About Us

SF Zine Fest seeks to advance the do-it-yourself ethos by fostering community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In our annual weekend-long event, we celebrate and support independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in workshops, exhibitions and public events.



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



Sarah Godfrey (Volunteer 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.



Ramon Solis (Business Director) is currently working on building a hospital in Palo Alto in a cost/finance department. 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.



Amy Burek (Communications Co-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 first year as part of the SFZF team. awkwardladiesclub.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.


Lindsey Simard (Coordinating Director) creates zines, autobiographical comics and songs. She led Zine Fest Houston for two years (2011 & 2012); this is her first year volunteering with SFZF. Her tiny chihuahua mix, Marlow, is her best friend. 


. . . and more!

A few more wonderful people have joined our organization team for 2016! We will introduce them soon.