Deep in the Heart of Texzines
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This poster highlights some of the more graphically and thematically interesting zines in the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives Zine collection as well as the RaceRiot! speakers who shared their passionate opinions and views with us via photographs, twitter feeds, and video. This poster will show how zines in the library and archival collections can be used as an effective medium for giving a voice to the joys, concerns, and beliefs of outsider cultures and communities.
DescriptionZines are small, informal, non-professional publications; creative outlets devoted to idiosyncratic self-expression, and are often used by members of different minority groups and subcultures as methods of cultural expression and communication. By their very nature zines are hard to pin down, but distinguishing common characteristics of zines include a small circulation (sometimes via subscription but often distributed informally among interested parties) and a raison d'etre stressing free expression over profit. The zine collection started at the archives is designed to preserve these alternative voices and provide users a new and deeper understanding of different cultural experiences. In conjunction with the development of the zine collection, the POC Zine Project’s RaceRiot! brought their thought-provoking and visually stimulating multimedia event and panel discussion to the university, a part of a whirlwind tour throughout the United States. The Project panel includes a rotating roster of speakers who offer, through their own zines, a chronology and a partial history of the creative and intellectual production of people of color. The Project has received rave reviews and news write-ups throughout their travels.
Brett, Jeremy; Hankins, Rebecca (2019). Deep in the Heart of Texzines. Available electronically from
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