New York. Los Angeles. San Francisco. Austin. Now, Miami. All these cities have one thing in common: zine fairs. In just a few short years, the Miami Zine Fair has grown exponentially. Switching hands in true Miami form, it began as another event in the already brimming O,Miami Poetry Festival calendar. Under different leadership, the fair returned two years later by popular demand. #Fordistas jumped in at the last minute, but aren’t we always running on Cuban time? Regardless, the annual Zine Fair allows Miami to shine a light on Miami’s homegrown talent.
The Miami Zine Fair is now in the hands of Exile Books, a pop-up artist’s bookstore. Their very mode of operation makes them the perfect foremen of the fair. The projection this year was 140 stalls, with over 2,000 attendees. The numbers aren’t out, but by our estimation, that was a low-ball figure.
Many organizations within the established arts community manned their own tables. O,Miami for example, is always present, and indeed still includes the fair within their month-long poetic celebration. This year, #Fordistas were the new kids on the block, working with a pretty steep learning curve. But we ventured fearlessly into zine territory.