CONNECT & LEARN
MILWAUKEE ZINE FEST
Milwaukee Zine Fest is a day-long celebration of zines, chapbooks, DIY publishing, and other independent wonders in magazine-like format. MZF has been a beloved part of our city's creative lit and small press culture for over a decade: it's always free to attend.
Held at the Public Library's Central Branch, our festival attracts hundreds of guests and dozens of vendors from across the country! The day-long event includes zine-related workshops and hands-on activities for all ages. (The Bindery also runs zine programming year-round including classes and zine publishing services.)
Zines provide a safe, independent platform of expression for underrepresented and marginalized voices: Black, Indigenous, latinx, & People of Color, young people, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ(+) community, persecuted religious groups, and people with limited economic resources.
WORKSHOPS, PROGRAMS, & EVENTS
When not in a pandemic, The Bindery frequently runs all types of in-person programming including classes, tours and events related to the wonderful worlds of books, print, and writing.
We're currently addressing how to best run public programs in the era of COVID-19. Please follow us on social for the latest updates and check back for new listings including virtual and snail-mailed experiences.
Our program calendar lives here.
The Bindery offers workshops and tangible experiences related to bookbinding, book art, zines, letterpress, metal-typecasting, foil stamping, typewriting, typography and more. We also host regular literary programs including reading circles, book clubs, poetry slams, author signings, and various writing classes from poetry to prose.
The Bindery is home to Typewrite Milwaukee, a program celebrating the mechanical wonder (and pure joy) that is the vintage, manual typewriter. First invented in Milwaukee in 1868, the typewriter today is a fun way to connect with typing history while slowing down to write more thoughtfully.
Typewrite Milwaukee offers pop-up type experiences in-house and around town, as well as limited sales, occasional rentals, maintenance, and consulting. Check out our calendar for upcoming programs or reach out if you'd like us to come by your organization or school.
We want you to love your typewriter:
Let us help you understand and maintain it.
Have a question about your typewriter or want to better understand how it works? Make an appointment for a quick one-on-one consultation and training. Looking to rent or buy? Contact us: we may have just what you need.
MILWAUKEE BIG READ
A program of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read encourages communities to all read the same book together from the comfort of home. Area organizations then host discussions, book clubs, and programing related to the book in order to foster community connection and layered understanding of a singular subject matter.
A free book to read with your community.
A free zine published of your shared work.
In 2020 we partnered up with Woodland Pattern Book Center and bearbear Creative to publish a collaborative zine reflecting on the chosen book: a collection of poetry by Stephanie Burt, Advice from the Lights (that was distributed for free). Each zine page was submitted by a different community member and then risograph printed as a collective, community publication.
Stay tuned for information on next year's Big Read zine and how to sign up. Follow us on social for updates!
TEACH WITH US
The Bindery puts out regular calls for teaching artists and writers--but you can touch base with us at any time if you have an idea for a class you'd like to run with us. We especially encourage teachers of all genders who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous to North America, People of Color, BIPOC, bi/multiracial, or any other combination thereof.
All the tools, resources, space & marketing
you need to make your class a success.
We offer a full service book bindery and micro press studio for all your dreamest-teaching-dreams. That means everything from scissors to guillotines, a letterpress shop to laser printing, plus a classroom or shared makerspace with evening and weekend hours. Keep an eye out for our next call for educators by joining our mailing list, or feel free to reach out at any time with ideas.
All classes taught work on a pre-arranged shared-profit model that benefits you, us, and [most importantly] the community we look to serve. Be in touch for more details.