Press Play Fair 2018

Press Play is a book and music fair celebrating the merits of independent publishing and the dissemination of the arts through publication, recorded sound, and their expanded mediums.

This year’s fair invites print and digital publishers, recording artists and labels, and the communities that support them to participate in two days of live music, performances, panels, and other activities.

Organized by Pioneer Works Press with the belief that publishing is essential to accessing the arts. Press Play is open to all members of the public.

Digital resources made available by, and live streaming thanks to 8 Ball Radio.

August 3


Opening night concert co-presented with The Hum

Pioneer Works and The Hum co-present a night of music to open our Second Annual Press Play Fair. We will open the night with a conversation on building community through collaboration in the performing arts with Rachael Pazdan (The Hum) and Mindy Abovitz Monk (Tom Tom Magazine). Performances by Harmony Tividad (Girlpool), Ellen Kempner (Palehound), Maia Friedman (Dirty Projectors + Uni Ika Ai), Renata Zeiguer, Opal Hoyt (Zenizen), Zoë Brecher (Sad13), Loni Landon Dance Project, and DJ Haram (Discwoman) to follow.

More info

August 4


Sanctuary: A Publication-Making Workshop

Over the past year, Baltimore-based interdisciplinary publishing initiative Press Press has been cultivating a collaborative manifesto with immigrants and immigrant-adjacent individuals to answer questions regarding sanctuary—what is it, how can it be created, and in turn, also protected? This manifesto is featured in Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, their newest publication featuring a compilation of writings, conversations, and artist projects exploring immigrant identity and notions of sanctuary.

In conjunction with Press Play Fair, join us in contributing to their ongoing expanded manifesto on sanctuary before the assembled contributions are freely distributed during the reading, Declaring our Sentiments, at 6 pm.

More info

Sound Monsters: Make Your Own Interactive Noise Machine

Create electronic creatures from your wildest sonic imagination with Johann Diedrick. Designed for all ages and abilities, we will generate squawks, shrieks, and shrills from a handful of wires and resistors and then decorate our creations with paper mâché, paint, markers, glitter, and other craft materials. Along the way, you will be introduced to tips and tricks for making your own musical instruments or interactive noise machines, with time to experiment and customize as you learn about electronics and sound. Prepare to get noisy and loud. Your cacophonous creatures await!

33 ⅓ Reading Room

Cool down and browse 33 ⅓ books, a pocket series about great albums from Bloomsbury.

We the News—An Immigrant-Centered Newsstand

We the News, is a series of story circles with Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans that are documented through zines and distributed publicly through a roaming newsstand. The project is in collaboration with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and supported by the Laundromat Project.

Community as Practice: A Conversation on Creating Cultural Impact, Co-presented with BOMB Magazine

How can community-building be a tool for creating a cultural shift? Pauline Le Mell of The Lot Radio, Craig Mathis of Printed Matter, Rob Spillman of Tin House will discuss how creative practitioners navigate the arts and how the public enters the conversation.


Learn the various stages of book-making through collaborative assembly from publishing initiative Press Press. A reading room of archives and select titles will be available for reference. Materials will be provided.

These programs are part of a series of book launches surrounding Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage that Press Press is hosting at various locations across the United States in 2018.


Why is independent publishing an urgent and necessary practice for some? How are collaborative processes being implemented within independent publishing projects? How can moments of sanctuary be cultivated through community-mobilized processes?

Join independent publishers Jessica Lynne of Arts.Black, Adriana Monsalve of Homie House Press, and Lizania Cruz of We The News to discuss publishing as sanctuary in a conversation moderated by Kimi Hanauer of Press Press.

Building on Press Press’s definition of publishing as the action of gathering a public, panelists will share insights into their process, motivation, and future visions for their independent publishing initiatives’ impact. While discussing these various collaborative, community-mobilized processes and projects, panelists and audience participants will attempt to surface a set of guiding principles for sanctuary-making within independent publishing.


Over the past year, Press Press has been collaboratively trying to answer the question: What is Sanctuary? At this program, Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage contributors, Rami Karim, Harris Bauer, and Bilphena Yahwon, will share readings from the publication and declarations in response to this question.

Additionally, the Press Press team and contributors will announce their full manifesto on sanctuary for the first time in public.

Closing Night Concert and After Party

Sun Ra Arkestra and BEARCAT will take the stage to close out our Second Annual Press Play Fair.

More info