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 Individual stories may have appeared in journals or anthologies, but we ask that collections as a whole be previously unpublished.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!!

Monday, May 10, 2010


sam pink lives in chicago. he wrote "i am going to clone myself then kill the clone and eat it" (paperhero press 09), "frowns need friends too" (afterbirth books 2010) and "the self esteem holocaust comes home" (six gallery press 2010). visit him at impersonalelectroniccommunication.com.

See him live at Quickies! May 11!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Jonathan Messinger is the books editor for Time Out Chicago, and co-founder of Featherproof Books. He's also the author of Hiding Out, and is at work on Hiding Out 2: Hiding In and Hiding Out 3: Don't Stop Hiding.

See him live at Quickies! May 11!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Sara Levine's always short writing has appeared in Nerve, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, and many other magazines. She won a 2008 Bridport Prize for Fiction, and her essays have been anthologized in Best of Fence and The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction: 1970 to the Present. She is Chair of the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Oh dip. Read this one.

See her live at Quickies! May 11!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Amanda Marbais' fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Monkeybicycle, Hobart web, Fiction at Work, Kill Author, The2ndHand and Staccato. She is the Managing Editor for Requited Journal. She lives in Chicago.

Read something awesome of hers here. Then see her live at Quickies! May 11!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Natalie once worked at an Australian-themed indoor theme park called CoolWalla Carnival, but now writes plays and short stories and some art reviews. In December, one of her short stories was in the Chicago Reader's fiction issue. She was named one of the funniest women of mcsweeney's by The Rumpus, and she has a food blog. The last recipe she featured was a recipe for gator tail that she learned from some guy on the side of the road.

See her live at Quickies! May 11!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Matt Trupia lives in Chicago and is a member of The Backrow sketch comedy group. He writes for the sporadic website Spider and Bird. (We like this one a lot.)

See him live at Quickies! May 11.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Take off your earrings, there's gonna be a fight

Mark your calendars!

Tuesday, May 11
The Innertown Pub

Friday, March 5, 2010

OH HELL yes.

WE'RE BACK! And look who we brought with us!

Justyn Harkin

Justyn Harkin lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in Word Riot, Thieves Jargon, and The Angler. He also has a cat, Frida, with a nervous condition that makes her lick all her fur off her belly. It’s the weirdest thing.

Paul Durica

P. Genesius Durica has had work appear or is forthcoming in ACM, the Seattle Review, Indiana Review, Tin House, and Mid-American Review among other places. He is the fiction editor of Chicago Review and the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell tours.

Melanie Datz

Some people say Melanie Datz is really mean, other people say she's kinda awesome. She's published stories in Night Train, Red Clay Review, Knee-Jerk and other places. She pays rent by writing those annoying Facebook ads that encourage you to get your degree online.

James Tadd Adcox

James Tadd Adcox is the Editor in Chief of Artifice Magazine (www.artificemag.com). He has work published or forthcoming in The Literary Review, Barrelhouse, Another Chicago Magazine, and n+1, among other places. He lives in Chicago.

Beth Wylder

Elizabeth Wylder took the scenic route to Chicago, stopping along the way to peddle foam rocks at Epcot, teach a college course on Clint Eastwood movies, and deliver milkshakes. Currently, she teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago and is the editor of PureFrancis.org. Her poetry collection, Antarctica is for Sleepers, is out this month from Another New Calligraphy.

Brian Costello

Brian Costello is the author of "The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs," is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Reader, plays guitar and sings in Johnny and the Limelites, and plays drums in Other Minds.

