Pre-Order the LED Anthology

We’re eagerly awaiting a proof of the paperback LED Anthology, which means it’s time for you to place an order. If you pre-order the anthology, we’ll ship your copy with some sweet letterpress ephemera, hot off the press. Don’t wait though, once we approve the proof and our books ship, any purchase will just be a regular ol’ order (still a pretty swell deal at only $6.00).

You’re probably wondering where you can place your order. Allow us to introduce our new website! Partial Press is the umbrella organization behind LED (you may have noticed it on our about page) and now that LED is moving on to this exciting new phase, we decided it was time to launch Partial Press and begin rolling out other exciting publishing projects. Visit the Catalog Page to ore-order the LED Anthology and be sure to check out our other publications for sale.

LED news will continue to be posted here with our archive, but you’ll want to check Partial Press for other announcements and opportunities in the realm of experimental and small press publishing. The Partial Press Facebook page (formerly our LED page) will continue to feature LED content. You can also follow Partial Press on Tumblr if you’re into that.

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Here’s a mock-up we’ve made in the meantime. Designing a cover that spoke to the nature of the LED display and still took advantage of the codex form was a fun challenge. We can’t wait to feel it in our hands!

“How to Drape a Sari” at Krispyfringe

Here are a few photos from our first evening at Krispyfringe Vintage. As usual, the installation will be up for a few weeks, so stop by to read Harnidh Kaur’s excellent poem, How to Drape a Sari.

If you visit during business hours, mention LED when you make a purchase and you’ll receive a 10% discount (thanks Krispyfringe)!

Their hours are:
Monday -Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Krispyfringe is located in West Town at 2130 W. Chicago Ave.

June (/July) Installation at Krispyfringe Vintage

This Saturday, we will execute our final installation! Harnidh Kaur’s poem, How to Drape a Sari, will spend the next few weeks at Krispyfringe Vintage in West Town / Ukrainian Village.

We’re very happy to be included in Krispyfringe’s snazzy window display, and we think you’ll enjoy their aesthetic too. Krispyfringe sells clothing and accessories as well as home goods and furniture, so if you’re into cool vintage items then stop by during business hours.

Krispyfringe is open:
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

They are located at 2130 W. Chicago Ave.

Installing “Cables” at RoscoeBooks

Here are a few images from this morning’s installation at RoscoeBooks (including Carley entering the ultra-top-secret password into our display).

We carefully gaffed our extension cord over the bookcases, which took longer than it should have because we kept getting distracted by all the books in front of us. If you like literature, then you’ll definitely want to stop by and browse for yourself!

We’ll be sharing more photos of the Caroline S. Knickmeier’s poem, Cables, soon, so check back.

Cancer Baby Girl at Night

We were lucky to do our install on a cloudy morning and snag a few good photos, but we went back tonight to record our video of Ruby Figueroa’s piece, Cancer Baby Girl.

Here are a couple more images. Don’t miss your chance to visit the installation in person to read the whole poem and get the full experience!

Not pictured: the many people who stopped to pose in front of the camera as we recorded the video. Stay tuned for a blooper reel?

Another Night of “Lambent”

Given the full moon, it seemed like an appropriate time to photograph Lambent again. That’ll make sense to those of you who have read the poem, which will stay up at Women and Children First through the end of the month.

If you’re in Chicago, then go out and read Lambent, by Chicago writer Laura Knickelbine, under the full moon for yourself. Otherwise you’ll have to wait another week for us to archive it online.

“Lambent” at Women and Children First

We once again braved the cold to bring you some photos of our current installation, Laura Knickelbine’s poem, Lambent. As you can see, we are lucky to share the window with a fantastic selection of important books as well as an impressive list of upcoming events.

Even with this weather, you will be glad you took the time to go and read Lambent! February is a short month, so don’t wait… but don’t worry it is a Leap Year.

 

February Installation at Women and Children First

Today we installed a new poem, Lambent, by Laura Knickelbine, at Women and Children First. Lambent is a short poem – we didn’t even get cold as we programmed the display through the window from outside – but it’s beautiful and sure to stick with you! If you’re familiar with this amazing feminist bookstore, then you’ll know why Laura requested to have her work shown there, and you probably would have guessed that they would generously throw their support behind a community-based publishing project like ours. We are so grateful and excited to share their window space this month.

You can find our installation in Andersonville, at 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640.

Of course, Laura’s piece will be scrolling on 24/7, but if you want to check out some other literature while you’re there, then make sure to show up during business hours:
M-T 11-7
W-F 11-9
Sat. 10-7
Sun. 11-6

Here’s a bit more about Women and Children First (from their website):

Women & Children First began in a modest storefront in 1979. Over the years we’ve moved twice and are now in a northside Chicago neighborhood known for its diversity, queer-friendliness, women-owned businesses and community spirit. Our staffers include teachers, graduate students, professional writers and storytellers, political activists, board members, and poets. Each of us is a reader, a feminist, and a bookseller. Our purpose in beginning the store 36 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served. That is our purpose still, online as well as in the store.

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The LEDs cycle too quickly to capture well with a smartphone camera, but we enjoyed how Carley, programming the display from outside, begins to blend in with the books and postcards on the other side of the glass.

Another “Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI”

As promised, here are a few more photos of our current installation at the Chicago Hostel. The work is Amanda Beekhuizen’s prose poem, “A Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI” and will be up and running for a few more days. If you’re in Chicago, make sure to check it out before we have to move to our next installation.

We particularly like the floating effect that the hostel’s curtains lend our LED display, as if the poetry simply emanates from the window. From a distance though, it is just one of many LED signs fighting for one’s attention – it takes a closer look to distinguish it from the landscape of commerce and transportation.

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