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(23) 7Vientos is a small, independent press located in Chicago. They focus primarily on books in translation, representing the underrepresented since 2010.
(5) 826CHI is a nonprofit tutoring and writing center in Wicker Park. We work with around 3,500 students, aged 6-18, each year to improve their expository and creative writing skills. All of our programming is tuition-free, and we publish our students’ work, both in-house and professionally.
(44) Adam Fotos is a Chicago artist and cartoonist who is the creator of the all ages comic series Dragon and Goat, the graphic novel The Panopticorn and the web-comic Cloud Arcadia. Exploring the boundaries between a Real and an Imagined Japan, his recent graphic essay Beyond Paper Walls with an Individual Artist grant from the City of Chicago. Fotos teaches art and design at Chicago State University and the College of DuPage, where he regularly publishes student anthologies and zines as Fotopia Press.
(38) Originated by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, ALA’s Our Voices is an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections.
(71) The American Writers Museum will open in downtown Chicago in spring 2017, and will be the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.
(46) Andrea Bell is an illustrator and comic artist living in Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. She studied Art & Design as well as illustration at Columbia College Chicago. She has completed works with Yeti Press (Rose from the Dead 2014), Nestle SweeTARTS, SNAP! Learning, Columbia College’s Chronicle, iO Chicago, Hollywood Improv, The Nerdologues, Culture Collide, Feeligo, and her original comic series, Fair Voyage. Andrea has exhibited such works at conventions like CAKE (Chicago 2014-2016), TCAF (Toronto 2014 + 2016) CALA (Los Angeles 2014-2015), Little Indie Press Fest (Chicago 2015), Linework NW (Portland 2015-2016), and Chicago Zine Fest (2015-2016), Token (Chicago 2016), C2E2 (Chicago 2016). Andrea Bell is the illustrator and designer of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo poster and additional materials.
(70) Allium Press is a small independent press which publishes fiction with a Chicago connection — historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, literary fiction, and YA fiction. “Rescuing Chicago from Capone…one book at a time.”
(11) Amika Press believes in developing new authors. Everyone has a story, and we are all invigorated by sharing our experiences and worldview. Amika Press was founded in 2000 to offer authors professional editing and design services as well as publication management. Additionally, authors receive a more favorable royalty arrangement than is provided by traditional publishers.”
(73) Ankerwycke, launched in December 2014, is the consumer-oriented imprint of the American Bar Association. In 1215, Magna Carta was sealed underneath the ancient Ankerwycke Yew tree, starting the process which led to rule by constitutional law — in effect, giving rights and the law to the people. Today, the ABA’s Ankerwycke line of books continues to bring the law to the people. With legal fiction, true crime books, popular legal histories, public policy handbooks, and prescriptive guides to current legal and business issues, Ankerwycke is a contemporary and innovative line of books for everyone from a trusted and vested authority. Follow Ankerwycke on Twitter @AnkerwyckeBooks. Ankerwycke is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(17) Big Shoulders Books aims to produce books that engage intimately with the Chicago community and, in the process, give graduate students in DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program hands-on, practical experience in book publishing. The goal of Big Shoulders Books is to disseminate, free of charge, quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. Each year, we aim to make small but meaningful contributions to discussions of injustice and inequality in Chicago. Big Shoulders Books celebrates the tremendous resilience and creativity found in all areas of the city.
(48) Brown & Proud Press is a collective of people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle through the medium of zines as a catalyst for collective healing and social change.
(13) Burial Day Books was founded in 2011 as a boutique publisher of supernatural horror. Horror, the truest, purest form of horror is the black and beautiful dance between good and evil. We love the unknown. We fear the unknown. We will bring you the unknown through our literary horror novels and short fictions.
(58) Canopic Publishing is an independent book publisher dedicated to preserving good storytelling, whether through poetry, prose, or other forms of artistic expression. We started in 2003 as the book imprint for Canopic Jar, an arts journal founded in 1986. Currently we have eleven books in print with more scheduled for 2017.
