Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 90s. The band never really went
anywhere, but Curbside was re-established as an independent press in 2009. We publish fiction,
non-fiction, and poetry from extraordinary voices, and seek work that explores hybrid forms and examines contemporary culture. In August 2016, Curbside opened the Midwest’s first indie-only
bookstore, Curbside Books & Records, located in Chicago’s South Loop. 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.

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You can download a copy of our catalog here


One of "13 Indie Presses You Should Know in 2017"Bustle
Best Chicago Indie Publisher of 2014 — CHICAGO magazine
Top 10 Arts & Culture Story of 2013 — Time Out Chicago


Victor David Giron 
Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, "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 literacy organization.  

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.

Joseph Demes
Editorial Assistant
Joe really only likes two things in life: books and booze (within reason). He has managed to sneak off with some fancy pieces of paper from Loyola Marymount University (BA in English Literature and Philosophy) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA in Creative Writing). Apart from Curbside, he works as a bartender and his own writing (fiction and poetry) is indefinitely forthcoming. (He is also a big fan of parentheses.)

Sarah Perret-Goluboff
Editorial Assistant
Sarah is a recent graduate of Lawrence University with a double major in English and Classical Studies. She's currently splitting her time between Curbside Splendor and Albert Whitman and Company, where she works as a marketing intern. She's a reader and a writer and hopes to have more to include in bios like this soon.

Editorial Interns
Jenna Collins
Lizzie Bradley

Submissions For our wild onion novella contest are now Closed.

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Orders are shipped within one week unless otherwise noted.
We do not accept returns or exchanges.

We are distributed to the trade by the great folks at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution.