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RECAP: POC Zine Project & Girls Rock Camp collaboration in 2013

We appreciate the love:

“Working with the POC Zine Project was a total pleasure. The workshops that they presented at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls were inspiring, engaging, radical and fun (a perfect combo), and the youth were psyched about the ‘zines they created with POCZP.

Also, Daniela is wicked organized, which made the planning process a dream. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is excited to continue working with and supporting POC Zine Project!"—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

How did we end up collaborating with folks who are part of Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Find out below! <3

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[DESCRIPTION: Savannah smiles at POCZP’s zine workshop during Bay Area Girls Rock Camp's Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) in January of 2013. Photo credit: Gabby Miller]

2013 was POCZP’s first year collaborating with two Girls Rock Camps on POC Zine Project-led youth zine-making workshops that also incorporated accessible histories of POC creators from the 1700s-today. 

[DESCRIPTION: Watch this video to learn more about The Girls Rock Camp Alliance]

POCZP wanted to experiment with partnering with GRCA because several of our touring members have had positive experiences volunteering & teaching through GRCA across the country. Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress zine series) and Suzy X (Shady Hawkins) are just a few zinesters/musicians of color who have supported GRCA with their time, energy and talents. 


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[DESCRIPTION: A mini-zine/pocket zine made at our Oakland workshop by a young anon <3]

POCZP’s first step in our ongoing, collaborative process was doing a workshop with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in Oakland, California, USA, the last week of January. This came about because POCZP founder Daniela attended an LGBTQ pride event in Oakland in September of 2012, where she met Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizer Gabby Miller. After they connected, Gabby invited POCZP to lead youth zine-making workshops during their next Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) session in 2013.

Daniela coordinated with POCZP west coast coordinator/touring member Mariam Bastani, who donated her time to lead the workshops at no cost. She also brought Kat, a volunteer (thanks Kat!). The sessions happened through GRASP in Oakland, CA, on 1/19 and 1/21, 2013. 

Here’s a peek at one of the workshops in real-time:

[DESCRIPTION: ENDLESS YUM from Bay Area Girls Rock Camp on Vimeo]

Mariam’s recap, in her own words:

I was coming at it through music, since we were at rock camp. The younger kids were really into it. The teen workshop was attended by a ton of workers and we played some punk and showed a video of the aABC No Rio Zine Library. Punks and activists are the ones who have had zine libraries for years and those are the examples I used to focus on the DIY nature of zines. Presenting punk as another of many DIY options is just where I come from. I was showing commonalities within groups that want to express themselves and that zines are accessible/ another DIY option.

Here are some more photos from both sessions, provided by Gabby (thanks!):


Each day there were 30 participants in the workshop. Tuesday was 3rd through 6th graders, and thursday was 7th to 12th graders. GRASP is the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp’s "Girls Rock After School Program”. They were an hour long each. Very short, but the beginnings of something! 

Each day Mariam and Kat brought a ton of examples of different ways to make zines (big fold-out art zines, itty bitty zines, one page zines), and then showed us how to make a one-page zines. The students then got to make their own and spent the majority of the hour working steadily on their zines while Mariam and Cat helped them learn the folding and cutting techniques, and showing them more examples.

At the end of the hour we were lucky to have the time for a AWESOME zine readings where a wide range of zines were introduced to the world - titles included:

- “Endless Yum" 
- "Everyone can be a family" 
- "Eyes Understand" 
- "Cute Animals" 
-” Where’s Oprah?“

it ruled! - Gabby Miller, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

NEXT STEPS: POCZP founder Daniela and west coast coordinators will be meeting with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizers this month to discuss ongoing collaborations for during & after #RaceRiotTour.

About Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration. It is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. 

Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in exciting workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase. All ability levels are welcome; no musical experience is necessary. Applications in Spanish are available upon request.  

To sign up, go to www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org and fill out an online application, or call to request a paper application: (510) 267-1808.  Applications in Spanish are available upon request.

GRASP is located at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street.


We <3 Brooklyn  

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[DESCRIPTION: Leah is '8 ½’ years old and made a mini-zine in homage to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls at our #poczines session on August 21, 2013. Photo credit: POCZP]

We love it when all the stars seem to align in support of POCZP being a part of young people finding their voice in fun and transformative ways…

Your workshops were some of our campers’ favorites, and we were thrilled to have you and your co-presenters there talking about 'zine making in communities of color. 

