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Labriola Zine Workshop with Amber McCrary, ASU Library Labriola Center, Abalone Mountain Press

Date(s): Saturday, February 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Family History, Indigenous, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays, Poetry, Short Stories
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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About this Event

In the final installment of our three-part workshop series with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library, join Amber McCrary, poet and founder of Abalone Mountain Press, for a creative writing and zine workshop on writing about loved ones and honoring our family on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

Using digital photographs from the Labriola Scanning Day or your own files at home, we'll create four 'portraitures' based on family members to incorporate in our zines, writing about why they are special to us or our community. 

How are zines an example of archiving? By using our own voices, experiences and perspectives as Indigenous peoples, we take out the anthropological view or 'white gaze' from our personal stories, creating a form of cultural preservation. 

To learn more about portraitures and see an example of a zine, you can view Constellations of Co-Resistance

Please note: as this is an Indigenous space, non-Native community members are kindly asked to refrain from attending, and are invited to join us for the Labriola Community Celebration on March 20, 2021. While the workshop is free, capacity is limited to 50 individuals. Please make sure to arrive early to ensure you obtain a seat. The waiting room will open at 12:30 p.m. Individuals who are not able to obtain a seat will still be able to observe the workshop through a private livestream. This event is presented in partnership with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library, and will not be live streamed or recorded.

Looking for more events? Share your story at the Labriola Show and Share on February 13, preserve your family history at the Labriola Scanning Day on February 20, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

Amber McCrary is a Diné poet, zinester, feminist and artist. She is Red House born for Mexican people. Originally from Shonto, Arizona and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. In the small town of Flagstaff is where she discovered her love for Punk Rock and the Do it Yourself Culture. She earned her BA from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at Mills College.

The Labriola National American Indian Data Center's primary purpose is to support scholarship and instruction on Indigenous knowledge across all disciplines at ASU. Since its inception in 1993, the Labriola Center has become a pivotal service for the ASU Indigenous community.

Abalone Mountain Press is a Diné woman owned press located on occupied Akimel O'odham land. Our mission is to create a space for Indigenous voices to be heard without having to accommodate the white gaze. We strive to create books for Native people by Native people. We hope to create a press that supports Native artistry in all forms. We hope to bring quality work to Indigenous literature and create a world for Indigenous voices to thrive as genuinely and true to form.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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