Summer Tees
to support teaching artists
& free community education

With your help in 2021, we redesigned the Booklyn Education Manual. Then in 2022–again with your help–we translated it into Spanish. And we went even further–we created a series of video tutorials in Spanish, we did a Zine Jam workshop in Sunset Park (Brooklyn, NY), and did five workshops at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center: three with Queer Detainee Empowerment Project; two with Brooklyn Ghost Project, a black, transgender-led organization. All workshops and resources were free for participants. Woohoo!

Now, want to do more.

We are all about making bookmaking, zine-making, and self-publishing accessible to historically marginalized communities, delivered from a non-specialist approach. We are focused on supporting communities hit hard by the pandemic: young people, immigrants, and those from the LGBTQIA+ community, among others. This also provides work for teaching artists who have faced devastating financial blows during the pandemic. Our goal: to build a world of self-determined narratives, where hands-on bookmaking skills are used to build communities and understand the world around us. 

Can you help us do that by buying a t-shirt today?

Heck yes, another episode.

Mary Tremonte and V Adams join us to talk about the Queer Ecology Hanky Project – a program and exhibition with a new book that explores the intersection of sexuality, queer theory, biology, and the environment. Tremonte and Adams expand on the project’s themes, their personal connections to hankies, and how foraging in the woods evolved into an evolving community art project.

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Mary Tremonte and V Adams join us to talk about the Queer Ecology Hanky Project – a program and exhibition with a new book that explores the intersection of sexuality, queer theory, biology, and the environment. Tremonte and Adams expand on the project’s themes, their personal connections to hankies, and how foraging in the woods evolved into an evolving community art project.Queer Ecology Hanky Project is a traveling exhibition and project with over 100 artist bandanas from across North America–from Vancouver to Mexico City–organized by Vanessa Adams and Mary Tremonte. Recent exhibitions of the project showcase a diverse array of artist responses to Queer Ecology—an area of inquiry that unites the study of biology, environment, and sexuality with a framework of queer theory–and a wide spectrum of print mediums and methods. The Queer Ecology Hanky Project has been exhibited at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination in Pittsburgh, PA, and the White Page Gallery in Minneapolis, MN in collaboration with the risograph residency at The Future.

Hey, we made another episode.

Artist, archivist, and educator, Sauda Mitchell joins us to look at the intersections of marginalized students, archives, space engagement, and critical analysis of primary sources, and how she’s merging art, education, and archival practice into one profession.

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Sauda Mitchell is an American multidisciplinary artist, archivist, and educator from Winston-Salem, NC. Utilizing artists’ books as a medium, her work investigates complex issues centered around the African American experience. Her work explores the intersections of printmaking, archival research, and QR code technology as a creative non-traditional access method linking viewers to archival repositories, curated exhibitions, and aggregated data. Each work serves as a visual response to archival collection materials representative of the many stories that can be found deep within the archival landscape.

Mitchell holds an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Art with a minor in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies from Drexel University, and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.

She is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University in the Educational Leadership and Management Program. Her research centers around marginalized student access to archives-based engagement in support of primary source critical analysis as a catalyst for elevated cognitive development.

Her artists’ books and prints can be found in private and public library and museum collections around the country including Harvard University, Telfair Museums, SCAD Museum of Art, Smithsonian, and Northwestern University Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.

Booklyn Calling is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Introducing: AFTER SASS

Remember SASS + ZINES? Now there’s AFTER SASS: Reimaging Identity & Representation Within Zine Culture 🌈

This year’s program is organized by Neta Bomani with participation by Joan Zahra Dark and Jay G. of the Bluestockings Collective, as well as Aliyah Blackmore, Kameelah Rasheed, and Kathryn-kay Johnson. 💯

Sign up for our first online event on June 15: Critical Show & Tell.

Neta Bomani facilitates a conversation with Joan Dark, Raquel Espasande, and Emily Warfield of the Bluestockings Collective, in which collective members are invited to pull materials from Interference Archive’s zine collection to “show-and-tell”.