(29-31) The Chicago Black Authors Network (CBAN) was founded in 2010 with the intention to support and educate new writers about the publishing business. Through the cooperation of dedicated members the organization shares resources that enable it to host and attend literary events throughout the year. Also, CBAN serves as a driving force in telling African-American stories written by African-American authors. We are dedicated to being a Chicago Renaissance for both urban literature and fiction/non-fiction in general.
(72) The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame honors and preserves Chicago’s great literary heritage.
(37) Since first opening our doors in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has served all Chicagoans with free and open places to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed.
(47) CHIRP Radio is a volunteer-driven, online community radio station that focuses on music, arts, and culture. The station also features conversations with artists, activists, and other people doing interesting work, and our features department produces pieces highlighting Chicago’s diverse voices and stories. CHIRP is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. CHIRP Radio is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(20) Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) is a non-profit that strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work.
(21) The Chicago Review of Books is an independent literary review dedicated to diverse voices, settings, genres, and ideas in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and anything else that’s printed on paper, as well as the intersection of literature and the arts.
(77) Chicago Review Press is an independent publishing company founded in 1973. Over the years CRP has grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. They currently publish around 60 new titles annually under five imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, and Academy Chicago.
(51) Chicago Women in Publishing Open to anyone interested in the publishing industry, CWIP is an organization dedicated to helping our members make industry connections and creating a vibrant and useful community of successful professionals. Whether you’re male or female, a seasoned publishing veteran, aspiring author, or simply considering a publishing career, CWIP can help you achieve your goals.
(78) Chicago Writers Association is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the 4 C’s of writing: creativity, commerce, craft and community. CWA strives to foster a visible, supportive writing community and to assist writers at all levels achieve their writing goals. The Chicago Writers Association is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(28) CityFiles Press is a small publishing company that strives to produce meaningful projects that have emotional and artistic impact. We believe in the power of words and pictures.
(14) The CivicLab is dedicated to innovation, education and innovation for social justice and civic engagement.
(1) Columbia Poetry Review Celebrating its 30th anniversary year, Columbia Poetry Review is published annually by Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing department. It is a student-edited, nationally distributed literary journal. Poems from Columbia Poetry Review have been included in several volumes of The Best American Poetry, and featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.
(6) Curbside Splendor publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from extraordinary voices, and seeks work that explores hybrid forms and examines contemporary culture. In August 2016, Curbside opened the Midwest’s first indie-only bookstore, Curbside Books & Records, located in Chicago’s South Loop.
(53) The Editorial Freelancers’ Association is a national network of publishing professionals that began in 1970. The EFA offers numerous resources for the development of its members, and it’s the perfect place for authors to hire the professionals they need for any written work.
(7) Featherproof Books publishes strange & beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy.
(57) First Fruits Press is poetry that will inspire, move you to reflection, and motivate.
(10) Flat Out is an independent magazine that enacts multiple genres of architectural criticism through fifteen recurring, fictitious characters. In each issue readers will find a series of columns — essays, exposés, memoirs, letters, pitches, illustrations, conversations, vignettes, and polemics — authored by a rotating cast of undercover writers and designers.
(24) Free Write Arts & Literacy provides one-on-one literacy tutoring, creative writing workshops, visual art workshops, music production workshops, publishing and public performance opportunities to youth detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
(22) Gibson House Press is an independent press based in Chicago with a focus on literary fiction by writer-musicians and a commitment to making personal connections with readers. We will feature two debut novelists in 2017.
(9) The Green Lantern Press is an artist-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to the production, integration, and dissemination of contemporary art, literature, and philosophy.
(1) Habitat Magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that is urgent, teaches us something new, and embraces a boldness through language.
(1) Hair Trigger is a student-edited fiction magazine published by Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing department.
