5th Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest

Feb 29, 10 am - 5 pm at Peterborough Public Library

The 5th Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest will take place in the Community Room at the Peterborough Public Library on Saturday, February 29, 2019 from 10 am - 5 pm. The event will feature artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, letterpress prints and cards, the work of small presses, woodcuts, screen prints, handmade books and other types of book and paper arts.

Book + Zine Fest Participants:

Aitchkay Books
Heather L. Kelly is a Canadian poet, artist book maker, blogger, and arts marketing consultant. She is the author and designer of four poetry chapbooks; Serendipity, Her Nature, Night Toad, and Textianity. Her poetry has been published by Vallum Magazine, Musicworks, Outrider Press, and, mostly, Aitchkay Books. She lives in Toronto with her husband and aquatic family members.

Angela Hennessey
Angela came to Canada from Germany in 1955, began painting in 2001 and continues to study with experienced artists through workshops in various media, earning numerous awards at juried shows. She is an Elected Member of The Society of Canadian Artists, and belongs to many arts organizations including: The Station Gallery, Whitby, Visual Arts Centre, Bowmanville, Quest Art Gallery, Midland, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ajax Creative Arts and The Oshawa Arts Association. At present her main focus is investigating and experimenting in all methods of printmaking, from etching, lino/wood-cut relief printing, open screen mono-printing, lithography to impasto water-colour printing using a press and combinations of these. Being a very process-oriented person, Angela finds the end result less important than the journey!

Arlo & Georgia
Arlo and Georgia are students at TAS, and have been making art together their whole lives. They have been working on a limited run of original zines, art prints and other cool art items that will be for sale.

Baby Robert
just a dude that likes to make interesting things

visual artist, mixed media, mail art, zine-book making, small press contributor,2 books of images published.

Bruce Gravel

Humour author Bruce Gravel has published 6 books: four short story collections and 2 novels. He writes a weekly humour column for Peterborough This Week and MyKawartha.com.

bird, buried press
bird, buried press publishes writers and artists from or living in Ontario. Publications are assembled by hand, and often include one-of-a-kind features. Based in Peterborough.

Black Panel Press
Black Panel Press is a small, independent publisher of European historical, science fiction, and historical graphic novels including The Corsair, Conquest: Julius Caesar's Gallic War, and Ancient Astronauts.

Cagliostro & Summers

Katelynne Cagliostro is an artist/illustrator originally from the Trent Hills area, currently residing in Guelph, Ontario. Her goal is to inspire body positivity, self love and growth through storytelling and comics. She is currently working on a series of comics named Sad Girl, where she discusses topics in her daily life such as coping with anxiety, learning self love and what it means to be a softie. Her recent zine //take care discusses self care through charming houseplants. When she’s not making artwork, she is teaching children’s art classes and mastering her homemade pasta sauce.


Emma Summers is an artist/illustrator currently residing in Whitby, Ontario with her partner, their new baby and two cats. With an education in Textile Design, Summers’ special interest lays in screen-printing, garment design and costume design. She is very passionate about comics and graphic novels; and has been a lifelong fan of them as a means of storytelling. Summers is currently experimenting with mixed mediums, narratives relating to her newfound motherhood (and its unique challenges) and a new obsession with constellations and enamel pins


Jessica Clement is a 23-year-old journalism graduate turned bookbinder with a passion for creating Coptic stitch bound notebooks using wood as her main medium.

Charlit Floriano

A multiple dimension artist based in Hamilton Ontario. Charlit makes prints, gifs and comics, most recently “Notice Me Noticing You” a soft hearted office romance with writer Meishang Chung. She also loves folktales, Jimin and camping.

Cheryl Edwards

I've always been fascinated with making books. As I small child I did so with paper and ribbon. Later, as an older child I did so with paper and staples. Now, I do so with bound paper, glue, and polymer clay.

Debbie Waker Handmade Paper
Debbie has been making paper for almost twenty years. Initially self taught, through reading books and trial and error, she eventually found a course on paper making at the Ottawa School of Art. Here she added to her knowledge and began to learn about bookbinding. On moving to the GTA, Debbie became a member of the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Artist Guild in Toronto where she has taken several courses.

Debbie makes eco-friendly paper; paper made from recycled paper and whatever grows outside such as leeks, corn, onion, beets and hosta. This has led to interesting discoveries and unique paper.

Focal Piece Studio
Tami Sixx is a growing creative. Intensely drawn to collage\visual art, poetry and storytelling. She is actively creating a collection of shorts...mixing visual art, poetry and music. Aware of her many privileges Tami actively works on being and doing better in all aspects of her being, contributions and relations. Blessed and grateful to be living on and playing in beautiful, Nogojiwanong.

Writing poems, shortstories and creating collage art from an early age; she uses these platforms to process and express how she feels, sees and experiences life and the world around her ~

Sixx has had the opportunity to organize and participate in a variety of community events including; The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Idea Share Peterborough and was proudly a "Change Your World" "Taking It Global" workshop presenter at a Youth Leadership Conference at York U.

Stumbling across the Peterborough Poetry Slam scene in 2016 has led her to make wonderful new friends, share her truths and connect with a community of soulful, talented artists. You can catch her co-hosting live; Blank Pages, Pens and Stages on Trent Radio. A program dedicated to Spoken Word and supporting other humans sharing their stories.

