Zine & Arts Programs

Check out the zine and arts programs that lead up to the final event in 2024, the Reed Zine Fest!

Read about the librarians behind the series of zine and art programs!


📌 Masks are required for Reed Zine Fest. We are offering KN95 masks and a limited number of tests to attendees at the Zine Fest welcome desk.
👉 Follow @reedzinelibrary for updates!
🎨 Reed Zine Fest artwork by Portland-based artist Jax Ko.

📌 Parking: Parking is free! We suggest that you park in the West Parking lot off SE 28th Ave (parking is free).  If that lot is full, you can park in the East Parking lot and the North Parking lot. Please do not leave any valuables in plain sight. Reed College is also off the Bus lines #10, 19, and 75.

👉 Parking to Kaul Auditorium (map):

  • West Lot – If you park here you can walk around the Performing Arts Building (PAB) on the path or go through the building and take the elevator. Either option will lead you to Kaul Auditorium which will be on your left.
  • North Lot – If you park here note that you will need to cross the Canyon Bridge to get to the South Side of campus and then follow a path to Kaul. 
  • East Lot – If you park here please note that it will be a 5 to 10 minute walk across campus. While there are paths, and signage, the path is not smooth and there are slight inclines. 


✂️ Reed Zine Fest with keynote James Spooner
Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Kaul Auditorium

Reed Zine Fest is the first zine fest organized by the Reed College Library to celebrate independent publishing, DIY, and zine making. This one-day festival will feature both local community and Reedie zinesters, workshops, and a keynote by special guest James Spooner (Black Punk Now, graphic novel The High Desert, Director of the Afro-Punk Documentary and the co-founder of the Afro-Punk Festival).

Zine Fest Schedule

11AMReed Zine Fest opens!Kaul Auditorium
12PMKeynote with special guest James SpoonerPAB 320
1:15PMRemembrance table for Tonya Jones, Leader of the WOC Zine Collective, collecting donations for Tonya Jones’s sonKaul Auditorium
2PMGoodbye Cruel World and Dear John: How to Write a Letter You’ll Never Send with Olivia OliviaPARC
3PMBeyond Staples: Alternative Binding Methods with Erin MoorePAB 332
& MIJA!!!!!!
Reed Library Lobby

MRC Student Lunch with James Spooner (MRC students only)
Saturday, March 30, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the MRC

Join us for lunch at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) featuring James Spooner, the award-winning author of the coming-of-age graphic novel memoir, “The High Desert.” Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with a notable author and engage in meaningful dialogue about his work! Special thanks to Lily De La Fuente the Humanities Librarian for leading and selecting The High Desert for the Fall 2023 MRC Book Club. Due to the exclusive nature of this event, registration is required, and attendance is limited to 25 students.


This series of zine and arts programs is generously funded by the President’s Office, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Cooley Gallery, the Office of Student Engagement, the Student Life Office, and the Library.

Past Zine & Art Programs

Crafting Funeral for Flaca: On DIY Publishing & The Power of Your Voice
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. at Psych Auditorium 105

Portland-based Chicana author Emilly Prado delves into the creation process for her award-winning book Funeral for Flaca, which debuted as a handmade chapbook before it was published and expanded by the press, Future Tense Books. She’ll share the various stages of the process including writing, research, revision, and artistic collaborations, as well as the importance of self-advocacy and intersectionality in publishing, particularly for writers of marginalized identities. Plus, hear Emilly give a reading from her book, have some snacks, and get inspired for the upcoming Reed Zine Fest in March 2024! 

Risograph Workshop with Timme Lu (students only & registration-based)
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the Visual Resources Center L42

Learn Risograph printing techniques from Portland-based artist Timme Lu! Lu is a Portland-based book artist, printer, and furniture maker. They will be introducing the basics of the Risograph, a new printing duplicator in the Visual Resources Center that is available to students, and will lead an engaging group activity. Risograph printing experience is not required.

Afro-Punk Documentary Screening & virtual visit with James Spooner Thursday, February 29, 2024, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at PAB Music Room 320

Watch the award-winning documentary Afro-Punk about the Black punk experience and history of Afro-Punk in the United States. Virtually meet the Afro-Punk festival co-founder, director and author James Spooner.

