I’m also really eager to see what People of Color (POC) Zine Project is bringing. They’re based out of the Bronx and do really important work in bringing non-whites to the forefront of zine communities. This is something that AZF Is highly lacking, and I really appreciate their presence this year.”—Amanda Mills, co-founder and organizer of Atlanta Zine Fest
POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be tabling on behalf of POC Zine Project at the inaugural Atlanta Zine Fest on June 8 and 9. The table will feature a selection of POCZP zine partner titles, as well as some zines, art and jewelry by local ATL zinesters of color. <3
Be sure to stop by the POCZP table to purchase a fresh copy of Mixed Up! A zine about Mixed-Race Queer & Feminist Experience (you can read and download here for free as well), selections from Free Poet’s Press and be sure to get your issue of masConsumption before we run out of copies!
We’ll also have limited edition POCZP buttons for sale/trade! <3
Judith (see her latest call for submissions to Tom Girl zine here), a local POC zinester, will be tabling with POCZP in Atlanta.
Judith Jones is a writer, blogger, zinester and feminist. She contributes to the online magazine Inconnu and she blogs at Simple But Chic. She can be contacted at pigsthatfly.tumblr.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be bringing issue one and two of Tom Girl and artist trading cards. Also, I’ll bringing a few pieces of my dad’s jewelry to sell. It’s handmade. I’m also bringing various button rings and earrings that I made by myself.
POCZP will also be joined by Chantelle Kodua, an environmental enthusiast who enjoys working on various DIY projects in her spare time. When she isn’t out saving the world, by digging recyclables out of trash cans, she can be found spending copious hours on tumblr. She can be contacted at chantellephone.tumblr.com.
Daniela is attending Atlanta Zine Fest on behalf of POCZP to connect with the zine community and local zinesters/writers/publishers/artists of color in preparation for the POCZP tour date in Atlanta in October.
POCZP is sharing tabling space with local zinesters of color, as part of our advocacy to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share.
If you are interested in collaborating with POCZP in Atlanta, contact email@example.com. We are especially interested in hearing from artists/zinesters/activists of color and white folks interested supporting POCZP’s efforts.
immigrants, poor people, queer people of color, disabled folks, women (esp trans women of color) and gender-nonconforming folks if you are in academia and you don’t feel smart enough, remember that you are in the playground and training grounds of the elite. academia was not designed to include you. you are surviving something that has been systemically designed to exclude you in order to keep power in the hands of white, middle class, able bodied cis-men.
knowing this, don’t let academia train you to believe that elitism is the right way to make it through school. you can learn shit, hold the knowledge of your people in your heart, discard shame for your humble beginnings and/or marginalized identities. move through this experience knowing that the changes it offers you don’t have to include accepting academic elitism, inaccessible language or superiority. you can can simultaneously own the privilege that comes with being college educated and connections to your roots. academia does not have to kill your spirit.
THIS. THIS FOREVER. POC zinesters have gone on to navigate the complex underbelly of the academy. Their writing - before, during and after academia - inspires many of us.
A zine can be just as transformative as an academy-approved text. Don’t be afraid to share your truth.
amazing initiative. keep it up. reading these zines with outspoken poc voices have empowered me and given me even more motivation to write my stories and continue the discussions.” — Jane Porter, Zsa Zsa Zine
We get messages like these every day through Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and via email. Thank you for your support and positive thoughts. We are all creating culture together, and our own liberation.
Our vision for 2013 is to keep doing what we’re already doing: exploring the possibilities of activism and community through materiality — in spaces digital and physical.
There’s so much more to see and do. Let’s embrace our hopes and fears and make it happen … together.
xo Daniela Capistrano
Founder, POC Zine Project
ABOUT JANE PORTER
Jane, who contacted us through Facebook looking for physical copies of Race Riot #1 and #2 (we’re hooking them up!), is part of Zsa Zsa Zine, a queer feminist zine/comic library collective based in Amsterdam.
Zsa Zsa Zine is “a space for zinefreaks, comicfans, zinesters, artists, and every one else who loves comics, zines, coffee and cupcakes. You can watch, read, draw, write, paint, cut & paste, eat, drink, hang out ( or over) or even fall a sleep! We like to focus on (self identified) women, queers and feminist comic and zine artists but of course everyone interested is super welcome!”
