Saturday, August 22, 2009

TOBYFEST and Contest Winners Night: A Success!

It was a grand August Quickies!, what with our dear mascot being recognized and all the previously-unknown-to-us contest winners kicking ass and bringing in new audience members. Two of our winners don't even live in Chicago, or even in the same time zone, but were able to make the trip to read!

First, our amazing contest winners (plus Mary):

Erica Walker Adams read one-armed! 

Mary Hamilton read an amazing story written the same day! (Her shit's blowin up right now. Get familiar here, here, and here!)

Tad Adcox blew the room to shreds (he even sang!)!

Greg Gerke, you had us at "ma lady"!

Sasha Graybosch showed 'em how to wear cute sandals AND read a great story!

Megan Milks slayed!

After our contest winners, we brought out Toby Bengelsdorf, Quickies! mascot, Fiction at Work editor-in-chief, and author of An Implausibility of Gnus (out now on Another New Calligraphy! $8! So affordable!):

We love him so. 

Thanks to all the contest winners - you were beyond and we are so thrilled to have you as part of the Quickies! family! And thanks to Toby for being a great mascot and not minding when we embarrass him (cough at every single reading cough).

See you in September!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Lindsay Hunter" is actually spelled K-n-i-g-h-t--R-i-d-e-r


Check out our own lovely hostess with the mostess, Lindsay Hunter as she reads as part of the You, Me, Them, Everybody Reading at the Hungry Brain

August 17th

Readings from:
Aaron Cynic
Lindsay Hunter
Andrew Mall
Scott Smith

Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee

Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont, Chicago, IL
Doors at 8pm, 21+, no cover



Monday, August 10, 2009

Hey girl, I like the way you dance


We're back with a BANG!

This month, QUICKIES! is having a double-celebration!

First, we're celebrating the release of our mascot, Toby Bengelsdorf's book, "An Implausibility of Gnus"


We're so so so happy to present our CONTEST WINNERS, this month's show will feature the top five stories from our very first QUICKIES! Contest!


Erica Adams lives in Chicago. You can read her blog at


James Tadd Adcox is the Editor-in-Chief of Artifice Magazine ( He has work published or forthcoming in Quick Fiction, Makeout Creek, Barrelhouse, and the Literary Journal, among other places. He lives in Chicago.


Greg Gerke lives in Buffalo. His work has or will appear in Gargoyle, Rosebud, Fourteen Hills, Night Train, Flash Forward Press 2009 Anthology and others. There’s Something Wrong With Sven, a book of short fiction has been published by Blaze Vox Books. His website is


Sasha Graybosch is a writer in New York City. Her fiction has appeared in elimae and Dogzplot and she contributes to the online magazine The Rumpus. She is a writing consultant at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and works for the indie press Akashic Books. She blogs at


Megan Milks is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois. Her work is anthologized in Thirty Under Thirty; Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers; and Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire. She won the 2008 Goodnow Award in Prose and was a finalist in DIAGRAM's inaugural $5 Innovative Fiction Contest. Her work can be found in DIAGRAM, Mad Hatters Review, Pocket Myths, and The Wild. She co-edits Mildred Pierce Magazine.

Hooray for Toby!

Hooray for the contest winners!

Hooray Hooray!

Tuesday, August 11
The Innertown Pub

Monday, August 3, 2009

Video famous

Check it out!

Lindsay and Mary were interviewed by the lovely Amy Guth for Chicago SubText!

Watch Mary do her best Urkel impression while Lindsay tosses her hair like she's in a Pantene commercial. We know how to bring it.

Lindsay Hunter & Mary Hamilton at Printers' Ball from Amy Guth on Vimeo.

While you're there, watch the other videos!