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May 2nd, 2013

Info about the zine panel

ZINES: Creative Non-Fiction on the D.I.Y.: Workshop at the CUNY Chapfest

Moderated by: KIMIKO HAHN & ANNE HAYS of the CUNY Creative Writing Affiliation Group

Friday, 3pm, Rooms C201/202, C-level, The CUNY Graduate Center

Zines have many definitions, but as handmade and self-published print publications created and sold within a community, they undeniably offer writers space to express themselves (most commonly in short-form prose). Panelists Alycia Sellie, Ray Cha, Mikki Halpin, and Kerri Radley discuss all things zine, including: intentional community, privacy and anonymity, publishing in print in a digital age, the freedom of self-publication, print as a political act, and self expression. We’ll also discuss broader concerns such as: What does it mean to edit a zine, or curate a zine library collection? If zines are intrinsically ephemeral, how does one market a zine? How can zine writers use digital media to promote their off-the-grid works? Moderated by Anne Hays and Kimiko Hahn of the CUNY Creative Writing Affiliation Group. For full CUNY CHAPFEST program, click here:
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Panelist Bios:

Although Ray Cha creates things for the Internet for a living, he loves print. He publishes FAQNP, a zine for queer nerds and their admirers. He also loves wandering the streets of a city. More information on the zine can be found at

Mikki Halpin was co-editor of the late 80s/early 90s zine Ben is Dead, and editor-in-chief of one of the first online magazines,, which was featured in the Whitney Biennial and described as “possibly the next New Yorker” in Time magazine. Her most recent zine projects are Eyresses, a Jane Eyre zine, and an unnamed zine with at-risk LGBTQ teens. She’s currently working undercover at a big glossy consumer publication.

Kerri Radley is the author of the zine Deafula. She is a zinester, writer, and literary aficionado.

Alycia Sellie is the Media and Cultural Studies Librarian at Brooklyn College. Her current projects include The Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books, which works against digital restrictions upon electronic reading, and The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine, which debuts annually at the Desk Set Biblioball. Her library and scholarly work is discussed on her website,