Submitted by Olympia Zine Fest

Olympia Zine Fest invites community members to a three-day celebration of zines and DIY culture. The 3rd annual festival will take place October 13-15 in downtown Olympia.

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Zine creators Chelsea Baker and Max Carl Key attended the 2015 event. Photo credit: Emily McHugh.

Zines are self-published works, often photocopied, and can be about any topic. Olympia Zine Fest welcomes newcomers and seasoned zine-makers alike.

The event kicks off with a Zine-athon at the Olympia Timberland Library, where participants can use the library’s supplies to create a zine, swap with other zine-makers, and partake in an open mic-style zine reading. Olympia Zine Fest events are open to people of all ages.

The second day of the festival begins with an expo at the Olympia Center, where attendees can purchase zines and participate in workshops. The expo will be followed by zine readings and live music at Obsidian.

Olympia Zine Fest concludes with a day of workshops at the Mixx 96 Conference Room.

Workshop topics include creating a collaborative giant comic, combating fatphobia, making shrinky dinks, project problem-solving, self-publishing, suicide awareness & prevention, and keeping the art of letter writing alive with Olympia’s Correspondence Club.

Olympia Zine Fest Schedule

Friday, October 13
Kick-off Zine-athon!
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Olympia Timberland Library – 313 8th Ave. SE

Saturday, October 14
Expo and workshops
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Olympia Center – 222 Columbia St. NW

Zine readings hosted by Guest of Honor Nia King
Readers include Auro Rose, Eileen Chavez, M. Sabine Rear, Nia King, Niamh Timmons, and Nicole Witch Hazel
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Obsidian – 414 4th Ave. E

Sunday, October 15
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mixx 96 Conference Room
119 Washington St. NE

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