What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced ZEEN) is most commonly a small circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. They are informed by a DIY ethos and profit is not the primary intent of publication. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text. Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single-topic obsession, or sexual content far outside of the mainstream enough to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. Small circulation zines are often not explicitly copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed.
Where is the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest?
KFZ takes place in Lexington, KY.
Didn’t y’all used to be called the Ephemera Fest?
Yes! While we love ephemera of all kinds, we found that folks had a rough time saying and spelling our name. We also wanted to lift up the fact that our fest takes place in beautiful Kentucky, so we changed the name to something more regionally specific.
Is this event free?
It sure is! It is important to us that folks get to experience zines and zine culture without having to pay, therefore we’re committed to doing everything that we can to keep this festival free and open to the public. That means we happily accept donations, so if you’d like to make a financial contribution to KFZ please click here.
I want to share my zine at the next festival. How can I do that?
Excellent! First hop on on over and take a look at our mission and safer spaces policy to make sure that our fest is the right fit for you and your work. If everything looks great, you can register online here.
I don’t have a zine to share but I want to be involved. What can I do?
No zine, no problem! There are a lot of other ways you can be involved with KFZ. A good way to stay in the loop is to sign up for our mailing list and to like our Facebook page. We also hope that you will attend the next KFZ event and bring a friend. We always need folks to help us advertise our events, volunteers for set up and tear down on the day of the festival, folks to help us fundraise etc. If you’d like to get involved in one of those ways or if you have something specific in mind, please shoot us an email at
I want to make my own zine. How should I get started?
Go for it! There are a lot of online resources to help you with making your own zine. We are also discussing the possibility of offering ongoing zine workshops throughout the year in Lexington. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on when/where those workshops will be held.
I plan on attending the next KFZ event but I’m not from Lexington. What is there to do around there?
Lexington and the central Kentucky area are full of fun and interesting sights, smells and tastes. To make your trip easier, we’ve compiled a list of things to check out here.
I have registered for the zine fest. Will I need to bring my own table?
If you can bring your own table that would be helpful as we have limited space, however if you cannot, one will be provided to you.
I am traveling from out of town, where should I stay in Lexington?
It is possible that the KFZ organizers may be able to find a couch for you to crash on. Some possible options for low to no cost home-stays in lexington would be to check Couchsurfing or Airbnb. There are also a number of hotels in town.