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RECAP: Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 Part 1 of 2: Kaos Blac’s Experience

By POCZP volunteer Kaos Bac

Brooklyn Zine Fest went well based on the day, Saturday, April 26, that I helped table for POC Zine Project. I arrived at the Brooklyn Historical Society a little after 10am. All the tables on the main floor were snatched up, so I found a table downstairs.

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I made my way over to an available space, set up the table cloth and waited for the other POCZP tablers to arrive.

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I noticed other tables had elaborate signage and tons of zines, while I had a sign up sheet, a few copies of my zine Basic Blac and my laptop open to the POC Zine Project Tumblr.

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I felt like I stood out a little — like a sore thumb: a Queer, Black Male in a majority Female and White setting.

Things turned around when Vikki Law arrived with her zine Tenacious and a few copies of her books. IMG_3612 Not only did the POCZP table now have something more to offer, but I had somebody to chat with.

Vikki is a ray of sunshine and her zine work presenting women in prison offered me insight into a world that I have no concept of.

IMG_3613 The traffic to the table was slow at first; I think most of the early crowd were mostly into comic zines and art zines. As Shawn, of Lesbian Herstory Archives, arrived with the zines she was presenting featuring work of Black lesbian’s from archives, the foot traffic picked up (as did the nature of the attendees).

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IMG_3617 [DESCRIPTION: Shawn and Vikki]

  IMG_3619 It appeared to be more of a socially conscious crowd later in the day, as some of the other tables with artsy zines didn’t seem as busy (in my opinion).

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By the end of the day, I was at ease. I wasn’t as tense presenting my work while representing a POC zine resource in a majority white space. Vikki and Shawn deserve major shout outs for tabling along with me.

I also want to give thanks to Daniela Capistrano, founder of POC Zine Project, for having a free/sponsored table for POC available to share zines like the ones we presented at Brooklyn Zine Fest. Not everyone can afford the cost to table at an event like this and there is a lot of competition to secure a table there, so thanks a bunch.

From Animal New York’s recap by Marina Galperina [DESCRIPTION: Left to right:  Kaos Blac, Shawn and Vikki. From Animal New York’s recap by Marina Galperina]

Editor’s Note: Kaos Blac was modest and didn’t send us a solo selfie, so here’s a cute photo of him: image

Kaos Blac, thanks so much for supporting POCZP’s sponsored table initiative! <3 You rock so much, we’re sharing this AIDS Walk 2014 promo video of you right now:

Donate to Team Rocket #8817. The Team’s page is here.
…stay tuned for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 Part 2: Vikki and Shawn’s recap!
Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 was held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. By BHS’ official count, this year 2,763 zine fest attendees browsed self-published magazines and chatted with their makers throughout the weekend. 
… and POC Zine Project was there!
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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

POC Zine Project At 2014 L.A. Zine Fest: Everything You Need To Know

POC Zine Project is coming to L.A. Zine Fest for our second year in a row! We’re excited to be tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the third annual fest.

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POCZP’S PANEL DISCUSSION AT L.A. ZINE FEST

POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).

Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Panel Time: 1pm - 2pm PST

Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

MEET POCZP’S PANELISTS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live! 

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)

Click on each panelist’s name to read their bios. Find out what they will be tabling with at the fest and learn more about their work. You can also speak with them throughout the day at the POC Zine Project table.

DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Everyone participating is donating their time, with most folks traveling very long distances at their own expense. Please give what you can to support POC artists. Thanks!

Tabling Time: 10am - 5pm PST

#raceriottour fundraising mode for #atlantazinefest

SPOTLIGHTING BROWN RECLUSE ZINE DISTRO

For the hour immediately following our event, there will be a table set up nearby where Nyky Gomez will table with BRZD zines. Make sure to stop by after our panel to get a wide assortment of zines created by people of color!