It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope that Willie Mae Rock Camp can support POC Zine Project in other ways going forward - let me know if there’s anything we can do to help!—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls via email to POCZP

On August 20 and 21, 2013, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano and facilitators Suzy X (POCZP touring member), Patricia Rogers (masConsumption) and POCZP’s longtime ally Kate Wadkins led four zine-making workshops with young people ranging in ages from 8 - 17. These sessions took place at this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ Girls Rock! Camp. Session 2 was held at Cathedral High School in Midtown Manhattan, and the showcase was held at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. 

Here are some rad photos from our sessions, which our followers on Instagram (@poczineproject) saw in real-time: 

[Description: 31 photos taken by POCZP founder Daniela at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp with her smartphone]

How did this collaboration come about? Simple! Emmet Moeller, Program Director, attended our zine workshop (in collaboration with MOONROOT and Dr. Adela C. Licona) at this year’s Allied Media Festival in Detroit. Emmet then quickly reached out to Daniela about POCZP doing PAID sessions, in support of our #RaceRiotTour fundraising efforts (it makes a huge difference when people include/make space for us in their programming budgets!). Because we were offered payment, we were able to temporarily devote resources away from #RaceRiotTour planning to workshop logistics. We had so much fun with the young folks as part of this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls events!

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[DESCRIPTION: One of the many creative zines made during POCZP’s sessions at the 2013 Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls]

Here’s Daniela’s recap, in her own words:

I’m looking forward to exploring what long term collaboration will look like between Girls Rock Camp Alliance and POCZP. The workshops were a lot of fun; I always enjoy helping young people find their voice through their own materiality and sharing knowledge.

I liked the diverse mix of young people and voices; none of the white youth reported that they felt excluded or silenced because we celebrated zines by POC (it’s white ADULTS largely who react this way) and were very respectful and open to what was being discussed. Their positive participation and energy was an important factor in the success of the workshops. I’m keeping this brief so you’ll read the other recaps below! <3

Here’s Suzy X’s recap, in her own words:

This was my 5th summer volunteering at Willie Mae—and it was an excellent one, because I had the opportunity to teach kids about zines! As a group that’s never lived in a time without the Internet, some campers were skeptical of using zines as a medium of expression. "I have a blog,” some said, “I can just type in it from my phone!" 

In remembering my own first websites—hosted on the now defunct Geocities and Angelfire—Daniela and I discussed the value of keeping physical versions of our work, as our favorite blogs and hosting sites are always under the threat of turning over. While blogs are great for putting your ideas out into the world, journals, sketchbooks, and zines make great personal and cultural artifacts. 

That said, many campers took really well to the idea of the zine, crafting their own mini-zines about topics like gender, body image, and corporate greed—or just plain positive write-ups about their own bands. Some even took a more experimental angle, such as the class of 9-year olds who competed with each other to make The World’s Smallest Zine, the kids who made zines within zines and a girl who made an "abstract” zine with nothing in it. Some of the best, most inspiring work comes from total noobs with little experience, and that’s what makes self-publishing such an important tradition to sustain.

[Description: 41 photos taken by Kate Wadkins at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp]

Here’s Patricia Rogers’ recap, in her own words:

I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to co-lead the zine workshops. I started the zine because I wanted to do something that called for collaboration and I wanted to help give young artists and creators a voice.

Ever since starting masConsumption, early this year, I have been able to work with such amazing people, put on amazing events and learned a lot. However, I haven’t felt the kind of fulfillment I felt after working with the girls at the Willie Mae Camp.

Sometimes I forget why I got into this in the first place and working with them reminded me. Seeing these ladies express themselves, learning and collaborating. The excitement they had to just be able to learn a skill that can help them for the rest of their lives.

I know they won’t all grow up to become zine editors but teaching them how to make a mini zine with just one piece if paper will be so rewarding for them. These young girls are growing up in such a technology based world and I think being able to be crafty and write or physically draw their feelings and imagination.