Billy Lombardo

Billy Lombardo was born and raised in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. He is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, How to Hold a Woman, (OV Books 2009), a book of poetry/prose, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns (EM Press 2009) and The Man with Two Arms, (Overlook Press 2010). Billy has just completed a Young Adult novella titled, The Day of the Palindrome. Billy is the co-founder and artistic director of Polyphony H.S., a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors (www.polyphonyhs.com).He has had fiction, essays, and nonfiction published or anthologized in StoryQuarterly, Cicada, TriQuarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Other Voices, The Spoken Word Redux, Elysian Fields Quarterly, River Oak Review, The Forest Park Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Knee-Jerk!, and other publications. Billy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and BA from Loyola University. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago and teaches fiction for UCLA's Extension program. Billy lives in Forest Park, Illinois, thirteen miles from 35th and Shields, where the White Sox play ball. You can contact him at polyphonyhs@gmail.com.

AND. This month we are being sponsored by Old Style, Chicago's favorite beer! If you like drink specials and fun, this is the event for you. And bring your dollar bills, because we'll be raffling off all kinds of goodies to benefit Doctors Without Borders!

Monday, February 1, 2010

We'll be back in March, ya'll

A bi-monthly reading of very short prose. Each reader has FOUR minutes to read a complete work of prose. No excerpts. No cheating.

Our next reading is March 9

Tadd Adcox
Paul Durica
Justyn Harkin
Brian Costello
Billy Lombardo
Melanie Datz
Beth Wylder
and Brandon Will!

Tuesday, March 9
7:30 pm
The Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Rose Metal Press has just announced the winner of their annual chapbook contest, and it's our very own Mary Hamilton!! When you see her out, buy her a drink!!

Congratulations, Mary! We can't wait to read WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE!

And congratulations to past Quickies! readers Tim Jones-Yelvington (finalist), James Tadd Adcox (semi-finalist), and Spencer Dew (semi-finalist)!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tuesday! New Year, New Time Limit! Quickies! is your Best Friend Forevs!!

Tuesday, January 12
7:30 PM
The Innertown Pub


Byron Flitsch is a freelance writer, performer, and future travel show host living in Chicago. Transplanted from a small town in Wisconsin, Flitsch attended Columbia College. He's been published in The Advocate, Newcity Magazine, and is a relationship columnist for Windy City Times. You can stalk him properly at his website: www.byronflitsch.com

Brandon Will is not very quick at most things. Actually he's somewhat slow, in ways both bad (flighty) and good (methodical). A former puppeteer (at a Detroit store-front theater) and moviemaker (of a ridiculously ambitious feature, Dadbot: The Movie), he currently works at a wonderful little indie bookstore and pursues a split-major in fiction writing and screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago. In the future he hopes to be a better man. His work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He sometimes takes a very long time to brush his teeth and put his shoes on.

Elizabeth Ellen is the author of Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense), Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix (Rose Metal Press) and Mouthfeel (Paper Hero Press, 2010). She is editor of Hobart's Short Flight/Long Drive books and lives in Ann Arbor.

Goldie Goldbloom's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and a story collection by emerging Australian writers. She won the Jerusalem Post's International Fiction Prize. Her non-fiction is forthcoming in "Keep Your Wives Away From Them: An Anthology of Writing by Orthodykes". Her novel, "Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders", forthcoming February 1st, won the AWP Novel Award and has been published in Australia.She is an MFA student at Warren Wilson. She likes to walk barefoot in mud.

Robyn was raised in the Swiss Alps by her gruff but kindly hermit grandfather, until she was adopted by a rich English family where she spent much of her time tap dancing with the household staff and teaching Elizabeth Taylor to walk again. Also, she co-hosts TheSunday Night Sex Show reading at the Burlington, and has been published in the feminist magazines Bitch and Bust... as well a local magazine about socialite weddings.

Tim Jones-Yelvington lives and writes in Chicago. His work has appeared in Sleepingfish, Annalemma, Pank, Keyhole, Monkeybicycle and others. He contributes to the group blog "Big Other" and maintains his personal blog "Ejaculations of a Perverse Adult."

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.

Barry Graham teaches writing at Rutgers University and he wrote The National Virginity Pledge. Look for him online at


See you there!!