Welcome to milwaukee zine festival!

We’re one of the Midwest’s longest-standing zine fests: over a decade strong and kicking! MZF celebrates and promotes zine culture, DIY creative literary work, small press publishing, and other independent, self-created wonders in magazine-like format.

Scroll down to learn more about the fest, events, workshops, our inclusion policies, and this year’s scholarship/fellowship programs.


Milwaukee Zine Fest
is produced by
The Bindery &
Milwaukee Public Library

(Plus our Zine Team of dedicated
volunteers & support organizations!)

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Can’t wait for MZF 2020? Either can we! We’re already planning for it even though it won’t be until spring. Follow us on FB or IG for the most recent news but keep this timeline in mind:

Now: Donate some zines to help us fundraise!)

Winter 2019: scholarship and fellowship opportunities announced.

January 2020: vendor registration.

April 2020: Milwaukee Zine Fest 2020!

Meanwhile check out what happened at 2019’s fest!

Our annual celebration included a day-long festival featuring over 60 local and national zine-vendors, plus hands-on workshops… it was a blast: we hope you didn’t miss it!

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Meet our emerging voices scholars!

The Emerging Voices Scholarship encourages brand new work, and underrepresented voices in the world of zine creation.  In 2019 DeShanda Williams (left) worked up a zine of local trans resources focused on LGBT people of color, and Erin Magennis (right) brought us a zine on hidden disability and the invisible struggles that we all face.

meet our community diversity fellow!

Randy Russell Brown is an artist, curator, critic and the director of Genesis—a local contemporary art gallery and incubator. MZF is excited to have Randy join our team for the 2019 season to help us broaden our outreach strategies, and better engage an evermore diverse community moving forward.

Click below to learn more about Randy and the wealth of experience he brings to the fest!


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