by Emily Moroz
SLC’s Main Library houses the largest alt press collection in a public library in the U.S. Visit it, and attend the 2010 Alt Press Festival this month.
Salt Lakers who go gaga for independent press are in luck: Our own downtown Main Library houses the largest zine and “alt press” collection in a public library in the U.S.
Since the advent of the typewriter in the mid-19th century, self-published and alternative press has been a crucial outlet for literature, poetry and art seen as avant-garde compared to mainstream media. Today, anyone with the motivation can self-publish; a zine (a term invented in the ‘60s to denote a quirky cousin of “magazine”) is a great way to start.