FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 /// 6 PM TO 11 PM


Lots of magazines. Books. Posters. Galore.
Broadsides & busy beavers. Newspapers & weeklies.
Zines. Poetry, fiction & all that. Buttons, stickers
& more. Reading & performing, or something like it.
Red carpet. Screenings, Web things & digital
writing — electrified in general; because PRINT DIGITAL .
Making, inking, stamping. Getting hands dirty.
Dancing, music, DJs. Playing. All free.

+ Beer, food & revelry.

Printers’ Ball 2010 Schedule
Friday, July 30, 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Scheduled Events:

6:00 PM: Christian Wiman introduces Printers’ Ball 2010
6:00 – 9:00 PM
: PRINTERESTING.ORG’s “COPY JAM!,” an interactive art print occurrence.
6:00 – 10:00 PM
: Dave Tompkins, the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks, dee-jays his vocoder playlist, with live vocoder and special guest
7:00 – 7:30 PM
: “The Precession,” a digital poem and live performance of original writing and real-time data collection by Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrissey
8:00 – 10:00 PM
: The Show ‘n Tell Show, hosted by Zach Dodson and Michael Renaud, with Studio Blue’s Cheryl Towler Weese, Edie Fake, Isaac Tobin, and Kathleen Judge
10:00 – 11:00 PM
: Live music by Icy Demons

Ongoing Events:

  • Printers’ Ball limited-edition Busy Beaver Buttons to the first 500 guests
  • Red-carpet interviews with Amy Guth, digital news editor for books at the Chicago Tribune and co-host of ChicagoNow Radio on WGN
  • Gapers Block traffic jam of Chicago lit sites
  • Gallery presentation of and reading from the Printers’ Ball 2010 Art Book, with broadsides featuring the work of the Chicago Printers’ Guild and local poets and writers
  • Book binding by Chicago Books to Women in Prison
  • DEUSEXPAGINA, a live experiment in literary quantum mechanics and wholly fabricated reviews of wholly fabricated books
  • Elevated Diction: poems performed live during your elevator ride between floors
  • The Gnoetry poetry-making machine
  • “Pandora’s Star Box,” a poem-film by Carrie Olivia Adams
  • Public Media Institute’s Mobile Screen-printing Cart
  • Text Object,” a featured digital reading provided by Vanessa Place
  • Video gallery featuring Bound Off, contratiempo, Rattapalax, Switchback Books, and Wholphin DVD, plus metal type animation by students from the London College of Communication
  • Fresh Squeezed Poetry, poetry written to order by Illinois Arts Council award winners
  • Plus more with Anchor Graphics, Captain Carpenter, the students and alumni of Columbia College Chicago, and others
  • The Next Objectivists typing the poetry of the multitude. Poetypists will compose in public and turn “raw or/e” into poetry chapbooks to be distributed on-site.

and the afterparty…

The Printers’ Ball After-Party and MAKE Five-Year Anniversary Fiesta



FREE / 21+

After you gorge yourself on print and digital lit, The Show ‘n Tell Show and Icy Demons, head over to Reggie’s Music Joint for a night of music and piñatas celebrating the celebration of print and digital literature, as well as MAKE’s fifth year of publishing.

The Reggie’s bus will pick up party goers at the Ball at 9PM, 10PM, and 11PM. Look for it (it’s hard to miss) at the front entrance of the Ludington Building.

Enjoy drink specials such as “The Publishers’ Pair,” a cheap beer and a cheap whiskey shot for $5 or keep it clean and classy with $5 shots of Templeton Rye. Order from the grill too.

Beginning at 9PM, Shame That Tune, Chicago’s newest musical comedy game show kicks off the night with a special Printers’ Ball episode featuring Coupleskate’s Andrea Bauer, RUI’s Rob Duffer, and a volunteer from the audience.

Followed by the peerless Magical Beautiful, refined garage rockers Paul Cary and the Small Scaries, and the always delightful Coupleskate.

Preview the bands and download free tunes at

Arts and culture live talk show and podcast You, Me, Them, Everybody hosts an interview room in Record Breakers Record Store throughout thenight.    

Visit the FACEBOOK event page

Rob Elder will read at The Parlor Tuesday, May 4th at 7pm!

Robert K. Elder is a journalist, author, film columnist and regional editor for AOL’s  For almost a decade, he served as a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Premiere, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe,,, The Oregonian and many other publications.

Elder is also the founder of Odd Hours Media, the company behind and Sourcebooks recently bought the book publishing rights for each site.  Elder edited “John Woo: Interviews,” the first authoritative chronicle of the filmmaker’s life, legacy and career. He has also contributed to books on poker, comic books and film design.

A former member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, Elder has taught film classes at Facets Film School.  He currently teaches journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Communication.

Elder will read from Last Words of the Executed published by the University of Chicago Press.

Pulitzer-winner Studs Terkel calls Elder “a journalist in the noblest tradition” in his introduction to Elder’s book,  Last Words of the Executed.

Following his 30 minute reading, Rob will take questions from the audience.

As always, the event will be recorded and published on-line for your repeated listening pleasure on iTunes and at

All readings take place at 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor

For more information, please visit or contact

The Parlor is a monthly reading series sponsored by Bad At Sports Podcast (

The Power of ‘g’

April 7, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

As you may or may not know, the green lantern participated in the Creative Chicago Expo last weekend. It was amazing. We had a lot of incredible conversations with  a number of amazing folks (ranging from zine-dude to young poet-with-his-mom-doing research-on-how-to-get-published to pr lady who asked me a slough of questions about why on earth writers would ever want to donate their writing: a fair question). At any rate, one woman approached me and told me about an article that documented the hip virtues of the letter ‘g.’ She promised me she’d send me the article, and then she did. So I thought I’d link to it here, because even if the City of Chicago doesn’t get how awesome we are, other people are talking.

For the record, the lower case ‘g’ was all Jason Bacasa who has designed all of our books, our website, everything….he’s amazing.

“While the letter W has its fans (W magazine, the W Hotels, the Broadway show “Wicked”), the spunky little lowercase g is making headway in the worlds of design and pop culture.

“Playful, unassuming—a merry little snowman in a sea of somber stick figures—g benefits from the Internet, which favors lower-case letters, and the green movement, which prefers it to the more imposing capital G used by Gatorade.”

If you want to read the rest of this article, go here! The Chicago Tribune said…..

John Huston Pulls Tires

November 20, 2008

posted by Caroline Picard; the original site for this article is here, or 2nd page of today’s tribune. (if you go to the website, you can check out a video); 

So the thing is, John Huston is going to be speaking at The Green Lantern at the end of January, as part of the North Georgia Gazette release…we’re very excited.


Chicagoan trains for North Pole trek Chicagoan trains here for trek to North Pole


By Russell Working

Tribune reporter November 20, 2008

When John Huston is doing his workouts, he often hears assorted wiseacres yelling out: “Hey, dude, where’s your car?” or “Did you lose a bet?” Not such outrageous questions when you consider that Huston, a veteran dog sled racer, chains SUV tires together and drags them across grass or the sand by Lake Michigan. The Glen Ellyn native and Chicago resident has led a dog sled team across Greenland and a ski expedition to the South Pole. Now he’s spending hours every week dragging anywhere from two to five tires at a time to condition himself for his next big chilly adventure: hauling a sled 500 miles over the sea ice to the North Pole. In March, Huston, 32, and a buddy, Tyler Fish, 35, plan to trek from northern Canada to the mythic home of Santa Claus—while hauling all their supplies—making them the first Americans to ski unsupported to the pole. Related links Training for North Pole trek Photos The two, who are interested in the impact of global warming on the Arctic, plan to make observations on sea ice thickness and quality, and to participate in a separate study of human performance in extreme environments. Huston and Fish are experienced Arctic travelers. In 2006, Huston took part in a BBC televised re-enactment of Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen’s race to the South Pole. The number of 45-pound tires he uses depends on whether he is training for strength or endurance. Every so often a passerby, noticing the excruciating effort, will pump a fist and yell, “Respect!” More often, the numskulls speak up. Huston did find the remarks funny. “The first time,” he says, “not nearly as much the 50th time.”