(1) Hair Trigger 2.0 is an annual online magazine run by Creative Writing students at Columbia. Hair Trigger 2.0 seeks to broaden the reach of Hair Trigger, creating a space for established and emerging writers contributing to the literary culture of our times. We are dedicated to publishing works that are reflective of the diversity of contemporary fiction.
(15) Haymarket Books is a radical, non-profit, publisher of books on social justice themes. We aim to connect activists, critical scholars, and general readers with the ideas they need to change the world.
(40) Highlights of Chicago Press publishes books about Chicago history and culture, children’s literature, and organizes tours of neighborhoods for visitors and school groups.
(50) Illinois Woman’s Press Association The IWPA (since 1885) is an organization of professionals whose objective is to maintain and improve the standards of members in mass communications in Illinois, to promote their interests, and to provide for the sharing of ideas and information. IWPA is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.
(16) Jacobin Magazine is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture through a quarterly print magazine, daily online content, a book series, and more.
(49) The Ladydrawers Comics Collective is an unofficially affiliated group that researches, performs, and publishes comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large.
(74) Lake Claremont Press/Everything Goes Media Everything Goes Media is home to the Lake Claremont Press (Chicago nonfiction), A Chicago Joint (distribution for Chicago nonfiction), Everything Goes Media (gift, hobby, business, and lifestyle), and S. Woodhouse Books (ideas, history, science, trends, and current events) imprints, and Conspire Creative publishing services.
(75) Lake Forest College Press publishes in the broad spaces of Chicago studies. Our imprint, &NOW Books, publishes innovative and conceptual literature, and serves as the publishing arm of the &NOW writers’ conference and organization.
(45) Little Dipper Ink is a one lady press that publishes novels, poetry, children’s books, literary journals, and more!
(12) Long Day Press is a hand-bound, literary chapbook press.
(25) Lowell Thompson is an artist/writer/recovering adman who uses his experience and skills to save America…from itself. His new “Some Of My Best Friends Are Colored” project aims to reform and reunite the human race.
(42) Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. Her Xeric-award winning wordless comic series “In the Sounds and Seas,” which made the Notable Comics list in Best American Comics, was recently collected by One Peace Books. Other comics include “Burrow,” “Particle/Wave,” and “Mare Cognitum.”
(65) Misty Publications is an independent publisher of poetry and poetry hybrids.
(68-69) Open Books, the Chicago literacy nonprofit and bookstore at 651 W. Lake, will be selling a wide variety of used books at the Book Expo, including Chicago-focused books.
(56) Outrider Press is an independent small press providing editorial, graphic and pre-press support to authors throughout the nation since 1988. In affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild, Outrider edits, designs and publishes the acclaimed series of annual anthologies, now in its 22nd year.
(55) Oyez Review is the literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University.
(61) Packingtown Review was founded in as a print literary journal in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Chicago by Ph.D. students in the English department. As of April 2013 we launched as an independent online publication. We are non-affiliated and promiscuous, and embrace translation, adaptation, outsider art, and experimentation.
(67) Poems While You Wait is a collective of poets and their vintage typewriters who provide their patrons with an unexpected and decontextualized encounter with poetry. The process is simple: give us your name, give us the topic that you would like us to write a poem about (ranging from specific to abstract with as much information or as little as you’d like), give us a $5 donation, and give us 15-20 minutes while you wander around. Upon your return you will have a custom-made, one-of-a-kind original poem to keep for yourself or to give as a gift.
(63) The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(64) Poetry magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, and has published a new issue every month for one hundred years. Today, Poetry regularly presents new work by the most recognized poets, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices. The Poetry Foundation is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(1) Point Blank Poetry Club is a group of student writers aiming to foster creativity and challenge the boundaries of genre and experience through community outreach.
(1) Punctuate is a student-edited nonfiction magazine published by Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing department.
(43) Radiator Comics distributes hand-made and self-published comic books, zines, and graphic novels by nearly 50 comics artists from around the United States!
(19) Read/Write Library collects and provides access to Chicago media in order to promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. Through programs like contemporary book clubs, collection of 5,000+ publications, and digital catalog, we strive to reveal threads connecting neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and encourage inquiry into the record.
(32) Red Anemone Books Inc. is a Chicago publisher specializing in quality books that venture outside of the ordinary. If you’re looking for provocative science fiction, quirky contemporary fiction, varied and suspenseful short stories, or unusual mathematics, we have the books for you.
(54) Ricochet Review is a poetry magazine that strives to publish both established and emerging writers who work in poetry and/or poetry translations from various languages and various forms of art. The Ricochet Review editorial board is comprised of students and guided by faculty at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center.
(60) RHINO Poetry is an independent literary organization in its 40th year, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO, an annual high-quality print journal of poetry, flash-fiction and translations reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. RHINO also fosters writers with RHINO Reads! & our Poetry Forum workshops.
(66) Rose Metal Press is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher dedicated to producing three beautiful books a year in such hybrid genres as prose poetry, flash fiction, and image-and-text collaborations.
(41) Scott Roberts is an Associate Professor teaching animation at DePaul University. He received his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His sculptures, video installations, animations, and comics have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, and screenings in Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival. He also has over ten years of professional experience in television art direction, post-production, animation and 3D game art, and was the production designer for the independent film “Making Revolution.”
(8) Soberscove Press seeks to make available art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to access. We also work with artists on the production of books that resonate with our growing list.
(34-35) Society of Midland Authors (SMA), an 100-year-old organization of authors from twelve Midwest states, is dedicated to honoring creative literary efforts through ongoing public programs, an annual book awards competition and banquet, a speakers bureau, and member newsletter. Author signings: 12-2pm: Emily Calvo, Amelia Cotter, George Levy, Stan “Tex” Banash; 2-4pm: Carol Saller, Rosina Neginsky, Bill Yarrow, Fern Schemer Chapman; 4-5pm: Whitney Scott, Genevieve Davis, Diane Piron-Gelman, Jack Clark.
(36) The Soon to be Famous™ Illinois Author Project, now in its fourth year, recognizes outstanding self-published adult fiction by Illinois authors. Conceived and conducted by Illinois library marketing professionals, this unique project harnesses the power and credibility of libraries to affect books and reading.
(18) The South Side Weekly is a nonprofit newsmagazine that covers arts, culture, and politics on the South Side of Chicago. The South Side Weekly is a sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.
(59) Sundress Publications is a (mostly) woman-run, woman-friendly non-profit publication group founded in 2000 that hosts a variety of online journals and publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats. We also publish the annual Best of the Net Anthology, celebrating the best work published online, and The Wardrobe, which highlights work from women writers in all genres.
(62) Swan Isle Press is an independent, not-for-profit, literary and academic publisher dedicated to publishing world literature in translation—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—advancing the knowledge and appreciation of literature, art, and culture.
(33) Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group meets the second Saturday of each month at the Tamale Hut Café in North Riverside for an afternoon of conversation, camaraderie, and critique. We are affiliated with the long-running Tamale Hut Café Reading Series.
(39) Tiger Stripe Publishing is a Chicago-based independent publisher of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Our books either featuring diverse main characters or have been created by diverse author and illustrator team. Check out our “Q Saves the Sun” and “How I Became We” titles.
(76) Tortoise Books Slow and steady wins in the end. In an industry dominated by fast-sellers and flash-in-the-pan subgenres, Tortoise Books is carving out a niche as a patient and meticulous imprint, blending the best of traditional and new publishing models to put out works that will stand the test of time.
(26-27) Windy City Historians has a mission to provide an open and friendly environment that encourages the sharing of resources, and knowledge among historians, researchers, communications professionals, educators, and artists to aid in the development of works related to Chicago history.