Philly Feminist Zine Fest: A celebration of feminist zinesters

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A Philly Feminine Zine Fest event at William Way LGBT Community Center.

Having a voice is what art, whether the written word or illustrations, is all about. At the Second Annual Philly Feminist Zine Fest, feminist creators of zines (handmade pamphlets and magazines) will come together Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29 to celebrate their work. If you have a story burning inside, but don’t know how to share it with others, then learn how to transform it into your very own zine. Even if you are just an avid reader of zines, the fest is a great way to meet authors and illustrators and maybe pick up some new favorite reading material.

Some of the exhibitors include Cynthia Ann Schemmer, co-founder of the NYC-based feminist collective For The Birds Collective and author of Secret Bully, a creative nonfiction zine of personal essays, Katie Bennett, author of Sticking Around and Kerri Radley who traces her experience as a deaf person in a hearing world in her zine Deafula.

Although the main fest is Saturday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Neighborhood House in Old City, the festivities will begin on Friday, June 27 at the Pre-fest Zine Reading at Wooden Shoe Books, Philadelphia’s only all volunteer anarchist bookstore at 7th and South St. The reading will start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, you will be able meet fellow writers and peruse tables of literature that will cover the many genres including art zines, personal zines and literary zines.

Then on Sunday, June 29 there will be various free workshops held throughout Philadelphia. Philly Soapbox, an independent publishing center in the Kingsessing area, will be hosting four workshops. From 2 3 p.m., you can learn multiple ways to fold and stitch paper into zine form without using a stapler at Alternative Zine Structures. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., the lessons continue with Print and Stitch, where you will be taught how to bind your own notebook. The workshop will include how to pull a screenprint and print from wood type to create your notebook cover and stitch pages together. Mothers might be more interested in So-Called  "New Life": Integrating the “Me" I was (and am!) With this thing called Motherhood from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will talk about their own experiences as mothers and that search for balance in their lives. If you have your kids with you, they can attend Zine making for Kids at the same time as your workshop. They will be able to write and create their own zines using drawings, magazine cutouts and rubber stamps.

At the Wooden Shoe Books on Sunday, you are invited to a workshop on A Casserole is Not Enough: Building Teams of Care in Non-Traditional Communities between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The importance of building caregiver support in the LGBT community will be discussed.

The two workshops at Yell Gallery in North Philadelphia will be focused on recovering from trauma. The first one running from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m, will look at how making and reading zines can help in your recovery. Then at 3 p.m. Trans Survivors of sexual assault are encouraged to gather to share with each other their own journeys as well as resources that might help in the healing process.