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Another edition exploring the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing with Christopher Kardambikis and featuring writers, performers, and artists who have shared their work in print, on paper, and in small editions. In this program we meet and hear from a Bengali-American zinester, blogger, and activist, a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and queer culture historian, and a chronicler of subcultures, urban fantasy, and identity.

Jordan Alam is a Bengali-American zinester who writes (and draws) about identity, activism, healing, and all manner of things that make you furrow your brow. She blogs at The Cowation and edits As[I]Am, an Asian American online social justice magazine.

Elvis B. is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist. They co-founded the NYC Feminist Zinefest with Kate Angell. Elvis has given talks on queer history and/or zines at Bard College, The New School, Ohio University, Rutgers University, the Hedrick-Martin Institute (home of Harvey Milk High School), Gotham Professional Arts Academy, and Kearny High School in New Jersey. Currently, they are working on Homos in Herstory, a comics zine that focuses on 19th and 20th century queer history. You can find their zines at radical bookstores, and at their online Etsy shop, Captain Elvis’ Cartoon Shack.

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She received her BFA from CalArts in 2006, and her Masters in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, in 2012. She has shown her work in venues including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Self Help Graphics, The Mistake Room in Los Angeles, Ever Gold gallery in San Francisco, and Carol Jazzar in Miami. Sadie is currently living in New York City while participating in the 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Here is her website.


Paper Cuts


Paper Cuts is an exploration of the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. Hosted by Christopher Kardambikis, each program features writers, performers, and artists who have shared their work in print, on paper, and in small editions. Zines are truly dynamic publications that have built and supported engaged communities around ideals, experiences, genres, music, politics, poetry…anything that can be printed, shared, and/or mailed. The series will act as a cross section of this varied landscape and rich history. Listen to voices that would normally live in your hands and demand your eyeballs.