Zines in the Barnard Library: Collecting, Providing Access and Preserving Zines from the Borderlands


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Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage
How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media?

What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?

How can zine culture open up space for intersectional conversations about identity and cultural hybridity?

Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality and media with four zinesters, activists and media-makers. Multimedia panel presentations will touch on themes such as: telling inclusive and intersectional stories; DIY and self-publishing; zine creation, production, and distribution; leveraging zine culture for racial and LGBTQ justice and movement building, and more.

Panelists include:

Nia King, filmmaker, zinester and editor of MXD: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers
Daniela Capistrano, founder of the POC Zine Project and DCAP Media
Jenna Freedman, Barnard Zine Librarian and author of the zine Lower East Side Librarian
Moderated by: Anne Hays, founder of Brooklyn-based zine distro, Sleeping Creatures, and founding editor of Storyscape.

April 24th, 2014
Brooklyn Historical Society, Great Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Zine Fest, a 2-day festival showcasing 150 writers, artists, publishers, a zine exposition and public talks on April 26th-27th; ABC No Rio, a collectively-run center for arts and activism in the Lower East Side; and BlueStockings Bookstore, a feminist bookstore, cafe and activist center.

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  • Zine policy. Began POC mission perhaps as a do-gooder, also influenced by my early exposure to personal zines was by POC. Knew that wasn't the default, but that I could make an effort to have a collection where white wasn't the default either. Ten years and 4,000 zines later, evolved awareness of interrupting zine/riot grrrl narrative as solely white, middle-class movements. Collection policy also evolved.
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  • Zines in the Barnard Library: Collecting, Providing Access and Preserving Zines from the Borderlands

    1. 1. Zines in the Barnard Library: Collecting, Providing Access and Preserving Zines from the Borderlands Presented by Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage Brooklyn Historical Society, 2014
    2. 2. Browse your zine & excerpt. Discuss with your group on one or more of these questions: • How is mixed heritage identity expressed (or hidden) in the zine? • What are the visual elements, and how do they interact with the text—support, contradict, call attention to? • Why did the author choose this medium?
    3. 3. Barnard's zines are written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans experience, and other topics.
    4. 4. Gratuitous cat Quinn, fosterling of Erin Fae, poses with Imaginary Windows #4
    5. 5. Credits & Links • Cover slide photo from post on Brooklyn College zines blog by Devon Nevola • zines.barnard.edu • @barnlib • lowereastsidelibrarian.info