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SPoC Tables at Chicago Zine Fest


SPoC offered handmade postcards and zines during CZF2016

Thank you to all you beautiful people who supported handmade literary arts. SPoC appreciates your support.


Get Your Work Shown At Chicago Zine Fest

folding table

SPOC will be tabling a chicago zine fest on saturday, april 30th.

Made some sweet bookmarks? Matchbooks? Zines? Chapbooks? Other self-made paper goods? We’ve got room for your work on our table.

Contact : selfpublishersofchicago [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

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 selfpublishersofchicago@gmail.com 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:


On & Off the Road Post-Zine Fest Reading Sunday 3/16

To add to the whirlwind of Chicago Zine FestSelf-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC) offers a sampler of writers/artists/zinesters of near and far. It all goes down at Uncharted Books next Sunday 3/16 at 7:30 p.m. Get some post-fest rest, eat an energy bar, close out the weekend with us! Many readers are showcasing new work from CZF.

Confirmed Performers:

Ari Perezdiez (OAKLAND)
Ben Passmore (NOLA) 
Fiona Cook (CHI)
Eryca Sender (LA)
Nicki Yowell (CHI)

….and more TBA.

Be Part of Our Collaborative Zine + Meeting SUNDAY

This Sunday, 1/19, we’ll be having a meeting/hang out sesh over at
Knockbox (Augusta and California) from 4 – 6ish p.m. Stop on by, have
a cup of coffee, bring whatever you’re working on and come armed with
ideas for new workshops, zines, etc.

In anticipation for Chicago Zine Fest in March, we’re going to start
working on our next collaborative zine, a Chicago dictionary of sorts.
Some examples:

Mies van der Whoa: (exclamation) A declaration shouted upon viewing a
skyscraper in the Loop, usually by a tourist but occasionally by
Chicago resident without a white collar job. Caused by the visual
amazement by a large monolith rising above oneself.
Ex. The Inland Steel building had me letting out a Mies van der Whoa.

Have anything that might fit? We’re looking for our multitalented
SPOCsters to come up with some snappy, Chicago-centric, witty
definitions as well as artwork. We’ll chat more about the zine at
Sunday’s meeting.

Stay tuned for the date for our February reading night at Uncharted.
The theme will be that ever-abstract concept of love. Awhhh. But
really, once again, the prompts are just guidelines, yall.