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SANTA BARBARA–Immigrant Identity Bilingual Poetry Zine Workshop

October 1, 2021 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm


SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC LIBRARY– As part of Hispanic Heritage Month programming and Integrating Immigrants Series supported by a Library Innovation Lab grant from California Humanities, young adults ages 14-24 are invited to participate in a workshop exploring immigrant identity by writing and designing zines. Zines are artfully substandard magazines that are typically cheap, quick, and fun to make, and they generate their own readership–both real and imagined–in what they say and how they say it. Learn how to make your own zine with local poet and professor Joshua Escobar. In this crash course, we will look at zines and made by visual artists, poets, filmmakers, and translators. We’ll explore first and second (or third…) generation immigrant identity through writing in English and/or Spanish as well as visual arts incorporated into a zine. We’ll walk through the basics of DIY-magazine making: cut and paste, collage, edit, and layout. This event is brought to you by the Mission Poetry Series in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Public Library. All materials will be provided for free, but feel free to bring ephemera, previously made artwork, or other materials you would like to use in your zine.

This event will take place on the Eastside Patio. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Joshua Escobar is the author of the chapbooks Caljforkya Voltage and xxox fm. He was a 2019 Shandaken: Storm King Fellow, the Dean’s Fellow in Writing at the MFA Program at Bard College, and a Merit Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Bareback Nightfall, his first full-length book, was a finalist for the California Book Award. He is the Director of Creative Writing at Santa Barbara City College. Registration is required. To register go here. For more information, go to or contact Eric Castro, Senior Library Technician, (805) 564-5634, This project is supported by California Humanities through the Library Innovation Lab.