Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection: Publishing Zines as Community Practice

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Palate Palette, Homie House Press
Letters to Chicago, Lost Soul; Flatlands Press
The Solar Grid, Radix Media

Event Info

Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection is a series of three discussions between creators whose publications are featured in the Paper Cuts Zine Collection, now housed at the Center for Book Arts.  Each event explores a different area of the Collection’s focus and builds connections between creators within the expansive contemporary small press community. 

In advance of each event, publication documentation and previous podcast recordings featuring our panel participants will be made available on the CBA website.  The event pages will offer deeper context of the artists’ practices as well as provide a greater insight into the new collection.  

Paper Cuts was founded as a podcast in 2015 by Christopher Kardambikis and in 2019 Jennifer Lillis joined as co-producer. 

About the Panel

Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis, this conversation will elaborate on the ways in which the zine is a site for gathering, leveraging community ties and idea exchanges across expansive geographies. Each panelist will discuss how their practices are in service to their larger communities, and have become support tools across movements and struggles. 

Note: Center for Book Arts will hold this event entirely online. A Zoom link will be sent in an email to all registrants.

Podcast Recordings, hosted by Christopher Kardambikis:

Interview with Adriana Monsalve of Homie House Press

Interview with Eric Von Haynes of Flatlands Press

Interview with Sarah Lopez & Nick Hurd of Radix Media

About the Curator

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and narrative through books, prints, and drawings. A bibliophile and zinester, Christopher founded Paper Cuts, a podcast and publishing platform that documents the contemporary world of zines and artist publications, as an excuse to talk to people about the books they make. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.

About Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts is multi-faceted effort to document contemporary publishing practices. It is a podcast, a publishing platform, and a growing collection of zines, artist books, prints, and publications.

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