Here are some moments from our first tabling and panel experience as invited guests at L.A. Zine Fest on February 17, 2013:
1. When we arrived at the Ukrainian Cultural Center and were impressed with the space
2. L.A. collaborator Chula Doula posing with flowers before assisting us with POCZP tabling needs (Thanks, Pati!)
Pati Garcia is a Certified Sexological bodyworker/Somatic Sex Educator, self-identifies as genderqueer/fluid two spirit of Peruvian-Mexican descent, loves to dig feet in the earth and throw love into the cosmos. Pati holds space for life unraveling and unwinding as a birth doula. Pati follows only the spirit led path and refuses to compromise pleasure for any reason at all. Radical feminist doula bodyworker, workshop facilitator. Wanna see your cervix?? Ask her how.
3. When Cristy C. Road, Suzy X, Chula Doula and Mariam Bastani all tabled together at the same time <3
Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress) isn’t in this shot because she was reading during the Mend My Dress Press panel. Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad) was tabling elsewhere but joined us for the POCZP minutes after this photo was taken. POCZP founder Daniela was taking photos with her weird camera, which she will be replacing (sorry for the fuzz y’all).
Here is what Tomas had to say about his first experience collaborating with POCZP at an event:
Two and half hours is pushing it for a bad Hollywood movie; so when I realized the POC Zine Project workshop at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest lasted that long and the crowed remained attentive, invested, engaged throughout all six presentations, I was shocked. But this fact demonstrates exactly how vital and important the event was!
I’ve attend and participated in many readings, but this one was special; this one was with people who have inspired me for years, Cristy C. Road and Mariam from MRR, as well as people who’s work is some of the best stuff out there today, Suzy X’s Malcriada and Osa Atoe’s Shotgun Seamstress; I also got the chance to thank the founder of the POC Zine Project organizer, Daniela, for keeping alive some of the zines that inspired me as I entered my own critical consciousness and keeping these important resources available for those who come after us.
4. Getting to know our tabling neighbors, such as Thi Bui and her son (who is also an artist!)
Thi Bui was born in Saigon, raised in California and schooled in New York. She teaches high school and has a little boy and a husband. She have been hard at work, writing and drawing a graphic novel called THE BEST WE COULD DO. It is a 15-chapter immigration epic about her parents, their place in history, and her search for her place in her family.
5. When Mariam and other folks from Maximumrocknroll joined the POCZP table with more issues featuring punks and activists of color
POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano (L) and Mariam Bastani (R)
Maximumrocknroll is a widely distributed monthly fanzine dedicated to supporting the underground punk rock scene. MRR’s 25-year plus history and large, obsessed all-volunteer staff has made its punk rock coverage the most consistently up-to-date and reliable around. Subscribe here or purchase individual issues here.
Quese IMC had this to say immediately after the event:
I had a really good time. I enjoyed myself. Was good for me to see a different perspective and meet some cool people. Look forward to hearing from you and definitely keep me updated what you have in mind for the tour…
We are in the process of figuring out how Quese IMC can join us during the 2013 Race Riot! Tour to help share information about #IdleNoMore actions in the Canada, U.S., and around the world. Stay tuned for updates …
7. When our panel at the Moth Theatre quickly became over capacity, and we had to scramble to find additional seating/make space (all great problems to have!)
Osa Atoe reading at L.A. Zine Fest
Suzy X reading at L.A. Zine Fest (C) while Osa (L) and Mariam (R) observe
This was Suzy’s second time reading as part of a POCZP event. Osa’s commentary afterward? “Suzy is hilarious.” We agree! Check out her latest zine, Malcriada. Suzy will also be joining us next month for Chicago Zine Fest, woo! <3
Here is what Suzy had to say about her time with POCZP at L.A. Zine Fest:
I was so honored to join the POC Zine Project last week at LA Zinefest! Our panel on Sunday afternoon brought up a lot of feelings for me, as the new girl in a scene of bad-ass POC in zines. It’s really mind-blowing how long it took for someone to finally initiate a project like this, a project that centers the voices of people of color in DIY publishing. I discussed my experience— a baby feminist living in a conservative household in the South, without access to any zines, much less zines by POC, until I attended college. And after hearing all these wonderful folks speak, I felt terribly late to the party, because they had been going at it for years! And doing a damn good job of it, too.
I’m incredibly thankful for the initiative Daniela has taken in bringing us all together. But in going forward, I think a conversation should happen in which we discuss access to those who don’t belong to punk scenes or those who don’t live in urban or densely-populated areas. This project was started to shed light on the history of POC in zines; but I am interested in working on ways to make this history available and accessible to more people. This could mean partnering up with existing distros or starting one by and for POC! Whatever works you know? And I’m excited to continue these conversations during the zine tour in Fall 2013.