I am really excited about future mentorship and being a resource for those young creative and artistic ladies.

Here’s Kate Wadkins’ recap, in her own words:

When Daniela Capistrano approached me to collaborate on a workshop at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic in my reply—POC Zine Project and Willie Mae are two of my favorite organizations in New York and I felt honored to be a part of it. Daniela and I have been collaborating on events since 2010, and I’ve also worked with Suzy X before: I invited her to show some of her comics in an art show I co-curated in 2011, called BIG MOUTH: Contemporary Feminist Voices in Art + Illustration. Patricia Rogers of masConsumption Zine was new to me and I was really excited to see what we’d come up with all together. We approached this workshop with a free-form attitude: Daniela would lead us in with a history of people of color in zines, offering knowledge we lack both in school AND in zine culture, one example being that Black women like Ida B. Wells used this format for years to combat oppression. Then, she’d tell each group a bit about why POC Zine Project exists, and how the kids individually could access the media that POC Zine Project makes available. Then, we make zines.  As a white woman, a good portion of this workshop was listening, for me. Daniela, Suzy and Patricia all shared their stories as women of color media-makers and discussed the various institutional structures they’ve come up against in their personal, scholarly, artistic AND political lives. While these women are collaborators (and friends) of mine, I was offered a chance to learn more about why they do what they do, and why zines are so crucial to their own artistic processes. As I was only able to co-lead the morning sessions, I worked with campers ages 10-16 (younger girls attended the afternoon sessions). What I witnessed was amazing! I wasn’t surprised, though, because every time I watch youngsters given the opportunity to make zines, they do something incredible. These 10-16-year-olds bore their hearts out on paper, with markers, pens, Sharpies and collage. They wrote about heartbreak, identity politics, racism, and sexism. Some of them wrote about roller derby or how they just don’t like people. Many of them came up with their own fun and innovative ways to creatively bind their finished zines. One thing struck me while watching these girls cut up newspapers and magazines to create their own art: this workshop empowered them to literally and physically subvert mainstream media. A lot of us in the zine community see this as a primary function of zines, but it was extra powerful to watch young girls engage in this process in a tangible way.

How did we feel after collaborating with folks from Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Judge for yourself in the photos below…<3

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[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Daniela Capistrano, Patricia Rogers, Suzy X and Kate Wadkins. Photo by Jamie]

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[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Suzy X, Kate Wadkins & POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 2013]

COMMUNITY: Interested in incorporating POCZP into your programming schedule? We are open to discussing possible collaborations after #RaceRiotTour.

Please send us an email with “POCZP collaboration” to poczineproject@gmail.com, which we’ll categorize as a general inquiry and follow up by December 1, 2013. Please note “URGENT” in the subject line as well if you are interested in partnering in January of 2014.

We offer free services to grassroots orgs who don’t have operating budgets. We require payment from orgs with funding. Thank you for your support. You can learn more about our services on the #RaceRiotTour page.


The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501©3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.



If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh


Last night in JC, we had the absolute pleasure of hosting two staff favorites, Kelly Link and Lev Grossman, in conversation about Link’s new book, Get in Trouble. They also discussed happy endings, space vomit, alternate titles for the book (one of which was Novel), Florida, scary movies, and whether or not you should read the stories in a collection in order (short answer: yes). 

If you missed it, a few more signed copies of both authors’ books are available in our Jersey City store and on our website

Luckyfabb pretty much killed my feet this weekend. From the sessions, to the networking, lunching and brunching.. I met a ton of cool people and learned some pretty neat stuff.

Coco Rocha and Ingrid Nilsen are pretty cool.

the 10 things I learned at LuckyFabb West 2014 are up on the blog.

Event Recap: Tahereh, Ransom and Veronica in Manila

When I was a little kid, every time there’s a field trip or I get a bag of candies or it’s my birthday the following day, I become really psyched that I find it hard to sleep. I always thought I already left those times in my childhood days (except for the birthday part, you know) but I felt it all over again the night before the book signing event :-)

I had a Calculus quiz and experienced heavy traffic on the way to the event but I was still positive that I’d arrive on time. Gladly, my mom and my cousin arrived early and got the book signing pass numbered 61!!! *happy dance*

Side note: I remember my mom texting me how proud she was of herself because she was ready to go to the event at 7 am, not knowing there’s someone who arrived at Glorietta as early as 1: 54 am! (Congrats, Ms. 1:54 am haha!)

I was not able to take much photos because I listened intently to every word the authors had to say. The people at my back where really screaming the authors’ names just so they could be noticed and my eardrums cried for a moment because of them hahaha! No more complaints though because this event was really one of my happiest :-)

Some of the things I learned about the authors in bullets: 

  • Tahareh felt coming to the Philippines was like coming home. :’)
  • Ransom and Tahereh were introduced to each other by Kami Garcia and they got to know each other more through writing groups. (RANSEREH forever and ever!!! ♥) 
  • Veronica said she only considered writing a love triangle because the readers liked it, but it was really Perry x Aria until the very end. (I knew it! Hahaha :D)
  • For Tahereh, she already knew who Juliette was going to end up with. (I’m really glad I was TEAM WARNER since day one!!!)
  • When Tahareh was asked about Kenji, she said he was based on her brothers who were really dear to her. Oh and Kenji’s single so I definitely ship Kenji x Luisa hihihi =)))) 
  • On Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom shares that it all started with a pile of photographs (vintage ones and from different places) and a dream. Also, he lets the photos control the story only a little.
  • Veronica lets the characters do whatever she thinks they’d want to. She said how she writes her series changes from book to book.
  • Tahereh mentioned that in writing, the first book tends to be dynamic and for the rest, she has to remain within the confines of the world she created.

I was 0.0001% sad though because I didn’t have much decent photos with the authors because of the one photo per author rule. Most of the photos were blurry or only half of my face was included. (NBS staff who took my photo, why?! Huhu.) Anyway, I’m still fortunate enough to be able to have a little chat and a chance to hug them all!!! *happy dance* *fangirl scream*

Yay for 9 books signed!!! *throws confetti*

I’m going to end this post with pieces of advice about writing from the New York Times bestselling authors: (this is how I remembered their lines / non verbatim)

Ransom Riggs: You have to be a passionate human being and get out there and experience things.

Tahereh Mafi: You just have to follow your dream, and you should have a day job while pursuing that dream. In order to become a YA writer, you must still vividly picture you many first times, like that first kiss or that first betrayal.

Veronica Rossi: Don’t patronize teenagers, and don’t sugarcoat everything. The best books don’t pull punches.


Cool Event Recap: Meek Mill | Dreams And Nightmares Listening Session

Last night, Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village held a listening of Meek Mill’s forthcoming debut, Dreams And Nightmares hitting stores October 30, 2012.

Hosted by Hot 97’s Angie Martinez and D’USSE Cognac, media and special guests – including Jay-Z, Will Smith, Rick Ross, Wale, The Dream, Estelle and NFL wide receivers Victor Cruz (NY Giants) and Desean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) – filled the room for the first listen of the anticipated release. Dreams And Nightmares is currently available for pre-order.

Photos of the event provided by Sharief Ziyadat.

EVENT RECAP: Sundaze @ Sidebar 2/8

EVENT RECAP: Sundaze @ Sidebar 2/8

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Another week, another round of events. Safe to say, I am tired. Sidebar in Brickell is always fun. I am lucky enough to have my own Sunday party there titled SUNDAZE. This past Super Bowl Sunday we did a Super Bowl themed party! We set up the projectors, laid out some chairs, and made our very own watch party! So good to see all the usual faces and some new ones! We had the homies Eccentrix…

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POC Zine Project speaking at Wellesley College on September 14, 2012

Photo credit: Laura O'Brien ‏@niathena

We cannot adequately put into words how grateful we are to the entire community at Wellesley that helped to make this panel possible. We will be sending handwritten thank-you notes and zines to Alana Kumbier and others. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

The funds from this event are 100% going to Race Riot! tour needs. We really appreciate the media team at Wellesley livestreaming the panel as well and the woman (can’t remember her name, sorry! no sleep for two days!) who bought us dinner. If you can read this, please contact us so we can send you some zines! 

