Heartbeat Books was founded in Chicago, IL in February 2020 by four friends who started out as neighbors. After many iterations of the project, this effort has grown, morphed, changed into what it is today—an independent presse focused on producing artist books and art house films. Throughout this journey, we have remained dedicated to building a platform for artists around the world with a specific focus on supporting the creative community of the windy city. We believe in honoring the individual in order to empower the collective. Our mission is to put a microphone to stories that have been historically unheard. Tales that have yet to be told. Encouraging these music notes to form in unison catalyzing a cacophonous symphony.

***In order to find an artist’s work from this project, simply press—command, find—to locate them. 

“The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only the poets.”—James Baldwin

With this residency we are inviting Chicagoland-based and visitors to this beautiful city—artists, writers, curators, activists, philosophers, musicians, creative minded individuals—to ride the pink line train from the 18th st stop in Pilsen all the way around while intimately creating work, composing music, weaving alphabets, diving into research, embracing stillness while meditating, chatting with other human suits. We’re, of course, open to any idea you may have that you’d like to bring to life in this public space of liminality. 

The only kind of artists we privilege are those who are actively embracing tradition while symbiotically destroying convention.

Every artist may choose if they’d like to be accompanied by our Director, Sophia Mish, while they enjoy the ride. Sophia would be happy to act as a sounding board, a cheerleader. A mentor; a friend. That person in your corner as you bob and weave in this boxing match to live a life full of poetry—full of meaning.

***brown bag lunch provided!***

feel free to reach out to
our Director, Sophia Mish
if you’d like to


Jeremy Carter aka Doey Buff is a multi-disciplined artist from Detroit based in Chicago. Their work is centered around how Queerness and Blackness is inevitably commodified and discarded. His materials are found in alleys and on the street; these items no longer serve a purpose. Gradually queerness and blackness are reaching the forefront of media. How long will this last? What will be the next hot topic that mainstream media will devour and diminish? Jeremy conveys this using bright colors in relation to cold stony surfaces.

(he/they, Black, 32, Chicago)


Meredith Haines is a multidisciplinary artist and educator working with sound, installation, performance, and video. Her work engages the political capacities of sound, and explores noise as a method of social resistance. She has performed and exhibited work all over the country at venues such as No Nation, High Concept Labs, New Boone Gallery, AS220, Space 1026, and the DUMBO Dance Festival. 

After earning a BFA in dance and choreography at Temple University and working as a musician in Philadelphia for over a decade, Meredith’s work led her to Chicago in 2019 to earn her Master’s in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern University on a merit scholarship. She is a current Artist-in-Residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago, Illinois.