Location: Fort van Sjakoo, Jodenbreestraat 24, centre of Amsterdam
Say Hi: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT
POC Zine Project’s mission is to makes ALL zines by POC (People of Color) easy to find, distribute and share. We are an experiment in activism and community through materiality.
ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR
POC Zine Project held it’s first-ever Race Riot! Tour, producing 20 events in 14 cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Our time at the University of Maryland was part of the tour. 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 14 more cities in 2013. Stay tuned!
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 and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
You can also send well-concealed cash or a check! Email email@example.com for details or if you have questions.
Info about the poverty zine series: http://bit.ly/RLVTVt
Happy New Year!
POC Zine Project
If someone suffers a physical injury, you take them to get medical treatment. You don’t just look at them and tell them to deal with the pain and hope the bleeding stops. Likewise, oppression is an injury. It requires treatment. You don’t tell oppressed people to get over their oppression. You treat the trauma by actively removing the systems, institutions etc which cause the pain. - Eddie Ndopu
Working with POC Zine Project has helped me better understand coalition-building between people of color-led movements and white allies. The depth of knowledge, experience, and partnership that Daniela and POCZP have brought into my own life is immeasurable. Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do! - Kate Wadkins
They are changing the ways we write, tell, and make history—from zines, to the academy, to the culture at large.
Read the full post here and stay tuned for more orgs and individuals she’ll be highlighting through the end of 2012.
Thanks for the <3, Kate!
- POC Zine Project
ABOUT KATE WADKINS
Kate Wadkins is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer who recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College with an MA in Women’s History. She is the co-editor of International Girl Gang Underground, a compilation zine and corresponding blog about feminist cultural production twenty years after the riot grrrl movement and in the wake of its legacy.
In 2009, she co-founded RE/VISIONIST with four other Sarah Lawrence students. Kate is a contributing writer for Hyperallergic, and has written for New York Daily News (Page Views blog), Maximum Rocknroll, Sadie Magazine, Hoax zine, and Elevate Difference, among others.
She was the gallery manager of Storefront for its two-year lifespan, and has proudly interned for the feminist art-punk band Le Tigre. Of late, she curates BRAIN WAVES, a zine and print collection, and assists for The Punk Singer, a documentary about feminist artist Kathleen Hanna.
Kate is a founding member of For the Birds Collective as well as a classic virgo, coffee enthusiast, bass player, and rabble rouser.
I think the idea of collecting and gathering history because we want to preserve it and share is crucial, especially when we want to hold organizers and writers accountable for the choices they make in how they write about a community like zinesters or organizers when they plan events.
We have been around since the beginning and we are very diverse group writing about all kinds of things and not just race. And there is no excuse not to be aware of this! Also we’ve done some pretty amazing things! - Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad zine
POC Zine Project Q & A with Tomas Moniz
When we found out that Tomas was one of the organizers for this year’s East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (going down TOMORROW, Dec 8!), we decided to ask him a few questions about his history with the fest, thoughts on the relevance of Riot Grrrl, the future of Rad Dad, and more. Enjoy!
POCZP: How did you get involved with the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest and why did you decide to take the lead on organizing this year’s fest? What does your role entail?
Tomas: MK Chavez, a bad ass chicana poet, and I were at the SF Zine fest and we realized so many of the tablers were from Oakland and Berkeley and other parts of the East Bay, so we said we should do something 6 months from the SF zine fest. And we did.
We wanted a space to highlight the local writing community particularly because we like to get and read zines but mostly so we could create a community here, get people to mingle, talk, and as a result I think there has been a strong growth in writing groups, monthly literary readings and events!
We each took leadership responsibilities and each year new people step up to help get the work done!
POCZP: You started Rad Dad after becoming a parent at 20, right? In terms of radical/DIY resources for dads since that time, what have you seen emerge that you’re excited about and what is in store for the future of Rad Dad zine?
How long to do you plan on continuing it and would you hand it off to someone else, or will it just stop when you stop?
Tomas: Funny you should ask about handing it off; I have been contemplating the transition because all along I’ve wanted Rad Dad to be about community rather than an individual or me.
I also though think it’s important as a father whose gone through it to pick up some of the work that new parents often times simply can’t do because of the differing demands on their time; I like to think of Rad Dad as a bridge, as the light at the end of the tunnel, reminding especially new parents that you will get through the struggle and you can come out a better person!
