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Boshemia Magazine // Adventures at DC Zine Fest

This weekend, some of the American babes of Boshemia attended the 7th Annual D.C. Zine Fest [DCZF] to promote Boshemia Magazine in Washington, D.C.  On July 15, Becky J.—lead designer for the magazine—and I [Eileen] dropped off a stack of magazines at Zine Fest’s Day of Distro table and headed into the circus of nearly 900 visitors to mingle with zine-makers from the D.C. metro area.

Held at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Church in Northwest DC, the venue was perfect for such a gathering of creatives—it served as a literal sanctuary, a truly accessible and safe public space for people to come together. Zinesters, self-publishing artists and other independent creatives came from New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and nearby D.C. neighborhoods to showcase their publications, prints, pins, buttons, hand-sewn books, stickers, magnets, and other lovely bits of art.

We're so excited for tomorrow! Bring your cash and come check out some super cool zines from the coolest zinesters. 10-4:30 at St. Stephen's

art by Austin Breed

So what is a zine, exactly? Zines exist at the intersection of activism and art, and appear in a vast array of mediums and forms; most literally, they are self-published small works, smaller than a traditional magazine and self-published. Created to be accessible, printed independently, and circulated easily, zines are often political in nature, and if not political, they are often informative or narrative works.

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Author: Eileen E., Letters to June, LGBT+, long read

Letters to June // 02

Throughout the month of June Boshemia will be publishing letters addressed to the most romantic month of the year.

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Dear June,

Your second week marks an impressive benchmark for Boshemia. It’s a little over a year now that we’ve been online, and now we are going to publish our first magazine. Today.

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It’s so appropriate that our magazine would land in June, the month of Pride, the month of celebrating love and visibility and rebellion and the happy beginnings of a new summer.

The enormity of this benchmark is not lost on me. For one, I am terribly nostalgic for print magazines—in such a way that I was always hoping that my old stacks of VOGUE, Bitch, and National Geographic would amount to more than just obsession, really. Happily, the magazine team shares in this obsession of reviving this “dying” medium, and their careful, masterful work speaks for itself.

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Author: Sarah L, Letters to June

Letters to June // 01

Throughout the month of June Boshemia will be publishing letters addressed to the most romantic month of the year.

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Dear June,

It seems scarcely any time has passed since you were last here, yet here you are. Each year you seem to come around more quickly than the last — you are not unwelcome, mind, it just impresses in me the sense that time, that cantankerous knave who none can evade, is mercilessly rolling on at gathering pace.

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