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Best Local Zine: The best lefty local zine you've never heard of 

LiP

Given the perennial paucity of funding for new indie rags, it's understandable that Bitch magazine editor and publisher Lisa Jervis would describe LiP as possibly "the best lefty political magazine you've never heard of." Jervis concedes, however, that rigorous analysis, elegant writing, and incisive societal commentary will eventually find this zine "the audience it deserves." Since the first hundred hand-stapled copies of LiP hit Chicago bookstores and coffee shops in 1996, the publication has steadily expanded its readership, established a strong online presence, and received accolades in Factsheet Five, Zine World, and Alternative Press Review. LiP's editor, Brian Awehali, is one of the nation's premier writers on the Indian Trust reform case -- which is, as he notes, the largest class-action lawsuit ever filed against the US federal government (but if you're confused, go to the LiP Web site and click on the "Features" link). Rumor has it that the Oakland-based LiP coterie also associates with more than a few high-fashion, snarky drag queens -- so the magazine benefit parties have a lot of promise.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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