Zine Roundtable

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Learn From Local Zine Makers!

Monday, 2/8 | 7 PM | Virtual Event via Zoom

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The Zine Roundtable celebrates alternative storytelling and zine resources as part of Zine Month at the Watertown Free Public Library. Bring your curiosity and your questions, and don't forget to pick up your free zine-making kit. The conversation will be moderated by Hatch Assistant and artist, Yi Bin Liang. The Zine Roundtable will feature several local zine makers and their projects:

Papercut Zine Library is a free, volunteer-run browsing library with a collection of 16,000+ zines and independent media. PZL operates on a non-hierarchical consensus based model. We are involved in a variety of community outreach projects, some of which include; free monthly skill shares via Zoom, International Girls Skate Day, and our ongoing Catalog Project. When there isn't a global pandemic, the library operates out of Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA. The librarians at PZL are a crew of rad folks working across different time zones to make knowledge accessible. Our goal is to give space to narratives outside of narrow academic definitions.

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LiaLah Mawanda created Watertown Story Share with Swathi Sivasubramanian as a safe space for community members to share their experiences related to race, racial bias, racism, and discrimination. LiaLah is a student leader in the Watertown Kingian Response Team that was formed in response to George Floyd's murder and the Black Lives Matter movement. Through sharing and listening, we hope to see each other more clearly and love each other more fully.


Hassan Ghanny is a poet, writer, interdisciplinary artist and zinester based in Boston, MA. His work explores the intersections of media, culture, and identity with an intention to uplift people of color and people in diasporas. As a zinester, he has self-published several zines of poetry and prose and vended all around the Northeast. He draws inspiration from Soviet samizdat and leftist zine presses, in addition to poets and writers the likes of Staceyann Chin and Aimé Cesaire. He has performed multimedia poetry at venues across Boston including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Dorchester Art Project.

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Seth K. Deitch was born in New York in 1956. I published my first independent magazine in the summer of 1983 and called it “Get Stupid” a compendium of humorous surrealism and a vehicle for presenting my collage art. I was a restaurant manager at the time, but I switched to a job in a copy shop in the interest of furthering ‘zine creation. I stayed in the printing industry for thirty years.  Over the intervening years I have put out comic books, collections of fiction, art, obscure musings and journals on a variety of subjects. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s I was involved with a group called the Small Press Alliance that was formed with the idea of distributing independently published magazines as a single package. It ultimately didn’t work, but it did create personal bonds in the ‘zine community at the time that last down to this day.

Adrian Alvarez is the author of the superhero punch-em-up The Adventures of Comet Boy and the dinosaur buddy-comedy Raptor & Tops when he was eight. Adrian has gone on to work with the DAP Zine Library. As Adrian says, "I believe in zines as an art form that can take on almost any idea, exist in any form, and is approachable by anyone with an interest in reading or creating. My participation in local comic communities like The Boston Comics Roundtable and my work publishing fellow artists in The Boston Compass is based on those beliefs."


Somerville Public Library's zine and small press section collects and preserves locally-produced, small press publications--everything from zines to poetry chapbooks to independent comics and more. While the focus of the collection is on material published in Somerville or written by Somerville residents, it also contains material from the Greater Boston area. It is managed by SPL librarian Tim Devin, who is a life-long zinester, and author of the "Mapping Out Utopia" zine series.

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