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A Fond Farewell From SPOC Founder Nicki Yowell

Hello SPOCsters! It is with equal parts melancholy and excitement that I announce I’ll be handing over leadership of SPOC to Victoria Harley effective immediately.

It’s been a long strange trip! I started SPOC back in 2012 after seeing the dearth of community-building opportunities for zinesters and, generally, anyone who did self-initiated projects in Chicago. We hung out, created workshops, made collaborative zines, traveled the country to table zine fests and had an awesome regular reading series at Uncharted Books.

Some highlights of the past 3+ years: raucous birthday celebrations complete with state of the SPOC performances, Words and Sound performances blending writing with sound art and music, tabling at the American Library Association’s Zine Pavilion in 2013, participating in dozens of zine fests around the country, publishing five collaborative publications, silly times at TGIFriday’s, Doc Merriweather’s Medicine Show at Co-Prosperity Sphere and a political puppet show helmed by your’s truly. And that’s barely scratching the surface. We’ve done a lot!

The tradition will continue on, albeit without me. If you’re a SPOC regular, you may have noticed a trickling off of events, e-mails and social media posts. A lot has been changing rapidly in my world! I’ll be moving to Portland, Oregon next week to start the next chapter of my ziney, zany life.

Victoria has been a regular at our reading series and events since moving to Chicago in 2014. Stay tuned to see what she has in store for our fun little upstart group! Follow me and my exploits here and feel free to friend my on the ‘book.

Want to see me off and wax nostalgic about SPOC? I’m hosting an impromptu hangout at Café Mustache this Sunday 10/25 at 1 p.m.

I want to take this chance to thank everyone who supported SPOC by coming to events, sharing their work, traveling with and hosting us all across the country. You really made SPOC the kind of awesome community I envisioned. I’m looking forward to watching it grow even more from afar.

Signing off, Nicki Yowell –  Founder of Self-Publishers of Chicago


Announcing: A Very SPOC Engagement: Hitchin’s and Such on 6/14

funny-russian-wedding-photo-2Ring dem heteronormative bells cuz it’s June, the month where everyone’s blowing up your Facebook feed with pics of banquets, bouquets, brides and other such nonsense.

So, henceforth, you’re cordially invited to A Very SPOC Engagement, Sunday, June 14, 7:30 pm. at Uncharted Books (2620 N. Milwaukee.) Neither chicken nor fish will be served.

SPOC being SPOC, we married ourselves to the idea of a reading all about matrimony, in our characteristic tongue and cheek way of course. Readings fall into old/new/borrowed/blue categories.

Performers: Victoria Harley, Anna Jo BeckIan McDuffieNicki Yowell …..and more members of the bridal party TBA.

Contact selfpublishersofchicago@gmail.com if you want SPOC to make an honest reader out of you.


Ring In 3 Years With Us This Sunday


Hey hey SPOC budzzz. Ready to throw down for our third? Our PARTYPARTYPARTY 3rd Bday is this Sunday 4/19 starting at 7:30 over at Uncharted Books (2620 N. Milwaukee). 

Readers include:
Dana Jerman
Paul Durica
Anita Mechler
Rachael Zalutsky
Carrie Laski
Nicki Yowell
(maybe) Crispin Rosencranz
As always, BYOB. Bring some $ for zines and donations.
See ya thurrrr.
❤ Nicki

Announcing: SPOC’s 3rd BDAY !!!!!!!


Can you believe it? We survived the terrible twos. Bring in our third year of life with a jubilant birthday reading with a partypartyparty theme. Celebrate with us at Uncharted Books (2620 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. It’s all about party times, party cats, party hats, celebration stations and what not.

Performers: Dana Jerman, Crispin RosenkranzAnita M. MechlerNicki Yowell, Carrie Laski, Rachael Zalutsky + more TBA.


Broken Hearty Party: Join Us TMRW @ Uncharted, 7:30


Hey there lovebbugs! TMRW 2/26: Don’t miss out. It’s the Anti-Valentine Heart Wrencher Night @ Uncharted Books (2620 N Milwaukee Ave) at 7:30. We’ll be debuting our brand new Worst Breakup EVER zine as part of the event. A mere $3 gets you tales of woe, heartache and thank-God-I-dumped-that-turditude.

Readers/performances include: Victoria Harley, Tony Jeswald, Liz Mason, Mike Vinopal (in abstentia), Nicki Yowell, Rachael Zalutsky, and Peyton Stewart.

The whole soiree will be sponsored by our friends from Radio One Chicago so show up early for awesome swag and the skinny on the raddest in Chicago music. As always, donations accepted on behalf of SPOC and BYOB. Bring cash fo zines.

RSVP hurrrr.

Thanks a bundle to all the folks who contributed to the zine. It’s been a minute since we made a collab zine and it sure is awesome!

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/264182910433290

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418132361809081

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: http://chiprc.org/ai1ec_event/spoc-zine-and-snack-potluck/?instance_id=5931

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