Risograph Workshop with Timme Lu (students only & registration-based)
Thursday, March 21, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the VRC

Learn Risograph printing techniques from Portland-based artist Timme Lu! Lu is a Portland-based book artist, printer, and furniture maker. They will be introducing the basics of the Risograph, a new printing duplicator in the Visual Resources Center that is available to students, and will lead an engaging group activity. Risograph printing experience is not required.

Drop-in RISO Printing (students only)
Mon, March 25-Fri, March 29, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at the VRC

Need to print a zine cover or an 8-page mini zine? Drop into the VRC to print your zine cover or 8-page mini zine on the Risograph. Limited to two colors! No appointment is needed.

IPRC Tour & Zine Making Open Hours
Tue, March 26, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. at IPRC

Looking to put the final touches on your zines just in time for the upcoming Reed Zine Fest? Join us for a tour of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) followed by an open-hours zine-making session (supplies provided)! Learn about the IPRC’s studio, resources, Zine Library, and programs that have supported the creative community throughout Portland for the last 25 years. Don’t miss this last-minute chance to complete your zines, learn about the IPRC, and connect with Portland’s zine community!

Printing fees will be waived for Reed College students. Masks are required at the IPRC.

Drop-in Zine Printing (students only)
Tues, March 26, 12PM-2PM at the Library Reference Desk
Wed, March 27, 12PM-2PM at the Library Reference Desk

Need to print black and white pages from your zine only? Visit the Library Reference Desk to print your zines for free. Limit on the number of copies of TBA.

Unfurling: Zines, Art, Activism and Archiving
Thurs, March 28, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. at Special Collections & Archives

Drop into the archives as we delve into the exploration of art and activism through zines, highlighting the works of Reedies, regional artists, global artists, and activists from the Reed College Special Collections and Archives.

Thesis formatting & submission

Looking for information about thesis formatting? Wondering when to submit your final thesis to the library? Learn about all things thesis in the Thesis Help 2022-2023 Guide.

You will submit your thesis for review twice; first to the Registrar (when you get your laurels) and then to the library after your Oral exam after making all corrections.

Your thesis must meet formatting requirements before it will be accepted by the library at the end of the thesis process. We recommend that you make sure your thesis is formatted correctly before you submit it to the Registrar before Orals exams. The library will reach out to students starting the week of May 1st with information about your submitted thesis and any formatting issues. If you have questions about formatting, citations, etc. you can also reserve an appointment with a librarian to chat about your thesis via the requesting help form.

If you’re not sure how to use the thesis template and want help with formatting,  make an appointment with the Reed IT help desk. 

Climate, Environment, Justice: cultivating action & resilience on Earth Day and beyond

New book display now available in the Library! Come find books centered on themes of climate justice, environmental justice, and activism.

The climate crisis stems from a lineage of colonization and is intertwined with the exploitation and harm enacted on indigenous communities and communities of color, both within the boundaries of present-day United States and around the world. This exhibit seeks to highlight not just this legacy, but also the resilience, the resistance, the activism, and the ongoing creation of new futures.

Books in the exhibit are available to check out, or you can find them in the Library’s featured digital exhibits.

Many thanks to all who contributed to making this exhibit: Lutetia Wang, Ann Matsushima Chiu, Mark McDaniel, Caroline Reul, Lin Liu, Kyle Napoli, Colleen Gotze.

Selena, Queen of Tejano: A Student-Led Zine Exhibit

Thursday April 20th 3-4:30pm
Reed Zine Library
Food & Music

Come explore in this student-led zine exhibit, how the Cumbia and Tejana musician Selena influenced Tejano music and the broader Chicano culture. In this exhibit, you will find zines, books, magazines, and records all pertaining to Latin identities and struggles by Latin creators! The overall mission of this showcase is to critically examine and expand Reed Library’s collection of Latin pieces of media in order to actively diversify the whiteness of the library’s holdings. From a curated selection of zines exposing what it is like being a mujer in society to vinyl records of Selena’s music to Chicana pop culture magazines, come learn about how Hispanic cultures and identities are expressed in art and media.

Have you ever wondered how or where you could get help with images on campus?

Wonder not – just head to the Visual Resource Center (VRC). It’s located below the main floor of the Reed Library, in Room 42. Not the IMC or the Language Lab, but an inconspicuous door right next to the seminar room. There you’ll find our team working behind the scenes, scanning and scouring museum collections for the highest-quality images.