We’re going to find out if there is an archived video of the panel and if that exists we’ll share it here. <3

Big thanks to Honor Moody who gave us rides to and from the BoltBus stop. You were like every amazing car video game rolled into one to get us to Wellesley on time after our bus was late. 

Thanks again to Rachel, Ju and Suzy X. for participating on the panel. Y'all rocked it. It always takes my breath away to witness fierce women of color occupying academic spaces and sharing their firsthand experiences with white supremacy, classism and misogyny, as well as the transformative nature of finding a welcoming community and allies. 

That BoltBus ride to MA was brutal and you still had energy for days. And then the BoltBus ride back to NYC stank like ass and for that I am truly, truly sorry … even though that ‘ish wasn’t me. :D

Our mission as POC Zine Project is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - activism and community through materiality. The responses we received from participants who approached us afterward with their ideas and questions is why we do what we do.



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Event Recap: Style with Eden Bodyworks featuring Coconut Shea Line in Chicago!

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Last Thursday Eden Body Works swept into Chicago for a great night of style and hair care. Promoting and celebrating the launch of its new Coconut Shea collection, EDEN Bodyworks called upon a panel of stylish, fashionable, curlnificant girlfriends who shared insider tips on hair, beauty, and…


Design Indaba is one of the foremost gatherings of creatives from around the world celebrating the best of South African creativity, all in one place! The Cape Town based event includes thought provoking discussions lead by industry insiders, an expo featuring South African fashion and design at its best, a film festival, musical performances and many other interactive segments.

In case you missed…

“…a cocoon descending from the ceiling containing one of South Africa’s most exciting contemporary artists, a music video of dancing sperm, a venerated typographer on creating a font for Yale University, a Smart Highway that responds to the prevailing traffic conditions, the complex and fascinating redesign of the UK government’s digital services, a social project encouraging designers to better the lives of individuals through fixing stuff, explorations in synthetic biology, a chef who evokes the deforestation of the Amazon by infusing burnt flavours into his food …”

…head on over to Design Indaba for a full recap of the festivities!

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On a February 23rd, a lovely Sunday morning, we had the immense pleasure of hosting a tea party at Chado Tea Room in Pasadena, CA. Our theme was a dubious celebration of one of our favorite villains, Charles Augustus Milverton and his BBC Sherlock counterpart, Magnussen.

Forty five Sherlockians came together for a quiz (congrats to the prize winners!), discussion, friendship, and a delicious tea service.

Original artwork for the event was created by elasmosaurus. We were also proud to unveil our new business cards featuring art by inchells. Thanks to both artists!

The Sherlockian community in Los Angeles is incredibly strong. We hope to see you all at our future meetups as well as events hosted by the Curious Collectors of Baker Street, Sherlock Breakfast Club, and Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood. <3


Event Recap: Cal Rotaract Welcome Week Event - Field Day

Returning and potential Rotaractors joined on Memorial Glade for an awesome day in the sun this past Saturday, battling the hardships of learning new names with Bang! and Ninja, effortlessly throwing water balloons for their partners to skillfully catch without breaking, strategically skipping in sync during a three-legged race, and exercising those speedy legs during an intense match of Capture the Flag. It was a great way to meet and mingle with incoming members and definitely a successful afternoon soaking in the sun (since we’ve all dealt with the super unreliable Berkeley weather). Kudos to Fellowship chairs for putting on an awesome first event!

Brews & Brushes 4: A Lesson in Abstract

Brews & Brushes 4: A Lesson in Abstract

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Brews & Brushes #4 – A Lesson in Abstract Thursday night January 21st I attended the fourth Brews & Brushes at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery. Two good friends of mine, Naeema Campbell and Krystal Lemonias, host the monthly event in partnership with Brew Council and ORNG Ink. Brews & Brushes was a fluid mix of good company, fun, education, art, tasty snacks (I discovered my love of brie) and…

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On Thursday night, Brooklyn heard some of the best bad decision stories you could ever ask for, courtesy of (from left) Lola Pellegrino (whose story had a prop), Sarah McCarry (whose new book, Dirty Wings, is full of excellent friendships and bad decisions), and Jen Pan (whose story involved Seattle and the house of Kurt Cobain).

Also, there was a really delicious and thematically appropriate cake. Eating it was a good decision, we promise.