same in that we are producing print media independently, subversively, and undermining capitalist imperatives of exchange while doing so.
Power to the media geeks!
My goals for working with POCZP are to:
1) Build space in Minneapolis for the production, distribution, physical archiving and critical analyzing of POC zines produced here.
2) Learn from the work that POCZP is doing and connect Minneapolis independent media producers to that amazing work.
Connect With Chaun
Zines that Free Poet’s Press donated to POCZP in April of 2013
In case you missed it, here is Chaun’s thought-provoking piece for opinionseason.com: Because I Always Thought Zines Were Some White Anarchist Shit: Thoughts on the Commodified Fuckery of Mainstream Media and the Assumptions of What’s Radical
DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT?
We are looking for representatives in every state, as well as regional support, as we build toward the National POC Zinester & Ally Conference/Convergence. Ideally you have some experience with organizing events and building community, but experience is not required. All are welcome. Priority will be given to people of color who apply but allies are definitely welcome.
Contact email@example.com for more details with “regional coordinator and internship info” as the subject line.
If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email firstname.lastname@example.org as well to stay informed as opportunities arise.
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh