Community Read Art

The Justice Library’s Community Read – Saginaw is seeking artists of all ages and media to create artwork for a “Kindred Community Zine,” inspired by one of 10 prompts (see below) from the book Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. What is a zine, you ask? A zine is a self-published magazine. The “Kindred Community Zine” will be a digital zine that is open to all and offers special opportunities for artist exposure as well as cash prizes! Winners will be announced in May.


  • Artwork must be inspired by one of the 10 quotes from the book provided below.
  • Entries can be created on a computer, or you can digitally upload a photograph of a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc., or even a recording of a performance piece.
  • Entries must be 5MB or less.
  • PDF, JPG, and DOCX files will be accepted.
  • Where able, image files should be 300 dpi.
  • Artwork is due by April 30, 2021.

To submit entries for the “Kindred Community Zine,” please fill out the online form at this link: HERE. Entries must be 5MB or less. PDF, JPG, DOCX files will be accepted. Where able image files should be 300dpi.

Artists should direct questions to

Businesses interested in displaying reproductions of artwork or supporting this project in other ways should contact us at

Support for the Justice Library’s Community Read – Saginaw is provided by the Saginaw Art Museum, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Public Libraries of Saginaw, The Ezekiel Project – Saginaw, Leopard Print Books, Gifts & Curiosities, and SVSU Center for Community Writing.


  1. “I lost my arm on my last trip home. My left arm.”
  2. “The boy already knew more about revenge than I did. What kind of man was he going to grow up into?”
  3. “Then go ’head and do what you want to do. Might have to take a whippin’ for it later on, but if you want it bad enough, the whippin’ won’t matter much.”
  4. “Oh, no” … I shook my head slowly. “All that couldn’t have happened in just seconds” … “But it was real! I was there!” I caught myself, took a deep breath, and slowed down. All right. If you told me a story like this, I probably wouldn’t believe it either, but like you said, this mud came from somewhere.”
  5. “Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of ‘wrong’ ideas.”
  6. “I realized that I knew less about loneliness than I had thought—and much less than I would know when he went away.”
  7. “Sometimes I wrote things because I couldn’t say them, couldn’t sort out my feelings about them, couldn’t keep them bottled inside me.”
  8. “‘The ones who make it. The ones living in freedom now.’ ‘If any do.’ ‘They do.’ ‘Some say they do. It’s like dying, though, and going to heaven. Nobody ever comes back to tell you about it.’”
  9. “Frankly, it never occurred to me that I needed someone who looked like me to show me the way. I was ignorant and arrogant and persistent and the writing left me no choice at all.”
  10. “Like all good works of fiction, it lies like the truth.”