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Printers Ball: Like the Players Ball, but with better use of metaphor

We were going to play softball tonight against the Reader but they had to bail because of the Printers Ball. At first, I thought this "Printers Ball" might be an offshoot of the Players Ball, for those pimps with good penmanship. But alas, it is not - it is a conference for Chicago's independent publishing put on by the Poetry Foundation. It features several readings, panel discussions and events that highlight and showcase Chicago's vibrant and up and coming literary scene. Chicago Amplified will be there this weekend, recording several of the events. When I went to the Printers ball site, I was surprised at the list of‚  literary organizations involved. Wow. Literary organizations have taken over from improv groups (there are a million improv groups).
Participating literary organizations include: ACM (Another Chicago Magazine)A Day in the AirAfter HoursALARMAlimentum -- The Literature of Food "¢ Allbook Books "¢ Alternative Press Center "¢ American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons "¢ The American Prospect "¢ Anchor Graphics "¢ Anti Gravity Surprise "¢ A Public Space "¢ AREA Chicago "¢ Artful Dodge "¢ Artifice Magazine "¢ The Publications Department of the Art Institute of Chicago "¢ Aufgabe "¢ Bateau Press "¢ Beard of Bees Press "¢ The BelieverBellevue Literary Review "¢ The Bird Machine "¢ Black Lodge Press "¢ Black Ocean "¢ Black Swan Press "¢ Book/Mark "¢ Build Shop, Columbia College Chicago "¢ BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men "¢ Busy Beaver Buttons "¢ CALYX Books "¢ CALYX Journal "¢ Canarium Books "¢ Cannot ExistCarpe Articulum Literary Review "¢ Casagrande Press "¢ Cave Wall "¢ Charles H. Kerr "¢ Chicago Amplified "¢ Chicago Artists' Coalition "¢ Chicago Artists' News "¢ Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Publishing Industry Programs "¢ Chic-A-Go-Go "¢ Chicago INNERVIEW MagazineChicago Literary Scene ExaminerChicago Magazine "¢ "¢ Chicago ReaderChicago ReviewChicago Subtext "¢ Chicago Underground Library "¢ CHIRP "¢ Cider Press Review "¢ Columbia College Library "¢ Columbia Poetry ReviewThe Common ReviewConclave: A Journal of CharacterConfrontationcontratiempoCourt GreenCramCreative Nonfiction "¢ Crosshair Press "¢ Dalkey Archive Press "¢ dancing girl press "¢ Danny's "¢ Demeter Press "¢ Dan Grzeca "¢ Draft Magazine "¢ Drag City Records "¢ Dreaded BiscuitsThe East Village Inky "¢ Elbowing off the Stage "¢ Eleven Eleven "¢ The Encyclopedia Show "¢ Etruscan Press "¢ Euphony "¢ Evanston Print and Paper Shop "¢ Exact Change Press / Exact Change Only "¢ Eye Rocket Books "¢ f magazine "¢ featherproof books "¢ Fence "¢ Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College "¢ Free Lunch "¢ Fresh Squeezed Poetry "¢ Front Forty Press "¢ Gapers Block "¢ Geneva13 Press "¢ Georgia Review "¢ Gival Press "¢ Great Books Foundation "¢ The Green Lantern "¢ Guild Complex "¢ The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing "¢ Hair TriggerHarold Arts Residency Quarterly The Hat Hayden's Ferry Review "¢ Haymarket Books "¢ HEREHigh Desert Journal "¢ Homolatte "¢ Hotel Amerika "¢ Hourglass Books "¢ House Press "¢ The International Socialist ReviewIn These TimesThe Iowa ReviewJAB (Journal of Artists' Books)Journal of the Association for Research on MotheringJournal of Ordinary ThoughtJubilat "¢ Lake Claremont Press "¢ Les Figues Press "¢ Light QuarterlyLilies and Cannonballs ReviewLilith Magazine "¢ Literago "¢ Literal Latte "¢ Literary Deathmatch "¢ Litmus Press / Ether Sea Projects "¢ Little BangLumpenThe MacGuffin, Schoolcraft CollegeMAKE: A Chicago Literary MagazineMandorlaMcSweeney's "¢ Mental Graffiti "¢ Mermaid Tenement Press "¢ Mildred Pierce Zine "¢ Milk Machine "¢ Milk Magazine "¢ Milkweed Editions "¢ The Missouri ReviewThe Mom Egg Moonlit Mother JonesMule Magazine "¢ Muumuu House "¢ The New AnonymousNewcityThe New York QuarterlyNinth Letter "¢ Noemi Press "¢ Northwestern University Press "¢ Off Campus Writers Workshop "¢ One Story "¢ Open Books "¢ Open City "¢ Open Letter Books "¢ Opium Magazine "¢ Orange Alert Press "¢ Other Voices Books "¢ The Oxford AmericanPackingtown Review Painted Bride Quarterly Palabra "¢ Palabra Pura "¢ paper egg books "¢ Platypus Review PlayboyPlease Don'tPoetryPolyphonyThe Point "¢ PRA Publishing "¢ Preacher's Biscuit Books Prompt Proximity "¢ The Puddin'head Press "¢ Puerto del Sol "¢ Quickies "¢ Quimby's "¢ Ray's Reading Series "¢ RCP Publications "¢ Reading Under the Influence "¢ reconstruction room "¢ Red Rover "¢ Redivider "¢ Revolution Books "¢ Rhino/The Poetry ForumRibald Crow Powder Magazine "¢ Rock for Reading "¢ Roctober Magazine "¢ Rose Metal Press "¢ The Saint Ann's ReviewSalamanderThe Same "¢ Sara Ranchouse Publishing "¢ Say What Magazine2nd Story "¢ Second City Third Person "¢ Silver Tongue "¢ Smartish Pace "¢ Snow City Arts "¢ Soberscove Press "¢ Socialist Worker newspaper and "¢ South Loop ReviewSpinning Jenny "¢ Spire Press "¢ Spoon River Poetry Review "¢ Stampland "¢ STOPSMILING BOOKS "¢ Story Week Reader "¢ Strange Times Press "¢ Sunday Night Sex Show "¢ Switchback Books "¢ Sycamore ReviewTampa Review "¢ Tarpaulin Sky Press "¢ The Taylor Trust: Poetry & Prose "¢ Tebot Bach "¢ THE2NDHANDThink Journal "¢ Third World Press "¢ Thumbs and Knuckles "¢ Time Out Chicago "¢ TriQuarterly "¢ Try Less Hard "¢ Tuesday; An Art Project "¢ Two Lines "¢ Two With Water "¢ Ugly Duckling Presse "¢ University of Tampa Press "¢ UNSCENEupstreetVenus Zine Versal "¢ virtual artists collective "¢ Visual Studies Workshop Washington Square ReviewWest Branch "¢ Woman Made Gallery "¢ Writer's Studio (University of Chicago -- Graham School of General Studies) "¢ Wurlington Press / Build Your Own Chicago "¢ You Are Beautiful "¢ Young Chicago Authors

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