The Radical Librarians are pleased to announce the first annual Midwest Zine Festival. It will be April 30th- May 1st, 2011 at the Independent Media Center in Urbana, IL. The Midwest Zine Festival will be a gathering of zine-makers, authors, speakers, musicians and other rad people for the purpose of celebrating zines and zine-culture.
The festival will include interactive events, food, speakers, music and plenty of zines. The festival is open to the public and admission is free. Organizers are now taking registrations from artists, zine-makers, activists, authors or groups interested in having a table, presenting talks, or purposing interactive events as part of the festival.
In 2010 the City of Urbana, Dept of Public Arts awarded us a grant to further the education/access to zines in our community. The result has been a series of workshops with partner organizations in the community such as the Urbana Free Library, the Univ. of Illinois Women's Resource Center and others. The grant culminates in Midwest Zine Fest, bringing together zinesters from Urbana-Champaign and from elsewhere.