National Hispanic Cultural Center

ABQ Zine Fest 9 Marks Far-Flung Forms of the Written Word Albuquerque’s Annual DIY Literary Fest Celebrates Zine Culture

September 25, 2019


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The National Hispanic Cultural Center partners with ABQ Zine Fest to bring you a day dedicated to zine culture Saturday, Oct. 5. More than 60 exhibitors from 21 cities across the nation will be in New Mexico to sell and trade their zines, comics and small press publications.

Now in its ninth year, ABQ Zine Fest continues to bring people and stories to Albuquerque from a diversity of do-it-yourself (DIY) perspectives.  This year’s two guest artists include illustrator Bijou Karman from Los Angeles, and cartoonist and educator, Breena Nuñez from Oakland. Karman will give a talk at Tamarind Institute Friday, Oct. 4, and Nuñez will give a zine reading at ABQ Zine Fest October 5. Both artists have developed unique voices in the world of visual art, both often returning to zines as a vehicle to stay connected to their DIY roots.

Zines are small-circulation, self-published works, and while a format constantly reinventing itself, perpetually making a comeback.  But really, zines never disappeared from the literary scene and chronicling one’s experiences is not a new form. Perhaps the first zines, as we recognize them today, were sci-fi fanzines made on mimeograph machines in the 1930s. The copy machine was invented shortly thereafter, making printing an easier prospect to explore-- opening the door to a wide range of zine genres, from punk to personal, covering art, music, pop culture and politics.

“Zines champion independent voices that can get muffled by mainstream culture,” said Marya Errin Jones, founder and co-producer of ABQ Zine Fest. “ABQ Zine Fest is an inclusive, noncompetitive, diverse, queer-friendly, creative environment for zinesters to exhibit their work. My co-producer, Liza Bley and I are thrilled to bring the fest to The National Hispanic Cultural Center this year.”


ABQ Zine Fest 9 -- Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

National Hispanic Cultural Center,

Pete V. Domenici Education Building,

1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102,

Admission to ABQZF9 is Free.

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For more information:

Contact:  Marya Errin Jones, co-producer 505-506-2833



About the National Hispanic Cultural Center:

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The Center presents over 700 events each year through its history, literary arts, performing arts and visual arts programs and its art museum, library and genealogy center.  The Center is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 Fourth Street SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For information about upcoming events and exhibitions visit the NHCC website at



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