Off-Site: Quimby’s Selling Anders Nilsen’s Poetry Is Useless at Poetry Magazine Release Party at the Poetry Foundation

6:30 pm

PoetrySummertime_Final_webDon’t miss Quimby’s at the launch party celebrating the newest issues of Poetry magazine, its contributors, readers, and the poetry curious. The POETRY Summertime PARTY, celebrating Poetry magazine’s June and July/August 2015 issues, features readings and visual presentations from contributors Erika L. Sánchez, Amy Newman, and Anders Nilsen—followed by a “useless” Q & A with Poetry editors Fred Sasaki and Lindsay Garbutt and a performance by musical guest KSRA. Quimby’s will be there selling issues of Poetry Mag as well as Anders Nilsen’s new book Poetry Is Useless!

This free, all-ages bash features snacks from Lula Café, book sales courtesy of Quimby’s, and a GlitterGuts photobooth. Grab the newest issues of Poetry and take advantage of special subscription offers, plus a book signing with Anders Nilsen for his forthcoming title Poetry Is Useless. Performances begin at 7:00PM.

Amy Newman’s most recent books include On This Day in Poetry History (forthcoming) and Dear Editor (Persea Books, 2011). She teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Her poem “Howl” appears in the July/August issue.

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of, most recently, Poetry Is Useless (2015) and Rage of Poseidon (2013), both published by Drawn & Quarterly, and The End (Fantagraphics Books, 2013). His comics appear in the July/August’s “The View from Here” portfolio.

Erika L. Sánchez is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of a 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poem “Narco” appears in the June  issue.

With special musical guest KSRA. Producer, singer, and songwriter KSRA (pronounced que sera) is known for her performances featuring sampling and killer operatic soul vocals. Her single “Bad Habit,” featuring Talib Kweli, is available through her website,

Please note! This event is NOT at Quimby’s! It is at:

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654

More information at

Facebook event page here.

New Stuff This Week

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Usually we get about 75 new items a week. With CAKE being last weekend, we have over 150 new items! This list is but only a sample!


Fallopian Falafel #16 by by Hadass S. Ben-Ari $3.00

Purple Myrtle Squeegy #10 Apr 2015 A PMS Perzine $1.50

Best of Gene Lubin $1.75 Excerpts from the author’s best lesser-known novels.

After the Ball: A Zine about Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats by Paul Reilly $4.00

Chasing Posada: A Macabre Populist in the City by Ryan Standfest $10.00

Mono Rot #1 by David Becker $6.00

Projected Gore Monstrous Mothers the Sublime and Inside a L’interieur by Piss Off Productions $7.00

Alamo Igloo #23 2015 by Keith Herzik $12.00 – Mad scientist-artist Keith Herzik’s 2015 screenprinted zine offers a collage of shapes and colors that pop and gurgle. There’s even different sizes of paper bound in. Is it possible to convert a candy shop to a screenprinted zine? Because that’s apparently the alchemy that Herzik possesses. Who knows what goes on in his mind? Best not to ask, only appreciate. -LM

War is War is War #2 by Jason File $3.00

Acid Boy by Matt Z. $.50

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest #9 Spr 15 Tectonic Disobedience $20.00

Comics & Minis

Sky is Falling: A Short Comic About Interstellar Philosophy and Eggs and Eryn Williams $2.00

