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Poetry Writing and Zine-Making Workshop with Alannah Banae

March 2, 1 p.m.4 p.m.

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A local Indigenous poet will host a workshop at the Oklahoma History Center on poetry writing and zine making. The class will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Alannah Benae will work with students on poetry writing and walk them through creating a zine. Poets of all experience levels, from beginners to long-time writers, are invited to join the workshop.

Benae is a local writer, poet, and writing instructor. She is an enrolled member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and is also Oglala Lakota, Kickapoo, Delaware, and Cheyenne-Arapaho. Her work has been showcased in both in-state and out-of-state gallery showings.

Poet Alannah Benae smiles and holds a microphone

Alannah Benae speaking at a showcase

Tickets can be purchased online. The cost is $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $15 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is Saturday, February 24. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Register for the workshop.

What is a Zine?

The word “zine”—pronounced “zeen”—is short for fanzines or magazines. They are small, often hand-held publications that began to emerge in the 1930s and became more widespread in the 1970s. They are typically created by a single person or a small group of people and are often photocopied and distributed by hand or by mail. Zines often have an inventive, artistic aesthetic using illustration and words to express a point of view or personal experiences.


March 2
1 p.m.–4 p.m.


Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105