Invited to perform an original piece at the Storytellers of Canada Conference at Trent reignited a passion for artistic self expression. She competed and landed a spot on the 2018 Peterborough Poetry Slam Team. Representing Our scene at The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Guelph... She is firm in her belief that Art Saves Lives

Free Society Distribution
Free Society started as a punk and anarchist zine in 1998 in Sarnia, Ontario. Within a year, it had become a multifaceted project for organizing benefit punk shows and distributing anarchist and punk music, zines and books. In 2005 the project moved to Nogojiwanong / Peterborough. The last issue of Free Society zine came out in 2008, but the shows have continued as well as the distribution. There will be zines and some books from Crimethinc, AK Press and PM Press.


Lily Huang is a current 4th year illustration student at OCADU. She is a visual storyteller and communicates it through a variety of mediums; analog, digital and printmaking. She enjoys making short stories through zines and silkscreens.

Jackson Creek Press

Jeffrey is a Peterborough, Ontario based artist, working primarily with relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. He often employs words as visual triggers, as well as present-day/historical pop-culture icons and figures in both his print work and his mixed media pieces.


Kathryn is a maker who has a mild obsession with the Bible. She was raised Catholic and has a degree in Religion and Culture. She mostly works with textiles and vintage books and illustrations but works with other found materials. Kathryn creates costumes for a small theatre company and for Wearable Art Shows. In 2019 she was co-curator of the Creepy Doll Museum. Kathryn likes thinking about religion and currently flits between atheism and agnosticism.


We butcher language so you can enjoy the flavour.

O Underworld!
Bennett is a musician and letterpress printer. he performs regularly in various groups, most notably: Horseman, Pass By., The Craig Pedersen Quartet, and solo as Cold Eye.

He has been printing for a few years, making books, show posters and broadsides.

Pat Marchen
A lifetime that includes careers in writing, photography, graphic design and computer support, part-time studies in art, design and book-binding and a middle-aged introduction to historical research has come full circle, resulting in a self-published non-fiction book that takes place in Peterborough County in 1894. Rest in Pieces is about a mother of five who was accused of chopping the head off a man and burning her house to cover the alleged crime. The book is a work in progress. The author releases a limited number at a time, allowing her to tweak and improve it and for readers to offer input and adjustments in future copies.

Rob Niezen

Rob Niezen is a painter and printmaker who s partly self taught, and studied at Vrije Akademies in The Hague and Delft, Netherlands (drawing and painting), at the Art School of Peterborough (painting), and at the Haliburton School of the Arts (printmaking).

In printmaking he creates narrative pieces, working primarily with linocuts, including reduction prints. Current work includes his 'Heads & Tales' series that combines linoprint, blind emboss, collage (stamps), and text. In 2018 he was one of the artists selected for Roll-O-Matic, Public Acts of Printmaking, in ArtsWeek Peterborough, a biennial multi-arts festival.

His oil paintings have been shown seven solo exhibitions. He has participated in over two dozen group shows, and in over thirty juried exhibitions, including recently PRINT at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. His studio has been a stop on the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour - juried by the Art Gallery of Peterborough - since 2010.

His work is in private and corporate collections across Europe, New Zealand and North America, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre, SickKids Toronto and Siemens Canada.

In 2015, Peterborough County awarded Rob Niezen a Leadership in Arts & Culture Recognition Award. He was a board member at the Art School of Peterborough for six years, and is still involved as a volunteer in marketing the school. He is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists.

Rob Niezen was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and lives and works in Douro, Ontario, Canada.

Soft Words

Sage P. Irwin is a semi-autobiographical speculative poet - a monstrous kind of hybrid. They write poems, personal essays, and zines on queer and trans identity, mental health, spirituality, social justice, nature, and creativity. You can check out more of their work on their website, www.softwords.home.blog, or follow them @soft_poems on Instagram.

Spring Peeper Poetry & Donovan Street Press

Tanah Haney is a local poet, harpist, novelist and music teacher. Her husband Mark Harrison is a photographer, graphic designer and digital artist. "Where the World Bleeds Through" represents a collaborative journey through poetry and art spanning over 25 years. Joe Mahoney is a Whitby-based writer/broadcaster currently working for the CBC, whose work includes short fiction and the science-fiction time-travel novel "A Time and a Place".

The Penny Arcade

I am a poet with 2 books of poetry (“Last Stop, Lonesome Town” Mansfield Press, and “Or God” O! Underworld) as well as several broadsides (published by Happy Monks Press and Penny Arcade Press). In addition, I am an illustrator, textile and collage artist. In 2015, my work was featured at Evans Contemporary Gallery in Peterborough, Ontario and in 2016 during Artsweek.

The Sunday Night Bombers

The Sunday Night Bombers publish a variety of Canadian artists and writers, with the principal ambition of providing a platform for outsider creators. Publications are released online and in print, quarterly in The Sunday Night Black & White; a zine featuring black and white art and short form narrative.

Watercolours by Dwayne

Watercolour artist and author Dwayne R. James lives near Lakefield, and used to be a technical communicator at a large multi-national computer company. It was this company’s decision to downsize him in 2009, coupled with the arrival of twins shortly thereafter, that set Dwayne on the path towards a creatively driven life that includes both writing and painting.

Dwayne has self-published a number of books. His latest is a sci-fi adventure about a young man who has been displaced in time, and discovers a code that just might be what he needs to keep a dystopian future from happening.