L.A. Zine Fest is happy to present the following readings, panel discussions, and workshops free of charge. Times and locations in the venue will be posted when they are finalized.
Readings and Panel Discussions
A Reading, Presented by Skid Row Zine Collective
12 PM – 1 PM
A group reading featuring the eclectic voices of Skid Row. Members of the collective—Garrison Alecsaunder, Nick Paul, Linda Leigh, Simone, QM Tabia, Impress Amber—will read new and published work celebrating the strength, creativity, joy, and challenges that spring from life in downtown Los Angeles.
Black Femme Zinester Panel Discussion
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Moderated by Sarah Gail Armstrong
A conversation with Black femme zinesters Dove Ayinde, Edxie Betts, and Mandy Papoose on identity, misogynoir, self-care, community work, sexuality, and gender. By having this panel, Armstrong plans to allow these individuals to be given a platform to express why they make the zines they do, and how it affects their lives. Armstrong wants Black people in attendance to feel inspired and empowered to create the art they want in the world.
Skid Row Zine (SRZ) is a collaboration between Skid Row neighborhood artists with support from local artists, Tracy Park and Ivy Pochoda. SRZ came together with the help of Studio 526 (formerly Lamp Arts Program), coordinated by Hayk Makhmuryan, which offers a safe and nurturing place for creative self-expression in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood, rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right. SRZ is a DIY platform for both solo and group projects, with a consistent presence for events in Skid Row, as well as the zine community across Los Angeles.
VOX & Voices, a Line-up of Performances
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Hosted by Taleen Kali of DUM DUM Zine
“Vox and Voices” is DUM DUM Zine’s recurring music + reading event, featuring a blend of the written, spoken, musical and lyrical, for your DUM pleasure. At L.A. Zine Fest, we’ll be celebrating the voices of 3 readers and 3 musical acts, featuring alternative, queer, and marginalized voices in the L.A. community. Featuring the readings or “Voices” of Sarah Stockton, Deanna Hampton and Julia Gibson and “VOX” or performances from Taleen Kali, Mako Fury, and The Kid And I.
**All workshops have limited seating; early arrival is encouraged**
DIY Sticker-Making Workshop
12 PM – 1 PM
Hosted by Suemi Guerra
You just finished making your first zine and now you need an audience to read it. This is your chance to learn how to make your own DIY stickers to promote it. This fun workshop is hands-on and open to all ages. We will provide you with all the tools needed!
3 PM – 4 PM
Hosted by Yeiry Guevara
Guevara is a first-generation Salvadoran whose work seeks to create representation and visibility for communities of color. After releasing her zine “Vos Cipota,” she saw the need from her community to have conversations about intergenerational healing.
Her workshop will share what she learned in the production of “Vos Cipota” by breaking down her process: how to “know” what you don’t know, how to hold space for deep conversation with parents/elders, how to take care of yourself when you do get into the deep end of learning your history, owning your voice, and how to create art from a hard place.