BEFORE THERE WERE BOOKS, THERE WAS A BAND
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.
MIND IF WE BRAG?
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 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 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.
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.