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Brown Recluse Zine Distro tabling at @ucla Powell Library #zines #poczines

You can also find Nyky tabling at the POC Zine Project dedicated table throughout the day (10am - 5pm). POCZP is giving Nyky access to two tables in order to accommodate BRZD’s large inventory.

COMMUNITY SHOUT-OUTS 

We don’t represent POC zinesters (we are a resource and advocacy platform). There will be plenty of other POC folks at L.A. Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Week doing their thing independent from POCZP. Show your support! Here are some ways to do that:

1) Come to Beyond Baroque Gallery on Saturday, February 15, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and enjoy zines & comix readings, presented by your emcee, Eryca Sender (“My Little Friend,” “Dear High School Boy”)!

Marya Erinn Jones (“Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine,” ABQ Zine Fest) will be one of the readers! Marya organized our ABQ #RaceRiotTour date in 2013.

Beyond Baroque is at 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291.

2) We Are In Zine Love With You! A Zine / Novella Release Party Thursday, February 13, from 7-9pm PST

Zine store and art gallery &Pens (sister store to San Francisco’s storied Needles And Pens) is hosting readings from “LA’s amazing and diverse writers, performers and zinesters”–that means Yumi Sakugawa (“Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years”), Zoë Ruiz (The Rumpus; Trop), Lilliam Rivera (2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad; “Bellies and Buffalos”), Bianca Barragan (Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up)!

Get reader bios and more at the event page.

L..A. ZINE FEST Venue Information

Fest Date and Time: Sunday, February 16th, 10am - 5pm (tabling hours). Related events will run until approximately 7pm.

Location: The tabling portion of the Fest will be held in the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

Events will take place in what is known as the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage. When you arrive, you’ll most likely walk through the L.A. Zine Fest Zine Library to get there.

Parking: Street Parking is available on Washington Blvd. (the meters don’t run on Sunday). The fine people at Culver City Hall have asked us to tell you not to park on residential streets. 

A complete list of event programming can be found HERE.

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Meet Ara Christina Jo: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (1 of 5)

POC Zine Project is tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest! Meet one of our five collaborators, Ara Christina Jo:

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

On behalf of public space and of public good, Ara Christina Jo is faceted as a community organizer, freelance graphic designer, illustrator and gallery preparator based in Oakland, CA.

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

Since 2008, Ara has been a volunteering Member and Gallery Director at the all-volunteer-run non-profit Rock Paper Scissors Collective, organizing accessible exhibits, performances, readings and workshops (read POCZP’s 2013 RPSC tour recap here).

Rock Paper Scissors Collective

To celebrate literary and visual fashion, Ara also is a co-organizer of the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) hosted at Berkeley City College for the last two years alongside Tomas Moniz (RAD DAD), dedicated to reciprocating the needs of the creative community in the Bay Area.

East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest in Berkeley

In addition to participating in POCZP’s panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, Ara will be sharing our tabling space with us. Here’s a preview of what you can buy and/or do a trade for:

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: "Diez Digitz"

"Diez Digitz" - 17"x11" xerox bond (2011)

Bringing out an oldie but a goodie! “Diez Digitz” is a contemporary coloring book of four life-size center-spreads of hands in several varieties of nail shapes and themed settings, illustrated to redefine the expressive personality relative to the fantasies and harsh realities women face, sans faces. This coloring zine was drawn in attempt to make friends and exchange goods and services with those that honored bartering in Mexico DF.

Purchase is available in-person or by request via e-mail (arachristinajo AT gmail DOT com).

Ara will also be tabling with the East Bay Alternative book & Zine Fest official program/zine, “You Turn My Pages” how to make a zine-zine, “Um Ma” zine about Korean moms, shrinky dink & toy pins, and more! 

