Zines have been, and continue to be, a vital way for people to pass on information and shared experiences that are often ignored by mainstream culture. Self-publishing is an incredibly empowering act, and therefore it is not surprising that so many female identified people use it as a form to speak out about their own experiences, find communities, and critique social norms and feminism itself as it continues to grow and evolve.

SFZF is excited to welcome three people who are not only responsible for some fantastic zines that but are also invested in creating and maintaining feminist DIY spaces and communities. Elly Blue, Liz Henry, and Abigail Young will talk about collaborative zines, feminist publishing and how to create your own feminist hacker/maker space. 

Our panelists:

Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes and publishes feminist books and zines about bicycling. Her website is takingthelane.com. She is the founder of the Wheelwomen Switchboard, an online space for the feminist bicycling movement to share resources and support. wheelwomen.switchboardhq.com


Liz Henry is a poet, translator, and editor as well as a computer geek. She has been publishing zines and small books since 1986, some under Riot Grrrl imprints and some under the imprints of Tollbooth Press and Burn This Press. For Aqueduct Press, she edited WisCon Chronicles Volume 3: Carnival of Feminist SF. Her latest book of poetry is called Unruly Islands. She may have some insight into the creation of the Slut Manifesto and the Splendiferous Oath of Riot Grrrlz Outer Space.

Abigail Young is a writer, ukuleleist, and amateur historian living in San Francisco. She edits and publishes Camel Toe, a feminist zine always looking for thoughtful contributions and pictures of proud lady crotches. Her latest zine, The Important Business Ladies’ Guide to Important Business for Ladies, a collaboration with Emily Alden Foster and Jennie Yim, is an honest, sometimes depressing, mostly funny, and insightful look at the relationships between women and work. Find her online at abbyoung.com.

Moderated by Sarah Godfrey

This panel takes place, Sunday, August 31st from 3:00 to 4:00pm