Printers’ Ball Is a Comin’!

Our friends at Poetry Magazine and some other sponsors are putting together this year’s Printers’ Ball. Here’s their call to action if you want to get involved! -Liz

Poetry magazine, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Newcity invite you to participate in this year’s Printers’ Ball!

The Printers’ Ball
Friday, August 22, 5pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue

The Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print literature in Chicago. Over one hundred arts and literary organizations gather under one roof to present a diverse showcase of print publications including free magazines, journals, books, weeklies, posters, and more.

There is no fee to participate in the Printers’ Ball. To be a part of the festivities, simply reply to this e-mail by June 30. With your reply, please provide:

–The name of your organization
–A twenty to fifty word description of your organization or publication
(To be published in a special Printers’ Ball insert in Newcity)
–Frequency/circulation of publication (if applicable)
–In kind donation (with approximate value)

The Printers’ Ball runs on the good will of the city and is able to provide Chicago with the most comprehensive array of its print literature every year because of the generosity of its participants.

Please donate as many current and back issues of your publication as possible (up to 300) for the Chicago print display in the MCA’s atrium. IF YOU CANNOT DONATE MORE THAN A FEW COPIES, YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE BY SHOWCASING YOUR PUBLICTION IN THE PRINTERS’ BALL VIEWING LIBRARY. Tables will be set up to display your wares in the lower lever of the MCA. You will not be able to sell your products, but will share and spread the word about your work.

To register to show your print in the Printers’ Ball viewing library, please complete and send your information to, subject title “Printers’ Ball Viewing Library.”

We also encourage you to contribute literature about your organization, subscription offers, broadsheets, buttons, fliers, handbills, stickers, T-shirts, etc. Literary organizations and websites that are not affiliated with a print publication are welcome to promote at the Printers’ Ball in this way as well.

Again, this is a free event, including music, video, performance, and more with no fee to present. We won’t have assigned tables or signs or panels, but plenty of room to step out from behind the page to engage our colleagues and community.

As always we are trying to broaden the scope of the Printers’ Ball, so please forward this invitation to everyone you know who’s working for our vibrant literary community. The Printers’ Ball is open to everyone, and we need everyone’s help to make this as inclusive and representative as possible!

Best regards,

Fred Sasaki
Assistant Editor, Poetry
444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL  60611-4034
312.787.7070  Ext. 8005
312.787.6650  Fax