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Get Your Work Shown At Chicago Zine Fest

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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.


Mad Science : The Research Zine





SPOC is still seeking submissions to its mad science zine.

Send us your futurist visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com


  • Word count: 500-1200 words — OR — something that suits one or more 5.5″x 8.5″ pages.
  • Genres Welcome: Prose, poetry, experimental nonfiction, personal essays, taxonomies, flowcharts, diagrams, scientific illustration


Submission Deadline: April 18th

Reading: April 26th @ Uncharted Books

1/30 Zlumber Party 9:30pm @ Quimby’s

Don’t forget the cold cream. (Or the maraschino cherries) 

So, this might be the most boss thing ever. And here we are to co-opt it!

Each year, Quimby’s Bookstore invites zinesters, scensters, and other quasi-literary hangers-on to while away the dull night hours within the safety of a Wicker Park consignment store.

Come stay up all night with us while we work on our zines. We’ll be snacking, chatting,  drink coffee– or just putting our messy lives in order. Up to you. It’s not a lock-in, you can leave whenever you want, but while the store is closed over night, we’ll be busily working away inside — sort of elves and the shoemaker kind of shit.

If you haven’t already been to Quimby’s– get on it. As allies of self-publishers and creative project people, Quimby’s provides a place for all those strange mini comics, bizarrely particular zines, and home-made goods that could not otherwise find a shelf.

Direct from the Quimblog:

This is the fifth year in a row we’re inviting you to come in and spend the night with us working on your zine, because we’ve had so much fun doing it in the past. Get here at 9:30 on Sat, Jan 30th (the store closes at 10pm). Then spend the night here! Stay until 6am Sun, Jan 31st! (And yes, you can leave whenever you want before then if you want or need to.) So bring yer jammies and a sleeping bag, then leave in the morning with what you’ve been workin’ on! There will be snacks! And coffee!

What: Zlumber Party 2016
When: Sat, Jan 30th, 9:30pmSun, Jan 31st, 6:00am
Where: Quimby’s Bookstore at 1854 W. North Ave.
RSVP:  info(at)quimbys(dot)com or call 773-342-0910.

12/22 Price Gun Warriors 7pm @ Uncharted Books


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This December, Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPoC) pays tribute to a different kind of folk hero: the Sales Associate. Join us at Uncharted Books on 12/22 for an evening of retail-Inspired horror stories, tall tales, and filthy slander– all reported directly from the trenches.


  • Sandy Orozco
  • Jeff Phillips
  • Ed Blair
  • Rachel Rodeck
  • Liz Mason

In the spirit of commerce, we’ll also be selling copies of a collaborative zine Tribute to the Sales Associate: A Folk Hero for the 21st Century, featuring the written work that night’s performers (and others).

It’s not too late to be featured in our zine Tribute to the Sales Associate. Submit your story to SPoC by December 16th. We’ll take drawings, lists scrawled onto receipt paper, and images of other artifacts found along the way. The stranger the better.

Free jug wine at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

It’s been a pleasure serving you. Have a nice day!

Become ONE OF US This Sunday

Revel in the marginally warmer weather with us this Sunday 1/18 @ Uncharted Books (2620 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 7:30pm for our first reading of 2015! New year, new readers. Once again, Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC) features a slew of brand new performers never seen by SPOC for our monthly reading series.

Mikey Anderson
Tony Jeswald
Swoon Lake
Rachel Foss
Carrie Laski

RSVP on the ‘Book.

SPOC Gets Some <3 from Newcity

Cover by Sanya Glisic.

Cover by Sanya Glisic.

We may be a little slow on the uptake…but SPOC’s Clancy’s Reading Series at Uncharted Books has received the illustrious distinction of being one of Newcity’s “Top 5 Chicago Independent Reading Series.” How bout that? This old reading series? Why thanks Newcity!

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We will continue to give you the “tops” of 2015 with more awesome, silly, whimsical, serious, fun and singular readings from a sassy collection of Chicago creatives.

LAST GASP is TONIGHT @ Uncharted Books

Today is finally the day. There’s a chill in the air, the leaves have just begun their gentle descent. The perfect time to think about death, rebirth, legacy, right? LAST GASP, our first in our series at Uncharted Books, kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. It’s all about the memory we leave behind as writers and performers. Cool and morbid, right?

We’ll have some free snacks. Paper Moon Pastry will roll in with delicious treats for sale as well.

Our readers for tonight include:

Jonas Cannon, Anita Mechler, Daniel Majid, Grant Reynolds, Jes Skolknik, Elizabeth Tieri and Nicki Yowell. Alright!

JUST A REMINDER, Uncharted Books has moved from its old location and is now located at 2620 N. Milwaukee, right around the corner from the Logan Square Blue Line stop.

RSVP here.