Curbside's AWP Chicago Parties!
By Victor David Giron
Curbside Splendor Publishing will be part of this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in Chicago, February 29 through March 3 at Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, tables F26 and H3. Curbside authors Michael Czyzniejewski (Chicago Stories, March 2012) and Franki Elliot (Piano Rats, October 2011) will be at the table at various times to sign their books. More on that soon.
We like to party, and so we’re partnering with fellow independent publishers to put on the following exciting off-site events. We hope you will come and party with us.
Wednesday February 29:
AWP Kickoff Party at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) 9pm to close.
FREE only with an rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org with “AWP Party” in subject line and full name of attendee in the body of the email. One attendee per email please.
Music by James Greer of Guided by Voices and friends, Mutts, and John Dugan of Chicago Stone Lightning Band and Nick Myers of Vee Dee. Literary readings by authors James Greer, Chris Mazza, Lindsay Hunter, Sam Pink, Jeff Parker, and more. Presented by Curbside Splendor, Other Voices Books, Featherproof Books, Artistically Declined, Orange Alert, and This Zine Will Change Your Life.
Pre-party at 7pm presented by Canarium Books featuring readings by Srikanth Reddy, Dan Beachy-Quick, Anthony Madrid, and Darcie Dennigan.
Thursday March 1:
AWP Karaoke Idol Dance Party at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.), 9pm to close.
FREE. Presses from Chicago and beyond will battle for the 2012 AWP Karaoke Idol throne, followed by open karaoke dance party. Celebrity judges: Amy Guth, Joe Meno, and Patrick Sommerville. Presented by Another Chicago Magazine, Artifice Books, Curbside Splendor, Featherproof Books, PANK Magazine, and MAKE Magazine.
Friday March 2:
Beautiful Words at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ae.), 7pm to 10pm.
DJ, live music, and readings by Kim Addonizio, Kate Zambreno, Vanessa Veselka, Greg Olear, Stacy Berlein, Michael Czyzniejewski, David Galef, Jonathan Evison, and Shannon Cason. Presented by Curbside Splendor, The Nervous Breakdown, Other Voices Books, Bookslut, Red Lemonade, Dzanc Books, Emergency Press, Elephant Rock Books, University of California-Riverside MFA program, and Sunday Salon Chicago.