On the afternoon of November 19th, Kaya Students for Independent Publishing and American Institute of Graphic Arts USC set up shop on the southwest side of campus. The venue–Parkside Performance Cafe–provided a cozy space for student-run organizations and indie creators to present their works. The turnout exceeded our expectations and led to plenty of sales, great conversations, and new friends!
Closest to the entrance sat the Healing Process, a student-run bi-annual magazine that explores health and well-being through art and literature. They publish student submissions of literature, poetry, photography, and art.
Next, our friends at AIGA USC showcased their creations! From screen printed posters to hand-crafted and vintage jewelry, they had every craft to satisfy your gift-giving needs. AIGA USC is a design club that gives members the opportunity to form professional connections and present their works at events like our pop-up shop.
Seite Books, an independent bookstore in East LA, claimed the back of our space. Seite is a small store that specializes in art publications and zines in addition to selling literary titles. Some of their greatest offerings include Spanish language texts and comics written by and about people of color.
The Altar Collective is a student-run literary collective with the aim of preserving the magic of printed text in a society saturated with technology. At our pop-up bookstore, they offered free copies of each of their five volumes with donations accepted at attendees’ discretion.
Fractal is a literary magazine founded and edited by USC students. They publish fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction in electronic format. Their aim is to publish works that “disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” At our bookshop, Fractal presented several printed volumes for attendees to peruse.
Don’t these books look familiar? Of course, Kaya books made an appearance, along with our smoking tiger stickers and tattoos! We can’t wait to see the growth of this pop-up in coming years.