ARA, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Here is what Ara shared about being a POCZP collaborator this year:

As a native to Los Angeles, I am ashamed of never having attended, let alone participated in LA Zine Fest. Some cuties representing LAZF tabled for two days next to the RPSC booth I was sitting (granted gratis annually from SFZF) and couldn’t help become impressed that they had come to The Bay to spread the good word about their baby zine fest in-the-making. Out of all California has to offer exhibiting book arts and independent publishing, I am proud to witness (from afar) an event that invests so much effort into juggling events year-round.
I find the same grade of tenacious energy when I started following the POCZP tour thru the POCZP Instagram, all smiles uploaded. Working with Tomas of RAD DAD, I was introduced to the project, scouring over the website in gratitude. Inspiration is inevitable, grown from the miles of sweat and gas and bad fast food that the contributors of POCZP trailed to share stories, facts, hopes and disappointments.
Ideas are pouring from all sides, making new fronts to defend and decorate. Let it be known: I’m holding a banner up alongside you.

BACKGROUND

POC Zine Project tabled at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and had a lot of fun. Read the recap here.

As part of our advocacy to support as many POC creators as possible, we’ve partnered with both new and past folks on this year’s events. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano put out a call for new tabling and speaking partners for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, which resulted in our latest lineup. 

We will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.

MEET ALL OUR COLLABORATORS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans)

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

Helms Bakery District Parking Garage
(between La Dijonaise and Vitra)
8703 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

SAVE THE DATE: October 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!
Much love to Adela, Sarita, Lizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date &lt;3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.
Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.
VENUES, TIMES &amp; ADDRESSES
Both events are on October 14, 2013
ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona - SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
NOON - 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality &lt;3)
IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191&#160;E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we&#8217;ll have free tabling space &lt;3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)
- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!
Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming - it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect &lt;3
COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy&#8217;s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We&#8217;re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy&#8217;s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC. 
Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562
#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.
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WANT MORE?
Meet the first-ever #RaceRiotTour wellness team &lt;3
Meet Tracey Brown, 2013 #RaceRiotTour dedicated driver/mediator! &lt;3
Meet Nyky Gomez, POCZP distro partner &amp; 2013 #RaceRiottour member
Meet Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
Meet Anna Vo, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far &lt;3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.
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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

SAVE THE DATE: October 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!

Much love to Adela, SaritaLizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date <3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.

Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.

VENUES, TIMES & ADDRESSES

Both events are on October 14, 2013

ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona - SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

NOON - 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality <3)

IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

October 14, 2013 flier for our community #raceriottour event in Tucson, AZ

 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we’ll have free tabling space <3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)

- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!

Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming - it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect <3

COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy’s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We’re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy’s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC.

Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562

#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.

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WANT MORE?

We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far <3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

SAVE THE DATE: October 31, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Minneapolis!
Much love to Chaun Webster, POCZP Midwest Coordinator, who has also functioned as the local organizer for our Minneapolis date &lt;3
Message from Chaun: 

This October the POC Zine Project will be in Minneapolis for the Race Riot! Tour. Free Poet&#8217;s Press via CCLP (Cleveland Critical Literacy Project) will be hosting two events on October 31st that you won&#8217;t want to miss.
First, from 3-6pm, will be a family friendly event with candy, music and zine making at our house-so bring the whole fam!
After that, we will have a poetry reading at The Lowry Cafe from 7-10pm. Addresses are on the flyer. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!

Will some POCZP tour members be in costume??? WHO KNOWS&#8230; &lt;3 ;)
Both of these events are sliding-scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please give what you can; all funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.
VENUES, TIMES &amp; ADDRESSES
HallowZine Event: 2400 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 5541
3-6pm
Lowry Cafe - 2207 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
7-10pm
Image and caption credit: Chaun Webster, POCZP West Coast Coordinator
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WANT MORE?
Meet the first-ever #RaceRiotTour wellness team &lt;3
Meet Tracey Brown, 2013 #RaceRiotTour dedicated driver/mediator! &lt;3
Meet Nyky Gomez, POCZP distro partner &amp; 2013 #RaceRiottour member
Meet Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
Meet Anna Vo, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far &lt;3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.
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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

SAVE THE DATE: October 31, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Minneapolis!

