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 weekend-long 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 2016 TEAM!
Amy Burek (Managing Director) is an artist and scientist living on an island in the San Francisco Bay area. Her interests include how cells become organisms, how letters become words, and how cat pictures become memes. She is currently a studio artist at The Compound Gallery & Studios in Oakland, CA. This is her second year as part of the SFZF team. awkwardladiesclub.com
Lauren Davis (Institutional Director) did not send me her bio but she's cool. elledee.com
Emily Alden Foster (Events Director) is an artist / filmmaker / zinemaker who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She's tabled at all but one SF Zinefest since 2009, with a wide variety of weird and interactive zines. She also runs Womanzine Delivery Service, which sends quarterly packages of zines by women to subscribers around the world. You can see more of her work at emilyaldenfoster.com.
Sarah Godfrey (Advising Director) attempts to make zines and art, all to varying degrees of success. From the UK but now based in Oakland, you can find them running zine making workshops around the Bay Area and having feelings at howareyourinsides.tumblr.com.
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.
Channing Kennedy (Executive Director) is an Oakland-based writer and performer who's been interviewing artists live on stage at San Francisco Zinefest since 2012. From 2008 to 2014, he reported on the intersection of race, art and technology for Colorlines; his writing has been published at NPR, GOOD, the American Prospect, Talking Points Memo, and Tomorrow, and his video work has appeared on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. He's also the writer of the one-off autobio comic How To Steal a Playstation 2 from Walmart in 2001, which appeared in Symbolia's 'True Crime' issue. Channing was the announcer and live gif artist for Oakland Nights Live from 2012 to 2015, and ran a very small Midwestern record label from 2002 to 2008. 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 first year on the organizing team. He prefers to be paid in cats.
Solitaire T. Mana-ay Miguel (Communications Director) is a Honolulu-born and San Francisco-based early childhood educator and multidisciplinary artist. Though they made their first zine (about vampires) at age 10, they're officially identifying and debuting as a zinemaker during this, their first year with the SFZF team.
Lindsey Simard (Technology Director) creates zines, autobiographical comics and songs. She led Zine Fest Houston for two years (2011 & 2012); this is her third year on the SFZF organizing team. Her tiny chihuahua mix, Marlow, is her best friend.
Ramon Solis (Advising Director) is currently studying architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to that, he wrote and drew comics for various publications and blogs, including the Orange County Register, Hyphen Magazine and a small newspaper he started in college. He's interested in environmental design, martial arts and cycling. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ramon has been an organizer for San Francisco Zine Fest since 2012.