We are excited that there will be 2 great panel discussions at DC Zinefest 2017.
12:00pm – DISCOURSES OF COLOR IN SELF-PUBLISHING
Moderator: ANDY WENTZ is an artist, writer, and publisher, originally from the Chicagoland area. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, focusing on both independent and collaborative creative projects. He hopes to own a pet of his own one day but will dote on his plant babies for the time being. Website: andywentz.com
- AMERICAN ARTIST is an interdisciplinary artist who makes texts, videos, and installations about culture and technology and the power structures embedded within them. American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on the visibility of blackness as descriptive of an American artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name. American attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist. They have exhibited at the Kitchen, New York, and have participated in group shows internationally. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in Huffington Post, Dazed Digital, Nylon and PAPER. Website: https://americanartist.us/
- TANVI AVASTHI is a medical anthropologist and nursing student whose joy for self-care comes through her yoga practice. Her research interests are the intersections of race, gender, east, and west. Tanvi’s goals are to make the healing experience equitable and just for all people and to add humanity to healthcare providers for better care. She will complete her Master’s of Science in Nursing in May 2018.
- DENIS SHAH is a straightedge activist here in DC, working with different organizations in various capacities. His main thrust over the past 12 months has been Positive Force DC: modernizing, evangelizing, and ultimately, guiding others to set up their own PF chapters elsewhere. Dennis is particularly interested in movement building and understanding how leverage technology and tools to create a disciplined, effective force for change. He also believes in Joey Shithead’s maxim: TALK – ACTION = 0.
1:30 pm – ARTS & ACTIVISM
Moderator: C.S. MALERICH lives and works near the District of Columbia. Her speculative fiction has appeared previously in Ares Magazine, The Again, and the Among Animals anthologies from Ashland Creek Press — a publisher of eco fiction. “Phoenix Cross,” her contribution to Among Animals 2, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Most recently, her short story “It Wants to be a Swamp” appeared in the Mother’s Revenge anthology from Scary Dairy Press, to raise funds for environmental causes. An avid fan of skillful drawing (which she can’t do), she collaborates with artist-storyteller J. Hollister Conroy on an ongoing series of comic zines. C.S. is part of local writers’ group the Speculative Wordsmiths, and a founding member of DC Stampede, a collective for activists and organizers on behalf of animals, people, and the planet.
- EVAN KEELING: Born and raised in Washington DC, Evan Keeling received a BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and for the last 12 years has been an exhibit specialist in graphics at the Smithsonian Exhibits. Evan is also an accomplished illustrator who has worked with a variety of clients. He is a founding member of the DC Conspiracy a collective of Washington, DC area comic book artists and writers. He has been published and self-publishes comic books for print and for the web. He is developing comic book based programing as well as creating mini-comics for the Smithsonian as well as working with the International Indigenous Youth Council documenting their experiences during the protest at Standing Rock for websites and free zine-comic formats. His work and downloads for the Smithsonian and IIYC comics can be found at etkeeling.tumblr.com
- BLU THE POET is an up and coming poet that hails from Baltimore, Maryland. Not only is she a Spoken Word artist, but uses her craft in part as a Motivational Speaker to help inspire and educate young African Americans. As a supporter of the Pan-African movement, she also utilizes her platform to aid in the unification of the black community. As she often says, “I am an advocate for love first and black love second.” With gifts provided by the Creator, her overall mission is to help increase awareness of Black Pride, Black Love, and Black Unity. If you would like to keep in touch with Blu, feel free to follow her on social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter, at BluThePoet. For booking information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MALIKA BRYANT discovered her love of art at the age of four. Malika brings art to children and adults across the DC metro area as a charter school teacher in DC, an instructor with the Arts on a Roll program through Prince George’s Parks & Rec Department, and an art teacher working with seniors at Gwendolyn Brit Senior Center. In the summer, she is a teaching artist with Summer Camp and No School Day Camp at CREATE Arts Center in Silver Spring. Her artwork focuses mainly on woman of color. She works with a wide variety of materials, focusing mostly on with dry mediums like pastels, graphite pencils and conté crayons. In 2012, Malika became the first recipient of the Gerald King Fine Art Study Award and apprenticeship, where she continued to hone her craft. As a resident of the Hyattsville Arts District, and a member of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, her work can be viewed in a number of venues in the Arts District. Her artwork, handmade greeting cards, and gourd purses are sold in shops throughout the DC area and online at www.southafricanbazaarcraftcooperative.com.
- SIMONÉ SPEED has always had a passion for the fine and performing arts. She has performed with Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, Muse 360 Arts, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s Floetic Lyricists Club, Peabody’s Children’s Chorus, the Morgan State University Choir, Arena Players, and her church choirs. Simoné has studied in the music program at Morgan State University, and is proud to be a Poly alumna from the class of 2013. She is excited to be working with New Generation Scholars this summer which is a program that studies the African Diaspora, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It also focuses on radical thought and empowerment of youth through the arts and Black history. This program has established a sense pride and the need for social and political change within Simoné. With everything she does, she hopes to inspire youth to fight for equality, justice and radical thought for the advancement of those oppressed.
- LISA MARIE THALHAMMER creates socio-political feminist paintings, collages and public murals using portraiture, color and shape. Her mission is to challenge traditional gender stereotypes by creating images that empower women, LGBTQ peoples and communities. With a goal to uplift her subjects through visual representation her works also raise the consciousness of the viewer by challenging stereotypes and communicating uplifting messages. Thalhammer’s works are striking and powerful portrayals of herself and her friends. Lisa Marie Thalhammer is currently a D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities Fellow and Public Art Building Communities grant recipient. She paints murals and exhibits her work in Washington, D.C. where she lives and works, in addition to places such as Vienna Austria, Detroit, Asbury Park, Indiana, L.A., Miami and New York. www.lisamariestudio.com