Much love to Chaun Webster, POCZP Midwest Coordinator, who has also functioned as the local organizer for our Minneapolis date <3

Message from Chaun: 

This October the POC Zine Project will be in Minneapolis for the Race Riot! Tour. Free Poet’s Press via CCLP (Cleveland Critical Literacy Project) will be hosting two events on October 31st that you won’t want to miss.

First, from 3-6pm, will be a family friendly event with candy, music and zine making at our house-so bring the whole fam!

After that, we will have a poetry reading at The Lowry Cafe from 7-10pm. Addresses are on the flyer. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!

Will some POCZP tour members be in costume??? WHO KNOWS… <3 ;)

Both of these events are sliding-scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please give what you can; all funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.

VENUES, TIMES & ADDRESSES

HallowZine Event: 2400 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 5541

3-6pm

Lowry Cafe - 2207 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

7-10pm

Image and caption credit: Chaun Webster, POCZP West Coast Coordinator

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WANT MORE?

We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far <3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

ALERT: POC Zine Project 'Race Riot!' Tour Benefit Show In NOLA on September 12, 2013

Facebook Invite

Much love to POCZP touring member Osa Atoe for organizing a POCZP benefit show in New Orleans through No More Fiction. Much love to everyone in NOLA and beyond who are coming out tomorrow to support POCZP through this event… <3

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

+All Ages

+Zine Reading by Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress zine!

+Bands: Bitchface + Future Glue + Glish

+Zine tabling by Iron Rail, Alisha Rae & more

+DJ Senora Grayson before the show and between sets

+Paula Anne Socco Anicete will be serving Filipino food at the event, so bring your appetite! All proceeds from food sales will go to the POC Zine Project!

+Aboveground ZineLibrary will be speaking about the zine library

Statement from Osa:

I made a fanzine called Shotgun Seamstress about black punk/queer/feminist stuff from 2006-2011. I’ll be doing a reading at the event, I’ll talk about my experience touring with the POC Zine Project last fall and I’ll have zines and books for sale (all proceeds will go to POC Zine Project!)

If you want to support the #RaceRiotTour but aren’t in NOLA, you can send funds through PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

ALL funds go to cover the following:

1) tour vehicle rental cost ($6,500 for 6 weeks on the road housing rotating lineup of 20+ tour members)

2) housing & food for tour members for 6 weeks (all meals, beverages & snacks)

3) tour vehicle gas for 6 weeks (expensive!)

4) reimbursement for some touring members for travel costs 

All touring members are volunteers who are sacrificing a lot, including their own income/day job obligations, to be on this tour.

We are a grassroots nonprofit with no operating budget. The only reason we are able to do a national tour is with the support of POCZP volunteers, academic partners and community members like you who appreciate our efforts and contribute what they can.

Thank you.

If you want to organize a fundraiser in your town in solidarity with POCZP between now and end of 2013, email poczineproject@gmail.com with “FUNDRAISER” as the subject line and we’ll send you pertinent info. <3

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

RECAP: POC Zine Project & Girls Rock Camp collaboration in 2013

We appreciate the love:

"Working with the POC Zine Project was a total pleasure. The workshops that they presented at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls were inspiring, engaging, radical and fun (a perfect combo), and the youth were psyched about the ‘zines they created with POCZP.

Also, Daniela is wicked organized, which made the planning process a dream. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is excited to continue working with and supporting POC Zine Project!”—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

How did we end up collaborating with folks who are part of Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Find out below! <3

POCZP's workshop at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp 2013: Savannah_Cheesing

[DESCRIPTION: Savannah smiles at POCZP’s zine workshop during Bay Area Girls Rock Camp's Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) in January of 2013. Photo credit: Gabby Miller]

2013 was POCZP’s first year collaborating with two Girls Rock Camps on POC Zine Project-led youth zine-making workshops that also incorporated accessible histories of POC creators from the 1700s-today. 