Suzy X was delighted to find out after sending this recap that POCZP has been engaging in this conversation with folks for years. POCZP’s first zine partner, SlushPilePress, is located in a remote area of Eugene, Oregon (no longer operating) and our present zine distro partner is Brown Recluse Zine Distro. We also support zine partners who aren’t a part of our touring.
Our poverty zine partner Carey Fuller is based in Kent, WA, which is also an undeserved area. Our Legacy Series initiative (ongoing) is all about making independent publications by POC from decades past accessible. We don’t organize to center punk experiences, although we do have some collaborators who ID as punk. We have a lot going on <3.
COMMUNITY: If you are located in the midwest and/or rural areas without much support for independent publishers, email firstname.lastname@example.org we can discuss ways to partner. <3
Just one section of our over capacity audience - it was so great to meet many of the attendees afterward!
Cristy C. Road reading at L.A. Zine Fest
8. Reconnecting with POCZP West Coast collaborators like Liz Mayorga
Chula Doula (L) and Liz Mayorga (R) at dinner after L.A. Zine Fest
Liz is a writer / illustrator from Southeast LA. She grew up watching old, Black and White, Mexican films and selling burritos with her family. The films were her inspiration. The tacos and burritos paid for college. She used to work with teenagers, and they taught her what it means to be brave. Their energy and fearlessness inspired her to write and draw for herself, but she ends up creating for them too.
Liz is now an MFA Writing Student at CCA, where she writes both fiction and nonfiction, milks the Illustration department for all they’re worth, and experiences an existential crisis every day. Despite the hard work and many sleepless nights, she is extremely grateful to read, write, and draw. She thanks you for your support.
Liz is helping us with tour fundraiser events on the West Coast between now and October. If you’re interested in supporting POCZP West Coast initiatives, send us a message: email@example.com.
9. Helping more folks discover zines by people of color
We met so many rad people at L.A. Zine Fest and will be reaching out to everyone who signed our mailing list in the coming weeks. <3
10. Meeting (in person!) & collaborating with more inspiring zinesters of color like Tomas Moniz
Tomas Moniz (L) and Suzy X (R) at the POC Zine Project table at L.A. Zine Fest on February 17, 2013
Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine Rad Dad. Looking for radical parenting community, he created Rad Dad to provide the space for parents (particularly fathers) to share, commiserate and plan with each other, and to support each other in challenging patriarchy one diaper at a time. As China Martens has said, “Tomas has been the most vocal voice within zines, trying to start and keep a discussion within this aspect of radical politics and parenthood.” His writing has been included in many zines about parenting as well as in the books My Mother Wears Combat Boots and Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind.
This event marks the first time Tomas participated in a POCZP panel. We’re looking forward to connecting with him at Chicago Zine Fest next month and discussing ongoing collaborations!
A HUGE thank you to L.A. Zine Fest organizers Meredith Wallace and Rhea Tepplim for all their help, as well as to everyone who volunteered at the fest. <3
Our panel was recorded and we are in the process of tracking down video so we can share it with you all.
COMMUNITY: Did we meet you in person at L.A. Zine Fest? Tell us about your experience exploring our tabling area or what you thought about our panel discussion. Submit your thoughts here or email firstname.lastname@example.org (all voices welcome, including white folks <3).
We’ll update this recap with more reactions and photos from POCZP members and L.A. Zine Fest attendees in the coming days.
Last year’s inaugural tour was amazing but that was just the beginning. 14 cities last year = 12 more cities this year <3
Dates may shift slightly before October and we are still accepting invites from academic and community spaces, collectives, orgs and individuals. If you haven’t contacted us already, please do: email@example.com.
If you look at this list and think “Why the heck do they keep missing the full Midwest?” Don’t trip, chocolate chip. The 2015 NATIONAL Zinester Conference is going down in YOUR house! Yeah! Midwest all the way! And we’ll be bringing in FIVE international zinesters/activists to share their work! Yeah, buddy! If you want to help, reach out!
Thoughts become things. Be intentional with your thoughts.
2013 TOUR DETAILS: What we know so far
Native/Indigenous solidarity will be a core component of this tour. If you’re actively involved in local efforts in your city, please reach out. We want you to speak at our events & help you distribute your printed zines/materials nationwide. We hope our small platform helps to make a difference.
