Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q U I C K I E S ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !



Mason Johnson

Mike Kitchell

Beth Wylder

Lane Williams

Chris Terry

Roxane Gay

Kathryn Regina

Victor David Giron

and our Mascot, Brandon Will

Tuesday, May 10
7:30 pm
The Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quickies Gets Corn-y!

Quickies! is a child of the corn, y'all! Well, at least for one weekend we will be. We'll be hosting a reading at the Dublin Underground in Iowa City as part of the Mission Creek Lit Crawl, and we're so excited! Our readers are:

Jac Jemc
Zach Dodson
Steve Tartaglione
Kyle Beachy
Anthony Luebbert
Aaron Burch
Adam Novy
Amy Butcher
Jill Summers
and Roxane Gay

Then May 10, it's business as usual at our beloved Innertown Pub, and we are so excited about the lineup we're building, you don't even know!

See you in Iowa!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

QUICKIES! Hosts the Fiction at Work Anthology Release Party!

QUICKIES! is a bi-monthly reading series in Chicago formed to spotlight very short prose. Each author has four minutes to read a complete work of prose. No excerpts. No cheating.

This month, we host the Fiction at Work Anthology Release Party

7:30 pm
The Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas

Heather Calomese
Jac Jemc
Steve McPherson
Devin Bustin
Matt Trupia
Chad Chmielowicz
Chris Lin and Ryan B. Richey
and Tobias Amadon Bengelsdorf

accessible by the Blue line (Damen or Division stop)
#50 Damen bus
and #70 Division bus

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Open up and say AHHHHHHHH

7:30 pm
The Innertown Pub

Amelia Gray
Simon Smith
Steve Tartaglione
Allison Gruber
Lauryn Allison Lewis
Anthony Luebbert
Stephen Tully Dierks
Natalie Edwards
and Samantha Irby


Monday, October 25, 2010

It's good to be back


Matt Bell
Elizabeth Ellen
Josh Wiliker
Shane Currie
Andrew Farkas
Kate Harbaugh
Andre Perry
and Dylan Nice

Tuesday, November 9
The Innertown Pub


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rose Metal Press: Fifth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest!

Rose Metal Press's Fifth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest submission period begins October 15 and ends December 1, 2010. The 2010 judge will be Kim Chinquee. Our very own Mary Hamilton won last year's contest, so this is one dear to our hearts! Submit, submit, submit and best of luck to all!

Further info from Rose Metal Press:

During the submission period, please email your 25–40 page double-spaced manuscript of short short stories under 1,000 words each to us at rosemetalpress@gmail.com either as Word docs or rtf files. Individual stories may have appeared in journals or anthologies, but we ask that collections as a whole be previously unpublished. Please accompany your entry with the $10 reading fee, either via the payment button on our website or by check. We
prefer the former, but the latter can be sent to PO Box 1956, Brookline, MA 02446.

Writers of both fiction and nonfiction are encouraged to enter, and we are open to short shorts on all subjects and in all styles.

Winner and finalists will be announced by February 2011. The winning chapbook will be published in July 2011 in a limited edition of 300 copies, with an introduction by the contest judge.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sh-sh-sh-sh-shake your money maker

Tuesday, September 14
The Innertown Pub


Kyle Beachy is trying not to stare. His novel, The Slide, is in stores even as we speak.

Tim Jones-Yelvington is the Lady Gaga of Chicago.

Scott Stealey runs the webzine Please Don't dot com and has work in the 2nd Hand, Smokelong Quarterly, Featherproof Mini-Books, and other places.

Zach Dodson is the co-founder of Featherproof Books and the author of Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring

Jac Jemc's chapbook, This Stranger She'd Invited In, is due out from Greying Ghost Press later this year and her first novel, My Only Wife, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2012. She blogs regularly at jacjemc.wordpress.com.

Margaret Chapman is a writer and teacher currently residing in South Bend, IN. Her work has appeared in diagram, decomp, the2ndhand, elimae and as a featherproof minibook. According to I Write Like, she write like Steven King.

Matt Trupia lives in Chicago and is a member of The Backrow sketch comedy group. He writes for the sporadic website Spider and Bird.

and our mascots Brandon Will and Tobias Amadon Bengelsdorf!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Scenes from the Quickies! The Gathering Midwest Tour

Quickies! The Gathering was pretty great. I think we all respect, hate, and love each other a million times more than we did before. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us read - we hope you were entertained/enlightened/aroused.

Here are some images from the tour. Enjoy!

It was awesome. Ask us about Iowa City.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Can't be tamed

Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and the author and editor of eight books, including the new novel Drain (Northwestern). His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. He can be found, virtually, atdavisschneiderman.com/


Alex Bonner spent half his life in Chicago and the other half in North Carolina making him somewhere between a Midwestern meathead and a dirty southerner. He has been a featured reader in Chicago for several years and last year won the Windy City Storyslam and the National Storyslam Audience Choice Award. He thinks gallows humor is the only humor..


Jason Bredle is the author of three books and three chapbooks, most recently Smiles of the Unstoppable and The Book of Evil. He lives in Chicago.

Chris Bower hosts the Ray's Tap Reading Series in Avondale and puts up plays around the city. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various suspect places throughout the years. His newest play written with Tim Racine is, "Correspondance: A Ballet (of Communication); No Dancing (!?!) or Let's Not And Say We Did" is playing at the Side Project in Rogers Park through Saturday July, 17th at 9 PM. Visit his website, holdmyhorses.com for more.

Jill's work can be heard with increasing infrequency on Chicago Public Radio and has appeared in Stop Smiling, Ninth Letter, VAIN, and MAKE magazines among others. She is one of the organizers of and hopes everyone will attend the 6th annual Printers' Ball, upcoming on July 30. You can find her online at www.callingallmonkeys.com.

James Tadd Adcox is the editor of Artifice Magazine (www.artificemag.com). He has work published or forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Mid-American Review, Requited, and PANK, among other places. He lives in Chicago.


Devin King lives and works in Chicago. His book Clops is out from the Green Lantern Press.

Barry Graham teaches writing at Rutgers University and he wrote the National Virginity Pledge. His fiction can be found most recently in the Los Angeles Review and Quick Fiction. Look for him online at www.dogzplot.com


Elizabeth Ellen is the author of Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense) and Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix (Rose Metal Press). She lives in Ann Arbor where she runs the Great Lakes, Great Times reading series.


Owen Egerton is the author of several books and screenplays. His most recent novel, The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God was released this summer and is receiving some rave reviews. He lives in Austin, Texas where he was voted the city's most popular writer in 2007 and 2008.


Saturday, May 22, 2010


The May Quickies! was a hell of a show, Dad. Hell of a show!

Matt Trupia!

Amanda Marbais!

Natalie Edwards!

Sam Pink!

Jonathan Messinger!

Sara Levine!

All the readers had the place giggling and sometimes guffawing. Thanks to these great writers for participating!

See you July 13!!