[DESCRIPTION: Watch this video to learn more about The Girls Rock Camp Alliance]

POCZP wanted to experiment with partnering with GRCA because several of our touring members have had positive experiences volunteering & teaching through GRCA across the country. Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress zine series) and Suzy X (Shady Hawkins) are just a few zinesters/musicians of color who have supported GRCA with their time, energy and talents. 

POCZP’S RECAPS FOR 2013 GIRLS ROCK ZINE-MAKING WORKSHOPS

POCZP's workshop at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp 2013

[DESCRIPTION: A mini-zine/pocket zine made at our Oakland workshop by a young anon <3]

POCZP’s first step in our ongoing, collaborative process was doing a workshop with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in Oakland, California, USA, the last week of January. This came about because POCZP founder Daniela attended an LGBTQ pride event in Oakland in September of 2012, where she met Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizer Gabby Miller. After they connected, Gabby invited POCZP to lead youth zine-making workshops during their next Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) session in 2013.

Daniela coordinated with POCZP west coast coordinator/touring member Mariam Bastani, who donated her time to lead the workshops at no cost. She also brought Kat, a volunteer (thanks Kat!). The sessions happened through GRASP in Oakland, CA, on 1/19 and 1/21, 2013. 

Here’s a peek at one of the workshops in real-time:

[DESCRIPTION: ENDLESS YUM from Bay Area Girls Rock Camp on Vimeo]

Mariam’s recap, in her own words:

I was coming at it through music, since we were at rock camp. The younger kids were really into it. The teen workshop was attended by a ton of workers and we played some punk and showed a video of the aABC No Rio Zine Library.
Punks and activists are the ones who have had zine libraries for years and those are the examples I used to focus on the DIY nature of zines. Presenting punk as another of many DIY options is just where I come from. I was showing commonalities within groups that want to express themselves and that zines are accessible/ another DIY option.
Here are some more photos from both sessions, provided by Gabby (thanks!):

BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP TESTIMONIAL

Each day there were 30 participants in the workshop. Tuesday was 3rd through 6th graders, and thursday was 7th to 12th graders. GRASP is the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp's “Girls Rock After School Program”. They were an hour long each. Very short, but the beginnings of something! 

Each day Mariam and Kat brought a ton of examples of different ways to make zines (big fold-out art zines, itty bitty zines, one page zines), and then showed us how to make a one-page zines. The students then got to make their own and spent the majority of the hour working steadily on their zines while Mariam and Cat helped them learn the folding and cutting techniques, and showing them more examples.

At the end of the hour we were lucky to have the time for a AWESOME zine readings where a wide range of zines were introduced to the world - titles included:

- “Endless Yum” 
- “Everyone can be a family” 
- “Eyes Understand” 
- “Cute Animals” 
-” Where’s Oprah?”

it ruled! - Gabby Miller, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

NEXT STEPS: POCZP founder Daniela and west coast coordinators will be meeting with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizers this month to discuss ongoing collaborations for during & after #RaceRiotTour.

About Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration. It is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. 

Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in exciting workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase. All ability levels are welcome; no musical experience is necessary. Applications in Spanish are available upon request.  

To sign up, go to www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org and fill out an online application, or call to request a paper application: (510) 267-1808.  Applications in Spanish are available upon request.

GRASP is located at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street.

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We <3 Brooklyn  

Leah is 8 1/2 years old at our #poczines session at @williemaerockcamp #zines

[DESCRIPTION: Leah is ‘8 1/2’ years old and made a mini-zine in homage to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls at our #poczines session on August 21, 2013. Photo credit: POCZP]

We love it when all the stars seem to align in support of POCZP being a part of young people finding their voice in fun and transformative ways…

Your workshops were some of our campers’ favorites, and we were thrilled to have you and your co-presenters there talking about ‘zine making in communities of color. 

