Saturday, October 31, 2009


You've heard of SuperSizin'. You know how it can clog your arteries and cottage-cheese up your thighs. But you're also familiar with how delicious something meaty and salty and bigger than normal feels sliding down your throat (that's for you, pervy blog skimmers!). Well, that's kind of how the Quickies! FUNdraiser was, and thankfully we had an audience full of deep throats (I'm sorry. I really am.).

Anyway. There were a lot of readers and a lot of amazing:

This bitch!

After an intermission, there was the Dollar Store Reunion Tour!:

Mary Hamilton! (Recently nominated by Smokelong Quarterly for Dzanc's Best of the Web, 2010!)

Jac Jemc (blinded by her own brilliance)!

Aaron Burch! (For some reason there was no picture taken of Snack Pack. Instead, enjoy this video.)

Amelia Gray (fucking slayed)!

Shew. It was a long'un. But we made more money than at last year's fundraiser, and for that we thank our dear, dear audience! We love you!

See you November 10!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Holy frijoles you guys...

This month's Quickies! may kick your ass! Our October show will be our second FUNdraiser! We have twelve amazing readers traveling from four states to join us for this show. Yow!

For only the second time ever, we are asking for handouts. In return, we will give our audience the best reading they have ever seen ever and if they're lucky, a few audience members will win prizes.


Jac Jemc has a novel coming out in three years from Dzanc. In the meantime, she's blogging her rejections at

Elizabeth Wylder's poetry, fiction, and audio have appeared in various literary journals including 2River View, The Legendary, and Natural Bridge. She is the editor of Pure Francis ( and an instructor at Triton and Malcolm X Colleges. When she grows up, she wants to play in the NBA.

Ben Tanzer writes. He also blogs at This Blog Will Change Your Life ( And watches way too much Sports Center. Still upon on his deathbed, he will receive total consciousness. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.

Kate Duva grew up in Chicago in a bar. Her work can be found in Fugue, Opium, and The Duva Diaries, a self-made publication. She has performed at the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mics awards, the Uptown Poetry Slam, and on Vocalo radio. Find her online at

In addition to working as a visual artist, Caroline Picard is the Founding Director of The Green Lantern Gallery & Press, and a Co-Editor for the literary podcast The Parlor ( Her writing has been published in a handful of publications including the Phildelphia Independant, NewCity, Lumpen, MAKE Magazine, the Chicago Art Journal Review and Proximity Magazine. Twice a year she meets with a performance group and records improvised music under the collective alias Thee Iran Contras. For more information please visit

Aaron Plasek lives in Denver, Colorado, and is patiently waiting for the courage to write the book he does not know how to write. His poems can be found in Diagram, Alice Blue, Juked, and elsewhere. He has an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and intermittently makes a living teaching literature and composition, most recently at Colorado State University and most most recently to the mockingbird that lives in his backyard.

Is the author of AM/PM, published by Featherproof Books. Her bookMuseum of the Weird is coming out in October 2010 through FC2.

Casey Bye is an MFA candidate in the Fiction Program at Columbia College Chicago. He currently writes for the A&E section of Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express and was previously a staff writer for Milwaukee’s Undercurrents. He is an editor and cofounder of the online literary journal, Knee-Jerk ( He would like to own a dog someday so that his bio could read "He writes and lives with his dog in Chicago" because that'd be a cool bio, right?

Zach Dodson once drank half a bottle of codeine cough syrup and recorded a song called Crazy Bat on his computer.

Richard was the winner of the ChiZine Publications 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory. Some of his publishing credits include Cemetery Dance (Shivers VI anthology, late 2009), 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Dogmatika, Gold Dust, Vain and Opium. He is currently pursuing a MFA at Murray State University in their low-residency program. He is also shopping his neo-noir thriller, Transubstantiate. Richard is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association.

edits hobart
spent his summer drunk and in a van on the dollar store tour
has a chapbook of short shorts coming out by the end of the year
is currently a student down there at university of illinois, champaign-urbana
will be reading in chicago again on thursday (10/15) for another chicago magazine's new issue release party

Blake Butler is fucking stupid.

So bring your party asses, friends! And some dollar dollar bills, ya'll! We love you and we can't wait to see each and every one of you!

Tuesday, October 13th
7:30 p.m.
Inntertown Pub
1935 W. Thomas, Chicago

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lindsay sucks but our September readers sure didn't!

Well. Many apologies for the lateness of this post. September was one of the best Quickies! ever; so good, in fact, that Lindsay has been in a fever dream ever since.

Speaking of fever dreams, the following pictures were taken on a not very good camera, and they look like people look in your fever dreams, so let's all pretend like the September Quickies! was so good that a fever dream overtook all of Innertown. Witness:

Jacob Knabb, in character!



Patrick freakin' Somerville! (Look how the fever dream in his eyes has practically turned him into a zombie!)

Many thanks to our fantastic readers - you were all amazingly awesome! And thanks to our audience that night, we hope you've escaped your fever dreams and will come to the next Quickies! on October 13 (stay tuned for details - holy shit you don't want to miss it!)!