We are so excited to have Whitney French facilitating her workshop Writing While Black at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair!
***Writing While Black – 1pm at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. This workshop is drop in and open to all, but BIPOC are prioritized***
Part group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, #WritingWhileBlack engages participants in a discussion on zines by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people. Anchored by two game-changing zines – FIRE!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists (Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston, 1926) and Evolution of a Race Riot (Mimi Nguyen, 1997) – this workshop seeks to: analyze zines culture from the lens of a zinester of colour (Whitney French founder of From the Root zine), to offer space for people to read political zines written by zinesters of colour from Canada and around the world, and to participate in the creation of their own zine if they so desire.
Whitney French is a writer, storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist. She’s been published in a couple of places but she takes more pride in the community she builds than the things she produces. Whitney French is self-described futurist who has shared her facilitation practices and theories at the Octavia Butler Legacy and Letters Conference at Spellman College in Atlanta. Whitney French is also the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine. Whitney French also founded the successful workshop series titled: Writing While Black, an initiative to develop a community of black writers, which is presently on tour, travelling to audiences in Montreal, New York and Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Detroit and Halifax. Whitney French is presently working on her upcoming sci-fi verse-novel entitled O.
The Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, organized by SACHA, celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.
“We need to build maps describing the many ways we have worked, not just monuments to the past. Lets show each other the truth about how we fought.” — Kim Katrin Milan
We’re aiming to create an accessible event that gives a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.
HFZF will have people tabling, selling and chatting about their zines, a calm chill out space and a six hour zine challenge.
When: Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 5pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library: 55 York Road, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.