A Celebration of Student Zines

Librarian hosts second annual Zine Fest (dot) Edu.

Zine Fests are events for zine makers to show, swap, and sell their work—and meet and be inspired by fellow zinesters. (A zine is a handmade magazine that can come in any shape, size, or format and are often hand-written or drawn and photocopied.) Laura Winnick created a festival in New York City last year for teachers who create zines—Zine Fest (dot) Edu. This year, the middle grade librarian at Blue School in Brooklyn opened it up to students, too.

"The best part by far was celebrating and bringing together so many different people from across NYC—uniting both public and private schools, students and teachers, non-profits and schools," Winnick wrote in an email. "It was a celebratory way to showcase zines made by both students and teachers and let the public peek inside the inspiring classrooms across the city."

There were zine-making stations and a reading featuring some zines at the fest, too.

Here is just some of the work that was featured.

The adjunct librarians at Borough of Manhattan Community College created a zine library.
 "The content is very personal," says high school student Charlie Federico, who created the zines above. "Art has always been a catharsis, an emotional thing for me, kind of the only outlet I’ve had."
“What a perfect way for young people to express themselves," says Sunset Park (Brooklyn) High School teacher Abbey Kornhauser. "And a counterculture to testing and all this. It’s a way for kids to be creative and free.
It’s also a really good form to do projects for any content.”


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