Switchback + AWP = Love

Switchback Off-Site Reading The What: Switchback is joining forces with Sarabande Books, Red Morning Press, and Red Hen Press to bring you a supernova-strength reading. The Who: Ivy Alvarez, Thomas Heise, Peggy Munson (via DVD!), Liz Bradfield, Brandi Homan, Sean Norton, Jason Bredle, Charles Hood, Eva Saulitis, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin, Jen Tynes, Mónica de la Torre, Simone Muench, and Caroline Noble Whitbeck The When: Friday, February 1st @ 7:00pm The Where: 11th St Bar, 510 E. 11st St. (between Avenues A & B), New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-982-3929 ................................................................................................................. Switchback at


We are very, very, very pleased to announce that Melissa Severin will be joining the Switchback Books Editorial Roster in the capacity of Managing Editor. Melissa originally signed on as a Contest Editor; but, we liked her so much that we decided to keep her around on a more permanent basis. About Melissa: Melissa Severin lives in Chicago and works in search engine marketing. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New England College, and her poems have appeared in MoonLit, The Alembic, and The Cultural Society. For the curious, she doesn't have a "dream job." Melissa realized at a young age that her dreams do not involve jobs, but she might like to open a bar in the Pacific Northwest. Brute F

Kore Press Presents: An AWP Panel We're Really Excited About

Panel Sponsored by Kore Press Friday, February 1, 12pm Gibson Suite, Hilton 2nd floor Women's Presses, Activism, & Gender Inequities in the Literary World. Moderated by Lisa Bowden. Guerrilla girls look at gender inequity and the literary world: why are there far fewer women getting published than men when MFA programs and residencies are filled with women writers? Through the lens of Third Wave Feminism, we will consider what the perception of feminist publishing is and if the women's press is an effective activist project or a remarginalization of the already marginalized. Writers, editors, and activists comment on the historic need for and complexities inherent in the "affirmative acti

Girls on the Verge

The Art Institute of Chicago is currently running a photography exhibit called Girls on the Verge. According to the exhibit's official webpage, "Girls on the Verge offers a snapshot of contemporary explorations of female adolescence." The exhibit features work by Rineke Dijkstra, Lauren Greenfield, Sally Mann, Helen van Meene, Tina Barney, Melissa Pinney, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Steinmetz, Katherine Turczan, and Celine van Balen. It runs until February 24. The Chicago Sun-Time did a brief write-up of the exhibit.

Gatewood Prize results

The winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, as chosen by judge Patty Seyburn: Oneiromance (an epithalamion), by Kathleen Rooney Congratulations, Kathleen! Patty Seyburn had this to say about her selection: Oneiromance (an epithalamion) gives the marriage poem a case of vertigo, displacing while embracing the panoply of possibility when two people attempt to forge a life together. Kathleen Rooney creates a dream-state with fluid borders and a surreal set of laws that allow her to question inherited wisdom and perception, all the while converging on the altar from numerous (occasionally, numinous) angles. The romance persists between the narrator and the beloved—and crucially, between the aut

AWP Off-Site Reading (Chicago-Style)

AWP Off-Site READING presented by Chicago publications and organizations: ACM, Canarium Books, Danny's Reading Series, featherproof books, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, and Literago.org. Featuring renowned poets and fiction writers: Rae Armantrout, John Beer, Arda Collins, Joel Craig, Michael Czyzniejewski, Steffi Drewes, Cathy Park Hong, Zach Plague, Michael Zapata, Matthew Zapruder DATE/TIME - Thursday, January 31st, 2008, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. PLACE - Happy Ending - 302 Broome Street (x Forsyth/Eldridge) New York, NY

Patty Seyburn Wins Green Rose Prize!

Patty Seyburn (member of Switchback's Advisory Board and judge of the 2007 Gatewood Prize) won the 2008 Green Rose Prize in Poetry! The prize, sponsored by New Issues Press, includes a $2,000 award and publication of her manuscript, Hilarity. This will be Patty's third book! Congratulations!

Switchback staffer's chap released!

Eeks! Congratulations to Daniela Olszewska, valued Switchback staffer, on her first poetry chapbook, The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe. It is now available from dancing girl press. Get it here. We promise it won't disappoint! So proud of you, D!! Stay tuned for info on her release party on Wednesday, February 13 at the California Clipper.

Table 290 at AWP

In addition to the stellar off-site reading we have planned, we also are sharing bookfair Table 290 with Featherproof Books in NYC for AWP in a few weeks. The booth is in Americas Hall I, and here's a link to directions. Please stop by and say hi or get your books signed by Caroline Noble Whitbeck and Mónica de la Torre on Saturday at 1:00. Also, tell your friends! The bookfair is open to the public on Saturday, February 2.

Reading Tomorrow Night!

Check out Switchback's Contest Editor Melissa Severin and 4 other equally amazing Chicago poets tomorrow night! PFS Presents' reading series will take place at Kate the Great's, tomorrow, January 3, 2008, featuring: Larry Sawyer, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Adam Fieled, Steve Halle, Melissa Severin. 7:30 pm. The reading will also be a release party for Steve Halle's chapbook, "Cessation Covers," from Funtime Press. Yay Steve! Check out some of the readers' poems: http://www.artrecess.blogspot.com/ Kate the Great's Book Emporium 5550 N. Broadway, Chicago 773-561-1932

Yes Means Yes!: a non-Switchback call for submissions

Many thanks to Erika Mikkalo for bringing this to our attention: Yes Means Yes! Co-editors Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti are seeking submissions for their anthology on rape culture, Yes Means Yes! Imagine a world where women enjoy sex on their own terms and aren’t shamed for it. Imagine a world where men treat their sexual partners as collaborators, not conquests. a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. Welcome to the world of Yes Means Yes. Yes Means Yes will fly in the face of the conventional feminist wisdom that rape has nothing to do with sex. We are looking to collect sharp and insightful essays, from voices both established and new, that demonstrate how empower

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