POCZP: You have two teenage daughters. Is Riot Grrrl something they relate to/have explored? Also, what is their relationship to zines and how do you encourage them in that regard?
Tomas: The definitely have their own musical tastes and interests. They know riot grrrl and know the music but it certainly is not theirs; they have their own likes and sometimes those likes are pretty problematic, but what I think is so important is that we can talk about those issues, talk about that contradictory place we all find ourselves in from time to time in which you like something but recognize its contradictions, its flaws and from that make informed choices.
They don’t make their own zines but they read them and they come with me to the events…
POCZP: What are your top 5 tips for someone who wants to start a zine fest in their town?
Tomas: Call a meeting and get started…I think you really only need like two or three people. Start off with just getting a day and twenty tables and a space. Don’t try to do too much at first.
Later you can add speakers and workshops. But I also encourage you to try something different — make it a skill share, do it at a park, drop-in style, remember the point is community not commerce.
Keep it affordable for people; reach out to people and ask for help or what you need; you’d be surprised how often you get it.
POCZP: What are your top 10 favorite zines right now (can be old, new, doesn’t matter)?
Tomas: [provided a list]
• Wonder & Wander by Annie Yu — so awesome it’s this mix of her finding a used typewriter, how to gude for using a typwriter, maps of walking the streets of San Francisco
• Boob Juice by Mindi Jackson – a young mama wrestling with big questions and a little baby
• Dreams of Donuts by Heather Wreckage – a really strong comic zine dealing with occupy Oakland and other issues
• Kerbloom by Artnoose — just plain wonderful and consistent
• Book of Ladders by Jacks Ashley McNamara — a beautiful mix of essays and poems dealing with class and identity
• RACE (revolutionary anti-authoritarians of color) — a one-time zine from early 00s dealing with race and anarchism!
• Illegal Voices — came out of the APOC community with so many powerful essays
• Tenacious: Writing by Incarcerated Women edited by — Vikki Law’s zine for and by women prisoners
• The Nerve of These People by Anna Quinonez — drawings of revolutionary women
• Without Words & Without Kneeling by Tomas Moniz – a serialized zine novella about an anarchist study group
POCZP: You said you’ve been following POC Zine Project for a while. What did you think when you first heard about it, and why do you think it’s important (if you do at all)?
Tomas: I was and am excited. I think the idea of collecting and gathering history because we want to preserve it and share is crucial especially when we want to hold organizers and writers accountable for the choices they make in how they write about a community like zinesters or organizers when they plan events.
We have been around since the beginning and we are very diverse group writing about all kinds of things and not just race. And there is no excuse not to be aware of this! Also we’ve done some pretty amazing things!
POCZP: Some zinesters of color have had experiences with feeling unwelcome in zine spaces/DIY communities. Has that been your experience at all?
Tomas: My experience of feeling kind of isolated rather than unwelcome was more in the activist/anarchist scene here in the Bay. It’s was very white but that has been changing.
But I realize my privilege in living in a very diverse region so there has always been other zinesters and also there has always been support. When we felt there was an issue, we seemed to quickly get together and address it.
But I still get letters from parents who live in very homogenous communities and that is why I still do zines, I still write letters, I still work to gather voices in Rad Dad form those who don’t always get a chance to tell their story: parents of color, young parents, queer or trans parents because it’s important to let others know they are not alone.
- Q & A by POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano
An important trend I’ve seen is that zines have become increasingly visual. Illustration, comics, photography—these were always present in the zine world, but in LA, it seems like they are sort of enjoying a uptick in attention. Zines used to be these super-personal, super-political publications. My favorites were ‘perzines’ that made you feel like you were reading somebody’s diary or a note you got passed in class. I don’t see a whole lot of these anymore, but maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places! In LA at least, there’s of course a rich history of punk zines like Flipside and Slash, but there was a big-time explosion and appreciation for zines and their potential for illustrators and comics in the Asian-American community, something that Giant Robot famously encapsulated. My best friend is Filipina and growing up, to see stuff like that—it was awesome, like looking into a secret world. That’s what zines were always about, and something that continues to this day.
Bianca Barragan on the historical arc of the LA zine scene
Note from POC Zine Project:
Zine culture is not monolithic (well, it shouldn’t be). It’s important for those documenting the history of zines to factor in how geography, gender, race, class and various communities inform zine culture from one region to the next.