For Immediate Release

2nd Annual Printers’ Ball Announced

Chicago literary festival celebrates the printed word

July 6, 2006

Chicago—The 2nd Annual Printers’ Ball is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th, at the Double Door in Chicago. Created by local print publications, book publishers, and literary organizations, the festival provides readers an opportunity to celebrate and explore Chicago’s vibrant print scene.

What: 2nd Annual Printers’ Ball in celebration of Chicago print
Where: Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave
When: Thursday, July 20th, beginning at 8:00 p.m.


The festival, which is hosted by Poetry magazine, MAKE, Newcity, and THE2NDHAND, in collaboration with more than forty local literary organizations, showcases a diverse selection of Chicago-based print publications including magazines, journals, and weeklies. Event organizers expect to give away more than 6,000 copies of magazines at the Printers’ Ball. Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by Punk Planet, Venus, Lumpen, and the local bands True Historians and Baby Teeth.

Participating literary organizations include:

Another Chicago Magazine • After Hours • Alarm • AREA • The Banana King • Bridge • The Canary • Chicago Reader • Chicago Review • Columbia Poetry Review • The Common Review • Court Green • d'cypher presss • Em Press • Featherproof Books • Free Lunch • Guild Complex • Haymarket Books • In These Times • Innerview • The Independent Print Association, Chicago Office • International Socialist Review • Journal of Ordinary Thought • Love, Chicago • Lunpen • LVNG • MAKE • Newcity • Other Voices • Poetry • The Poetry Foundation • Poetry Center of Chicago • Press of the Third Mind • Punk Planet •Red Rover • Rhino • Roctober Magazine • Screwball Press • Select • Seven Ten Bishop • Stop Smiling • StoryQuarterly • Switchback Books • Terry Plumming • THE2NDHAND • Time Out Chicago • TriQuarterly • Chicago Underground Library • Venus

This year the Printers’ Ball is the subject of a special edition of THE2NDHAND, available throughout the city and online at www.the2ndhand.com. The site features a PDF version of the issue for download and an audio recording of the story, by Todd Dills, written specifically for the 2006 Printers’ Ball.

Promotional support and on-air features provided by 88.7 WLUW.

The Printers’ Ball is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please call 312.799.8005 or go to www.PoetryFoundation.org.

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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Harriet Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume I of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H. D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every significant poet of the 20th century.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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