In 1991 Steven Svymbersky, the founder of Quimby’s, opened the store’s in Chicago on 1328 N. Damen (at Evergreen) in Wicker Park, in a 1000 sq. ft. space. Since 1985 he had published over 50 zines with his friends, and had published Quimby Magazine for five years in Boston. Steven’s philosophy of the store: “I really want to carry every cool – bizarre – strange – dope – queer – surreal – weird publication ever written and published and in time Qvimby’s will. Because I know you’re out there and you just want something else, something other, something you never even knew could exist.” In 1997 he sold the store to the current owner Eric Kirsammer, and he moved to Amsterdam. Now he’s back to say hello! A limited engagement!
Although his work is primarily dark fantasy horror, D.L. Russell considers himself a teller of weird tales, in The Twilight Zone – Amazing Stories tradition. He is one of the founders of the publication Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine. His new collection is titles Hell Is an Awfully Big City (Wild Cat Books). For more info: www.dlrussellsworld.com
Dancing girl press poets Cindy St. John (People in Love Will Read this Book Differently) and Julie Strand (The Mae West Defense) will read from their work.
Cindy St. John lives in Austin, TX. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Southern Review, Broadsidedpress.org and The Florida Review.
Julie Strand lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is the Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her poetry has appeared in Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Rock Heals (A Narrow House Weekly) and others.
The dancing girl press chapbook series was founded in 2004 to publish and promote the work of women poets and artists through chapbooks, journals, book arts projects, and anthologies. Spawned by the online zine wicked alice, dgp seeks to publish work that bridges the gaps between schools and poetic techniques–work that’s fresh, innovative, and exciting. The press has published over 50 titles by emerging women poets in delectable handmade editions.
For more info: http://www.dancinggirlpress.com
The first in what will be a regular monthly lit series from the folks at THE2NDHAND (the2ndhand.com), wherein one featured writer a month riffs on the question in the reading’s title in whatever manner he or she deems appropriate. For this first installment, both THE2NDHAND and Chicago-performance-scene stalwarts Chris Bower and Jill Summers will be riffing with nerves of steel. They’ll be joined by the event’s host janitor Harold Ray (aka ACM fiction editor and THE2NDHAND coeditor Jacob Knabb), Requited Journal managing editor Amanda Marbais and a new issue of broadsheet.
ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS: Chris Bower has recently seen staging of several of his dramas, including the one-act Notes to Molly at SAIC and Little Boy Needs Ride as part of the Happy Family series at Viaduct Theater. He is one of the founders of the occasional Ray’s Tap reading series and has performed widely in Chicago and elsewhere. About Notes to Molly, part of a program of three one-acts, the Chicago Theater blog had this to say, “Bower deals the most devastating realism of all these pieces. Based on his short story by the same name, the play etches an indelible portrait of a dead-end alcoholic couple and the psychological forces that barely keep them hanging on, to themselves and to life. It is an intensely realized work…” THE2NDHAND repeat performer and writer Jill Summers’ audio fiction has been featured on Chicago Public Radio, via the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and with New Adventures in Sound Art. Her work has appeared in many magazines, and she’s authored three collections of audio shorts She was Chicago’s reigning Opium magazine Literary Death Match Champ from 5/23/09 – 7/31/09, whereupon THE2NDHAND’s entry in the LDM held at the 2009 Chicago Printers Ball, Spencer Dew, took the crown.
For more info: http://www.the2ndhand.com
This event is a reading from Jessica Max Stein’s 84-page zine The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer. It’s a biography of the man behind such beloved characters as Statler, Beaker, Miss Piggy and Janice. Come watch over an hour of Muppet clips and learn about this tragically short-lived, hugely talented queer puppeteer with a wide range of talents.
For more info:
“The Rainbow Connection” on the Muppet Wiki: