Download ITEM

At Ephemera Fest 2014, we made a collaborative zine called ITEM. Folks were encouraged to create a page with essays, poetry, drawings, or anything else they felt like sharing.

We got so many great submissions, and we have just finished putting them all together into a full-color downloadable zine.

Thanks to all who participated; and special thanks to Anna Campomanes for putting ITEM together. Hope you enjoy.

-The EF Crew

1. Download
2. Under Print, push button “Properties” choose DOUBLE SIDED and SHORT END BIND
3. Now Print
4. Fold in half like a hamburger with Coverpage on outside
4. Bind with staples!


Article about EF 2014 in the Chevy Chaser!



The 2014 Ephemera Fest Organizers. Photo taken by Mick Jeffries for the Chevy Chaser.

The 2014 Ephemera Fest Organizers. Photo taken by Mick Jeffries for the Chevy Chaser.


Saraya Brewer wrote a great article about the Ephemera fest in the Chevy Chaser Magazine! Check it out!

Day-of logistics! EF 2014

We are SO STOKED that you’re coming to join us on Saturday! We have a couple of things we want to let you know before we all show up and the event gets rolling.

LOADING & PARKING: Since May 10th is the same day as May Fest, parking will be a little dicey right next to the Carnegie Center. All metered parking is free on weekends. If you’re really struggling, we can probably suggest some parking places you might not know of – don’t hesitate to ask!

SET UP: Come and help us set up on Friday between 2-5 p.m. at our Set Up Party:

FREE STUFF: If you have free stuff that you want to give out but don’t have space for it on your table, leave it to us! We’re going to have a spot for free stuff – fliers, stickers, business cards, prints, etc that folks can grab on their way in or out of the building. You don’t have to have a registered table to leave stuff on the free table.

FOOD: There should be some street food at May Fest in Gratz Park (adjacent to the Carnegie Center) and until noon at the Farmer’s Market a block away, as well as a variety of restaurants and coffee spots downtown.

BREAK DOWN: We MUST be out of the Carnegie Center promptly at 5 p.m. due to city funding regulations, so we will send someone around at 4:15 to start the packing-up process. We have to move in-house tables to their original locations and clean up the space in time to lock up at 5 p.m. If you are willing or able to help, we may ask for a hand to speed up the process.

AFTER PARTY: You are cordially invited to attend our Ephemera Fest after party! It’s a free show at Al’s bar (they have above-average bar food too, if you’re into that), you can check out more info here:

Finalized workshop and Reader schedule – EF 2014

We’re only three days away, how exciting! We know that there is a lot going on in Lexington this weekend, so you may be trying to figure out when to stop by the Ephemera Fest. Here is a schedule of the free workshops and readers so that you can plan your day. We of course don’t mind if you stay with us the whole time!



Workshop Schedule:         

Noon – 1pm                   Zines, Comix and Mental Health                         LB Lee

Noon – 1pm                   Digital Self-Publishing                                           Kathy Rowe

1-2pm                             Bookbinding                                                             Lindsay Riley

1-2pm                             History of Zines                                                       Cheyenne Hohman

2-3pm                            Junk Drawer Activity                                              Eric Bartholomew

2-3pm                            3-D Printing                                                              Ben Ven Broek

3-4pm                            Letterpress Basics                                                   Virginia McClure

3-4pm                            DIY Film Screening                                                 Randall Loder



11:15 – 11:25  Matthew Jankiewicz

11:25 – 11:35  Jude Noel

11:35 – 11:45  Robert S. King

11:45 – 11:55  Kathy Rowe

11:55 – 12:05 Morgan Richardson

12:05 – 12:15  Jay McCoy

12:15 – 12:25  K Nicole Wilson

12:25 – 12:35  Kasia Pater

12:35 – 12:45  John James

12:45 – 12:55  Jude Lally

12:55 – 1:05  Michelle Aiello

1:05 – 1:15  Chuck Clenney

1:15 – 1:25  Eric Bartholomew

1:25 – 1:35  Matthew Haughton

1:35 – 1:45  Leigh Anne Hornfeldt

1:45 – 1:55 Josh Kruer

1:55 – 2:05  Chris McCurry

2:05 – 2:15  Zachary Johnson

2:15 – 2:25  Nikki Yowell

2:25 – 2:35  Robin LaMer Rahija

2:35 – 2:45  Cheyenne Neckmonster

2:45 – 3:10  Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

3:10 – 3:20  Karl Coma-Thompson

3:20 – 3:30  Tina Andry

3:30 – 3:40  Adam Day

3:40 – 3:50  Ellen Lichvar

3:50 – 4:05  Jude McPherson

4:05 – 4:15  Jaria Nicole Gordon





Ephemera Fest Set Up Party

Ephemera Fest Set Up Party

Come lend a hand! We need to move tables around and get things in order for the Fest – and we’ll feed you pizza afterwards 🙂

RSVP at the link – it’s a Facebook event – or just show up if you can!

2pm-5pm, May 9th.


Thanks to our street team, our lovely Cricket Press posters are all over town! Know of a place than can use one? Let us know and we’ll deliver!

EF poster

Less than a month to go!

Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of the exhibitors and events you can expect to see at Ephemera Fest 2014:

Sara Turner of Cricket Press with her comic, The Ghosts of Pineville

From "The Ghosts of Pineville" By Sara Turner

From “The Ghosts of Pineville” By Sara Turner

An interactive presentation by Eric Bartholomew of Junk Drawer zine

Eric Bartholomew of Junk Drawer zine from the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest fest (photo by Oscar Arriola).

Eric Bartholomew of Junk Drawer zine from the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest fest (photo by Oscar Arriola).

WRFL 88.1 FM Radio Free Lexington’s long-running zine, RiFLe

Table and presentation from Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)

A custom-designed live photo booth from Shooting Frenzy



We are also working on a special DIY film screening. More details soon!

Can’t volunteer? Still want to help?

Don’t worry.

We accept donations via PayPal.

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Thanks, Cricket Press!!! We Have a Poster!

Feel free to share this around the web!

EF poster

Registration Deadline has Passed

Hey Y’all,

Thanks to everyone who has registered so far! We are excited for the diverse and awesome offerings to come to EF 2014! We are no longer taking registrations for tablers/distros/authors/artists, BUT you can still use the registration form to sign up for our newsletter or lend a hand as a volunteer before, during or after the event. RSVP here or tell your friends!

We’re super stoked!

See you soon,


The EF’ers