Check out For the Birds! It is an NYC-based feminist collective and zine distro - from their "About" section, they are self-described as:
FOR THE BIRDS is a New York City-based feminist collective. We work towards establishing alternative spaces that promote the creative interests of women-identified* community members. For the Birds is a collaborative group of organizers with backgrounds in feminism, social justice work, and various artistic pursuits. Through DIY feminist cultural activism, For The Birds aims to empower and support radical women of action.
(In short, they're just awesome.)
-- Jordan A.
Just now in the thick of processing a box of donations from the presumably wonderful Sarah Rose, of Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric and other zines. Let me be the first to tell you: this box is full of gems. We now finally have stacks copies (hell yes that means they’ll circulate) of a bunch of stuff, and archival copies of way, way more, including an issue of Girl Germs I have never even seen before (and I am getting on in years). I’ll post updates to the archives as they’re processed, but for now, check out what’s new to the stacks:
Márcio Sno, Brazilian documentary film maker recently launched a new documentary, "Last Century Zinesters," in January this year. Check it out on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/22319370!
This documentary is aimed at showcasing Brazilian zine-making before the advent of computers and the internet. "Last Century Zinesters" includes interviews with 21 zine creators that worked in the days of typewriters and cut and paste. You can expect to enjoy the '80s and '90s flashbacks that this film provides, and get an in-depth look at the people behind the pages.
First: the background. I am a blogger for Refuse the Silence, an organization headed by the great Morgane Richardson and the people that hosted this event. And, because I am a huge nerd, I got giddy at the idea of seeing some of my favorite bloggers speak at this event about something I really care about: race in the feminist movement.
(The picture is of me and Latoya Peterson (editor of Racialicious) after the event! Don't we look chilled out?)
This is a great opportunity to share your zine with a very different group of people than the Barnard crowd - and it can throw you back to your Bookmobile days! Submit your zine to the Anchorless Archive Zinemobile operating in Nova Scotia. Read on for more information!
Since there are no comments allowed on this blog or anywhere on the Barnard website, I posted on LiveJournal so I could get your feedback on a proposed collection development policy change.
I'm working my way through our cataloging backlog, which I hope to finish by the end of the semester. This weekend, I'm tackling zines starting with the letter U. Much can be gleaned about girl and feminist culture from zines, even from just their titles, so I thought I'd list the titles of the U zines I'm working on. For your delectation and edification: