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Printers Ball 2014: Chatter

Saturday, June 28th – Saturday, June 28th, 4:00 PM–9:00 PM

Hubbard Street Lofts
1821 W. Hubbard Street


 The 10th annual celebration of literary culture and printmaking will offer a robust schedule of performances, live printmaking demos, exhibitions, food and drink tastings, and outdoor entertainment.

The history of Printers Ball is quintessentially Chicagoan. Founded in 2004 by Fred Sasaki, Poetry magazine’s art director, the first Printers Ball was held at the now-shuttered HotHouse. In the ensuing decade, the Printers Ball has grown from a local celebration to an event with presenters from all over the United States and drawing thousands of attendees from across the city and beyond. Beginning in 2013, Spudnik Press Cooperative took the organizational reins, curating an event uniquely informed by printmakers and poets and returning the event to West Town, one of Chicago’s most artistically vibrant neighborhoods. 

 Confirmed programs include:

  • A conversation with the legendary book cover designer, Chip Kidd
  • Pop-up performances from some of Chicago’s most innovative reading series including Artificial Ear, Danny’s, Dollhouse, Next Objectivists, Salonathon, The Swell, Urban Sandbox, Write Club, and Young Chicago Authors.
  • Hands-on printmaking and artmaking demonstrations with local printmakers and artists, including Leah Mackin
  • Beer Garden curated by Maria’s Package Goods

As is tradition, magazines, literary organizations, and design studios from across the country will provide a sampling of magazines and ephemera for attendees to peruse. This year will feature a book exchange and opportunity for local writers to share and highlight their books during the festivities.

Curators of Printers Ball 2014: Chatter include Sarah Dodson, MAKE Magazine; Kevin Kilroy, Black Lodge Press; Chad Kouri, The Post Family; Angee Lennard, Luke Daly, Veronica Siehl, and Caroline Walp, Spudnik Press Cooperative; and Corrina Lesser, Chicago Humanities Festival. Design by Veronica Corzo-Duchardt from Winterbureau.

The event is presented in partnership with Spudnik Press Cooperative, Platform, Johalla Projects, The Post Family, and Simple Honest Work. Funding is provided by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. 

Other Information

  • Browse Poems

  • Illustration of Gwendolyn Brooks.
    Slang, “Through the Words of Miss Brooks,” 2017.
    Current Exhibition
    Jun 16, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017

    This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.