Writing between Worlds: Zine Authors in Traditional Publishing

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


To some, zines are a relic of the 1990s, but the self-published “mini-magazines” still have a community that spreads the world over, with thousands of zines being published each year. Many who got their start in zines continue writing them, even as they freelance for larger publications and release books. This panel looks at the ways the two worlds inform each other, how a zine practice can serve as a needed outlet, and the power that comes with taking publishing into your own hands.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Zine_Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: A_Brief_History_of_Zines_by_Cathy_Camper_(School_Library_Journal).pdf
Supplemental Document 2: How_to_Make_a_Zine_by_Shay_Mirk_(under_Creative_Commons_license).pdf
Supplemental Document 3: Online_Zine_Resources_from_A_to_Z_by_Cathy_Camper_(School_Library_Journal).pdf



Joshua James Amberson is the author of the Basic Paper Airplane zine series, three chapbooks from Two Plum Press, the forthcoming young adult novel How to Forget Almost Everything, and the forthcoming essay collection Staring Contest: Essays on Eyes. He heads up the Antiquated Future zine distro.

Tomas Monz’s debut novel, Big Familia, was a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway, the Lambda, and the Foreword Indies Awards. He edited the popular Rad Dad zine for over a decade and the book Rad Families. He’s a 2020 Artist Affiliate for Headlands Center for Arts and 2022 UCross Resident.

Sarah Mirk is a comics journalist, zine-maker, and teacher. She is the author of five books, including Guantanamo Voices: True Stories from the World's Most Infamous Prison, is an editor at The Nib and digital producer at Reveal. In 2019, she made a zine every day for a year.

Martha Grover is the author of three memoirs: Sorry I Was Gone (self-published in 2021 via a successful Kickstarter campaign), One More for the People (Perfect Day Publishing), and The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing). The End of My Career was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in 2017.

Emilly Prado is a writer and DJ based in Portland, Oregon. Her debut essay collection, Funeral for Flaca, is a winner of the 2022 Pacific Northwest Book Award and has been called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. magazine. She is a current Blackburn fellow at Randolph MFA.


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