WFPL Zine Fest 2021
On Saturday, October 2, the Watertown Free Public Library will host the first-annual WFPL Zine Fest. Zines are small-batch, DIY publications that provide a powerful platform of expression for underrepresented perspectives and voices. We believe they belong in the Library. Join us in celebrating and learning about all things zine!
10 AM – 2 PM | Browse, barter, or buy wares by over 30 zinesters from near and far. This is a great place to meet fellow artists or learn what zines are all about. (Free and open to all.)
10:30 AM – 3 PM | How does zine making intersect with identity, mental health, power, and local history? Go deep, ask questions, and get inside the heads of these experienced zinesters! (Free, RSVP required.)
10 AM – 4 PM | The Zine Making Hive is a place where anyone can make their own zine. We give you the supplies and prompts to get you started. All ages welcome, no experience necessary! (Free and open to all.)
TALK 1 | Mary Barba: Healing in the Zine Community
Saturday, 10/2 | 10:30–11:30 AM | Lucia Mastrangelo Room
Mary Barba is the creator of Reflective Zines. She creates zines about mental health and writes poetry. This talk will be about the insight, validation, and support people with mental illness can get within the zine community.
TALK 2 | Celene Chen: My Identity, My Zines
Saturday, 10/2 | 11:45–12:45 PM | Lucia Mastrangelo Room
Celene (she/her/hers) writes, draws, and publishes under the moniker Underwater Ventriloquist. In her written work, she explores love and burdens as a second-generation Hong Konger and lesbian. Her most recent publication, "Let Me Bother You" continues this exploration by charting the development of gay yearning from high school to the transition into professional life.
TALK 3 | Qadir Shabazz: Contemporary Arts & Literature & Zines
Saturday, 10/2 | 2–3 PM | Lucia Mastrangelo Room
My name is Qadir Shabazz and I am an Afro Latino Author, Visual Artist and Organizer from Dorchester. I’ve contributed articles to the Boston Compass, Morton Digital and have published my own zine with a collective of diverse contributors called “The Negro Flowers Series”.
TALK 4 | Seth Deitch and Friends: Independent Publishing in Boston, Back in the Day
Saturday, 10/2 | 2–3 PM | Raya Stern Trustees Room
Seth Deitch, Watertown resident and a zine maker in his own right, will have a dialog with his friends who were involved in Boston’s zine scene in the 1980s and 1990s.
WFPL Circulating Zine Collection
We are thrilled to debut a circulating zine collection in the fall of 2021. Patrons will be able to browse, borrow zines, and event submit their own work to the collection.
Zines and DIY publishing provide a powerful outlet for underrepresented or marginalized voices and stories that challenge the cultural mainstream: Black, Indigenous & People of Color, young people, people with disabilities, and people with limited economic resources. We believe that these voices and stories belong in the Library.
We Want Your Zines
We are very interested in receiving zines that have been made by people from Watertown. We are also interested in other zines that you would like donate to be considered for this new collection. Do you have a Zine to donate? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a library staff person will contact you with the details.
What Is a Zine?
A zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches. Zines are created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced—often by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and stapling the pages into simple pamphlets. Zines may also be sewn, taped, glued—or even exist in unbound and other non-folio formats. The main rule is that there are no rules!