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Alt Press Fest

Alternative press has been a vital communication venue at least since the 1960s, when the counterculture used it to disseminate information and political commentary from voices that weren't accessible in the mainstream. “Zines”--independently produced magazines, usually fanzines by followers of bands or cultural phenomena--surfaced in the '80s, and although they started to fade a bit with the rise of the Internet and blogging as a form of self-expression, alt-press aficionados still find satisfaction in making something by hand and often passing it by hand to readers.

The Salt Lake City Main Library started its alternative-press collection in 1997, and it now features more than 6,000 items. The Alternative Press Fest held there is in its fourth year. A wide array of different artists and craftspeople are united under the term “alternative press,” but the common denominator is manifesting their own creative visions physically printed on a page.

Following the saying, “Freedom of the press is great as long as you own a press,” these artists, writers, posterers and zinesters are part of a great DIY resurgence in the world that includes the crafting movement.

This year's headliners are Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson, authors of the DIY book Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?, as well as the graphic novel Unlovable. Other participants include The Mandate Press, Spirit Master, Night Sweats and the University of Utah's Book Arts program. City Weekly will be involved in this year's fest, as Salt Lake City's only independent alternative weekly newspaper. (Brian Staker)


Date: Jul 7, 2012
Time: 3 pm
Address: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Salt Lake City Public Library
 
 
 
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