Monthly Archive for June, 2008

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The Microcosm Tour Lands at Quimby’s!

Jul ’08
7:00 pm

The Microcosm Tour Lands at Quimby’s!
Join the Microcosm crew as they make a stop in Quimby’s while on their summer tour.

With performers:

Dave Roche is small man with a big heart. He’s friends with some weird Hollywood celebs but you’d know him best as the author of “On Subbing”  and “About My Disappearance”.

Joe Biel tinkers in zines, film, and books. He screens short film “talkies” about eccentric topics and is co-authoring a new edition of the book “Make a Zine”.

Sparky Taylor is the creative visual brain behind designing books at Microcosm Publishing. She also draws cute animals doing things like eating cookies on buttons and operates the Paperfort Zine Library.

About Microcosm:

Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. They distribute & publish zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, films, and more! They work to add credibility to zine writers and their ethics, teach self empowerment, show hidden history, and nurture people’s creative side. Microcosm began in 1996 with one person doing part time mailorder out of a bedroom.

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

Bizarro Fiction Night

Jul ’08
7:00 pm

Eckhard Gerdes, D. Harlan Wilson, David Agranoiff and Garrett Cook will be reading selections from their Bizarro Fiction books!

The Performers:
Eckhard Gerdes is the author of My Landlady the Lobotmist, The Million-Year Centipede, and Przewalski’s Horse. Eckhard publishes The Journal of Experimental Fiction. At times, he writes about literature for The Review of Contemporary Fiction, American Book Review, and Electronic Book Review. His fiction appears in various journals every now and then.

D. Harlan Wilson is the author of Dr Identity, Pseudo City; The Kafka Effekt, and Stranger on the Loose. Currently he is the editor-in-chief of The Dream People, a journal of Bizarro literature, and is contributing editor for Guide Dog Books.

David Agranoff is the author of Screams from a Duying World.

Garrett Cook is the author of Murderland Part I: h8.

Other info:

Sean Carswell, Mickey Hess and Scott Stealey

Jul ’08
7:00 pm

Join authors Sean Carswell, Mickey Hess and Scott Stealey as they read and sign their recent books.

Sean Carswell is the author of the novel Drinks for the Little Guy (1999) and two short story collections: Glue and Ink Rebellion (2002) and Barney’s Crew (2005).  His fiction has appeared in dozens literary journals over the fifteen dozen years.  He has been a staff writer for Flipside Magazine, READ, Clamor, and Ink 19, and is a regular contributor to Razorcake.  He is a co-founder of both Razorcake Magazine and Gorsky Press.  He is on tour promoting his new novel, Train Wreck Girl.

Mickey Hess lives and writes in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he likewise teaches at Rider University. He is the author of much, including the memoirish novel Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory and the collections One Thousand Pound Locket and El Cumpleanos de Paco. He edited the Greenwood Press anthology the Icons of Hip-hop (2007).

Scott Stealey is the editor of the online literary magazine, Please Don’t (, and author of the Featherproof mini-book, Letter from the Seaway.

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