Schedule of Events at the 2013 Book Fair
All of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair workshops and presentations are free and open to the public. They will take place upstairs at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Space is limited, and it is available on a first come, first served basis. Each workshop will consist of a brief overview of the topic, some elementary equipment and skill overviews, and if applicable, a demonstration or activity. Please remember that these are meant to be brief and fun; they are not meant to be professional or academic learning experiences. Remember to ask questions, it’s the best way to learn!
Friday Night Pre-Party! All Poetry is Small Press Poetry Reading
Featuring: Matthew Klane, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Chris McCreary, and Jenn McCreary
Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats 2008), Being Che (Stockport Flats 2013) and My (Fence eBooks, forthcoming 2014). He currently lives and writes in Albany, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at the Sage Colleges. Check out: Druid Craft.
Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Books) and Underground National (Factory School) as well as several chapbooks, most recently A Primary Mother (Least Weasel Series at Propolis Press). She writes poetry reviews for the Constant Critic, contributing editor for EOAGH, and a poetry editor for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Philadelphia where she teaches at the University of the Arts and publishes Corollary Press.
Chris McCreary’s most recent book is Undone : A Fakebook (Furniture Press), and his chapbook Elseworlds was just published by Cy Gist Press. Along with Jenn McCreary, he co-edits ixnay press, and he has reviewed poetry for venues such as Rain Taxi, the Poetry Project Newsletter, and The Volta. He teaches English and creative writing at a private high school outside of Philadelphia.
Jenn McCreary is the author of :ab ovo:, published by Dusie Press in the spring of 2009. She is also the author of the chapbooks: errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press), four o’clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press); the e-chapbook :Maps & Legends: (Scantily Clad Press) & a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). A new collection, & now my feet are maps, is forthcoming from Dusie Press this spring. She lives with her husband, the writer Chris McCreary, & their twin sons in Philadelphia, where she serves as Communications Director for the Mural Arts Program, co-edits ixnay press with Chris, wrangles twins, & charms snakes.
This event takes place on April 5th, 2013 from 8pm-11pm at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, NY. Beer from local brewers Community Beer Works will be on hand, along with other refreshments and light fare!
This event is hosted in conjunction with Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Thursday Night Pre-Pre-Party! Books Have Ruined My Life and Now I’m Going to Ruin Yours
Featuring: Sarah Falkner and Jonathan Callahan
A Starcherone Books Innovative Fiction reading, featuring the two most recently published winners of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.
Jonathan Callahan, author of The Consummation of Dirk:
Callahan’s writing has appeared in The Collagist, Pank, Unsaid, Witness, The Lifted Brow, Quarterly West, Fringe, Keyhole, >Kill Author, Fiction Writers Review, Used Furniture Review, and Western Humanities Review. He grew up in Hawaii and attended the Creative Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence University. His long essay on LeBron James appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Wag’s Review, and is available online. He lives in Queens.
Sarah Falkner, author of Animal Sanctuary, in a multimedia performance with music and video with artist Ryder Cooley:
Animal Sanctuary is Sarah Falkner’s first novel. A number of her short stories are part of City of Salt (2005: Aperture, New York), a collaborative work between herself, visual artists Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, and writer Erez Lieberman. Other stories have appeared in a couple of now-defunct magazines, Tatlin’s Tower and The Styles. Shehas also written non-fiction features about sustainable living, ecological activism, community affairs and alternative healing practices for community monthly magazines New York Spirit and The Park Slope Reader, and on US political activism and police response for L’Offensive (Paris). She lives in Hudson, NY.
This event takes place on April 4th, 2013 from 8pm-11pm at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, NY. Beer, wine, and light fare will be provided at this event as well!
This event is hosted in conjunction with Starcherone Books.
Saturday (4/6) Open Readings at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
Concurrent with the book bazaar aspect of the Fair, Saturday will feature Open Readings upstairs at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. The Open Readings give local authors, under-represented cultural workers, and small press poets the chance to share their work and sometimes feature books that they have for sale downstairs. Each reader will be given a 5-10 minute window, and the readings will take place marathon-style from 12:30pm-5:30pm. The list of participants can be found in the sidebar on this page, and the schedule will be determined closer to the date of the Fair.
Saturday (4/6) Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Afterparty! 7 at 7 at 7!
Ready to wind down after the first day of the Fair? Trust me, you will be. Come to local digs Sweet_ness 7 Cafe to have drinks (full bar) and food, and to see 7 at 7 at 7: Seven readers at 7pm at Sweet_ness 7, featuring: David Hadbawnik, Robin Brox, Shanna Compton, Michael Sikkema, mIEKAL aND, Chris Fritton, and Jen Tynes. Sweet_ness 7 is located at 220 Grant St, on the West Side of Buffalo, about 15 blocks from the Fair; this event begins at 7pm, readings begin at 7:30pm sharp.
Saturday (4/6) Electric City @ The Vault 9pm-4am
This is not to be missed. Anyone and everyone from the Fair will be there. Come wind down after the after-party with music, dancing, performance, and unbridled weirdness. Get funky with the likes of:
P A T K E W L E Y
M A T T R O M N E Y
T R I S T A N
E L I A S V A N S O N
S P E N C E R C A R R
K E V C A I N
D A M I A N
Z E V
K R I S T I N E C O N R O Y
J A C K T O F T
A A R O N L O W I N G E R
N E I L C O L E T T A
J A X
M O R E
D A N C I N G
Sunday (4/7) Workshops at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
Three free workshops will be hosted upstairs at the BSPBF throughout the day on Sunday; the workshops require no prior knowledge of the subject; they will involve a brief overview and a hands-on component, and each participant will make something small to take home with them!
Kids Workshop: Simple Books and Origami Books 11am-1pm
In this drop-in workshop, kids and their parents will be shown how to create basic books using simple binding techniques, as well as origami books that utilize simple folding strategies. Make a dragon book, a single-sheet octavo, and more! Appropriate for ages 8-12; space is very limited, but the participants will come and go so that new families can be accommodated.
Basic Book Structures with Esther K. Smith!
Esther K. Smith, renowned book artist and author of How to Make Books and Magic Books and Paper Toys will be on hand to guide participants through some simple bookmaking exercises. This opportunity is not to be missed, and will be followed by a book signing! Workshop recommended for adults/young adults.
Linocuts and Relief Printing with Tom Rooney
Tom Rooney is a skilled lithographer, serigrapher, and relief printmaker. He has focused on meticulously detailed linoleum cuts recently, and he will explain strategies and techniques for creating your own relief blocks. Participants will carve blocks from EZ-Cut, a softer substance that cuts more quickly than a lino-block, then they’ll pull a few prints from their block. Whether you’re brand new or highly skilled, Tom will have great advice for getting good results. Workshop recommended for adults/young adults.