Portland Zine Symposium

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The Portland Zine Symposium is one of the largest annual zine events in the United States. The event is held in Portland, Oregon each summer. The symposium is free and open to the public and includes workshops on a wide variety of topics relating to zines, independent media and DIY skills. The symposium is organized by Portland State University. It was founded in 2001 by Eleanor Whitney, Joe Biel, and Nicole Georges.

Mission statement

The Portland Zine Symposium aims to create greater communication and community between diverse creators of independent media and art. This fun, free and open event helps people promote their work and share skills and information related to zines and zine culture. Through hands-on and discussion-based workshops, the conference will explore the role and effect of all types of zines in and on undergound and mainstream culture.


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2006 planners

9th symposium (2009)

The ninth Portland Zine Symposium was held 2009 July 24-26.

10th symposium (2010)

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The 10th annual Portland Zine Symposium was held August 28th and 29th 2010 at the Peter W. Stott Gym at PSU. To date, this was the largest PZS with over 130 tables and 30 workshops over the two days.

PZS 2010 organizers

11th symposium (2011)

12th symposium (2012)

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The 12th annual Portland Zine Symposium was held August 11th and 12th, 2012 at the Refuge warehouse club site in Portland, Oregon.

PZS 2012 organizers


2023's Portland Zine Symposium will be held on 28th & 29th October 2023 at Smith Memorial Student Union in the Ballroom at Portland State University.

PZS 2023 organizers

  • M. Sabine Rear
  • Liz Yerby
  • Eileen Chavez
  • Emlyn Thompson
  • BB Andersson
  • Emily Moroz

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