Zines provide a safe, independent platform of expression for underrepresented and marginalized voices: Black, Indigenous & People of Color, young people, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ(+) community, persecuted religious groups, and people with limited economic resources.
Founded in 2008, MZF is an annual explosion of zine-focused wonder in the form of a boisterous festival featuring over 70 vendors from across the country. It's always free to attend, and always super fun (even when it needs to be virtual, by mail, or otherwise pandemic-safe for our lovely community).
In normal times, the single day event is held at the Central Branch of Milwaukee Public Library, and packed with opportunities to explore and purchase various forms of DIY and independent publishing presented by diverse artists, writers, illustrators, photographers, poets--and more!
The festival also features hands on experiences and workshops throughout the day. Stop by to test a typewriter, make a letterpress print, construct a flipbook, or learn about zine culture, history, and social impact. Every year the fest is a little different... [especially right now] but our vision always remains the same:
We believe your voice should be represented in the published world.
We support radical, independent, and unorthodox ways of publishing by cultivating a community of those who support one another in doing so.
Proactively creating space, equity, and leadership opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Zinesters of Color is woven into MZF's mission.
We are listening, learning, and evolving to do this better.
MZF is a program of The Bindery in partnership with The Milwaukee Public Library. The Bindery runs additional zine programming year 'round including a collective zine publishing house and communal retail for zinesters.
MZF frequently asked questions:
Each year we run an Emerging Voices Scholarship. Stay tuned for more info in autumn.