Editorial Assistant Profile: Kristin Aardsma

Kristin Aardsma is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in RHINO, the Chicago Tribune and the Columbia Poetry Review. She was a 2005 Bucknell Summer Seminar fellow. Kristin enjoys binding books and gambling.

Contest Administrator Profile: Angie Homan

Angie Homan works in the catering department at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. With over five years of administration experience, she is currently a student at DeVry University.

Gatewood Prize Contest Guidelines

2006 Gatewood Prize For a first full-length collection of poems by a woman writing in English between the ages of 18 and 39 Switchback Books editors will select at least 10 finalists and a judge will select the prizewinner, who will be recognized with a cash prize of $1000 and publication by Switchback Books. Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected. General Terms: • Poet must be a woman between the ages of 18 and 39 • Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible • Entry fee of $20 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Switchback Books. Fee entitles entrant to a copy of the winning

Mission Statement

Women poets, for the first time in history, have a deep and wide female literary tradition from which to draw. Switchback Books seeks to advance some of the best writing emerging from our unique cultural moment. As the fortunate inheritors of the social, psychological, and linguistic spaces carved out by the artists and activists who have come before us, we seek to honor those visions and achievements while at the same time celebrating the multiplicity of voices that continue to emerge in women’s poetry. One of these visions has been left to us by Virginia Woolf, who concluded A Room of One’s Own with the following passage: For my belief is that if we live another centu

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Editors' Reading at the DvA Gallery

Charlie Newman and the DvA Gallery have agreed to let us read as part of their “First Fridays” series on June 2 at 8:00. We are so excited! This is going to be a great way to kick things off. Hope to see you all there! DvA Gallery 2568 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 (p.f.) 773.871.4DVA info@DvAgallery.com DvA Gallery

Editor profile: Brandi Homan

Brandi Homan has over 40 poems in or forthcoming from magazines like Salt Hill, North American Review, The Eleventh Muse, CutBank, Natural Bridge, DIAGRAM, and Fugue, among others. She earned her MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is working toward her MFA at Columbia College. Currently, she is revising her book-length manuscript, The Valentine Factory.

Editor profile: Hanna Andrews

Hanna has worked at both Paper Magazine and BUST Magazine, where her music and film reviews, as well as a feature story, have been published. She has worked as an assistant at a literary agency, also in New York. Hanna graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied creative writing. She is a Follett Fellow in the MFA poetry program at Columbia College, is newly blond, and loves marshmallow peeps.

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