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Women of Color Zine Symposium

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Women of Color Zine Symposium

Time: June 2, 2012 from 9:30am to 3pm
Location: Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union
Street: 1825 SW Broadway
City/Town: Portland, OR
Event Type: symposium
Organized By: Tonya Jones
Latest Activity: May 27, 2012

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Event Description

The image people have of Portland is mainly based on the white majority who live here - 76.1 % of the population, according to the 2011 U.S. Census. But the other 23.9%, the other Portland, they have a voice too. And the Women of Color Zine (WOC) group is one of the ways... ...that other voice can be heard.

Tonya Jones started the WOC ZINE WORKSHOPS in the fall of 2009. Tonya was first introduced to zines when she had to make a creative project for her Women’s Studies class at Portland State University. She enjoyed the process so much she decided to bring her work to the Portland Zine Symposium. It was then she realized the lack of diversity in zine creators and symposium attendees. The next time she attended the symposium, she lead a workshop called “Women of Color: Writing and Activism.” The response went so well, she decided to host monthly workshops for women of color interested in self-publishing and that is how the group was formed.

The WOC Zine group has published two issues of their zine collective “Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks." Issue one is about navigating racism/gentrification in Portland; issue two focused on fashion and art of WOC in Portland. Both issues are available for $3 from the group, Powell’s Bookstore and In Other Words. The zines can also be checked out from the Multnomah County Library.

The group is currently working on their third issue to be sold at the symposium!

The symposium is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The event is also being co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at Portland State University (PSU). The symposium will be held at PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union.

What's a zine?
"A zine is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text (an example being Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photo-copied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, etc."

Schedule for the Day:
9:30am-10am (breakfast/introduction to symposium)
10am-All Day (tabling of zines)
Noon-1:15pm (open mic/raffle session)
1:15-2:15pm (workshop lead by LaMesha Melton...Cocoa/Puss zine)
2:15pm-3pm (performance by female/multi-cultural hip-hop group, Rosebent)

The Women of Color Zine Symposium is free and open to the public.
All allies are welcomed to attend!



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Comment by Tonya Jones on April 20, 2012 at 4:56pm

WOC Zinester Scholarship
Email Submissions: tljones29@yahoo.com
Deadline: May 26th

The scholarship consists of $100 (to be used towards making of
zines & any other necessities to participate at the event).

“Why is it important that women of color have their own creative spaces?"

*1-2 pages (short-essay or poem)
* You will be required to read your piece at the open mic session
* PDF format

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