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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

  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.