Every Night by Batskank $7.00

Rotland Inquiry #1 Charlie Hebdo, edited by Ryan Standfest / designed by S. William Schudlich $10.00 – The Critical Organ of Rotland Press in tabloid form, by editor/publisher Ryan Standfest, straight outta Detroit. With critical essays and art examining the content of and media responses to the French weekly “Charlie Hebdo.” With contributions by Stéphane Blanquet, Hugleikur Dagsson, D.B. Dowd, Mort Gerberg, Jeet Heer, Danny Hellman, David Hughes, Paul Krassner, Mark McKinney, Tony Millionaire, Leigh Phillips, Martin Rowson, Johnny Sampson, Mahendra Singh, Art Spiegelman and Matthias Wivel.
Providence Comics Consortium comics: Buddies 2015 Yearbook Anthology $8.00, PCC Showcase, various issues, $5.00 each: #16 Invisible Toilet, #17 (With Alison Rutsch & Brendan Tobin), #20 Washington Park Library Sep 2014, Sparkle #1 Apr 15 by Arthur Middleton & Caitlin Cali, Math Warriors #1 Kill All Math Haters Always Pet Cats, Baboon Banana Dog and Other Stories
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New Nightmare and Sleepy in Borrowed Time by Peter Faecke $4.00

Titan #1 Francois Vigneault (StudyGroup) $4.95

Twenty First Century Tank Girl #1 by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin $3.99

It Will All Hurt #1 by Farel Dalrymple (StudyGroup) $8.00

Secret Voice #2 by Zack Soto (StudyGroup) $8.00

Blubber #1 by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $3.99

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Baseline Blvd by Emi Gennis $8.00

Cricket $10.00

A Letter For You by Fiona Avocado $4.00

Poly Glot Cunning Linguist Love Life Comics by Hazel Newlevant $3.00

If This Be Sin s by Hazel Newlevant $10.00

Goodbye Or the State Of Nature by Ben Passmore $5.00

Hello Stranger Travel Comics by Robin Ha $7.00

Brandon’s Car World by Eddy Rivera $5.00

Ley Lines $5.00 each: Thank God I Am in Love by Cathy G. Johnson, Unholy Shapes by Annie Mok, Golden Smoke by Warren Craghead

Butch Pony Tail #2 by O. Hovarth $5.00

Then What by Robyn Jordan $4.00

Lyric Sheet by Kevin Czap $1.00

Inaction Comics #1 Productivity by Anderson Kimball $12.00

Cyanide Milkshake #6 by Liz Suburbia $2.00

various issues of Rotland Dreadfuls, $4.00 each: vol 2 #1 Red Swan by Marc Brunier-Mestas, vol 1 #4 Make It Look Fancy by Gregory Jacobson, Trie Scream Pig Trie by Chris Cilla, vol 1 #7 Headlines by Onsmith & Sanya Glisic

A Giant’s Rant by Jo Dery $3.00

New issues of Coin Op, $6.00 each:The Morning After the Day the Music Died & Dial Nine For an Outside Line

Culture Guide by Faye H. Kahn $8.00

Space Opera #1 & #2 by Sam Szabo $2.00 each

Blown Away #1 by Alyssa Jo Varner $5.00

Soft Violence by Danielle Chenette $7.00

Its Still Happening a Sequel by Theora Kvitka $5.00

Lightning Peach Trees by Alex Kostiw $4.00

Cum Lung issues #1-#3 by Aaron Manczyk $4.00 each – Time traveling in a, erm, adult fashion.

Grixly issues #32 & #33 by Nate McDonough $2.00 each

Plush #3 by Brett Maning $5.00 – Tasty treat! It’s the third installment of Brett Manning’s uber cutetastic, colorful, magickal and fun minicomic Plush. Replete with mystical beings, trippy fruit and sassy critters, this drippy installment may just give you a toothache, friend. Find your true self with a quiz worthy of a witchy version of Sassy mag entitled “are you perhaps maybe actually a magical, ethereal being?” A spirited yet refined sugar rush.-NY

Hi Mom I’m Going to Chicago by Hanna Pirita Lehkonen $2.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Finnish comics!: Without You by Hanna Pirita Lehkonen $7.00, Hirsute Hazard $15.00, Team Parvelo 5 v Artbook anthology $10.00, Lepakkoluola $15.00

