Photo Credit: Katharine T. Jacobs
Currently pursuing an MLIS at San Jose State University, Emilly Prado, creates compelling zines. Recently, Emilly created a bilingual zine entitled Con Las Dos Manos/With Both Hands to be published with Microcosm Publishing. Emilly crafted the zine in January 2017 while working as an artist-in-residence in her parents' home state of Michoacán, Mexico. The zine explores the landscape of Mexico in relation to her familial history and is comprised of three parts: Diez/Ten, Para Las Marias/ For the Marias, and La Nopalito/El Nopalito. Each section is accompanied by a digital illustration and photograph as well. Additionally, each section, the introduction, and the footnotes are all written in English and Spanish. Emilly also published a zine called Women of Color in Punk Rock: An Anthology of Punk Pioneers from 1970-99.
Emilly works as a library assistant at Oregon City Public Library and is currently working on building and introducing a zine catalog with the Adult Services Librarian, Gina Bacon. In two worlds that artfully intertwines, Emilly finds herself, “quietly rejuvenated from my work, whether in the library or through my writing. The sense of community seeps heavily in both realms of my professional work and I feel extremely fortunate to work in each field.” When she is not working in the library or studying, Emilly works as a columnist/freelance writer at Portland Mercury, Travel Portland, and Bitch Media. Using an intersectional feminist framework, she writes about marginalized communities in music, culture, activism, and art. To learn more about Emilly's projects, visit www.emillyprado.com.