The second annual Richmond Zine Fest will be held on Saturday, October 11th. The goals of the Richmond Zine Fest are to create a network amongst current zine writers and distro owners in Richmond and Virginia (plus the Southern/Mid-Atlantic regions) as well as raising awareness and encouraging the creation of zines, independent press, and other D.I.Y. endeavors in Richmond. The 2007 Richmond Zine Fest had over 250 attendees, 45 vendors, and was spread out over two venues on the 1600 block of West Broad Street. This yearâ€™s event will be in one large venue: the new Gay Community Center of Richmond, located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue, in the building adjacent to Diversity Thrift. As with last year, the majority of the zine writers vending are from Richmond and Virginia, although there are several vendors who are from the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as New York, and the West Coast.
There will be several workshops this year, as well as a few people reading from their zines at the zine fest.
Below are the workshops and readings scheduled as of September 10th, 2008. The schedule and line-up are subject to change, and all workshops and readings will be held at the Gay Community Center.
Bicycle Maintenance and Safety, taught by Shelley Briggs, owner of the bicycle shop Richmond Re-Cycles, and co-founder of Books on Wheels. This workshop will be held 11:15am until noon.
Crucial Sisterhood to Crucial Motherhood, taught by Krissi Vanderburg of Vegan Action and the zines Crucial Sisterhood and Crucial Motherhood, will be held 12:30pm until 2:00pm.
Stash: Personal and Community Issues around Substance Use, taught by local poet and activist Liz Canfield and local activist Quillin Drew, will be held 3:00pm until 4:00pm
The Prison Industrial System and Prisoner Support, taught by Mo Karn, a local activist and zinester who runs Approaching Apocalypse Distro and writes the zine Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants. This workshop will be held 4:00pm until 5:00pm.
John Meijias from the New York City-based zine Paping will be performing a puppet show based on his zine at 12:15pm
Sarah Rose, author of the zine Tazewellâ€™s Favorite Eccentric, will be reading from her latest issue at noon.
Richmondâ€™s own Moâ€™Book Moâ€™Bike Mobile will be parked outside the zine fest from 11am-5pm and accepting zine, book, and bike part donations. The Moâ€™Book Moâ€™Bike Mobile is a part of the Books on Wheels project started by Ward Tefft at Chop Suey Books and Shelley Briggs at Richmond Re-Cycles.