Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair

Courtesy Devin N. Morris

Jul 1, 2018

James Room, Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Adult Programs, Literature & Film Programs, inHarlem

In collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, 3 DOT ZINE presents the second annual Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair. As multi-layered publications, zines utilize design, composition, visual and written dialogue, advice, and personal and political insights to emphasize care and direct communication. With the support of the Barnard Library, this year’s fair gathers zine makers, artists, and other cultural thinkers at Barnard Hall.

3 DOT ZINE is a collaborative, submission-based zine founded by artist Devin N. Morris in 2014 that serves as a forum for invited artists to center and elaborate on marginalized concerns. The Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair highlights the work of Black and POC writers, artists, and designers in the print and self-publishing world. In its second year, the mission remains to heighten visibility for artists of color and to encourage participation in fair environments and the self publishing industry at large. See below for more information and a list of events happening during the fair.


2–3 pm:  A Conversation on Image Literacy with Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Jose, and Jamal Lewis

Join photographers Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Jose, and Jamal Lewis in conversation! The images within creative and commercial media often serve as an example for how other images are created, contributing to visual literacy at large and consequently the way we perceive ourselves and others. What if high-paced, widespread media adopted a more collaborative approach to image-making? How can photographers incorporate the nuanced identities and experiences of their subjects through explicit collaboration?

2–5 pm: Studio Squared: The Black School

Join Joseph Cullier and the Black School for a drop-in paper-folding workshop! Participants will learn simple folding techniques and use them to transform existing photographs from political and social movements throughout Black history into new iconographies.

4–6 pm: In Conversation: Queer Archives with Steven Fullwood and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Two leading archivists of LGBTQIA+ history, Steven Fullwood and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, come together for a discussion on the preservation and documentation of queer Black legacies. Steven Fullwood founded the Black Gay & Lesbian Archive in 1999, and in 2013 renamed the archive the IN THE LIFE ARCHIVE in honor of Joe Beam, editor of In The Life: A Black Anthology. The archive is housed at the Schomburg Center, a research branch of the New York Public Library. Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a long-time archivist and community member in NYC lesbian/queer organizing spaces, presenting on queer/archival practices.


1–5 pm: Studio Squared: We the News
Visit We the News—an interactive newsstand that collects and prints immigrant stories – and chat with artist Lizania Cruz about some of the unique experiences, traditions and anecdotes documented through the project.

2–3 pm: Studio Salon: Rami Karim, Justin Allen, Joey De Jesus, & Anaïs Duplan

Join us for a reading with poets Rami Karim, Justin Allen, Joey De Jesus, and Anaïs Duplan! Rami Karim is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Their work engages dreams, dissociation, and migration, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine. Justin Allen is a writer and performer from Northern Virginia who has read at the Poetry Project, Kampnagel, and Serpentine Sackler. Joey De Jesus is a queer Nuyorican poet and poetry editor for Apogee Journal.  Anaïs Duplan is a poet and video and performance artists whose publications include take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017).

4–5 pm: Codify Art Talk
Join Codify for a 45 min workshop on The Survival Library—an ongoing collection of publications and media works centered around the personal narratives of Q/T/W/POC created in collaboration with Pioneer Works’ School of Apocalypse and is led by Codify. The Survival Library amasses the knowledge gained from our individual navigations through the world into a shared archive, acting as a resource for emotional responses: a confirmation that You Are Not Alone in your experiences, a torch warded against these gaslighting times of “alternative facts.”


This program is presented as part of inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs in our neighborhood. The Museum's groundbreaking exhibitions, thought-provoking conversations, and engaging art-making workshops continue at a variety of partner and satellite locations in Harlem.