Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh
Courtesy Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
June 17
Noon—5 p.m.

In an age dominated by digital communication, information and endless distraction, it’s refreshing and empowering to pick up, peruse and spend time with compelling printed matter.

Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh
Poster by Jayla Patton.

Zine makers, collectors and readers of all ages can celebrate this important and enduring medium during this free festival showcasing 39-plus exhibitors.

The first-of-its-kind Pittsburgh event was created by a collective of educators, artists and community organizers that includes Jude Vachon, Jayla Patton and Anne Schwan to explore, honor and foster “intersectional feminist voices through zines and self-publishing.”

Active within independent, limited-edition and small-batch publishing, featured exhibitors reflect a diverse community of creative voices from Pittsburgh and the US.

A range of topics, issues and perspectives are explored in the zines on view, including womynhood, queer history, mythology, depression, body image, marginalized populations, health care access, and more.

Attendees can check out copies of original zines such as Aurora Diaz’ The Bettys, Madeleine Campbell’s Women in Sound, Moe Williams’ Cutthroat Cutie, Asia Bey’s BXTCH Slap, Rachel Belloma Bonnet’s Mom Jeans, and many more.

Collectives such as Assemble Girls’ Maker Night, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Art Girl Dreams will also be showcased.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.