Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union (2nd floor)
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201


The image people have of Portland is mainly based on the white majority who live here - 76.1 % of the population, according to the 2011 U.S. Census. But the other 23.9%, the other Portland, they have a voice too. And the Women of Color Zine (WOC) group is one of the ways that other voice can be heard. 

Tonya Jones started the WOC ZINE WORKSHOPS in the fall of 2009. Tonya was first introduced to zines when she had to make a creative project for her Women’s Studies class at Portland State University. She enjoyed the process so much she decided to bring her work to the Portland Zine Symposium. It was then she realized the lack of diversity in zine creators and symposium attendees. The next time she attended the symposium, she lead a workshop called “Women of Color: Writing and Activism.” The response went so well, she decided to host monthly workshops for women of color interested in self-publishing and that is how the group was formed.  

The WOC Zine group has published two issues of their zine collective “Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks." Issue one is about navigating racism/gentrification in Portland; issue two focused on fashion and art of WOC in Portland. Both issues are available for $3 from the group, Powell’s Bookstore and In Other Words. The zines can also be checked out from the Multnomah County Library.

The symposium is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The event is also being co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at Portland State University (PSU). The symposium will be held at PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union.

The day will consist of tabling of zines, an open mic and raffle session, a workshop lead by LaMesha Melton (creator of Cocoa/Puss zine), and end with a performance from local female/multi-cultural hip-hop group, RoseBent. 

"A zine is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text (an example being Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photo-copied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory,etc." (Wikipedia)
The Women of Color Zine Symposium is free and open to the public. All allies are welcomed to attend! 



We are looking for women of color zinsters locally and nationally to table at the event! The space provided is limited. It is on a first come, first served basis. We are offering half tables for a fee of $10. We are also in the process of making t-shirts to sell at the symposium. The t-shirts will have the logo of the WOC Zine Collective cover (as shown at top of page). We hope to offer them in the color of red.
The t-shirts will be priced at $15. There will be a limited amount of t-shirts sold at the symposium. If there is a high demand for them...we will take orders at the event and get more t-shirts ASAP!   While the event is zine focused, WOC zinesters are allowed to display/sell other DIY products (buttons, postcards, etc). We only ask you not to sell any food items.  Click the contact link if you have questions regarding tabling.
Please join us for a day of creative fun with women of color artists. We hope to see you there! 
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