Get SPOOKY with SPOC on 10/12 @ Uncharted

Break out the witch’s brew. It’s almost October!

Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)‘s monthly reading series is back in October at Uncharted on 10/12 with all things residing in the ghostly ether. Hauntings, spookitude and general heebie jeebies will be had by all. Event goes from 7:30 to 9:30ish.

Readers / performers include:
Pey Stew
Elisa Shoenberger
Muyassar Kurdi
Arlo Chapple-Berletic
Victoria Harley

….and more TBA.

As always, FREE but feel free to toss SPOC a donation if you like what we’re slinging. BYOdrinks and BYOsnacks.

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Announcing: Zoobookzzz a SPOC Animal Reading This Sunday 8/17 @ Uncharted


Meow-ruff-cheep-moooo-oink-titter-keekeereekeekee-oooaoooaa-bock-bock-eee-eee-eee. August’s Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)‘s reading is all about our non-human counterparts. Kitties, puppies, cheeky monkeys, the works. Come to Uncharted Books this Sunday 8/17 at 7:30 pm for the fun.

Fully feral performances from:
Jessica Campbell and Aaron Renier with a reprisal of their dog murder mystery minicomic Sylvia Leeds
Anita Applebomb Mechler
Emily Hutchings
Sum Shapes a / k / a Lillie West
Nicki Yowell
Liz Mason

Throw a bone by donating to our “cash hooter” (it’s a felt owl, folks) at this FREE monthly reading series.

BYO drinks / snacks / et el. though a smattering shall be on hand for your wild feasting pleasure.

Coming Up: Snacks & Fun Times

Hey guys! Here are the deets for our upcoming events:

Sunday 7/13 @ Uncharted Books: Past & Pending Reading: We’ve got a rescheduled date for our June reading this Sunday from 7:30pm-9:30. The following readers will perform vaguely past-themed pieces:

Paul Durica
Nicki Yowell
Elisa Shoenberger
Peyton Stewart

More Info:

Tuesday 7/15 @ Black Heart Rock Pub, 9-10:30ish pm, Pungent Parlour:
Your favorite North Center-based reading series is back featuring the likes of SPOCsters Jeff Phillips, Keri Gannon, Alex Nall and Nicki Yowell. Drinks and cozy live lit for all.

More Info:

Thursday 7/17 @ CHIPRC, 7:30-9: Zine & Snack Potluck. At our zine and snack potluck, we’ll be swapping treats of both the printed and edible variety. Much like a traditional potluck, feel free to bring a snack to share. But we’ll also be trading zines. And chatting about upcoming projects. And, to boot, get a chance to get to know Chicago’s very own self-publishing collective in the flesh. Stop by CHIPRC and bring your spirit of communion with you.

More Info:

See yall out at one/all of our many dazzling July events!

July: Amurrrica, Freedom & Zine Events !!!

Hey dedicated SPOCsters! After a bit of a lull, we’re back in full swing for the month of July. Here’s what’s coming up:

International ZINE month!: July is a special time for zinesters. International zine month is a suggested list compiled by stalwart zinester of Brainscan and Stolen Sharpie Revolution Fame, Alex Wrekk. Keep up with activities here.

And check in on Quimby’s blog for more fun suggested activities and
ways to celebrate:

Thurs. 7/3, 6-8 p.m. Interview on THE ONE 88.7 fm: SPOC organizer
extraordinaire Nicki Yowell will be live on the air chatting about SPOC, International Zine Month, Quimby’s and Chicago’s awesome, lively self-publishing community. Tune in on the dial or online here:

Sun. 7/13, 7:30-10, Past & Pending UNCHARTED READING: We’ve
rescheduled our cancelled June reading at Uncharted. Keep the night open for your monthly zany ziney lit fix. RSVP here:

Thurs. 7/17, 7:30-9:30pm Zine Potluck @ CHIPRC: Bring zines and food
to share and celebrate International Zine Month and the spirit of communion at our annual meet-and-greet at CHIPRC. More info here.

See you guys soon!

GET INVOLVED + Next Clancy’s Reading is Sun. 6/22 !!!

Have you been going cray cray missing us? Well we’re still here! :-)

Hey, it’s been a while. Remember us? We’ve been super busy tying up loose ends for the Stamens & Pistils Spring Zine Tour and getting new stuff planned. We have a June Clancy’s reading slated for Sun. 6/22 from 7:30-9:30 over at our old mainstay Uncharted Books in Logan Square. Theme TBD.

Confirmed Readers Include: Paul Durica, Ingrid Haftel, Elisa Shoenberger and Nicki Yowell. Want to get in on the action? Contact us at selfpublishersofchicago@gmail and we’ll let you know if we can find a spot for you!

In other developments….

PDX Zine Symposium: SPOC will be headed back to Portland from July 12-13 for the Portland Zine Symposium in Oregon. We’re also working on a workshop on community for zinesters for the event. Huzzah!

Looking ForwardRunning SPOC is amazing and rad in so many ways but also super time consuming. It’s important to all of us to keep it running and strong as a viable community but that takes a lot of energy to be sure. If you’re itching to get involved in something, (I know we’re all spread thin so no sweat if not), please get in touch. Esp. with blog posts, Facebook, organizing, emails etc. And if you have an idea for a workshop/party/event and want to take the lead on it, let me know! I’ll get it all set up.

Stay SPOCly.


Chi Dictionary Deadline is TODAY at Midnight + Updates

A group of authentic Chicagoans show off the mode of transit favored by the populace.

Today is your last chance to put your mark on the lexicon of all phenomena Chicago-related. Please send your entries to SELFPUBLISHERSOFCHICAGO@GMAIL.COM before midnight tonight. Send images as JPEGs and written entries as DOCs.

At our last content storming sesh, we expanded the verbiage of all the most Chicago-ish of things. Some new terms include:

The land of the only people in the world: n. Old Town.

Sppppppaaaaaangglish: n. when one with a Chicago-area accent attempts to speak Spanish.  ex. Kaaaaaaaaaayyyyy Innnncccclllooooyeee? (translation Que Incluye?)

Transpretensious: adj. when one compulsively privileges one form of getting around above another. ex. cyclists inherently loathing any any all that drive horseless carriages.

Stamens & Pistils Spring Zine Tour Continues TMRW in Florida

Break out the sunblock and watch out for gators cuz SPOC is headed to America’s vacation wonderland for the next leg of the Stamens & Pistils Spring Zine Tour !

Tomorrow, we bring the spirit of the Midwest to the balmy, palmy citrus wonderland of Gainesville, Florida. Our zinester reading and potluck kicks off at Civic Media Center at 7:30 p.m. Check out the deets:

Join traveling zinester Nicki Yowell, founder for Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC) and creator of ‘Za the Pizza Zine, for a “good” Friday featuring community dialogue and, most importantly, food. 

Bring a potluck snack to share and a piece of prose to read. You can go the thematic route and dish on food or, really, any subject. We’ll kick off the night with a munch-down then have performances from Nicki before we open the floor for audience readings. Then, we’ll close the night out with some brainstorming focusing on building connections in the zinester community. Bon Appetit! And there will be pizza.”

Share widely to any and all Floridians!

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