St. Louis is a city of hidden gems.
One of which glistened bright last Saturday when the annual Small Press Expo packed the reverberating halls of the downtown Central Library. Writers, publishers and printers showcased local and national work traveling from as far as Portland to attend the event. Upon walking in, the energy and enthusiasm of the expo was reminiscent of a Chicago or New York magnitude book fair. Passion beamed from 10am to 5pm, workday hours on a weekend, indicative of the creative force behind literary arts in St. Louis. People were generous with their support, eagerly inquiring about the mission of different organizations and independent presses. Customers walked from one table to the next, flipping through text printed in zines and hardbound books alike. Vendors ranged from non-profit creative writing organizations to university level presses with many independent publishers filling the space in between.
The day’s schedule featured artist talks on the hour, ranging from interviews about graphic novels, to a presentation on the current state of indigenous queer communities represented in ongoing literary initiatives.
Organized as a way to convene the many independent press initiatives in St. Louis, the expo, founded in 2014, has quickly established a lasting foundation as a long-term St. Louis tradition. Learn more about this inspiring and uniting event at www.stlouissmallpressexpo.com where organizers will soon be planning for next year’s expo.