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Small Press Getting Bigger

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is an annual rite of Spring on Porter Avenue at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

With three fairs under his belt and counting, Chris Fritton, the organizer of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, is bringing together another event not to be missed: A free event with lots of handmade and self published books and art. The 4th annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair takes place on Saturday March 27, 2010.

In keeping with the popular format change from last year, the fair will host a number of free workshops that take place concurrent with vendors selling their wares. “Having the poetry readings take place off-site the night before the fair worked really well last year,” says Fritton, “so we’re going to stick with that. This year we’ll hold workshops about comic book making, dry point etching, and maybe even letterpress printing.”

The event will be held once again at the beautiful Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY on Saturday March 27th from 12 – 6 p.m

Vendors run the gamut from visual artists to small press poets, book artists to letterpressers, comic book makers to do-it-yourself crafters, keeping with the original mission of hosting an event that brings together a diverse cross-section of cultural workers (and enthusiasts) in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. Workshops are held throughout the day to supplement the book bizarre aspect of the fair.

Admission cost is free and you can pick up some very cool goods made by local and visiting vendors.


The Small Press Book Fair weekend will be kicked off Friday evening at 7pm at the WNY Book Arts Center with the 2nd Annual Small Press Poetry Fest. Co-sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center, presses from Western New York and beyond will be featuring their authors’ work in a marathon style poetry reading. The featured presses offer wide range of scale, from the local (small) juggernaut BlazeVox, to the long-established Earth’s Daughters press, and to a disparate micropress like House Press. The poets reading will also represent the varied spectrum of contemporary poetic activity.

Presses included (with a few more TBA), are Bookthug, BlazeVox, Earth’s Daughters, House Press, Habenicht Press, and Outside Voices. There will also be special guests and hopefully many surprises!

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