Grip: The Strange World of Men by Gilbert Hernandez (Dark Horse) $19.99

Adventure Time: The Flip Side by Pendleton Ward $19.99

Art Masters Series: Pablo by Julie Birmant& Clement Oubrerie (Self-Made Hero) $27.50

Eat That Toast by Matt Czap $19.95

Towerkind by Kat Verhoeven (Conundrum) $15.00

Mike’s Place: A True Story Of Love Blues and Terror In Tel Aviv by Joshua Faudem & Jack Baxter (First Second) $22.99


My Eyes Are Black Holes by Logan Ryan Smith $10.00

Household Spirit by Tod Wodicka $26.95

Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen $28.00

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions For a Better Future ed. by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer $15.99 – Stories by authors such as Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, inspired by the author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future.

Viral by Emily Mitchell $15.95


English is Not Easy: A Visual Guide to the Language by Luci Gutierrez $18.00

Neighbors From Hell: An American Bedtime Story by Jan Frel & Jon Dolan, illustrations by Taras Kharechko (Feral House) $14.95 – Neighbors From Hell finds itself nestled in the “children’s book for adults” niche in the vein of Go the F*ck to Sleep. The book tells the story of the real life monsters in America who could be living next door, people like a repo man, a reality TV star, or a slumlord.

Essays & Memoirs

Brooklyn the Black by Asha Veal Brisebois $13.00 softcover or $24.00 hard cover

Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer by Matthew Gavin Frank $14.95


Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek MD MD and T.J. Mitchell $16.00

Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle by Tristan Donovan $16.95


Paper Ninja: Thirteen Easy to Make Ninjas, Plus Full Sized Master Killer Dojo and Weapons by Daniel Stark and Chris Carfolite (PowerHouse) $14.95

Politics & Revolution

2 Noam Chomsky titles from Haymarket Publishing! Culture of Terrorism $19.00, On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures $16.00


Bitch #67 $6.95

Majestic Disorder #4 $18.99

Laphams Quarterly vol 8 #3 Sum 15 $17.00 Philanthropy

Hip Mama #57 $5.95

Little White Lies #59 Truth and Movies $12.99

Shock Cinema #48 $5.00

Atlantis Rising #112 $6.95

Ladygunn #11 Wiz Khalifa the Discovery Issue $9.99

Cannabis Now #15 $7.99

Victory Journal #9 Youth $16.00

Modern Farmer #8 Sum 15 $7.99 – Did you hear the news? The new goat!

Monocle vol 9 #84 Jun 15 $12.00

The Big Takeover #76 $5.99

Man of the World #12 Michael Huisman $20.00
Lit Mags

Ninth Letter vol 12 #1 Spr Sum 15 $14.95

Brick #95 Sum 15 A Literary Journal $15.00

The Oxford American #89 Sum 15 Fiction Issue $6.95


Meat #17 $20.00 – Men in and out of their trousers while in and out of the shower and pools while in and out of each other! Plus: a Q & A with The Backyard Boys Harley McGuire and Dearon South, who agreed that the one thing that would improve their quality of life is a swimming pool in the backyard. I couldn’t agree more. But it would be nice if they were in it. -LM

Bob Suren reads from Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records 7/17

7:00 pm

cdig_lgCrate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records is a funny, honest and personal memoir of thirty years in the D.I.Y. punk scene. There are stories about touring, recording studios and record stores. There are stories about success, failure, disappointment, self-actualization and heartbreak. There are 60,000+ words, 192 pages and 39 photos. The story takes place over three decades in nine countries on four continents. There are nine deaths, two basset hounds and one love poem. There are special appearances by Jello Biafra, Ron Reyes (possibly), Tesco Vee, Joey Shithead, Cheetah Chrome and one very serious FBI agent.

