What is it about?

This article showcases a 'zine that compiles art and writing from people working and living in three Denver-area shelters in the summer of 2021. The author argues that this 'zine helps to show the importance of 'zine-making in marginalized spaces, such as shelters, even as 'zines become a more popular form of expression in mainstream publics and academia.

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Why is it important?

The sudden switch to online learning and community-building that followed COVID-19 shutdowns inspired zine-making in communities that were previously connected via other methods. However, 'zines continue to be a vital method for marginalized communities, such as people experiencing homelessness, to share their knowledge, experiences, and perspectives with a wider audience. This article strives to prevent dominating cultures, such as academia and NPR communities, from overtaking 'zine-making and 'zine discourse.


I am excited to bring this 'zine-- and the process of making this 'zine -- to an academic audience. My hope is that it will encourage more nuanced understandings of homelessness and inspire increasing interest in community writing projects that value the knowledge and creativity of marginalized communities.

Alison Turner

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This page is a summary of: Perfectly Designed for Connections: Zine Making in Denver Shelters, Western American Literature, June 2022, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.1353/wal.2022.0016.
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