Donate to the Zine Librarians UnConference POC Travel Grant

Dear You,

Tables at the NYC Zinefest are pay-what-you-wish, and many tablers take advantage of “free is always an option.” The zinefest organizers are ecstatic to be able to provide free and low cost access to tabling at an event in New York City, where space is dear. Pay-what-you-wish donations went to defraying costs for travelers from underrepresented groups, honoraria for presenters, and a delightful surprise for tablers, speakers, and volunteers.

This year, as always, we invite tablers and zinefest participants to put money toward the Zine Librarians UnConference (ZLuC) travel grant for Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color.

ZL(u)C in heterogenous letters
logo created for the first ZLuC by David Lasky

US Librarianship, as a profession, is nearly 90% white, and while zine communities, as evidenced by the typically 1/3-1/2 tablers of color at our zinefest, are not as grossly underrepresentative of the US population, still marginalize BIPOC folks. The ZLuC travel grant attempts to mitigate the race and class disparities in our communities by increasing participation by BIPOC zine librarians. The grants typically go to a non-degreed librarian from a community library with no budget.

We hope you will consider contribution to the ZLuC POC travel fund or do something else with the money you might have spent on a table and/or the money you save on zines because tablers can charge less because they don’t have to make back their table rent before they can cover the other costs associated with what is for many a money-losing labor of love.

Yours, the 2019 NYC Zinefest organizers

Zinefest 2019 Tablers: No News Yet

This email went out out to tablers about ten days ago, but it seems that it went straight to spam, so here it is, on the internet, for all to see:

Dear You,

Thank you so much for applying to table at the 2019 Feminist Zinefest. We had a wonderful response–160 applications, the most ever. While that is great news, signaling a tremendous investment in feminist zine culture in NYC and beyond, space is finite, so we anticipate not having enough space to accommodate everyone. The James Room at Barnard has room for 33 full tables (i.e., 66 half tables), but we will try to add tables in other rooms on the same floor to create more space.

Continue reading “Zinefest 2019 Tablers: No News Yet”

Community Agreements

New York City Feminist Zine Fest Community Agreements

Have Fun!

We invite you to have a good time and meet each other.
Challenge Your Participation

Challenge yourself to speak up/participate more or move up by making room for others to speak/participate more.

**Respect people’s names and pronouns at all times

**Oppression is real and exists

Most of us in the room have and/or are currently experiencing oppression. As we share this space we will work against oppressing one another.

We all make mistakes and hold each other accountable.

If someone says something that feels hurtful or offensive, we encourage you to acknowledge what just happened. If you have said something that was offensive or hurtful to someone, we encourage you to acknowledge what just happened.

Check your responses/Gauge your reactions

If something comes up during a discussion or activity that you find hard or difficult, try sitting with that feeling to better gauge how you’d like to respond.

**Respect people’s physical boundaries and personal space at all times

Please do not touch people or their belongings without the consent of the person (even hugs!). No physical violence or threats of violence of any kind will be tolerated.

**Even if your intentions are well meaning, please do not ask someone what their “old name” was or if they are trans, gender nonconforming, or intersex.

Barnard College has unfortunately had a long history of transmisogyny (prejudice against trans women) and we want NYC Feminist Zine Fest to challenge that, not replicate it. It is up to the individual whether or not they want to offer up that kind of information.

Take care of yourself/Take care of your needs

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any assistance.

**Please respect the space

We are all responsible for throwing away our own garbage and recycling and cleaning up any mess. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any assistance. Damaging or destroying any equipment, materials, or building property is not allowed.

**If you choose not to respect this group agreement, you may be asked to leave.

derived from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Acuerdos de la Comunidad


Te invitamos a pasar un buen rato y conocer a los demas.

Ponte a prueba su participación

Ponte a prueba de hablar/participar más o ascender al hacer sitio a otros para hablar/participar más.

**Respetar los nombres y los pronombres de la gente en todo momento.

**La opresión es real y existe

La mayoría de nosotros en el espacio tienen y/o actualmente estan experimentando opresion. Al compartir este espacio vamos a trabajar contra la opresión entre unos a otros.

Todos cometemos errores y sostenemos mutuamente responsables

Si alguien dice algo que se duele o se siente es ofensivo, le animamos reconoce lo que sucede. Si ha dicho algo que era ofensivo o se duele alguien, te animamos reconoce lo que sucede.

Compruebe sus respuestas/Mida sus reacciones

Si algo sucede durante una discusión o actividad que usted se siente es difícil, trate de estar con esa sensación de mejor medir cómo desea responder.

