Meet BlackMass Publishing at the Library!

On Black Solidarity Day, meet BlackMass Publishing and celebrate the Library’s acquisition of the BlackMass Collection. 

Founders of BlackMass publishing

  • When: November 6, 2023 
    • 5:00-5:30pm: Open House / Browse the Collection 
    • 5:30-6:30pm: Talk and Q/A with Yusuf Hassan and Kwamé Sorrell of BlackMass Publishing 
  • Where: Rosenthal Library, Tanenbaum Room 300i 
  • Light refreshments will be served. 

BlackMass Publishing is an independent press promoting and publishing material by Black Artists founded by Yusuf Hassan in 2019. Combining archival photographs and found print material with poetry and jazz music, BlackMass grapples with the blurred lines and idiosyncrasies which make up the collective improvisation of African diasporic culture. 

Photo Credit, Portrait of BlackMass: Ari Marcopoulos

Queens College Special Collections and Archives recently acquired a curated box of over 60 zines from BlackMass Publishing that explore politics, jazz, religion, architecture and other themes. 

Sponsored by: Queens College Library Special Collections and Archives, the Queens College MFA Program, and Queens College Africana Studies, with the generous support of the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. Photo of collection by Annie Tummino.

For more info or to make an appointment to view the BlackMass collection, please contact

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