D.C. Zinefest to Benefit Local Literacy & Education Programs

This year, the D.C. Zinefest hopes to benefit, after our costs, two amazing D.C. non-profits that work on community literacy among many amazing aims–Living Wages and Our Place D.C. When you come to the (totally free) Zinefest on Saturday, please consider making a donation, which will go to these amazing organizations. You can also opt to be entered to win some cool zine-related prizes as a thank you.

Living Wages of Washington-founded in 1999 by Sister Betsy Hartson, RSCJ, and Robert Crittenden-serves in the poorest and most under-served quadrant of the District of Columbia, its primary work is to provide adult education services for those who have not completed high school. We believe that a lack of a high school diploma almost always means lives of poverty for not only the adult, but also for the next generation, and the next.

At two adult education centers, more than 150 adults are able to obtain educational services each year, and about 40 complete the requirements for a high school diploma. All participants improve their reading and writing skills, their computer skills and the job search skills. Some graduates return to volunteer, others to join AmeriCorps to work for one or two years at Living Wages, and still others become community literacy advocates through the Living Wages LEAD (Leadership, Education and Democracy) program.

For more than three hundred and fifty adults in the past ten years, Living Wages has meant a high school diploma leading to a better job, additional education and job training and a better life for their children.

In the past eleven years at Living Wages, 350 adults have completed their high school studies, received a diploma, and have contributed greatly to the education of their own children. One thousand more have increased their mastery of reading, writing and math. Many others have benefited from enrichment programs, including computer literacy training.
Of note is the fact that many graduates return to volunteer or to stay involved in some other way. There are others that enroll in college and then return for help with their studies. Living Wages also serves as the neighborhood copy center, internet cafe and library—all at no charge. On Saturday’s, parents bring their children to use computers needed for school projects, or to do research for their assignments, in many ways, Living Wages centers are truly the literate communities reaching out to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Our Place DC provides critical support services to women who are or have been incarcerated. We offer a drop-in center, case management, clothing, help with IDs, housing, employment, and legal services.

The Our Voices program of OPDC is a space for women to come together for support and creative expression. Three evening groups combine discussion-based support, therapeutic art & writing groups, and skills-based writing tutoring to promote and support women’s emotional and mental health as well as their ability to express themselves. Each program meets in the evenings at the Our Place DC offices and includes a meal as well as transportation assistance.

Financial assistance is greatly needed to provide the food and tokens that make it possible for women to attend these groups.

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D.C. Zinefest on 20k Under D.C.

Meg and Jenna went and talked about the impending Zinefest on 20k Under D.C., you can listen to it online while you finish your zine. Less than a week to go!

Start a Zine/ Finish A Zine!

Come hang out with us while we frantically finish zines before the D.C. Zinefest! There will most likely be snacks, tunes, and supportive comradery! Some zine making supplies probably! Also, air conditioning! Perhaps the evening will culminate in an attempt to find a late night copy spot!

If you’re not rushing to finish an existing project, you can also come learn how to make a mini-zine or maybe work on a submission to someone else’s zine! ALL THE THINGS!

Wednesday, July 18th @ 8 pm @ 2100 Flagler Pl. NW DC

❤ DC Zinefest

D.C. Zinefest Upcoming Events


The Fridge Gallery show is tonight! Hope you’re as excited as I am. The Fridge is just two blocks from the Eastern Market metro, for you car-free-is-the-way-to-be types.

And that’s not all. We have so many awesome events coming up leading to the Zinefest in July. Check out these gems:

Call for Workshops

Feel free to email us if you would like to help facilitate a workshop but aren’t interested in submitting your own or if you’re interested in collaborating with others. Also if you are submitting a workshop proposal, please specify if you would like help facilitating, and please be as specific as possible about any accommodations etc. that you might need from us. You can also email us if you are interested in reading from your zine during the Zinefest! dczinefest@gmail.com is the perfect email for all of these emailing needs.

Pop-up Zine Event at the Fridge Gallery!

DC Zinefest is teaming up with the Fridge to bring you its famous popup library, zine readings, and a popup art show of zinesters from near, hither, and yon. On May 25th at 8 pm! Let us know you’re coming on Facebook?

Confirmed Readers include
Linsay from The Runcible Spoon
Jen from Jen[ny] Ambular
Rachel from Hoax
Lots more TBA

At $5, it’s a steal!

Come Support this amazing venue and the fest.

Zinefest Updates!

  • First and most importantly, REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
  • We are having a pop-up zine library and art show at the Fridge in D.C. on May 25th. If you are interested in participating, please email JB at sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com with a high resolution jpeg of your art submission or for instructions on mailing zines. Zine/comics/DIY-culture related work is preferred–even a laid out zine page would be a cool submission. More information to come on the actual event!
  • We are having a zine reading on April 28th at 7 pm as part of a fundraiser movie night for DC Doulas for Choice! First enjoy readings from the epic authors of epic zines Moonroot: An Exploration of Asian Womyn’s Bodies (Baltimore) and Deafula (Philly), ” a zine about a girl and her deafness.” Then have the time of your life with the film Dirty Dancing. $5 cover, bring money for cheap snacks and beers. At the Rocketship, 1223 Decatur Street NW. “Bonus points for dressing like characters from the movie! Think cuffed jean shorts, canvas tennis shoes, dance attire and dresses with full skirts that will twirl when you dance.” RSVP on Facebook.
  • The last (or is it?) film in our apocalyptic film series is Times Square, on Sunday, May 13th at 7 pm. For anyone who loves punk music, Tim Curry, girl gangs, pre-Disneyfication New York, and subtle lesbian overtones. Also I hear D.C. Zinefest Apocalyptic Film Series does the snacks up right.  CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING, STAY TUNED!