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About STLSPExpo


Learn how and why the St. Louis Small Press Expo (STLSPExpo) came to be.

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About STLSPExpo


Learn how and why the St. Louis Small Press Expo (STLSPExpo) came to be.

The St. Louis Small Press Expo was born out of a desire to celebrate and connect the many indie publishing projects happening in the St. Louis region and beyond.

The St. Louis Small Press Expo was born out of a desire to celebrate and connect the many indie publishing projects happening in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Celebrating Indie Publishing

St. Louis has as many indie publishing projects as it has red brick houses. Driven by a shared desire to strengthen the local small press community, St. Louis publishers Nicky Rainey, Jennifer Tappenden, Lauren Cardenas, Jared Rourke, Nick Kuntz, and Christopher Chablé banded together in 2014 to create the first annual St. Louis Small Press Expo.

The inaugural expo began with a simple vision. Locally grown publishers will table at the expo, sell their work, network and have the opportunity to take part in readings. Readers will find a diverse collection of publications to choose from. Writers and artists will discover new places to place their work. Future publishers will find advice on how to get started, and everyone can celebrate St. Louis, where the communities of writers, artists, and printers have created an environment where independent and unique projects are the rule rather than the exception.

Following the runaway success of the first expo, the steering committee set out to reach more indie publishers, opening up the 2015 expo to include small presses nationwide. The St. Louis Small Press Expo continued to expand its reach by inviting inspirational indie publishers from around the world to participate in the 2016 event. A partnership with the St. Louis Public Library secured the setting for both the 2017 and 2018 expos.

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Steering Committee


Learn about the organizers behind the St. Louis Small Press Expo.

Steering Committee


Learn about the organizers behind the St. Louis Small Press Expo.

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