Check here for any changes to the programming schedule as we get closer to Richmond Zine Fest! Workshops will be held at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch on September 29th throughout the afternoon.

All programs and exhibitions are free! Just bring yourself and be ready to engage your mind, your hands, or both!

11 am – 11:45 

Homie to Homie: dismantling strangers, documenting kinship, resisting through community

homie house press is a skeleton bones crew of femmes creating + publishing in the foto book medium. We are a playground where fotos become books, a safe space for secret stories and an open house for honest content. Find us migrating through the in between, the world wide web, and al otro lado del charco.

We will be producing a collaborative project through simple zine making in the mediums of drawing and writing. We will provide different kinds of paper and writing tools as well as a quick binding tutorial (for those who don’t know how). Folks will be asked to participate by engaging in their personal narratives with kinship and community. Together, we hope to further understand the current state of things through this intersectional workshop. This will be a safe space for creating, sharing and discussion.

All ages are welcome!

12 pm – 12:45

Organizing Zine Fest: Trials, Errors & Lessons

Celina and Brian are two of the current organizers of zine fest who have been Richmond Zine Fest organizers for several years. They love zines more than they love no zines.

Celina & Brian talk about organizing zine fest, how they got involved, what goes into planning zine fest, organizing goals and more. This is a great introduction if you’re curious about becoming a zine fest organizer, helping out in any capacity, or simply want to get more info for your own event planning.

1 pm – 1:45

a very long mixtape ❤

found/bought & dubbed over (re-recorded, remixed, field recorded upon) cassette tapes. a cut-up method/collage on cassette accompanied by a zine booklet – so: an audible companion to the printed material. #tapestryst

all ages are welcome!


2:30 pm  – 3:00

Zines in the classroom

Cosima Storz is an art educator interested in community based art education and intergenerational learning.

My workshop is about zines in the classroom and the community. Zines are an accessible way for students to document and share research easily. They are budget conscious for a classroom and zines encourage students to format their ideas for mass communication and to share their ideas with each other. Zines also support self-empowerment for students and people of all ages.

3:15 pm – 4:30

Supporting All Choices: Full-Spectrum Doula Care for Pregnant People

The Doula Project is a NYC volunteer-run organization that provides free physical, emotional, and informational support to low-income pregnant people who are giving birth, having abortions, and experiencing a loss, like a stillbirth.

Join Mick (they/them), editor of The Doula Project’s zine, DIY Doula: Self-Care for Before, During, & After Your Abortion for a repro themed workshop. Come hear about providing nonjudgmental support and unconditional love, talk about how reproductive justice is about more than just abortion access, and find out more about the zine that makes people say, “I wish I had this when I had my abortion.”

4:45 pm – 5:30

Quick Zines + Comics as Icebreakers
Hannah Huddle, a VCUarts alumna who studied scientific illustration, has spent years organizing club events for adults, and youth art and STEM activities. She worked as a teaching artist for CityArts in Providence, Rhode Island, focusing on arts integration and after-school programming.
The workshop is two hands-on activities that can be used in groups for members to introduce themselves, find common interests, and have a laugh. We will make 8-page “get to know me” zines,  and create collaborative comics. Participants will be able to use the simple activities in their own clubs and educational work. All ages are welcome.