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Communications and Marketing

Best indie publisher

Chicago magazine named Curbside Splendor Publishing—headed up by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacob Knabb—the “Best Indie Book Publisher” of 2014.

The magazine praised Curbside for “churning out works” by a long roster of top-notch writers.

“For wry, off-kilter, but always poignant writing, Curbside’s your go-to,” according to the Chicago magazine “Best of Chicago” 2014 listing.

As the editor-in-chief at Curbside, Knabb is responsible for book acquisitions, but works on everything from book covers and art direction to overseeing the editorial staff and setting up events and tours.

“Publishing is a tough business and often the focus stays on the books and the authors—as it should,” Knabb said. “But we work very hard and are doing very innovative things at Curbside. It’s cool to learn that other people agree.”

At the College, Knabb was hired to build and teach the Print and Digital Publishing minor, among other things. 

His professional work as a publisher directly impacts his students, Knabb said.

“I am teaching my students how to work in publishing…edit manuscripts, pitch books, compose publicity materials, generate catalog copy, arrange author tours, and curate events,” he said.”They learn quite a lot.”

He also started THE OPEN MIC!, a popular on-campus event with a growing following.

“The goal is to give students a chance to read alongside their professors and talented touring authors,” Knabb said.