Get to Know Your Zinester: POC Zine Project

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
POC Zine Project (POCZP) was founded in 2010 by Daniela Capistrano, a Chicana media professional, activist and artist. POCZP isn’t a distro – we are an advocacy platform and an experiment in activism and community through materiality. Our mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. We achieve this by producing events, curation projects, providing sponsorship to poc zinesters and more.

At our table you’ll find some of the zines we made available on the 2012 Race Riot! tour, merch by POCZP members, and more. You’ll also find Osa Atoe, Mimi Thi Nguyen, me (Daniela Capistrano) and other POCZP members, so come by and say hello! ❤

Where do you work on your zines?
POC Zine Project HQ is located in the South Bronx, but our touring members live around the world.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
“Evolution of a Race Riot” by Mimi Thi Nguyen, member of POCZP. Mend My Dress Press (small press publisher) and SlushPilePress (POC zine publisher).

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Try to attend as many in-person events as you can. It’s useful to see how other zinesters table, what different zine communities are like, and where you feel comfortable. When you make your zine, do it to please yourself – not anyone else. You can’t please everyone. But certainly get feedback from people you trust and admire. Don’t be afraid to reach out to zinesters you don’t know for guidance and tips – most people are really friendly and willing to help you out if you ask nicely.

And of course, make sure you buy and trade for zines created by POC. If you don’t have any in your collection yet, check out our zine spotlight for suggestions!

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?

POCZP recently went on a 13-city Race Riot! tour celebrating zines by people of color. We met so many rad people (many white allies attended each event) and had the opportunity to do POCZP panels at six universities! We love the way zines can bring people from all walks of life together.

The second leg of the Race Riot! tour will be in the fall of 2013, through the Southwest and up the West Coast. “Like” us on Facebook to stay informed, and follow to learn more about zines by POC, great work by our allies and more.

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