It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope that Willie Mae Rock Camp can support POC Zine Project in other ways going forward - let me know if there’s anything we can do to help!—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls via email to POCZP

On August 20 and 21, 2013, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano and facilitators Suzy X (POCZP touring member), Patricia Rogers (masConsumption) and POCZP’s longtime ally Kate Wadkins led four zine-making workshops with young people ranging in ages from 8 - 17. These sessions took place at this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ Girls Rock! Camp. Session 2 was held at Cathedral High School in Midtown Manhattan, and the showcase was held at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. 

Here are some rad photos from our sessions, which our followers on Instagram (@poczineproject) saw in real-time: 

[Description: 31 photos taken by POCZP founder Daniela at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp with her smartphone]

How did this collaboration come about? Simple! Emmet Moeller, Program Director, attended our zine workshop (in collaboration with MOONROOT and Dr. Adela C. Licona) at this year’s Allied Media Festival in Detroit. Emmet then quickly reached out to Daniela about POCZP doing PAID sessions, in support of our #RaceRiotTour fundraising efforts (it makes a huge difference when people include/make space for us in their programming budgets!). Because we were offered payment, we were able to temporarily devote resources away from #RaceRiotTour planning to workshop logistics. We had so much fun with the young folks as part of this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls events!

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[DESCRIPTION: One of the many creative zines made during POCZP’s sessions at the 2013 Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls]

Here’s Daniela’s recap, in her own words:

I’m looking forward to exploring what long term collaboration will look like between Girls Rock Camp Alliance and POCZP. The workshops were a lot of fun; I always enjoy helping young people find their voice through their own materiality and sharing knowledge.

I liked the diverse mix of young people and voices; none of the white youth reported that they felt excluded or silenced because we celebrated zines by POC (it’s white ADULTS largely who react this way) and were very respectful and open to what was being discussed. Their positive participation and energy was an important factor in the success of the workshops. I’m keeping this brief so you’ll read the other recaps below! <3

Here’s Suzy X’s recap, in her own words:

This was my 5th summer volunteering at Willie Mae—and it was an excellent one, because I had the opportunity to teach kids about zines! As a group that’s never lived in a time without the Internet, some campers were skeptical of using zines as a medium of expression. “I have a blog,” some said, “I can just type in it from my phone!” 

In remembering my own first websites—hosted on the now defunct Geocities and Angelfire—Daniela and I discussed the value of keeping physical versions of our work, as our favorite blogs and hosting sites are always under the threat of turning over. While blogs are great for putting your ideas out into the world, journals, sketchbooks, and zines make great personal and cultural artifacts. 

That said, many campers took really well to the idea of the zine, crafting their own mini-zines about topics like gender, body image, and corporate greed—or just plain positive write-ups about their own bands. Some even took a more experimental angle, such as the class of 9-year olds who competed with each other to make The World’s Smallest Zine, the kids who made zines within zines and a girl who made an “abstract” zine with nothing in it. Some of the best, most inspiring work comes from total noobs with little experience, and that’s what makes self-publishing such an important tradition to sustain.

[Description: 41 photos taken by Kate Wadkins at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp]

Here’s Patricia Rogers’ recap, in her own words:

I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to co-lead the zine workshops. I started the zine because I wanted to do something that called for collaboration and I wanted to help give young artists and creators a voice.

Ever since starting masConsumption, early this year, I have been able to work with such amazing people, put on amazing events and learned a lot. However, I haven’t felt the kind of fulfillment I felt after working with the girls at the Willie Mae Camp.

Sometimes I forget why I got into this in the first place and working with them reminded me. Seeing these ladies express themselves, learning and collaborating. The excitement they had to just be able to learn a skill that can help them for the rest of their lives.

I know they won’t all grow up to become zine editors but teaching them how to make a mini zine with just one piece if paper will be so rewarding for them. These young girls are growing up in such a technology based world and I think being able to be crafty and write or physically draw their feelings and imagination.

I am really excited about future mentorship and being a resource for those young creative and artistic ladies.