"Really brings to life the early days of the American punk scene as it spread slowly across the country, through turntables, fanzines, and word of mouth.  His vivid vinyl recollections illustrate how good record stores and adventurous college radio stations were so essential in bringing startling new music into the lives of many previously isolated kids.  It follows the trajectory of a kid as his passion for music became all-consuming."
– Jeff Nelson, Minor Threat and Dischord Records

"A fun, easy-to-read, personal narrative of 30 years of living through "Punk Rock" - finding records, going to concerts, making discoveries, and a myriad of other experiences - that help the reader "make sense" of a still-inspiring cultural revolution and breakthrough "philosophy of life" that spawned the current "entrepreneurial culture" (where everybody wants to start their own "start-up"). D-I-Y, indeed..."
-- V. Vale, founder of SEARCH & DESTROY and RE/SEARCH Publications


Bob Suren has written for numerous underground music magazines over the decades such as Maximum Rocknroll, Engine, Seven Inches to Freedom and published his own magazine, Heavy Rotation. Crate Digger is his first book.

For more info: or surentime(at)gmail(dot)com

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Sophie Goldstein Reads From The Oven 7/10

7:00 pm

theovenIn Sophie Goldstein’s new book The Oven (AdHouse Books), she talks about a hopeful and dystopian future. Ozone depletion and dwindling resources have driven the human race into domed cities where population controls are strictly enforced. When a young couple goes looking for an anti-government paradise in the desert they may have found more than they bargained for.

“Sophie Goldstein’s artwork looks very simple, but it’s the kind of simplicity that’s complexity boiled down to a potent concentrate.” –Douglas Wolk,


Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  In 2014 she won an Ignatz Award for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I. Her first book Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Her second book, The Oven, was released by AdHouse Books in April, 2015. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


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Friday, July 10th, 7pm – Free Event

Ben Tanzer and Jonathan Travelstead read from The New York Stories and How We Bury Our Dead With Zoe Zolbrod and Seth Berg 7/7

7:00 pm

nystoriesbeerIn 2006, celebrated author Ben Tanzer began working on a series of short stories all set in the fictional upstate New York town of Two Rivers, most of them published in various literary journals over the years and eventually collected into the three small volumes Repetition Patterns (2008), So Different Now (2011), and After the Flood (2014). Now for the first time, all 33 of these stories have been gathered in The New York Stories, for what is already being recognized as career defining collection.


“With great humor and the natural voice of your closest confidant, Ben Tanzer brings us stories set in our shared fictional hometown of Two Rivers, NY. With tenderness and heart, Ben brings us real people and their poignant, messy struggles, reminding us of the folly of our youth and the beauty in even our most mundane histories. Though my family left when I was small for the big city, Tanzer has given this reader the gift of a sliding door here, and I think you’ll feel the same way, wherever you’re from.” – Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much


Winner of the 2013 Cobalt Poetry Prize for his poem “Trucker,” Jonathan Travelstead has compiled an astounding collection of adrenalized poetry. How We Bury Our Dead is a narrative work which follows a single speaker as he jumps from one intense situation to the next in order to avoid his mother’s struggle with cancer. An Air Force firefighter, he volunteers to accompany his unit to Kuwait, and, after returning and still unable to cope, he hitchhikes his way across Alaska before finally going home.

“Jonathan Travelstead maps the quest for his elemental “end points and beginnings.” Doing so, he spans topography as various as Southern Illinois strip mines, automobile accident scenes, and Iraqi battle zones. What results are narratives that bare-knuckle gut-punch easy redemption. These poems honor the dead and the dying, refusing to avert the eye from certain explosion. It’s no wonder the keenest offer “prayers” for hand tools that do something palpably useful, say, prying open the wrecked heart’s flaming chariot of half-spoken desires.”   —Kevin Stein, author of Wrestling Li Po for the Remote

Tanzer and Travelstead will be joined Zoe Zolbrod, author of the acclaimed novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010) and poet Seth Berg, co-author of The Aviary, the recent Twin Antlers Prize for poetry from Artistically Declined Press.

For more info: Ben Tanzer:   tanzerben(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, July 7th, 7pm – Free Event