You’ve most likely seen these images projected in class or referenced as part of an assigned reading, and we’re the ones responsible for providing them to your professors! Images are regularly added to the Reed Digital Collection (RDC) to support instruction in the art department. And as a student, you can search the collection for images to use when completing your assignments. We can also help you find the best images for presentations, publications, and theses, along with navigating the difficult realm of image citations.

Aside from academic support, we have specialized equipment for assisting with image-based projects. We have the largest scanner on campus (18″ x 24″), a transparency scanner, a photography room for documenting large 2D works, and a computer workstation with the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

If you’ve asked yourself any of the questions below, then email us today to book an appointment:

  • How can I scan and digitize my film or artwork into a high-resolution image?
  • As a ceramist, can I make high-quality images of my ceramic works for a portfolio?
  • As a film enthusiast, can I convert my beautiful photographs into digital facsimiles?
  • Can I use the large scanner and Photoshop to complete a mixed-media work?
  • Where can I get some free Cheez-Its? That’s right. You read that correctly.

And, if you’re still not sold on the utility of the VRC, you should remember that the VRC is located in Room 42, and, you should also remember that the number 42 is significant in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Now, we aren’t claiming that the VRC has the answer to “the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything,” but we do have a fair number of useful resources that remain available to the Reed community when needing to answer a few, very specific questions that relate to life as a Reedie – the significance of that coincidence is left for you to decide.

Check out the VRC’s history and find a complete list of services and equipment at Reed.edu/VRC.

This blog post was co-written by Visual Resources Assistant and Art History major Andee Gude ’26.

Poetland: The Work and Art of the Beat Poets

Tracing their roots to New York City and San Francisco a group of poets, known as the Beat Generation, were actively causing a ruckus during the mid to late 1950s. They were often thought to be a precursor to the 1960s counterculture movement and were interested in experimental drugs, the natural world, Zen Buddhism, and other Asian religious practices. Inspired by modernist literature, jazz rhythms, and the Surrealists, their poetry and novels were free verse and stream of consciousness. Some well known names of the Beat Poets are Jack Kerouac, Willam Boroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, including Reedies Lew Welch ‘50, Philip Whalen ‘51, and Gary Snyder ‘51.

Photograph of three fanned out publications titled Janus. The publication's cover on the left is mostly plain with blue characters written on the front. The publication's cover in the middle is light blue with angled navy blue lines and occasional red boxes. The publication's cover on the right is a depiction of a two-faced person with a beard, assumed to be an image of the roman god Janus.
Photograph courtesy of Kathryn Zix.

While at Reed, Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen, and Lew Welch met and became friends. The three of them lived together in the Portland neighborhood of Sellwood, and created a “literarti subculture” where they shared their works with one another and in the student led publication Janus.

Welch, an English major, wrote his thesis on Gertrude Stein, being drawn to poetry after reading her work.1 His thesis was eventually published posthumously as How I Read Gertrude Stein. Snyder, who attended Reed on a “grant-in-aid” scholarship, was an Anthropology major whose thesis focused on the analysis of a Haida myth.2 He drew from multiple fields of study (including anthropology, folkloristics, psychology, and literary theory) to write his thesis under Loyd Reynolds. Whalen enrolled as a Literature major who attended Reed on the GI Bill and wrote his thesis, The Calendar, on Robert Graves’ translation of “The Song of Amergin.”3

Tan poster with green text and an image of a person holding a sword aloft riding on the back of an animal. The text reads: POEMS from the works of Gary Snyder, Phil Whalen, and Lew Welch read by Lew Welch. Reed College Faculty Office Building Lounge. Wednesday, 2 November, 8:00 P.M. --25 cents.
Lew Welch Poetry Reading.

After graduating from Reed, both Whalen and Snyder worked as fire-spotters on Mount Baker in Washington. In 1952, they moved to San Francisco to hone their craft as poets. While in San Francisco, they befriended fellow poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Diane di Prima, and Lawrence Ferlenghetti, co-founder of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers. Both Whalen and Snyder were major influences on Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums,4 and in 1955, Snyder and Whalen performed at the famous Six Gallery reading (where Allen Ginsberg debuted Howl). The Six Gallery reading is considered the birth of the Beat Generation, and San Francisco’s bookstore, City Lights, published and distributed Beat literature. Welch was not present at this reading because following graduation he moved to New York, and later Chicago, to work as an advertising copywriter and enrolled in a Master’s program at the University of Chicago. After becoming disillusioned with Chicago, he eventually settled in San Francisco to focus on his poetry.5 However, despite being dispersed throughout the country, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Snyder, Welch, and Whalen, as well as Allen Ginsberg, frequently visited Reed to share their poetry. 