Find out more about AFTER SASS here.

Transpire Zinemaking Workshop

In partnership with Brooklyn Community Pride Center and the Brooklyn GHOST Project, we invite the TGNC community to engage in zine-making!


Register here (spots are limited).

In this series of two workshops, Elvis Bakaitis will teach the one-page zine technique to facilitate the development of personal and community-based storytelling at Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Through visual, tactile, and writing prompts participants will create their own one-sheet zine, and contribute to a collectively made book.

This is a free workshop. No experience is necessary. Materials and tools will be provided. Curriculum for this workshop can be found in the Booklyn Education Manual, which is a free download here: https://booklyn.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-booklyn-edmanual.pdf

Elvis B. is a longtime zinemaker and co-founder of the NYC Feminist Zinefest. Deeply involved in queer archiving, Elvis is a Coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and the University LGBTQ Council at the City University of New York.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Zine Jam is for everyone—recommended for ages 5 and up— the event is hosted by our friends at Sunset Park, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, situated at 41 Street, 44 Street, between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. This is a free, drop-in class and is held outside. It is facilitated by Brooklyn-based artist-educator María Verónica San Martín, who is originally from Chile.

This is a bilingual workshop in English and Spanish.

Everyone who attends can create their own one-sheet zine. You can even scan and print copies to share with family and friends.

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1-3pm

Be sure to download the Booklyn Education Manual in Spanish or in English for bookbinding instructions and fun lesson planning!

Watch María Verónica San Martín’s bookmaking videos in Spanish.

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Zine Jam es para todos, recomendado para mayores de 5 años, el evento es organizado por nuestros amigos en Sunset Park, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, ubicado en 41 Street, 44 Street, entre 5th Avenue y 7th Avenue en Brooklyn, NY. Esta es una clase gratuita sin cita previa y se lleva a cabo afuera. Es facilitado por la artista-educadora radicada en Brooklyn María Verónica San Martín, originaria de Chile.

Este es un taller bilingüe en inglés y español.

Todos los asistentes pueden crear su propia revista de una hoja. Incluso puede escanear e imprimir copias para compartir con familiares y amigos.

Sábado, 4 de junio de 2022, 1-3pm

¡Asegúrese de descargar el Manual educativo de Booklyn en español o en inglés para obtener instrucciones de encuadernación y planificación de lecciones divertidas!

Y asegúrese de ver los videos de creación de libros de María Verónica San Martín en español.


This program was made possible in part by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the New York City Council.

Este programa fue posible en parte gracias a la financiación del Departamento de Asuntos Culturales de la Ciudad de Nueva York, en colaboración con el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Educación de Booklyn ahora en español

Hola, soy María Verónica San Martín.

Soy artista-educadora en la ciudad de Nueva York y les escribo para contarles sobre una serie de tutoriales de creación de libros de artista que hice con Booklyn. 

Échales una mirada aquí

También quisiera informarles sobre el Manual Educativo de Booklyn, una colección de seis técnicas de encuadernación escrita colectivamente con más de 20 tipos de lecciones para maestros e instructores. Este manual es Gratis! y ahora está disponible en inglés y español.

Hello, I am María Verónica San Martín.

I am an artist-educator in NYC, and I’m writing to you to tell you about a series of Spanish language bookmaking tutorials I made with Booklyn. 

Check them out here.

I also want to let you know about Booklyn’s Education Manual, a collectively written collection of six bookbinding techniques and over 20 lesson plans for teachers of all kinds.

This manual is free! And it’s now available in both English and Spanish. 

Esperamos que estos manuales se utilicen como herramienta en la educación, para el desarrollo emocional, social, y de las distintas voces personales, y dentro de la cultura de los movimientos sociales. Existe un poder especial en las personas que hacen libros de artista. Hagamos libros para generar cambios!

