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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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


Naomi Huffman

Naomi writes and edits and writes and edits. Sometimes she binds books and bakes pies. She produces Book Fort, a roving interactive book fair. 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 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.

Al Rosenberg
Editorial Assistant, Curbside Splendor

Al is a South Side Chicagoan by way of Florida (she's sorry) who writes and reads about chronic illness, Judaism, lesbians, and pop culture. She runs a section of a geek website and sometimes finds time to make a zine or two.

Editorial Interns:
Anna Greco, 

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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.

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