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Guest Talk: Zines & Handmade Publications: Possibilities for Personal Expression and Alternative Education, with Anne Hays & Discussants, Tuesday, 1/28, 4-5:30pm

A zine, or fanzine, is a self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually produced today by a photocopier and circulated to less than 1,000 readers -- sometimes to as few as 100. Motivated by the desire for self-expression and not for profit, a zine tends to be counter culture, probing topics outside the mainstream: fanfiction, politics, art and design, personal journal, single topic obsession, sex and gender. Its origins date back to Thomas Paine who published Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America --a pamphlet published on January 9, 1776 that urged colonists to declare and fight for independence.

Given their appeal and impact, can zines work well in educational spheres? And just how do intentionally paper publications fit into the digital landscape of libraries? Zine libraries are found locally, across the nation, and in other countries, and teaching with zines may offer rich alternatives to more traditional methods.

Our panel will present some interesting perspectives and focus on the role of DIY publications in creating space for personal voice and personal expression, and as an extension in education, including the traditional classroom, non-traditional classroom, library, and other community spaces.

Anne Hays is the founding editor of the literary and arts journal Storyscape, and runs a brand new zine distro called Sleeping Creatures. She writes a zine called Alex, and her short stories and essays have been published in Ms. Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, Lumina, PANK, and Drunken Boat, among others.

Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and librarian zinester. She is the Associate Director of Communications at the Barnard Library in NYC. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on that topic as well as on other themes of library activism.

Julia Lipscomb has been publishing zines since high school. After graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with a BA in English Literature & Writing in 2010, she moved to Seattle and served many roles at the Vera Project and Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP). Not only did Julia publish more zines in the Seattle arts community, she also developed a passion for outreach and teaching others how to make zines. She tabled for ZAPP at Portland Zine Symposium for 4 years and taught zine classes at Richard Hugo House and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. In addition to her passion for zines, Julia worked as an English tutor for 3 years and she is a proud City Year alumni. Currently, Julia is pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies in Arts & Cultural Management at Pratt Institute. Here to stay in New York, she volunteers at ABC No Rio in the zine library and leads fundraising efforts at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn.

Maya Pindyck is a poet and visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her collection of poems, Friend Among Stones, received the Many Voices Project Award form New Rivers Press, and her chapbook, Locket, Master, won a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her written and visual works have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Memorious, Prairie Schooner, esque, The Feminist Wire and Printed Matter. Maya is a doctoral student in English Education at Teachers College.

Please rsvp with your interest via online support no later than Monday, January 27th.

Where: 306 Russell

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Stay tuned for details on the Feminist Zine Fest at Barnard College in March.



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