Zine Librarians

Here’s the incredible crew of zine librarians!


Zine: Swamphouse Press Zines – about LGBT lives, the Internet, and DnD.

Connection to the DZLThe opportunity to maintain an important zine space.

BioThe DZL is right in the center of my personal-favorites-Venn-Diagram: zines, organizing books, and being with other cool creative people.

Zine Librarian - David WelperDavid Welper

Zine: Buddy Lit Zine publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art of all styles and medium. We support mental health, but submissions don’t have to be directly related to mental health. We donate books to mental health facilities.

Connection to the DZLBeing involved in the literary community!

BioWelper is a pushcart-nominated poet, raised in the Detroit area. He has an MA from Wayne State University as well as a BSN from University of Colorado. He’s been a featured reader across the US and is published in various zines. He’s the founder of Buddy Lit Zine. He lives in Denver.

 Zine Librarian - Hana ZittelHana Zittel

Connection to the DZLI love the inclusivity and creativity that zines inspire and I adore spending time exploring all the zines in our collection. Every time I take the time to explore what we have to offer I find something absolutely fascinating. I could (and often do) spend hours just reading through any zine I pick up in the library.

BioI am a librarian at the Denver Public Library in addition to being a librarian at the Denver Zine Librarian, which are two great things to be. I grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and pretty much just like being outside with my pup when I have some free time, and reading, that might have been assumed though.

Zine Librarian - Jeff WashenbergerJeff Washenberger

Zines: The Adventure of Catherine Coffeetree, Dreamworld, Oh Jeff, A Quiet Little Day, Hazel, & Herb Wizards. I draw comics with cute characters about nature, humor and life. A mix of fantasy and auto-bio, I like to make art that makes me happy and do my best to use it to help make the world a better place.

Connection to the DZL: I’ve been making comics on folded pieces of printer paper for as long as I can remember. Anyone can make a zine, anyone can share their story. The Denver Zine Library is a very inspiring place for me, surrounded by thousands of stories folded into pieces of paper, nestled in the heart of the city. Plus all of the people there are really wonderful.

Bio: I love coffee, flowers, video game music, and all things dog related. I have two cats too many plants, pizza is magical and I probably look at the clouds too much. I like potatoes, autumn, and picture books. I believe Black Lives matter, Me Too is real, equal rights for LGBTQ, and we are all just people. I get anxious and sad a lot but there are a lot of beautiful things in the world and that makes it pretty nice.

Zine Librarian - Kaitlyn LaffertyKaitlyn Lafferty

ZinePerpetual Ambivilance, a personal zine about misadventures in life with drawings and art about my feelings and other magical musings I create about my short time on this earth.

Connection to the DZL:I love zines, and people- it made/makes sense.

Bio:I am a very introverted lover of reading, writing, drawing, and intimate conversations. Currently I work at the MCA and aspire to be a really great human and to do work around social change. You’ll probably find me reading philosophy, drinking coffee next to a river listening to its babbling.


Zine Librarian - Kelly Shortandqueer.jpgKelly Shortandqueer

Zine: shortandqueer, a zine series where each issue focuses on a different theme through the lens of my queer and transgender identities.

Connection to the DZLI’m one of the co-founders of the Denver Zine Library and can’t believe that I’ve been volunteering with the DZL for over a third of my life! Through my involvement, I’ve met incredible zinesters, artists, and musicians who consistently create and inspire. On a personal level, the zine community has been a forum to document and share the voices of so many of us who don’t find ourselves reflected in mainstream media.

Bio: After publishing a few random zines, I began writing shortandqueer in 2004. My storytelling has been featured on The Narrators stage as well as through a collaboration between the Narrators and DCPA’s Off-Center at the Jones Theater, in a show titled “Lived/Re-Lived.” Besides writing and storytelling, I’m also a drag artist, performing under the name Olive de Bottom. Since being crowned Honky Tonk Queen of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs in 2014, I’ve performed at several local and national venues and am always looking for new excuses to make appearances.

Zine Librarian - Lily Kosmicki.JPGLily Kosmicki

Zine: Dream Zine is a collection of dreams featuring mixed media art. Creature Zine is a non-narrative collection of slightly misunderstood creatures, who were drawn together.

Connection to the DZL: The DZL is a treasure. This special place is an important archive for Denver and the zine world. I am so happy to be involved as the workshop coordinator and to help foster literacy, creativity, and community that comes with zine reading and making!

Bio: I am a person, my favorite color is yellow, I am an avid daydreamer, a part-time surrealist, and I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones which were written in pain and awe by a puzzled man who questioned what we were here for, and I think the best temperature is 72 degrees. There’s a lot of things I care about, a big one being libraries in all shapes, forms, and modes.

zine librarian markMark Ray

Zines: I’m the creator and editor of an erotic fiction and love prose zine Razbliuto ZineIn the past I have done several perzines with some band interviews and music reviews. My best work can be seen in Dingbat Zine, there are copies in the DZL!

Connection to the DZL: I was an original zine librarian. I loved that there was a library opening in the Denver area and I remember volunteering in the shed of the original location. There were years where I completely dropped out of the scene for academic purposes, but I have always gravitated back to the DZL, mostly in part to the inclusive community that has always existed and the incredible leadership of Kelly. I was very impressed with the turnout from the Denver Zine Fest 2015, which again, served as a reminder of the growing zine scene and its humble roots.

Bio: I am currently a substitute teacher looking for full time work in Denver/Lakewood. I write literary fiction and find my genre to be young adult fiction. I am currently working on a series based on a group of run away children and teens. I will be attending the Denver Writers Summer Invitational, which will help with my vocational and literary aspirations. I have also in the process of applying for VONA Voices summer writing workshop for people of color. I plan on attending the LGBT and YAL workshops.

Melissa Black

ZinesSeagulls: is a reflection of being a kid at the beach. Parents would always compare their squawks to human laughs. This is speculation on what the seagulls were saying. Magical Old People: giving life and stories to old photographs found in the streets as well as antique shops in New Orleans, LA and Golden, CO. Lizard Peeps: laughable conspiracies. I mean what’s REALLY up with taco bell, banana pudding, and DIA anyway?

Connection to the DZLI think it’s really important for people to have access to radical publications and art. Keeping DZL open and available to Denverites and visitors is really important to me. It is super rewarding seeing people’s excitement over picking up a zine for the first time or seeing those who are avid zine readers see what an impressive collection we have. No one seems to leave disappointed, and I’m glad to be a part of that shared experience. Also, this past year I helped bring back the Denver Zine fest after a 5 year hiatus, what could be more exciting than that?!

Bio: Denver by way of New Orleans. I make goofy zines. Traveler of Latin America. I’m in an all lady garage punk band called New Growth. I help with zine making workshops for colleges and kids. Lego enthusiast.

Zine Librarian - Rachel LRachel L.

Connection to the DZL: I came to the DZL because it is a space of creativity and helps inspire me to be more creative in my everyday life. I feel a sense of home when I am volunteering at the library and when there are zine events I feel a sense of community. I want to be part of DZL for as long as possible.

Bio: I work, I play, I volunteer. Eating happens too, and sleeping – I love both.



Sarah Stevens

Connection to the DZLGetting to work with awesome artists and librarians alike to provide access to zines!

Bio: I’m currently a librarian at Douglas County Libraries in Parker, Colorado. Outside of that, I read, write, and play my ukulele as much as possible.