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Printers’ Ball 2011

Artifice editor James Tadd Adcox, ready to dunk!

This past Friday was Printers’ Ball–a great annual tradition in Chicago at Columbia College put together by Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine with the Center for Book & Paper Arts, the Chicago Underground Library, Columbia College Chicago, and MAKE magazine–under the organizational energies of Fred Sasaki.

The event was covered by Amy Yee of The Economist, here, with comments from Sasaki, Zach Dodson of Featherproof, and Danielle Chapman, director of publishing industry programs at Chicago’s Office of Tourism and Culture.

The piece also features my torso as its lead photo, and a short discussion of the Busted Books: The Great Soak guillotine/dunk tank event, where attendees chose between dunking a book (usually a classic from the “dunking library”) or a Kindle.

Note: Kindles were dunked 70+ times compared to books, which were dunked 25+ times.  We stopped counting after 100 or so dunks, but the general proportion held up for the rest of the evening.

DAVIS SCHNEIDERMAN is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels
Drain
(TriQuarterly/Northwestern), Abecedarium (Chiasmus) and

Blank: a novel
(Jaded Ibis), with audio from Dj Spooky; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska); as well as the audiocollage Memorials to Future Catastrophes (Jaded Ibis).

His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. His Busted Books YouTube channel takes deconstruction seriously.

He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing . He can be found, virtually, at davisschneiderman.com

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