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Wednesday, October 27

:: The 2010 Fractious Press Romp Around Chicago ::

NYC-based Fractious Press is coming to town! In between trips to the John Hancock Tower and Bulls games, Buzz Poole and Veronica Liu of Fractious, joined by Chicagoan writer friends John Paul Davis and Mairead Case, will be reading at Saki on Friday, October 29 @ 6:30pm. Come listen, hang, win lit prizes!, and we will work it out. 

* saki reading *
Friday, October 29 @ 6:30pm
3716 W. Fullerton Ave.
(773) 486-3997

BUZZ POOLE is the author of Madonna of the Toast, a look at surprising iconography, named by the New Statesman as one of 2007¹s Best Underground Books. He has written about books, art, design, and music for numerous publications including the Believer, the Village Voice, Print, the San Francisco Chronicle, and theMillions. I Like to Keep My Troubles on the Windy Side of Things is his first collection of fiction.

VERONICA LIU's writing and visual art have appeared in Broken Pencil, Quick Fiction, Get Ahead, and other journals and zines. In 2010 she is the recipient of grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance for the completion of her novel, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund to coordinate an arts fair, and the Citizens Committee of New York City for a video oral history project on immigration. She is cofounder of the publishing crew Fractious Press and the online community radio station Washington Heights Free Radio.

JOHN PAUL DAVIS's poems have appeared in journals such as Columbia Poetry Review, Cordite Poetry Review, WordRiot and anthologies such as Off The Cuffs,Rebel Voices, and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You. He is editor and designer of Bestiary Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the literary variety shows The Paper Machete and The Encyclopedia Show. He was a 2009 Vox Ferus writer in residence. He's represented Chicago multiple times at the National Poetry Slam and is a Real Talk Ave founding member and artist. He lives in Chicago. You can learn more about him at www.johnpauldavis.org.

MAIREAD CASE has published fiction at featherproof and THE2NDHAND, criticism in Punk Planet, Pitchfork, and Village Voice Media, and comics for Light in the Attic Records (with David Lasky). She's edited The Journal of Ordinary Thought, Proximity, literago.org, and more. Mairead founded the writing program at a juvenile justice center in Indiana, co-organized the 2010 Bronx Museum Book Fair, and curated a radio show about dreams for Neighborhood Public Radio at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She works at Columbia College Chicago.

FRACTIOUS PRESS is a small artist-run publishing condo founded in the Bronx and Washington Heights, New York, in 2005. Since its first release, which was named in the Village Voice’s Best of New York 2005, the press has published emerging artists and writers of fiction, poetry, comics, and zines, and has occasionally hosted day-long zine festivals in Upper Manhattan. The next zine fest, May Day at Ding Dong will be held on May 1, 2010, with support from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. ForeWord magazine called the press “innovative . . . a kind of counterculture collaborative.”

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