Woodblock image of Smokey the Bear holding a shovel with his right hand and surveying with his left, standing on top of a car in blue ink.
Smokey Bear Woodcut by Michael Corr in The Fudo Trilogy by Gary Snyder.

Snyder’s love of the natural world led to his interest in Buddhism and North American Indigenous religious practices, which can be seen throughout his work and personal life. First introduced to mountain climbing at thirteen, Snyder had “climbed a number of summits” by the time he was twenty.6  In 1955, the First Zen Institute of America gave Snyder a scholarship to study Buddhism in Japan. In 1956, Snyder arrived in Japan, where he spent the next decade living between there and California. His first two poetry collections, Myth and Texts and Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, were based on his travels in Japan. Snyder went on to win a Pulitzer prize in 1974 for his collection of poems entitled Turtle Island, as well as numerous other prizes for his poetry. 

Hand-drawn image of a bear holding a staff in one hand and ring of keys in the other, standing in a lotus flower with the sun behind his head on tan paper. The text reads: 31:W:59. the end, of a month of Sundays. Hurrah for the church. RUIN. Loud Music Now. Big. Goofing. Down down down. No limit. No lower limit. feature that! {if you will.}
Bodhisattva in Bear Wold
Philip Whalen
Bodhisattva in Bear World by Philip Whalen.

Similarly interested in nature, Buddhism, and Zen practices, Whalen’s poetry presents these themes with his unique stream of consciousness style. Along with this style, he frequently sketched in order to get his pen “warmed up” and these illustrations often accompanied his writing.7 In 1973, Whalen became a Zen monk in Kyoto, Japan and spent two decades at the Zen centers in San Francisco and Santa Fe. He became a Zen priest in the 1970s, and in 1991 he became the abbott for the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco until he had to retire due to his health. He continued writing and publishing poetry while fulfilling his abbott duties. 

Welch’s poetry also focused on nature along with the discomfort of modern and urban America. Jazz music was a major influence, and music as a whole, is found generously in Welch’s work.8 He performed and published several collections of poetry in the 1960s including Wobbly Rock and Hermit Poems. From 1965 to 1970 he taught a workshop as part of the University of California Extension. In the mid-60s he met Magda Cregg and  her teenage son, Hugh, who later adopted Welch’s first name as his stage name to become Huey Lewis.9 In 1971, Welch disappeared into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and was presumed dead.

“Poetland: The Work and Art of the Beat Poets,” is on display across from  the reference desk on the first floor of the library through April 2023, to learn more about the poets featured here please visit the exhibit. For additional information and primary sources visit Reed College Special Collections and Archives Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm on Lower Level 2 of the library or to email us at archives@reed.edu.

Photograph courtesy of Kathryn Zix.

Source List:

1 Welch, L. (1996). How I Read Gertrude Stein. Grey Fox Press.

2 Snyder, Gary. Interview by John Sheehy. July 22, 1998. Reed College Oral History Project, Reed College Special Collections and Archives.

3 Schneider, D. (2015). Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen. University of California Press.

4 Suiter, J. (2003). Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Jack Kerouac (1st ed.). Counterpoint.

5 Welch, L. (1973) Chicago Poem. Ring of Bone (1st ed.). Grey Fox Press.

6 Snyder, G. (1996). Mountains and rivers without end (1st ed.). Counterpoint.

7 Whalen, P. (1966). Preface. In Highgrade: Doodles, poems. preface, Coyote’s Journal.

8 Cregg, M. (1997). Hey Lew: Homage to Lew Welch. Magda Cregg.

9 Cregg, M. (1997). Hey Lew: Homage to Lew Welch. Magda Cregg.

Seniors: Final Thesis Submission

A reminder to seniors that your thesis is due for final submission no later than Friday, December 16th, 2022 at 12noon.

Make any formatting changes requested by the library and corrections from your Orals Board.

Once corrections are made, log in to the online portal and submit your final thesis PDF to the library.

You will not be able to resubmit your thesis so make sure you are sending your finished document. 

A librarian will check that your thesis meets the requirements and email you indicating if your submission has been approved or if further changes are required.

You are done!

The library will coordinate and cover the cost of the printing and binding of the two library copies. If personal copies are desired, please contact Print Services

Questions? Check out the Thesis Help 2022-2023 Guide.