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Dispatches Pop-Up Virtual Library: Zines From Around the World

From its start, the zine has been an easy & accessible printed form of spreading information and political & personal stories outside of commercial publishing pathways. It continues to be a powerful medium for amplifying and spreading narratives of grassroots movements that might face censorship or misinformation otherwise. Person to page to person (and now shared on virtual bookshelves), zines create an intimate and impactful experience of learning what’s happening on the ground sometimes even in other times and seemingly far away places.

The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is partnering with ZineCOOP in Hong Kong and Rabbits Road Press in London, plus Portland-based artists and organizations like Vo Vo and Don't Shoot Portland, to share a sampling of vital (and often, beautifully-designed) zines about grassroots movements both local and around the world. Come immerse yourself in our pop-up reading library, learn, be moved, be surprised, be inspired, and imagine our collective, global futures.

Photos courtesy of Kate Bingaman-Burt and Darius Kuzmickas/AIGA.

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Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:00am to August 7, 2020 at 12:00am


Virtual Event
Online! Invite to the virtual library will be sent out to folks who RSVP


The IPRC has an ADA-accessible entrance and will have signage in multiple languages, influenced by the multilingual nature of the zines exhibited.


IPRC with Don't Shoot Portland, Vo Vo, ZineCOOP in Hong Kong, and Rabbits Road Press in London

The IPRC is a nonprofit resource center, print-shop, and arts learning space dedicated to independent publishing in all of its forms. We have the largest zine library in the region; letterpress, risograph, & screen printing studios; a computer lab and low-cost copiers; and book-binding, collage, and button-making materials. We host workshops, readings, community nights, and a 10-month creative writing Certificate Program.