second annual canzine symposium

by erinohsays

I will be speaking at this year’s canzine symposium in Toronto on October 19th alongside Chris Fritton from the Western New York Book Arts Center! I’ll be talking about building feminist communities around self publishing.




So you gather once or twice a year to sell your indie wares alongside your peers. But what abut the rest of the year? In this workshop, two indie pioneers will discuss why you should and how you can build and sustain independent cultural communities throughout the year.

Erin Oh is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she co-founded the first-ever Pittsburgh Zine Fair in 2011. In April 2013 Erin organized She Said Boom, a 2-day feminist zine-making symposium in Toronto featuring GB Jones and Caroline Azar of riot grrrl band Fifth Column. Erin completed graduate school at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education and is now working for the Mayor of Pittsburgh on a campaign to raise the high school graduation rate of Pittsburgh Public School students.

Chris Fritton is the Studio Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center. He holds a BA in Philosophy (1998), a BA in Poetics (2000), and a BA in Art History (2010) from SUNY at Buffalo, as well as an MA in Poetics from the University of Maine at Orono (2005). A poet, printer, and fine artist, Fritton has decades of experience writing and making his own books, in addition to collaborative efforts with other writers and artists. Since 2007, he has been the Organizer of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, a regional two-day event that draws hundreds of vendors and thousands of participants. He currently oversees the studio space at WNYBAC, works as an in-house printer/designer for Mohawk Press, and teaches letterpress and printmaking.

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