Monday, June 30, 2008

Wow-eee, We've got Jessi Lee!


Jessi Lee Gaylord lives and writes in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Spoon River Poetry Review, and After Hours. She is currently an MFA student, and hard at work on her first novel.

July 8
Innertown Pub
Chicago, IL
7:30 pm


Monday, June 16, 2008

Next Reading, July 8!

Mark your calendars NOW!

July 8 is going to rock. your socks. off.

Look who we've got joining us:

Mary Cross
Jessi Lee Gaylord
Amy Guth
Maria Parrot
Matt Test

Stay tuned to this here blog, more info on these fine writers will be up soon.



Friday, June 13, 2008

Thank you for making June awesome!

Our June 10th reading was a huge success and we have you, dear friends, to thank!

How about some pictures?!

Amanda VerMeulen

Ben Tanzer

Jac Jemc

Meg Barboza and Dave Snyder

Nick Ostdick




Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We've been podcasted!

The kind Ben Tanzer of This Blog Will Change Your Life interviewed us for This Podcast Will Change Your Life.

Check it Out!

SalsaMusicandSmoke(June2008) - This Podcast Will Change Your Life


Monday, June 9, 2008

Tuesday is almost here!

Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30, get your behind to the Innertown Pub for a night of QUICKIES!


Meg Barboza
Dave Snyder

Jac Jemc
Amanda VerMeulen
Ben Tanzer
Nick Ostdick

June 10
Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Two for the price of one!

June will feature a Quickies collaboration by:


Meg Barboza lives and works in Chicago. Her poems have appeared in P-Queue, Court Green, and Parcel. All of the other poems she's written are just not good enough. She wears both glasses and contacts though not at the same time.

Dave Snyder holds degrees in geology and English and currently works as a timekeeping clerk and a gardener in Chicago. Dave's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Quarterly West, the Iowa Review, Sentence and other journals. In 2006 he was awarded the Writers @ Work fellowship in poetry and in 2008, the Iowa Review Award. Dave's poem Hexagon: On Truth will appear in Best American Poetry 2008.


Saturday, June 7, 2008

You don't know Jac!

such a pretty June reader:


A shark surfaced 3 feet from Jac Jemc’s kayak on May 6th. She has lived to tell that tale and others, which you can find in Sleepingfish, 5_trope, elimae, the Denver Quarterly, Zoland, No Posit, Circumference and Tarpaulin Sky. She received a sunburn along with her MFA on May 17th from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Friday, June 6, 2008

I ain't foolin', we got VerMeulen!

another June reader!


Amanda VerMeulen lives five minutes from the bar and writes stories about time travelers, zombie boyfriends, sleepwalkers, polio, and dead babies.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Boy are we Lucky, Man

another June reader:


Ben Tanzer lives in Chicago where he shoots pool, dabbles in social work, compulsively watches High School Musical, and spends all sorts of quality time with his lovely wife and young sons. He has had work published in a variety of magazines and journals including Rated Rookie, Clamor, Punk Planet, Abroad View, Opium, THE2NDHAND, Thieves Jargon, The Truth Magazine, Chicago Parent, Third Coast Press, 20dissidents, and Caketrain. His debut novel, Lucky Man, is available from Manx Media.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

We've got the look, we've got the look

How do you like our new look?

See, now it's easier to navigate. We have links to our authors over there on the right. Pretty nifty, huh?

We have a tizzy of a line-up for June, so how about we get to know the authors?

First up,


Nick Ostdick is a fiction writer from Chicago. He is the editor of RAGAD, a broadzine of sorts and online magazine. His work has appeared widely in such places as Slow Trains, Pindeldyboz, THE2NDHAND, and elsewhere, and he was nominated for a 2007 StorySouth Million Writers Award. He's read at venues and conferences across the country, and is currently working on his first currently-untitled collection of stories. Visit him at


Monday, June 2, 2008

more stuff to be jealous about

Former Quickies! reader, Lex Sonne (April) will be reading at the Printer's Row Book Fair. He'll be reading at the Columbia College tent on Sunday, June 8 from 11-11:30am.

Also at the Printers Row Book Fair will be Zach Plague (April). He'll be at the Featherproof table (table 327) with advance copies of his book Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring.

The Printers Row Book Fair is this weekend, June 7-8 from 10am to 6pm.

and also

Matt Test (July) has written a play. It is being performed. In public. 

Only three more performances!

The Other Side of the Elephant
short plays by Curious Writers
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8pm
at the Prop Theatre
3402 N. Elston Ave

woot woot!