We so appreciate your support and enthusiasm, and are heartbroken to share the news that we’ll be postponing the zinefest to a later date. We love the zinefest so much, and look forward to a future gathering.
We reached out to tablers for feedback – and thank you so much to everyone who shared their thoughts! There was a sense of concern about large group settings, especially by immuno-compromised folks and those who care for children or live with older adults. Also, as you are probably aware, many schools, including Barnard College, have now canceled all on-site classes/events through the end of March. We’ll be in touch about ways to showcase individual zinesters on social media & online. Everyone puts a lot of work into the event, and we would like to help share out the zine magic.
Finally, we’d like to acknowledge community resilience – especially those facing the challenges of compromised immune systems, mental health issues, ageism, and racism during this time. For those facing job instability, you have our support.
Thank you to all again for your zine-y energy, and we look forward to sharing the zinefest postponement date soon.
With warmth & appreciation,
Elvis, Jenna, Kate, Lili, Pooja, and Suze Your Zinefest 2020 Organizers
We’re thrilled to be hosting a few lead-up events to the zinefest.
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) – Central Branch, Grand Army Plaza – “Comics & Zines for Everybody!” Workshop on March 14th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. This event is hosted by Jan Descartes & Elvis B., and is free & all ages. The BPL Comicon will be happening from 10-4pm, so come check that out, too.
2. Ye Olde Pre-Zinefest Reading at Bluestockings Bookstore – Saturday, 3/28 – 7pm – For the past 8 years, we’ve had a magical zine reading the night before FZF. It’s pretty great. Come by & hang!
3. Stonybrook University, Long Island – Monday, April 6th – 7pm-10pm – Queer Zines Workshop with Elvis B., held at the campus LGBTQ Center. Open to the public!
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.
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.
On Saturday Mar 2 we held an event, organized by Femme Mâché, at the co-operative community space New Women Space. An ongoing series, Drink & Draw & Zine is an unconventional drawing session as it invites attendees to incorporate any media into their practice, including collage, poetry, and more.
We were so excited to welcome over 40 people to draw, sip drinks, and spend time at New Women Space. We were able to raise almost $700, the proceeds of which are benefitting Zinefest and supporting our efforts to give grants to tablers with need and traveling from afar.
Many thanks to New Women Space for opening their doors and to our incredible models, Caty, Jessie, and Pooja for stepping in!!
This year we are hosting a number of events in partnership with non-profit and co-operative spaces in NYC in lead-up to the Zinefest. On Tuesday February 27th we welcomed over 30 wonderful people into Chinatown Soup – a non-profit gallery and creative community on Orchard Street with a socially-conscious mission. We had a range of attendees – some were members of our zinefest community, while others have attended events lead by Femme Mâché at Chinatown Soup or in other spaces. Words (and song) were shared, and all in all it was an evening of intimate connections in the spirit of zinemaking and collective dialogue.
We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming events, the details of which can be found here:
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:
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.
We’ve received a record number of applications to FZF 2018, so…applications are hereby closed! Thank you for your energy & magical zinemaking thusfar. We’ll be in touch in a few short weeks.
2) There’s a…Massachusetts Feminist Zinefest (!!!) coming up in April 2018.
We’re so excited to hear it! That means…a double-header of – FZF in March, and MFZF in April! Woohoo. The more feminist zinefests the merrier – feel free to be in touch if you want encouragement or tips in starting one!
See you at one or both of these upcoming lovely events :-).