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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

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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

2/3 The Lost Art of Correspondence 6pm @ Cafe Mustache


“As long as there are postmen, life will have zest.”            

 – William James

Okay, so we all know that we can dispense with most practical letter writing. We can check our bank balance on our phone, pay bills online, apply for jobs in paperless portals– we’ve gone digital.

But to receive interesting letters, you must write interesting letters. That’s what this event is all about.Don’t worry if you feel like you “don’t have anything to write about” — cause it ain’t true. We all got shit on our minds– put it in a letter and send it away.

join us between 6 and 8pm at CAFE MUSTACHE on Wednesday 2/3 FOR A NIGHT OF LETTER-WRITING

Make a little time in your day for correspondence and SPOC will bring lots of envelopes and blank note cards, a shit load of pens, collage materials, rubber cement, and good old-fashioned loose leaf paper.

Here’s a list of things you might want to come prepared with:

  1. STAMPS – I’m not a damn post office.
  2. ADDRESSES – Find out where people live, and write it down. (It’s less creepy than it sounds.)
  3. STATIONERY – If you’re really into this sort of shit already, please bring all your kitschy, consignment-bought envelopes and postcards, your art museum gift shop stickers, and your sealing wax kit, and just shame us all with your glory.

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1/10 SPOC Planning Meeting @ Metropolis Coffee

Come and mainline coffee with us while we plan new events, revive old traditions, and find exciting new ways to bring bookishness and booze together. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm, we’ll bring the pens and paper.

Sunday, January 10at 11 AM – 1 PM
Metropolis Coffee Company
1039 W Granville Avenue


11/24 Pre-holiday Pop-up Book Fair @ the Hideout

Hideout ChicagoSupport literary arts while satisfying your needy friends and relations.

Shop for books, comix and other printed matter before the rush starts with Belt Publishing and Chicago’s finest independent authors and presses. Buy direct from creators and support independent publishing!

No cover; free hot cider.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 5-8 pm at The Hideout

DATE CHANGE 12/22 Price Gun Warriors @ Uncharted Books

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Calling All SPOColytes

Retail-Inspired Stories Needed for Tuesday 12/22 show at Uncharted Books.

Have you ever worked a cash register? Handled a price gun? Ever had to wear an apron, a visor, a walkie talkie, or tuck a polo into ill-fitting khakis? How many hours of computer training have you logged? Have you ever experienced the unique hell of a Black Friday morning?

In the month of December, SPOC turns its attention to a different kind of folk hero: the Sales Associate. We welcome your Retail-Inspired horror stories, tall tales, and filthy slander– report life in the trenches, so that the rest of the world may know our struggle.

We’re looking for 6-8 performers, each clocking about 10 minutes. (2,000 words or 8 double-spaced pages). Free jug wine at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

Interested Performers should contact Victoria.

If you’d like to be featured in SPOC’s Tribute Zine to the Sales Associate, submit your story to Victoria by December 16th.

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