Join Curbside Splendor in Celebrating Franki Elliot's Piano Rats!

Join Logan Square based publisher Curbside Splendor on Saturday, October 15th in celebrating the publication of Franki Elliot’s collection of prose poems, Piano Rats, at Hinge Gallery in Ukrainian Village. Reviews have described Elliot’s collection of 44 poems as raw and Elliot as a writer who does not shy away from winning the hearts of her readers through expletives and honest dialogue. Elliot self-published Piano Rats in 2010, and the book sold out so quickly that her underground success didn't go unnoticed. Curbside Splendor picked it up in 2011.

Courtesy of Curbside Splendor
The October 15th release is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together, share a few drinks, and support emerging voices in Chicago’s creative and literary scene. After all, Piano Rats is Elliot’s first book, and Curbside Splendor’s fourth publication. This event will be chock-full of visual and auditory stimuli: featuring the artwork of Shawn Stucky, the visual artist behind Piano Rat’s front cover, a live screen-printing collaboration between Elliot and Stucky, and readings from Elliot’s collection, as well as your chance to listen to some “psychic past life readings.” 

Books will be available for purchase at the release, but those wanting to buy Piano Rats beforehand can pre-order it on the Curbside Splendor site. Also worth  mentioning: Curbside Splendor is a semi-regular fixture at the Logan Square Farmers Market, so next Sunday, be sure to mix some books into your medley of fruits and vegetables. 

WHAT: Curbside Splendor Release Party of Franki Elliot's Piano Rats.

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, 6PM- 9PM

COST: Free!

VENUE: Hinge Gallery
, 1955 W. Chicago Ave. 

--Julia Pagnamenta


  1. the event will also allow patrons to receive their own personal past life reading from an energy healer/psychic. should be cool!


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