Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s in an apartment in Urbana, Illinois. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-founded as an independent press in the fall of 2009. We're located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices. Through a handful of projects (which include publishing books, hosting an annual novella contest, and producing readings, shows, and book fairs) we aim to rewrite the tradition of Midwestern publishing.

 In August 2016, we opened Curbside Books & Records in 16" on Center's The National. 

See below for ordering info and submission guidelines.

You can download a copy of our catalog here


Best Chicago Indie Publisher of 2014 — CHICAGO magazine
Top 10 Arts & Culture Story of 2013 — Time Out Chicago
Chicago Reader
Poets & Writers


Naomi Huffman

Naomi writes and edits and writes and edits. Sometimes she binds books and bakes pies. She is also the managing editor at featherproof books. She produces the Book Fort, a roving interactive book fair, and co-hosts two monthly reading series in Chicago—The Marrow with Leah Pickett, and Lies! with James Tadd Adcox. Her reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Bookslut. She is currently working on a novella.

Catherine Eves
Managing Editor
Catherine likes to read and sometimes likes to write, sometimes nonfiction, mostly amusing Facebook statuses. She was born in Australia, but basically grew up in Iowa, and now she lives in Chicago. 

Victor David Giron
Publisher (aka "El Jefe")

Victor is a CPA who can't let go of his desire to be a philosopher. He's the CFO/Partner of 16 On Center Chicago, the leading Chicago restaurant and entertainment group, and serves on the board of directors for 826CHI, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free tutoring and writing workshops to students ages six to eighteen. 

Alban Fischer

Alban Fischer has designed books for over 30 independent presses. He is the founding editor of Trnsfr, and has published poems in several print and online journals. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI, where he is probably blathering on about something mind-numbingly boring right now.

Richard Thomas
Editor-in-Chief, Dark House Press
Richard is Editor-in-Chief of our imprint, Dark House Press, which publishes neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent. He is the author of three books and over 75 short stories. His work has appeared in such places as Cemetery Dance, PANK, ChiZine, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, and Shivers VI alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub. In his spare time Richard writes a column, Storyville, at LitReactor, and reviews books at The Nervous Breakdown.   

Peter Jurmu
Editor-in-Chief, Artifice Books
Peter packed up his bags from Boston and moved to Chicago because Chicago rocks so much more, and The Bruins can suck it.

Editorial Interns:
Al Rosenberg


Submissions are now closed. We will update the Curbside Splendor blog when they are re-opened, at which time you can visit our online submissions portal to submit.  
For agented submissions, please contact


You can order our books directly from us at our Books page.  
Orders are shipped within one week unless otherwise noted.
We do not accept returns or exchanges.

For wholesale orders, we are distributed to the trade by the great folks at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution.

  • Booksellers, please contact Consortium here.
  • Librarians, please contact Consortium here.
  • Educators, please contact Consortium here.