Front Forty Press will participate in the 4th Annual Printer's Ball, August 22nd at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The Printers' Ball is an annual celebration of print literature in Chicago, hosted by Newcity, Poetry, and the MCA, in collaboration with CHIRP, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Proximity Magazine, Stop Smiling, Venus Zine, and over 100 local literary organizations. The event showcases a diverse selection of print publications, available free of charge, including magazines, journals, weeklies, posters, and broadsides, plus a full night of live entertainment. The festivities begin at 5:30pm and go until 10:00pm... with some sort of post-ball Front Forty fun sure to be had. For more information, visit The Poetry Foundation's website.
This event will mark the end of a very full summer for Front Forty... which began with a feature at the City of Chicago's booth in Art Chicago in April as part of their "Chicago in Print" series.
We also had the pleasure of once again participating in the MCA's "Zines, Comics, and Other Hip Lit Fair" this May. Presented by the MCA and Quimby's Bookstore, the Hip Lit Fair is an annual celebration of independent press in all forms, including zines, comics, graphic novels, artist books, and much more.
Big ups to Caitlin Bahler, who represented Front Forty at this year's Printer's Row Book Fair, the Midwest's largest outdoor literary event which took place June 9th and 10th. Thank you to everyone who came out despite the torrential downpour!