ST. LOUIS SMALL PRESS EXPO (SPEx) GROWS AGAIN IN 2016
New Collaboration with Pulitzer Arts Foundation Makes SPEx a Two-Day Event
The St. Louis Small Press Expo (SPEx) show and sale becomes a two-day event in 2016, taking place October 14 and 15 at two notable St. Louis institutions. Growing this year’s festival is SPEx’s increased variety and accessibility of programing, partnering with Pulitzer Arts Foundation to host a kickoff event on Friday, October 14 at the Pulitzer, 3716 Washington Boulevard, 63108. Organizers will co-curate hands-on workshops, panel discussions and readings featuring a mix of national and regional guests. The main SPEx event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday, October 15 in the Great Hall of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch, 1301 Olive Street, 63103. All events will be free and open to the public.
Applications for tables will open May 1. SPEx seeks the widest possible variety of participants. Publishers of zines, limited run art books, comics, traditional books, broadsides, journals of literature and art are all encouraged to apply, especially those with a unique format or target audience. Applications are entirely online and will be available at stlouissmallpressexpo.com.
The St. Louis Small Press Expo was founded in 2014 to showcase and better connect the St. Louis small press community. The overwhelmingly positive response inspired the SPEx team to seek a much larger venue. In only its second year, the partnership with Central Library has helped SPEx grow to include 64 publishers and welcomed more than 900 guests. That’s an increase of 45 percent in vendors and 125 percent in attendance. Central Library will host SPEx again in 2016. A wide variety of small press publishers from the St. Louis region as well as notable indie guests from across the nation will be featured.
The St. Louis Small Press Expo is the work of:
Nicky Rainey, Co-Host of KDHX’s weekly podcast “Literature for the Halibut”
Jared Rourke, Queer Young Cowboys
Nick Kuntz, Any Other Time & Underwold Adventure Comics
David Peery, Bear & Otter, Co.
Jen Tappenden, Architrave Press
Lauren Cardenas, P I E C R U S T
Christopher Chablé, Somnadrome Press
Kristie Wickwire, Please Hold Magazine
About the St. Louis Public Library
The St. Louis Public Library has 17 locations across the city and sees more than 2.3 million visitors each year. The Library has more than four million books and items in its collection and more than 83,000 Library cardholders. . For more information about the St. Louis Public Library and its services, visit slpl.org.
About Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Pulitzer Arts Foundation is a non-collecting arts institution that presents experimental, progressive, and multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs, encompassing both historic and contemporary art from across the globe. Founded in 2001, the Pulitzer is dedicated to utilizing the naturally lit, contemplative spaces of its Tadao Ando-designed building—one of the country’s most celebrated examples of contemporary museum architecture—to create multilayered experiences that link the visual arts with other cultural forms and heighten audience understanding and enjoyment. Through diverse exhibitions and public programming, the Pulitzer seeks to deepen community engagement with art, and to inspire audiences to think differently about art and its relationship to their lives. Deeply committed to serving the broader St. Louis community, the Pulitzer is an integral part of the Grand Center arts district and the wider cultural and civic landscape in St. Louis.
The Pulitzer is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, visit pulitzerarts.org or call 314.754.1850.
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