Milwaukee Zine Fest
The Milwaukee Zine Fest is one of the Midwest's longest standing zine festivals, providing safe space for open exchange amongst creators for over a decade. The Milwaukee Zine Fest celebrates and promotes zine culture, DIY creative literary work, small press publishing, and other independent, self-created work. Held annually at the Milwaukee Public Library's central branch, the Milwaukee Zine Fest prides itself in bringing creators from near and far to provide a safe, independent platform for the expression of underrepresented communities and voices.
In 2019 the Milwaukee Zine Fest was acquired by the Bindery, a community workspace and service provider for book, print and literary art in Milwaukee. As part of their Community Diversity Fellowship, Genesis owner and director, Randy Brown, partnered with the Milwaukee Zine Fest to aid in facilitating their mission driven work to elevate the voices of marginalized and underrepresented creators. This included but was not limited to the facilitation of their Emerging Voices scholarship program, as well as serving on the the MZF Zine Team. The Zine team was comprised of volunteers from the greater Milwaukee area, who dedicated their time to the planning and development of the Milwaukee Zine Fest's annual event, as well as leading Zine workshops for the community throughout the calendar year.