**Respetar los límites físicos de las personas y el espacio personal en todo momento

Por favor, no toca a las personas o sus pertenencias sin el consentimiento de la persona (incluso abrazos!). La violencia física o amenazas de violencia de cualquier tipo no será tolerado.

**Aunque sus intenciones son buenas intenciones, por favor, no pedir a alguien lo que era su “nombre antiguo” o si son trans, de genero no conforme, o intersex.

Barnard College ha tenido por desgracia una larga historia de la misoginia trans (los prejuicios contra las mujeres trans) y queremos que el Zine Fest Feminista de NYC desafiar eso, no replicarlo. Depende de la persona si quieren ofrecer ese tipo de información.

Cuida de ti mismo/Cuide sus necesidades

No dude en conseguir comida y beber, ir al baño, estirar o tomar descansos en cualquier momento. Por favor, no dude en preguntar si necesita ayuda.

**Por favor, respeten el espacio

Todos somos responsables de tirar nuestra basura y reciclaje y limpieza de cualquier espacio desordenado. Por favor, no dude en preguntar si necesita ayuda. No se permite dañar o destruir cualquier equipo de oficina, materiales o propiedad del edificio.

**Si decide no respetar este acuerdo de la comunidad, es posible que se le pida que deje.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Fist in woman’s symbol, holding a paint brush

The Feminist Zine Fest will serve as a satellite location for this year’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. We’ll have one or more experienced Wikipedians on hand to help new and old editors create and improve articles on feminist zine makers and other artists. Zine makers who do not yet have Wikipedia entries:

Cindy Crabb
Daniela Capistrano/The POC Zine Project
Margarita Alcantara (Bamboo Girl)
Nia King
Osa Atoe

You can change that! It’s both easier and harder than you think.

Interview with Zinesters: For the Birds collective

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do (from mission/about us)
For the Birds is a NYC-based feminist collective working to combat social inequality and challenge all forms of oppression through an intersectional feminist analysis of power both within our collective and in our larger society.


As a collective we value collaboration, shared knowledge, self-expression, and meaningful communication. We seek to combat transphobia, sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, capitalism and other forms of oppression, and to reflect on our own privileges. Our activism emphasizes the need for accessibility, safer spaces, and support within our communities.


  • Workshops, discussions, and other events
  • A bi-monthly feminist event email newsletter
  • Tabling at feminist events with our zine distro
  • Engage with online feminist communities via our website, blog, and various social media outlets
  • Internal group processing and care
  • Group retreats

How did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?
Many of us have experience in zine making and zine collecting. We’ve been inspired and empowered in our own feminism by many great feminist zines: Brainscan, Doris, Learning Good Consent, Hot Pantz, Moshtrogen, etc.  All of the people behind these zines found a way to make their voice heard and disseminate a feminist analysis of the world or their own lives in a way that others could share and build on.  We think that that kind of dialogue is what feminism is all about!

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
Our feminist distro is carefully reviewed by all members of the collective to ensure content is feminist and inclusive.  Our distro includes titles that address issues important to us: sexual assault, consent and sexual health, mental and physical health, queer and trans narratives, stories from feminists within the punk scene and other alternative communities, and any narratives addressing how we can struggle productively against racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, capitalism and all other forms of oppression.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
We wrote a zine, So You Want to Start a Feminist Collective, to describe our collective process, encourage others to start their own collectives, and share the knowledge we’ve gained together. In this zine, we answers questions about how we started and how we continue to operate as a group. We address problems we’ve faced, how we’ve negotiated those issues, the vital importance of communication, and more. The zine is both about our own collective process and a guide to starting similar projects in your own community. It’s our way of sharing the knowledge we’ve gained together.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
A stand mixer. Bringing together ‘ingredients’ of feminism to make something wonderful!

Interview with a Zinester: Brandi

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do
I am Brandi! I am from Brooklyn, NY but am currently living in Western Massachusetts with my husband and two cats for a PhD program in Sociology. I create two zines; Fat Grrrlz! and …Like Weeds. Both are personal zines, though Fat Grrrlz! focuses on fat embodiment and …Like Weeds is more of a mental health issue/survival zine. I have two issues out of Fat Grrrlz! and one of …Like Weeds and am currently working on the next issues of both. I am hoping to start working on a zine about being working-class and in grad school, too! As for academic research, I am interested in – broadly, the fat acceptance movement, zine culture, gender, work, working-class identities, ethnography, feminist theory, and queer theory. I am also currently the NYC Ladies Arm Wrestling champ and a retired janitor of ten years.

How did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?
I was first introduced to zines at punk shows when I was younger – maybe junior high? Eighth grade? Most of them were produced by guys and were strictly fanzines focused on punk and hardcore music. When I was in high-school I got into more personal zines, but I’m not sure exactly where that first point of contact came. I’m thinking through some Riot Grrrl connections I made during that time.

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
For me, doing feminist zine-making involves giving myself and others a space to allow our voices to be heard. Typically, our voices might not be heard – at least not in such an accessible and autonomous way. It is also about feminist community building via these exchanges of personal and political narratives. I think Fat Grrrlz! reads more feminist explicitly; I talk about body positivity, sex, and that intersection of women and fat bodies, amongst other things. …Like Weeds might read more feminist implicitly; though with this idea of self-care really hitting the internet and social-media networks recently, it might end up being explicitly over time.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
I really love personal zines especially when talking about social class issues, body positivity, and queer stuff. I am also really into diy gardening zines and graffiti zines. Three favorites: Neckmonster, Figure 8, and FaT GiRl.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
The lemon squeezer; I start whole and vibrant and then I squeeze all of the juice out – spilling all of my guts almost- and there is a period where I might wonder “did I go too far?” but then I realize I am whole and vibrant again, with a glass of fresh lemon juice. This sums up much of my creation process, and how I feel after reading some zines! They can transform you into new vibrant beings either after reading or creating.

Interview with a Zinester: Stevie Wilson

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do
I’m Stevie Wilson, serial zinest, maker of things, crafty costuming painted up lady. I do a variety of different comics but I’ve been putting out a couple zines a year made up of Auto-bio essay comics. I’ve been putting comics on the web since the early webcomic days. I’ve been told I’m more honest and open as my comic self then perhaps I can be in person.

My ongoing collection “You’re doing it wrong

stevieHow did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?
My dad had a collection of sci-fi zines from the 70’s and I grew up surrounded by my parents underground comic friends. Shary flenniken being one of them, I guess she inspired me to start writing notes about conversations I had or things I overheard to draw on for writing inspiration. I started keeping journal comics in high school and over the last couple of years they transformed into my personal platform for social equality. Like mini essays with pictures and a lot of sarcasm. I’ve probably been making zines for about 10 years at this point.

How did you come to collect zines? Why are they important to your collection?
I went to school for comics, so my zine collection started out as stuff my classmates and friends made. A lot of them were trades or bought to support artists who were near and dear to my heart.

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
Well most of my current zine series is about different aspects of feminism and gender issues by reacting to stuff in media, I try to break down issues into points and use personal experiences to make light of what society is doing wrong. I feel like giving a voice to under represented or marginalized issues is a way to give people something to relate to, especially issues that are day to day sexism that people often shrug off and are told to “get over it”.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
Its some where between my friend Miriam Gibson’s group pokemon zine, which comes in an amazing pokemon envelope. Its so clever it makes me angry, or Megan Brennan’s “Comics the cat” which is a hysterical mini mini about the comics industry being gross but as represented by an adorable cat.

I like zines that make me smile, I guess at heart I like a well crafted joke and some good writing.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
My nearly 40 years old Kitchen-aid mixer, it’s stylishly retro and a work horse beast. (I’m pretty mean with a stapler)

Interview with a Zinester: Katherine Arnoldi

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do
I was a teenage mom. Another mom, Jackie Ward, helped me to go to college. I wanted to do for others what Jackie had done for me.  I began in the 1980’s to make a graphic novel of my own struggle to go to college and copied it myself and handed it out at GED programs where I go as a volunteer to talk about college. I called it The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom (like the first issue of The Amazing True Story of Spiderman and other Marvel and DC comics). I ran a “College Mom Program” out of Charas Community Center on the Lower East Side (also as a volunteer) during the 1990’s. Finally, in 1998, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom was published by Hyperion.


How did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?
I thought I was making up a new form. Later I learned about Joyce Farmer’s and Trina Robbins’ comics and zines from the 70’s out of California and about China Marten’s radical zines out of Baltimore.

How did you come to collect zines? Why are they important to your collection?
I would love to see a museum that would catalog and save some of the early work by women, many of whom did not have access to traditional publishing so made zines out of necessity.

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
I am adamantly pro-choice. However, over 400,000 young teenage women give birth in the United States every year. I am concerned that a large group of our young women are often coerced to leave high school and have to struggle for an equal right to education.

When my book came out I was able to speak out about how teenage mothers are denied equal access to education and how they struggle for equal rights to education.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
I love the autobiographical work. In some ways, works by China Martens’ (Future Generation) and Ayun Halliday (East Village Inky) were like Facebook before Facebook. Often the zines chronicled the zinesters’ daily lives, which makes for fabulously interesting reading and makes loyal readers wait with anticipation for the next issue.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
Is a Blender on Grind too humorless?