Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Milwaukee hosts The Midwest Small Press Festival to Celebrate Independent Literature with a Book-fair and Performances


Milwaukee, WI – May 4th, 2012 - In January 2012, a small but dedicated group of Milwaukee-based writers and bookmakers started planning the first Midwest Small Press Festival.

The festival will take place in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, a cozy little spot full of artists and doers with a cooperative fervor.

An ambitious group of independent literary presses including Burdock Magazine, New American Press, Plumberries Press, Rescue Press, Ten Pages Press, The Literary Underground and others are participating and curating events for the weekend-long festival to be held the first weekend of June.

The festival will center around a book-fair at the Polish Falcon (801 E. Clarke St.) on Saturday June 2nd. Here, small presses throughout the region are invited to display and sell their books. With presses coming from Chicago, Minneapolis, Michigan and Ohio, as well as from other parts of Wisconsin, the event promises to present an impressive introduction to the independent literary presence in the Midwest.

Additional events throughout the weekend include an opening reception at Woodland Pattern (720 E. Locust St.) bookstore on Friday June 1st, workshops and readings at the Cream City Collectives (732 E. Clarke St.) all day on Saturday June 2nd, a brunch spelling-bee and literary trivia at the Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.) on Sunday June 3rd as well as live music, gallery showings and more.

For more information about the festival including an ongoing list and itinerary of events and visiting presses and writers, please visit www.midwestsmallpressfestival.org

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