BiblioBitch: PoC Zine Project
I'll admit, I kind of fudged when I said this would be a three-part series about zine artists I love. Honestly, I could probably do a fifty part series on zine artists I love, then publish it as a memoir called Can I Be You? But I'm not doing that, and instead, I'm going to take a few minutes to tell you about something really important. A couple of weeks ago, you might have stopped by the Portland Zine Symposium (or any zine fest anywhere) and thought to yourself "Wow, there are a lot of white people here, where are all the zinesters of color?" Or at least, that's what I was thinking. I scoured the entire space looking for people of color only to find one table all alone, in the back of the warehouse. One amazing table, to be sure, but I still left wishing for something more. I'd imagine Daniela Capistrano had some similar thoughts when she founded the People of Color Zine Project in 2010 in order to make zines by folks of color accessible, available, and distributable for all, because really, these things can be incredibly hard to find in such white dominated DIY, activist, and artist communities.
Folks of color doing important, critically engaged, and beautiful things often get overlooked or underappreciated, and we're left with a room full of white people selling zines about their cats. Now, I have nothing against that, but when you have new compelling material that is just being shoved under the table, someone has to do something about it. We need visibility, representation, and the ability to reach out to others. This is where things get exciting. The PoC zine project has already done so much vital work for zine communities all over the place, including panels, Internet archiving, and events, and if you read my interview with Cristy C. Road two weeks ago, you might remember her mentioning that she'll be touring with the PoC Zine Project in the fall.
Yes, that's right, they're curating a travelling zine exhibition, and if you're as ready for this as I am (and if you happen to be somewhere around the East Coast), find them. Speakers and tour members include, of course, Daniela Capistrano, the founder of PoC Zine Project, Current TV producer, and media literacy activist, Cristy C. Road, artist, writer, badass, and dreamboat; Mimi Thi Nguyen, a professor, author, activist, and creator of the Race Riot zine series; and Osa Atoe, author, musician and creator of Shotgun Seamstress zine series. Other rad people of color are still to be announced.
9.24 New York, NY
9.25 Philadelphia, PA
9.26 Pittsburgh, PA
9.27 Athens, OH
9.28 Detroit, MI
9.29 Ann Arbor, MI
9.30 Chicago, IL
10.01 Champaign, IL
10.02 Bloomington, IN
10.03 Columbus, OH
10.04 Pittsburgh, PA
10.05 Washington, DC
10.06 Baltimore, MD
10.07 New York, NY
Before you get too upset at the next zine fest you go to, just know that this exists, and that there is hope for zinesters of color and their important work. Keep up to date with their whereabouts, and how you can get involved on their Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter!
Previously: Diggin' Deep With Cristy C. Road
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