Founded in 2001, San Francisco Zine Fest seeks to advance the do-it-yourself ethos by fostering community throughout the Bay Area. In our annual festival and its accompanying panels and workshops, we celebrate and support independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in exhibitions and public events.
MEET THE 2017 TEAM!
Lauren Davis (Institutional Director) did not send me her bio but she's cool. elledee.com
Liana D. (Campaigns Coordinator) also did not send me a bio but they're cool too.
Rani Goel (Visuals Director) is a multidimensional artist and zine ambassador who's been attending SF Zine Fest since 2003. She publishes a quarterly zine focusing on consciousness and mysticism called "Re-minders" and creates audio-visual wonders on Instagram as @ranivision.
Avy Jetter (Partnerships Director) is the artist and creator behind the comic book Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4AM. A huge horror, gore and monster movie fan, she decided to tell a zombie apocalypse story set in Oakland that centered people of color — both as the zombies and protagonists alike. She lives and works in Oakland and is currently working on a portrait zine compiling drawings from her sketchbooks. nuthingoodat4.tumblr.com
Channing Kennedy (Executive Director) is an Oakland-based writer, performer, media producer and racial equity trainer. His essays, reporting, and nonfiction comics have appeared at NPR, Colorlines, Symbolia, GOOD, and elsewhere, and his video work has appeared on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. Before formally entering the advocacy sector, Channing spent 2001 to 2008 running a record label for rule-based outsider art, where he oversaw the conception, creation and release of forty different audio and video works by a global network of artists and "non-artists." Channing is a preschool storytime reader and everything else is his second job. channingkennedy.biz
Ryan King (Development Director) is a writer of comics and short stories. His work has appeared in Study Group Comics, Nashville Review, Zarjaz, Hobart, Driftwood Press and elsewhere. He was an editor for UC Davis’ undergraduate literary magazine, Nameless, and is a member of the comic publishing collective Tiny Fugu. He currently resides in Oakland, where he obsesses fondly over Studio Ghibli and '80s horror films. His fictitious role-models include Pee-wee Herman, Nausicaä, and Jack Burton. A dedicated fan of SFZF, this is his second year on the organizing team. He prefers to be paid in cats.
Lindsey Simard (Technology Director) creates zines, autobiographical comics and songs. She led Zine Fest Houston for two years (2011 & 2012); this is her fourth year on the SFZF organizing team. Her tiny chihuahua mix, Marlow, is her best friend.
Edmond Soun (Social Media Coordinator) is a trans+queer writer and academic who studies post-Soviet film and grapples with issues of sexuality, gender, and (dis)embodiment in the age of the Internet. His most recent creative works include the post-it zines Ghost Body and Material World, as well as the installation piece Death on Public Transit. On a more buoyant note, he currently works in the balloon industry. Find him during SFZF -- he'll make you a wicked balloon dog!
Anand Vedawala (Volunteer Coordinator) is a writer and artist who's still trying to figure out the complexities of assimilation and expectations from Indian and American cultures, which is why his work primarily focuses on personal experiences and observations. He's currently a substitute teacher for SFUSD, and he says it's the most rewarding and enlightening job he has ever had.