Puedes compartir esto con las personas que quieras. 

It is our hope that these resources will be used as tools for education, social and emotional processing, development of personal and community voices, and social movement culture. There is people power in handmade books. Let’s make books to make change!  

Please share this with people everywhere. 

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Hey, we have a new episode.

Lorena Kourousias (NYC) and Hannah Brancato (Baltimore, MD) of The Monument Quilt Project join us on this episode of Booklyn Calling to talk about creating public rituals of healing, undoing white supremacy culture, and how they transformed what started as an art project into a movement.

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The Monument Quilt, a project of Baltimore and Mexico City-based FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is a collection of more than 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. These stories literally blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand space to heal, and resist a singular narrative about sexual violence.

Lorena Kourousias (she/her) is the Executive Director of Mixteca Organization, Inc. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College. As many immigrants, Lorena represents the struggle and perseverance that comes with the immigration process and the various barriers that professional immigrants must face in the United States. Regardless of her advanced education (she holds two Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology), Lorena had to overcome a long process of revalidating her credential from Mexico, learning a new language, assimilating a new culture, overcome the physiological trauma that comes with the immigration process of re-starting her professional career.

Hannah Brancato (she/her) is an artist and educator based in Baltimore, who is dedicated to mobilizing visual culture to uproot and resist white supremacy and rape culture. She is co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and was part of the collective until 2020. Currently, Hannah is documenting the role of art in social justice work through her creative and teaching practice, and based on her recent project, is organizing a series of collaborative art-making workshops about the inheritance of white silence. In 2021, Brancato was a studio resident at VisArts, Montgomery College’s Fall 2021 Artist in Residence. She is a recipient of the Ruby’s Grant for her latest work, Dreamseeds, a collaboration with sound artist Sanahara Ama Chandra. Hannah is faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, and UMBC.

Booklyn Calling is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Hello? Booklyn Calling…

BIG NEWS–We started a podcast!

BOOKLYN CALLING amplifies diverse voices within the artists’ book field and explores artmaking as a tool for community engagement, education, and social justice work. 

This is a labor of love and a work in progress. For years we’ve been itching to do this, and we’ve finally pushed through to the other side. There is so much we want to explore and discuss through this new-to-us platform, so we hope you will subscribe and go on this journey with us.

We’ve got six episodes this season, the first of which–with NYC multimedia artist Zoe Beloff–is out now! We’re putting the finishing touches on the rest which feature artists Sauda Mitchell, sto len, and the Baltimore & Mexico City-based Monument Quilt Project, the Pittsburgh-based Queer Ecology Hanky Project, and the Artbuild Workers of Milwaukee, WI.

We are unbelievably grateful to Kaia Fischer & Stuart Gunter who created our theme music, to Mylo Mendez for the superb logo illustrations, and to Tom Tenney of Radio Free Brooklyn & Earbong who did our sound engineering and editing.

Subscribe and listen on SoundCloudApple Podcasts, or Spotify.

Booklyn Calling is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Woot! Woot!

LGBTQ+ Immigrants: Create Your Own Artists’ Book

We partnered with Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) and Brooklyn Community Pride Center to bring together an exciting series of artists’ book workshops in May and June!

Booklyn artist and educator María Verónica San Martín will teach bookmaking techniques that support personal and community storytelling. Each workshop will provide the basic background, skills, and techniques for learners of all experience levels to express their ideas and create their own artists’ books while creating a space for the mutual exchange of information and experiences. By the end of each workshop, participants will create their own one-page book edition to take home with the possibility of contributing to a collaboratively-made book. 

This is a free workshop. Find out more information here: https://lgbtbrooklyn.org/events/lgbtq-immigrants-create-your-own-artists-book/

Spots are limited – to register, please send an email with your name and phone number to QDEP at [email protected].

Create Your Own Artists’ Book is presented by Booklyn, Inc in collaboration with QDEP and Brooklyn Community Pride Center and is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.