Here’s Kate Wadkins’ recap, in her own words:

When Daniela Capistrano approached me to collaborate on a workshop at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic in my reply—POC Zine Project and Willie Mae are two of my favorite organizations in New York and I felt honored to be a part of it. Daniela and I have been collaborating on events since 2010, and I’ve also worked with Suzy X before: I invited her to show some of her comics in an art show I co-curated in 2011, called BIG MOUTH: Contemporary Feminist Voices in Art + Illustration. Patricia Rogers of masConsumption Zine was new to me and I was really excited to see what we’d come up with all together.
We approached this workshop with a free-form attitude: Daniela would lead us in with a history of people of color in zines, offering knowledge we lack both in school AND in zine culture, one example being that Black women like Ida B. Wells used this format for years to combat oppression. Then, she’d tell each group a bit about why POC Zine Project exists, and how the kids individually could access the media that POC Zine Project makes available. Then, we make zines. 
As a white woman, a good portion of this workshop was listening, for me. Daniela, Suzy and Patricia all shared their stories as women of color media-makers and discussed the various institutional structures they’ve come up against in their personal, scholarly, artistic AND political lives. While these women are collaborators (and friends) of mine, I was offered a chance to learn more about why they do what they do, and why zines are so crucial to their own artistic processes.
As I was only able to co-lead the morning sessions, I worked with campers ages 10-16 (younger girls attended the afternoon sessions). What I witnessed was amazing! I wasn’t surprised, though, because every time I watch youngsters given the opportunity to make zines, they do something incredible. These 10-16-year-olds bore their hearts out on paper, with markers, pens, Sharpies and collage. They wrote about heartbreak, identity politics, racism, and sexism. Some of them wrote about roller derby or how they just don’t like people. Many of them came up with their own fun and innovative ways to creatively bind their finished zines.
One thing struck me while watching these girls cut up newspapers and magazines to create their own art: this workshop empowered them to literally and physically subvert mainstream media. A lot of us in the zine community see this as a primary function of zines, but it was extra powerful to watch young girls engage in this process in a tangible way.

How did we feel after collaborating with folks from Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Judge for yourself in the photos below…<3

Photo by @kwadkins: POCZP after our first #poczines workshop at @williemaerockcamp NYC #zines

[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Daniela Capistrano, Patricia Rogers, Suzy X and Kate Wadkins. Photo by Jamie]

Happy #poczines facilitators at @williemaerockcamp: (l to r) @msmalcriada @kwadkins and poczp founder Daniela

[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Suzy X, Kate Wadkins & POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 2013]

COMMUNITY: Interested in incorporating POCZP into your programming schedule? We are open to discussing possible collaborations after #RaceRiotTour.

Please send us an email with “POCZP collaboration” to poczineproject@gmail.com, which we’ll categorize as a general inquiry and follow up by December 1, 2013. Please note “URGENT” in the subject line as well if you are interested in partnering in January of 2014.

We offer free services to grassroots orgs who don’t have operating budgets. We require payment from orgs with funding. Thank you for your support. You can learn more about our services on the #RaceRiotTour page.

ABOUT THE GIRLS ROCK CAMP ALLIANCE

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501(c)3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

REVIEW: POCZP/Moonroot's Zine-Making Workshop At #AMC2013

onstruggling:

Monica Trinidad and Pidgeon Pagonis from the Brown & Proud Press were able to made it down (or rather up) for the 15th Annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI. The following is solely Monica’s recap:

I’m currently in the car driving back from Detroit after experiencing the exhilarating…

Much love to Monica Trinidad (On Struggling zine) for their positive review of our workshop! 

Excerpt:

The first full workshop we attended on Friday was Zine-making Across the Diaspora led by Daniela Capistrano (POC Zine Project), Adela C. Licona (author of Zines in Third Spaces: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric) and a few awesome folks from MOONROOT. We reviewed the historical root of zines and the use of zines in “third spaces”, which was an unfamiliar term for me, but now Adela’s book is officially on my to-read list.

