Announcing: The Sick Muse #11 Featured Essay + Poster Contest

We are excited to make a public call for two paid commissioned works for our upcoming 11th issue: one written, one visual. While we have commissioned work from individuals before, this is our first time making a public call for paid work, as we make strides to being able to pay all our contributors. Each selected artist/writer will receive $50. Featured Essay (Creative Nonfiction Writing) We are seeking to publish a thoughtful, creative, and original essay that explores in some way the theme of mass media: how do ideas propagate? How does art and knowledge move so that they can move us? How does power play into this? How does form play into this? The meaning of "mass media" is up for ...

Pre-Order TSM 10!

Gahhhhhhh the biggest baddest glossiest issue of the Sick Muse is almost here...and for the first time ever, we're offering a pre-order situation: so follow this link! The Sick Muse 10 is centered around the theme of UTOPIA and will include: an interview with rap duo Mother Nature about becoming hip-hop geniuses an interview with »radiant devices«, Chicago industrial and downtempo electronics wonders a guide to foraging wild life and growing food in Chicago a foto series of queer nightlife by ColectivoMultipolar a timeline of DIY Chicago from 2000-2036 an account of cooperative living and uh, so much more! We don't want to give it all away ;-) Printed on 8.5" x 1 ...

Now in Stock at: Sustain!

  The Sick Muse is now in stock at Sustain, an artist-run gallery and art shop in Uptown. Issue 8 and 9 are currently stocked, with more back issues on the way. We've never looked so pretty. Sustain has a lovely selection of handmade goods and a sick zine/book table. They also run a tape label: Niatsus! They have an open proposal system for their gallery and workshop programming, so hit them up!