Jonathan Messinger on the State of Chicago Small Press Publishing

In the meantime, more light continues to peek over the horizon. Already in 2008 we’ve seen the launch of two literary magazines, the creative-nonfiction journal Paper & Carriages and the fiction and poetry mag The Bruiser Review. That last one is particularly interesting, as it explicitly intends to capture the current literary culture in Chicago, which is very much dominated by the explosion of reading series over the past few years. Without much publishing in town, writers have taken to the stage to find an audience. The poetry scene melds those worlds most successfully, with numerous chapbook presses thriving, and feminist publishers Switchback Books and Dancing Girl Press garnering natio

Kate Greenstreet and Jen Tynes to Read at Atelier's Inaugural Salon Series

Atelier Women's Writing Studio and dancing girl press welcome Kate Greenstreet and Jen Tynes as readers for the inaugural Salon Series (hopefully a monthly event) on Saturday, March 1st, at 2pm. JEN TYNES is the author of the following books and chapbooks: Found in Nature (horse less press 2004), The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press 2005), The Ohio System collaboration with Erika Howsare (Octopus Books 2006), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press 2007), and Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books, forthcoming 2008). She is the founding editor of horse less press, which has published 5 issues of the horse less review, an online journal of writing, and about 20 handmade chapbooks. KA


2007 Gatewood Prize Finalists Karen Leona Anderson and Sandra Simonds have found publishers for their manuscripts! Anderson's manuscript, Punish Honey, got picked up by Carolina Wren Press while Simonds' manuscript, Warasw Bikini, found its way over to Bloof Books. Karen Leona Anderson received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and her MA from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has had work published in jubilat, Verse, ecopoetics, Indiana Review, The New Republic, Fence, Volt, Colorado Review, and other journals. She is currently revising her dissertation on poetry and science in Ithaca, New York. Sandra Simonds has poetry published in countless jo

This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record

Warning: this is a blatant plug. I have no qualms about that. And worse, it's for FRIENDS, our pretty-much-constant tablemates over at Featherproof Books. But I really can't let this book go unmentioned here. I finished Susannah Felts' debut novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, in a day and a half, couldn't put it down. Here's why: this book is going to make a difference in young women's lives. Count on it. If any of you are teaching, whether high school or intro to creative writing or fiction workshop, I'd keep Felts' novel in mind. The protagonist, a young woman named Vaughn, is a high school student in Nashville and a burgeoning photographer—a sort of everywoman's Asher

What Would an XX-Designed Internet Look Like?

Our relationship to the Internet is entirely made up of our relationship to browsers and Web sites. And you know what? They suck. They're boring, one-dimensional, and unoriginal. Who decided that all Web sites should have a top nav bar and be rectangular in layout? Who decided they should abdicate any sense of design and be white and clean and uncluttered? No one did, and that's the point. It just happened, because the creators of the Internet were thinking about other things. Because the creators of the Internet are a very distinct subspecies of humanity: Boys. [...] Because boys and geeks and engineers—and, by the way, I've spent my life among all three and love all three—don't nat

Lecture Tonight

Danielle Pafunda Lecture: “Stunt Doubles, Companion Species, and the Lyric” Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 5:30 p.m. Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 South Michigan Avenue DANIELLE PAFUNDA is the author of two poetry collections, My Zorba (forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2008) and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005), and the forthcoming chapbook A Primer for Cyborgs: The Corpse (Whole Coconut). She has been anthologized in the 2004, 2006, and 2007 editions of Best American Poetry, as well as in Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets on Child-getting and Child-rearing (Fence Books, 2007) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa, 2008). Poetry, rev

series A, Tomorrow Night

series A Betsy Wheeler Joshua Marie Wilkinson Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL February 19th 7:00 - 8:00pm

Call for experienced volunteers

Hey y'all, As you may have noticed, Switchback has been making some changes in order to keep fighting the good fight. We're currently looking to bring on several key people to help with our efforts. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the positions listed below, please email us at We're open to anyone and everyone! 1. DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR- We are in the process of transitioning to a nonprofit corporation. We'd like to have someone help coordinate future fundraising efforts. 2. PUBLICITY COORDINATOR- Marketing and promotion are such an important part of this business! In addition to promoting our titles, we'd like someone to help organize and a

Dim Sum at Delirious Hem

Being several & a few responses to the trio of "Numbers Trouble" articles in last fall's Chicago Review

Switchback/Dancing Girl Press Reading

SWITCHBACK BOOKS AND DANCING GIRL PRESS PRESENT: THE RELEASE OF DANIELA OLSZEWSKA'S THE PARTIAL AUTOBIOGRAPY OF JANE DOE AND MELISSA SEVERIN’S BRUTE FACT CHICAGO, February 5, 2008 -- A poetry reading and release party for Chicago-based poets Daniela Olszewska and Melissa Severin will be hosted by Dancing Girl Press and Switchback Books on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the California Clipper. Daniela Olszewksa’s chapbook, “The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe” and Melissa Severin’s chapbook, “Brute Fact,” both from the Dancing Girl Press imprint, will be available for purchase at the event along with other publications from both Switchback Books and Dancing Girl Press. Daniela Olszewska is an e

AWP loverliness...

Lots more event info and exciting news coming up, but for now, kittens, here's a few photos from AWP in NYC:

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