The CitiZINE Project: Reflections on a Political Engagement Project

Lesley Graybeal, Kristen Spickard


Zines, or small, self-published magazines, have emerged from counterculture origins to gain popularity in recent years as a tool for democratizing writing in the classroom and community. This essay shares reflections on a campus-community zinemaking project at the University of Central Arkansas called the CitiZine Project, which focused on creating opportunities for university students, faculty, and staff as well as local community members to engage in political zinemaking following the 2016 US presidential election and inauguration.

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Publication of the Community Literacy Journal is made possible through the generous support of the English Department and the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Florida International University. The CLJ is a journal of the Conference on Community Writing.