We will be doing TWO events in each city, just like last year's tour. There will be an academic event at a participating university in the daytime and one DIY/community show in the evening. The academic events will be free and open to the public, while the evening DIY shows will be a sliding scale cover. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS <3
The DIY show covers pay for our gas and food, so give what you can.
We will be able to share accessibility/child care details for each city once we have more information.
The Race Riot! touring member lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks. HINT: Think more people, rotating members and lots of guest readers in each city.
Self-care and caregiving resources will be a significant aspect of this tour for participating readers/performers.
OK, enough context. Here are the dates & cities (all subject to change)!
[SEE UPDATED LIST ON OUR #RACERIOTTOUR PAGE]
All details subject to change. We will share specifics about each city as we finalize tour logistics.
MICHIGAN FOLKS: Wow, such love! We’ve received a few requests from y’all to come out this year. We did two events there in 2012 and cannot return in 2013 (we are not a funded entity - we rely on donations and have day jobs/other obligations <3). If you’re in Michigan and want to support this tour in other ways, contact us, thanks.
We can only do so much, and we do a lot with very little. Richmond, VA and other cities: We wish we could be everywhere for this tour, but we can’t. Let’s figure out ways to partner that will yield long term outcomes for local POC orgs and collectives. Thanks for understanding.
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
We are looking for the following:
- Guest readers in every city (you must be a person of color)
- Rotating tour buddies: Join us on the road and participate in 1-3 tour events as a panelist/reader/tabler
- POC (or POC fronted) bands to perform at each #raceriottour event!
- More POC & ally tablers for each city: come to a POCZP event in your town and table for your zine/org/collective/creative project (check out some of the POC artists/merchants who tabled last year) <3
We’re also looking for folks to help us produce #raceriottour fundraiser events between now and September. This might be a good solution for you if you are unable to travel.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Make sure to use “2013 RACE RIOT TOUR” as the email subject.
ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR
POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 U.S. cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.
We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 12 more U.S. cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates as we work on partnering with POC-affirming orgs overseas. If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email email@example.com.
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
Mariam Bastani is a first gen of Mexican and Persian decent, and the current Senior Coordinator of Maximum Rocknroll magazine, the longest running international punk fanzine in the world. Much of her writing in MRR deals with the relationship between ethnicity and culture in punk subculture regarding language, identity politics, imagery and sound. Playing in punk bands since she was fifteen, zines have had an active role in Mariam’s life because of their integral part of punk.
Her first exploration into zine making came in form of a collaboration with her band Condenada, an all woman, part queer, part POC, multilingual band.
DOWNLOAD a track from Condenada: Despierto en el Sol (right click and select “save link as” to download)
Mariam is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with BA in Religious Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies, a degree she obtained at the age of 30. Before moving to San Francisco, Mariam lived in Chicago for over a decade booking shows, playing and touring with her bands, participating in the organization of Clitfest Chicago 2008, putting out records, involved in community outreach and immigration activism, helped to organize a women’s “rock lotto”, been part of several punk and women in music panels and was most recently seen in the documentary From the Back of the Room by Casey Oden about women in punk.
Along with coordinating MRR, Mariam writes for various projects and sings in her current hardcore punk band Permanent Ruin.
Here is what Mariam had to say about joining the POC Zine Project tour:
I am very honored to be part of this project because of the accessibility and anonymity of zines particularly during this time when privacy is scarce and the tracking of our every move is the norm—self-imposed or otherwise. The fact that anyone—anyone—can make a zine is the most important aspect for me.
My interaction with zines has always been through punk. Punk and DIY are inseparable so naturally zines have been part of this subculture since the beginning. In punk, most POC have been written about while zines by POC are not organized by subject or interest, but that they are written by POC, losing a very important aspect of intersectionality valuable to POC who are looking for their history and voices in this particular medium. It’s time for us track our own history in zine culture beyond punk before we get cataloged by others and, essentially, lost.
Even though zines are largely seen as either a literary art form or as a “music thing,” imagine the transformative nature that zines could have in all aspects of our lives? The power of narratives being read straight from the pens of those living them with out fear of persecution within and outside of their own community, or, inversely, the recognition of a POC voice within their community and power lying in the ease in which a zine can be created—we don’t need anyone’s publishing money, we don’t need anyone’s approval.
This isn’t about being “legit” or respected by outsiders looking in. It’s about us, POC, and this is one of the mediums in our arsenal of weapons. Bring it.
Community: Mariam will be participating in these tour dates: Sept 30 - Oct 4 (out of Sept 24 - Oct 7). Please help her offset the cost of participating in this tour by purchasing her zines, music and spreading the word about the tour.
MORE RACE RIOT! TOUR MEMBER BIOS
More coming soon!