The Miami Zine Fair came to the University of Miami campus this past Saturday and certainly did not disappoint!

I spoke with Amanda Keeley from Exile Books who told me about the overwhelming interest they received when our Coral Gables campus was announced as the location and the incredible turn out from creators in the local community. We agreed that WVUM teaming up with Exile was a match made in heaven as we both seek to promote independent artists and voices in Miami and ensure those voices are heard which is exactly what the Zine Fair is all about.

I was fortunate enough to hear several stories behind the art that was on display, including some from Tom Virgin of Extra Virgin Press who was presenting Apt Pupils, a print project with O Miami which is the product of a poetry workshop at Beach High as well as his own unique screen prints and a collaboration with author Louise Erdrich. He also had his very first book ‘escape* restrictions apply’ made into a zine for the occasion. Tom echoed the sentiments of other contributors and told me that he loves Miami and events like these are the heart of the world he comes from.

I was inspired by so many of the stalls at the fair and our WVUM table was showcasing creations from five different artists (Nicole, Nikki, Cooper, Kevin and Eman) as well as our very own zine, live DJs spinning all day and a virtual reality experience in our office.

Station member Franco also had a table for his project Brand Skate Apparel and told me how much he loved that it is a place for a new community to come together.

Stocking up on pins, prints, stickers and of course zines, I had to stop myself from spending a fortune. My many purchases included an incredible cartoon portrait from fellow University of Miami student Ethan Punal and cute pins and prints from friends @shop.pluralism and @comemeetmyfriends who decided to collaborate on their stall.

O Miami were literally prescribing poetry in pill bottles to help achieve their goal which is ‘for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April’. They have a number of events throughout the month to assist with this further, the full calendar can be found here.

I also made two brilliant new discoveries in the world of food and drink thanks to El Bagel and Cold Brew Station. They both do regular pop ups and often appear at events in the local area so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

We are so grateful for everyone who stopped by to see us, it is always such a pleasure to connect with our listeners and to share our passion and creativity with you all so thank you for making it such an enjoyable afternoon and we hope to see you all again next year!

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