Portland: ‘The Importance of Support’ Workshop at the Zine Symposium

10 July 2009

The Importance of Support

Sunday 26 July 2009, 11am to 12:30pm

Smith Memorial Ballroom, Portland State University, Portland, OR

During the 2009 Portland Zine Symposium ~ 24-26 July 2009 sick_lg


Benjamin Holtzman (Sick: A Compilation on Physical Illness), Kristyn Leach (Stonewall Youth, Olympia) & Kevin Van Meter (Team Colors)

This workshop will explore the importance of creating networks and communities based in support, and expanding such practices in zine, counter-cultural and activist communities. Benjamin Holtzman, editor of the recent zine collection “Sick: A Compilation on Physical Illness” (Microcosm, 2009) will read from and describe his zine on creating support and physical illness; writer and researcher Kevin Van Meter of the Team Colors Collective will discuss the new “care zine insurgency” and the potential of these to further systems of support; and organizer Kristyn Leach of Stonewall Youth (queer youth organization in Olympia, WA) will discuss creating direct services, engaging in direct action and building networks of support. We will explore how radical movements, zines and neighboring communities can respond to personal crises and how they can provide personal care. Moving beyond politics as a set of issues and positions, let’s consider what these communities can do to address issues such as physical illness and chronic pain, mental illness, intimate violence, trauma and grief, and other experiences and realities.

Event organized By: Team Colors Collective (www.warmachines.info) & Microcosm Publishing (www.microcosmpublishing.com)


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