The Activist Fair is a radical new mini-zine fair going down in the heart of Little Haiti November 3. Exile Books is calling all zine makers, independent publishers, and artists collectives interested in social causes who want to buy, sell and trade their work to attend.

Amanda Keeley, the founder of Exile, said she’s looking to highlight the work of artists who use publishing as a means of social justice.

“Every time we do the big Miami Zine Fair in April I notice there’s a lot of zines with political causes that are prominent. There’s a lot of history of artists using self-publishing as a means of distributing a message in a live way, in a democratic way and accessible way,” Keeley said. “That’s why I thought it was important to focus on the artists that are creating change.”

The zines at the fair were accepted via open call and will feature themes of climate change, LGBTQ issues, immigration and gentrification, among others. Keeley said she’s open to receiving more submissions and giving a platform to local artists. The Activist Fair is part of The Creative Time Summit, an annual convention for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics happening in Miami the first weekend of November.

“We have Creative Time, which is a big national organization all going to the Knight Center, but I think the most important thing about the zine fair is experiencing something on a ground level and in a grassroots way because people will get a direct pulse of what’s going on in our community,” Keeley said. Continue reading

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