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!

Check the Facebook.

CMC Event page. 


Baby, it’s your Burfday! Announcing our 2nd Bday Party ! ! ! ! ! !

Yesss !

We’re two years old! Break out the streamers, champagne flutes, cake and fancy paper stock. This year, we celebrate with a reading AND the release of our Chicago Dictionary zine. Mark your calendar for Sunday 5/4 at 7 p.m. at Uncharted Books. We’ll have some snacks and revelry before the readings. 

Confirmed Readers/Performers 

-Ben Reitman

-Crispin Rosencrranz

-Simone Conway-York

-Jeff Phillips

…..and more TBA

The theme will, appropriately, be celebration.

Want to shower us with gifts to celebrate our birth? We’ll accept:
-boxes of staples
-brightly colored candy and/or snacks
-a small donation, perchance?
-your lovely presence
-a state of the art, compact photocopier with wheels that can easily fit on a CTA bus.

RSVP on the Book of Faces. 

Chi Dictionary Content-Storming Party Next Tuesday 4/15

A SPOC-esque snack think tank in action.

Hey all! To cap off our last round of submissions for the Chicago Dictionary
Zine, we’ll be meeting at the Masonic Lodge  on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. to hash out ideas, dig into some snacks and straight hang, Chicago-style.

This is the kind of zine that benefits much more from collaboration and in person content storming than most others, so please try to make it out and contribute! We got some awesome submissions during the first round but we’re hoping to round up tons more.

Categories include:
Food & Drink

Some examples of words we’ve devised thus far:
Mies van der Whoa
When El Freezes Over
Dan Ryan Depressway

….you get the picture. Come armed with ideas, whether it’s a punny term or a Chicago phenomenon yet to be named. We’ll have some paper for sketching illustrations too.

RSVP to the Facebook event.

E-mail us for the address if ya need it.

On the Road Again + April Events!

Hey all. It’s SPOC! We’re still here, doing what we do. With the renewal of the (finally) Chicago spring, we’ve got a lot in the works. Here’s what’s in store this month:

 Stamens & Pistils Zine Roadshow:

SPOCsters Nicki Yowell and Meghan McGrath will bring Chicago publishing wiles to Cleveland and Buffalo this weekend. We’ve got a reading this Thursday 4/3 at Guide to Kulchur in Cleveland. That following Saturday and Sunday 4/5 and 4/6 we’ll be tabling our hearts out at Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. 

And that’s not all! We’ll be reading in Gainesville at the Civic Media Center on 4/18, in Bloomington Indiana at Boxcar Books on 5/9 and atLexington Ephemera Fest 5/10. Care to get on the zine tour train? Get in touch! RSVP to the zine tour event page and keep up on where we’re at!


We’re celebrating our second birthday in style this year with a birthday party reading! Cake, drinks and literature, all of your major needs shall be sated. Stay tuned for a date for the revelry but we’re shooting for late April, early May at Uncharted Books. The theme will be CELEBRATION. Appropriate, eh? Shoot us a note if you care to read/perform.

Chicago Dictionary Zine

 You may have caught wind of the production of our awesome Chicago dictionary zine, filled with completely unique terms like: charritory, tempamorphosis, Bridgeportly, Ventra-loquist and, yes, Mies van der Whoa. Our new deadline for content is APRIL 23 @ Midnight. Send us definitions, images, the works.

Want to be a part but stumped on ideas? Fear not, Chicago bretheren. We are hosting a brainstorming session/party on Tuesday, April 15 at the Masonic Lodge starting at 7:30 p.m. Come for snackery and incessant Chicago jokery. E-mail us for the address.

As always, check out our blog and Facebook for updates and stay SPOCly, darlings.


Next Reading / Second Round of Chicago Dictionary Submissions

Hey y’all! Hope you enjoyed the flurry of activity during Chicago Zine Fest. It was great seeing so many of you at our On & Off the Road reading last Sunday. We had an amazing turn out and hosted zinesters from far away and near places.

We’re looking for readers for our birthday party reading, (DATE TBA in late April.) Get in touch with us at if you’re interested. FYI, we have some new guidelines for readers:
1. Please keep readings to a maximum of ten minutes. We’re going to try to be more strict with this. As we’ve incorporated more technically complicated presentations, it’s put us in more of a time crunch. Keeping to your time limit helps us feature more readers, keep things running smoothly and makes things easier for those who work at our venue. We also enjoy the time we get to spend mingling at the beginning and end and, if folks don’t stick to their time limit, it hinders our ability to do that.
2.  SPOC readings are a great forum and outlet for a variety of subjects and mediums. Over this past year, we’ve featured comics, multimedia presentations, musical performances and such. We welcome our readers to express themselves in any manner they wish and that’s what’s the most fun! That being said, if your content contains any of the following: disturbing violence, problematic presentations of race/sex/gender/etc., please give our audience members advance notice and trigger warnings so that those who wish not to participate are able to do so.
3. If you have specific technical or timing needs, (wanting to go later in the show to accommodate late arriving guests,) please give us at least 24 hours notice (ideally more) so we can assign orders more easily.
We wanted to extend our Chicago dictionary zine deadline to include those of you who may have been otherwise spread thin by making your own work for Chicago Zine Fest. We’ll be taking both written and visual submissions from now until WED. APRIL 23. The zine will then be released at our second birthday at the end of the month. WHOOT!
Stumped for ideas but want to be involved? We’ll be having a collaborative content-storming session and workshop in mid-April. Stay tuned for date, time and location.
Enjoy the week, SPOCsters!

On & Off the Road Reading is TONIGHT at Uncharted @ 7:30

Pack your bindles full! Zinesters of near and far will close out this weekend’s Chicago Zine Fest events tonight 3/16 with a reading at Uncharted Books starting at 7:30 p.m.

Help us wrap up an awesome weekend right! Readers include:

Ari Perezdiez (OAKLAND)
Ben Passmore (NOLA) 
Eric Bartholomew (CHI)
Fionnuala Cook (CHI)
Eric Rivera (CHI)
Eryca M. Sender (LA)
Nicki Yowell (CHI)

RSVP and get more info here.

Chicago Zine Fest is TOMORROW, 11-6pm. Come see us!

The big day has finally arrived! The exhibition for Chicago Zine Fest 2014 is TOMORROW, Sat. 3/15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Columbia College’s Conaway Center. SPOC will be on the first floor at table 15 so come by, say hi and check our wares.

We’ll be peddling some of our older collaborative zines as well as new work from our talented SPOCsters. Wondering about our Chicago Dictionary zine? We got some amazing definitions the first go-around but we are taking a second round of submissions in anticipation for a release for our 2nd BIRTHDAY in APRIL. That’s right. We’re about to enter the terrible twos. Stay tuned for more info about our birthday soiree. Check out the awesome cover we have in store: