Science of Obscurity

July 10, 2010

The Chicago Underground Library

celebrates the Science of Obscurity!

SATURDAY, JULY 10th from 7–10pm

at the Jupiter Outpost, 1139 W. Fulton Market

this event is free & for all ages
food & drink will be available for sale

An annual lead up event to the Printers’ Ball featuring new, unpublished, and in-progress works presented as science fair experiments.  Join an awesome line up of writers, designers, and publishers as the intricately explain the scientific principles underlying their work, real or imagined.

Reading experiments with Jennifer Karmin!
Storigami with Zach Dodson!
Distress charts with A D Jameson!
Teenage taxonomies with Mairead Case!
Curmudgeonly cuttlefish with Libby Walker!
Hand-cranked projector mad libs with Two With Water!
All participants will also have work for sale.

Special projects from the Society of Furthering Truth (SOFT), The Book Bike, readings from Featherproof Books’ iPhone application TripleQuick, surprise musical guests, video interviews with the CUL crew about your favorite forgotten and under-recognized Chicago publishers and writers.

The night will also feature a public “book launch” via catapult, scientist speed dating, and digital readings to warm your hardened techie heart. Left and right brains come together, print <3s digital, everyone wins when the laws of physics and literature collide.

If you’re a writer, publisher, bookmaker, or booklover of any stripe who has recently finished writing a book, has published a book in the past year, or just feels like taking out some aggression on a publication of your choice, we invite you to celebrate by participating in our public reading and launching your work into space–or at least halfway down the block. We define “book” broadly, so zines, magazines, chapbooks, textbooks, and more are welcome. Read a paragraph, then release! And if you want to donate your book to the collection of the Chicago Underground Library after it’s caught some air, we’re here for you.

About the Chicago Underground Library
The Chicago Underground Library provides an open forum for creative exchange between all producers and patrons of Chicago’s independent media, facilitating collaboration and awareness between diverse communities. Through innovative and inclusive approaches to acquisitions, cataloging and programming, we illuminate connections and provide both a historical and contemporary context for the creation of new local media.

About the Printers’ Ball
Founded by Poetry magazine with other independent Chicago literary organizations, the Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print culture, featuring thousands of magazines, books, and broadsides available free of charge; live readings and music; letterpress, offset, and paper-making demonstrations; and much more. The Printers’ Ball is co-produced with Columbia College Chicago and the Center for Book & Paper Arts, and takes place July 30th, 2010 in Chicago’s landmark Ludington Building, former home to the American Book Company, at 1104 South Wabash.


I’m happy to announce that Two With Water, a new Chicago-based literary and art magazine is celebrating the release of its first print issue with a show at the Empty Bottle on Tuesday, December 8th, and we’d love to see you there!

Showcasing the talent of emerging authors and artists, Two With Water strives to engage a diverse audience through the dynamically integrated artwork and design.  The literature includes short fiction and creative nonfiction, poems, and an interview with the local rock poet Thax Douglas.

A diverse lineup of bands will play the release party: mixed media performer Rainbo Video, soul funk band The Right Now, rock-opera musicians Dead Superheroes Orchestra, and garage-rock band ten-speed.

Denise Dooley, Bobby Evers, and Nick Sarno will read their work.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door and can be purchased at  Copies of Two With Water will be available.

For more information visit

Please feel free to forward this information (and the attached flier) widely–we are hoping our release party can serve as a means to connect with others in the literary world and beyond.

As always, we are continuously seeking submissions for Issue 2 as well…


Becca Roberts
and Two With WaterTwo W

Two With Water Reading

July 19, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

I know a number of you are headed out to see Elton John and Billy Joel at Wrigleyville, but in case you can’t, or (rather) if you want to hit this first

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TWW_Reading Series_3

posted by Caroline Picard

Hey Y’alls!

Nick Sarno, our Editor-in-Chief has been published in a journal called “Two With Water.” You should check out his story “An American Execution”, and the blog and you can if you go here. It’s at the tippety top….

Congrats, Nick!