Until this year, only the Chicago lit scene whispered about Curbside Splendor Press, led by local heavies like Ben Tanzer and Jacob S. Knabb. This year, Curbside Splendor arrived nationally. Kirkus and the Chicago Tribune have shone a spotlight on Chris Terry’s debut novel “Zero Fade.” Samantha Irby’s essay collection “Meaty” got star treatment in most Chicago media outlets, along with Jet magazine. Now with Franki Elliot’s “Kiss as Many Women as You Can” due out, Curbside’s become a hotspot for emerging talents and as Terry and Irby’s triumphs demonstrate, African-American voices.
Best of Chicago 2013