I appreciated that the presenters of this workshop really hammered home the fact that a focus on POC zines is not an intervention in white zine culture, but that it’s inherently a part of our historical culture (Ida B. Wells’ zines on lynching, Fire! during the Harlem Renaissance, etc.). It reminded me of the reasons why our own zine project is so important to me.

I see our On Struggling zines as a material mode of self-preservation, dismantling isolation, and writing ourselves back into history. Anyway, at the end of the workshop we had the opportunity to create our own mini-zines with the suggested topic of something we’re currently thinking really hard about. I made mine about my dietary restrictions and my sister made hers about costume designing.

Also met Joyce Hatton, aka airhornoftruthandlove, a fellow POC zinester that I follow on tumblr who recently mailed me her kickass zines! Fun!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

ZINESTER SPOTLIGHT: Celina Williams, Zinester & Librarian in Virginia

Some of Celina Williams' zines: POC zinester and librarian in Richmond, VA

[DESCRIPTION: Some of Celina Williams’ own zines. Photo credit: Celina]

By Cata, POCZP East Coast Intern/Coordinator

Celina Williams is a zinester, a librarian of special collections and a Richmond Zine Fest organizer for 5+ years. You can visit Celina and a zine collection within the James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, VA.

Check out Richmond Zine Fest, happening this year on October 5th! Find out more at richmondzinefest.org. Richmond Zine Fest has been going strong in Richmond, VA, since 2007.

From Celina:

Richmond Zine Fest registration for workshops and tablers is open… if you know of any folks who’d be available/interested to participate Saturday Oct. 5th, I’d be happy to answer any questions.

POCZP’S Q&A WITH CELINA

POCZP: How long have you been making zines?

CELINA: Consciously, for the past 6+ years. When I was a kid I would play around with the stapler and make little books—those are zines right!?

POCZP: Nice! What kind of zines do you make currently?

CELINA: I make poetry and photo zines. My latest issue is Mean Girls and it’s about being told I look mean because I don’t smile. So it got me thinking about the mean/nice binary. Also, being a black and Hispanic woman, I am used to people commenting about my demeanor and look, they often say “what are you?”

POCZP: Any ideas for future zines?

CELINA: Actually, yes!! A friend and I were walking and noticing how trees often have these beautiful designs that often look look like vaginas, so a collaboration zine soon to be made will be called In the Tree’s Vagina.

POCZP: Awesome. Man, I can think of a lot of trees that would be perfect for your zine haha! Switching gears a bit, why do you think making zines is important?

CELINA: Well, I am a librarian and I view zines as creating a kind of archive for yourself. I see zines like that. But it’s an archive that you share. For example my mom bought me a diary when I was younger; but it felt weird to write and not share.

POCZP: Wow!! I love that because it makes me think of one of my favorite quotes “an untold story is the greatest burden” by Alice Walker.

CELINA: Right! And self-publication in zines is cool because in academia there is this rigid way you have to be—and that just doesn’t exist in zines.

POCZP: Any other things your working on?

CELINA: Yes! I am reorganizing the zine collection at our library (yes we have a zine collection!) and after this interview I will be finding out a way to tag and measure POC representation in our collection.

POCZP: That’s awesome! Let POC Zine Project know if you need any support! Any last exciting things happening in your community?

CELINA: Thank-you! and yes…Shout out to Richmond Zine Fest Co-organizers!! Which I’ve been a part of for the past 5+ years. Also, it was just international zine month so don’t forget to check out new zines!!

POCZP: Thank you!

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CONTACT CELINA

celinanicoledoes.tumblr.com

Twitter.com/celinanicole

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, 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

ZINE EVENT: Apply to table at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair!

torontoqueerzinefair:

A reminder that applications are available on our tumblr for the Toronto Queer Zine Fair! Thank you to everyone who has applied so far. We are super excited about this event! Also, venue information is coming real soon! -TQZF 

Link to the application: http://torontoqueerzinefair.tumblr.com/tabling

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#solidarity <3