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Okay, attention local lovers...
Austin-based artist Jaclyn Pryor has brought her Pink studio to Chicago until August 15.
Basically, you make a trip to her love factory in Wicker Park (St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Avenue) and write a message to a loved one (there's even a...ready?... resident poet on hand if you desire help.) Then, the factory girls will bottle your message and deliver it, old-fashioned bike courier style, to your Chicago lover. OMG.
Read more about the Pink Studio in this post at apartmenttherapy.com chicago. Read more about Jaclyn at her site. *Note: this is FREE!!!! Any donations are accepted & welcome.
**The Pink studio delivers to any home/office in
On Monday, July 14, Switchback Book poetesses Hanna, Daniela, Jess, Bibi, Helen & Rachel hosted a poetry workshop at Norwood Crossing, an assisted living and nursing home care facility on the far Northwest side of Chicago, in Norwood Park. Using Joe Brainard's I Remember poems as a template, it was our hope that the anaphoric exercise would prompt and celebrate personal history, memory, and lived experience for those participating. We were honored to work with an amazing group of women: Eleanor, Pat, Violet, Lavina, Joan and Connie-- who drew from wide and varied personal narratives to write and share incredible I Remember poems. Their memories detailed immigration, tradition, poverty, young
Also, if you're an awesome poet and happen to be of the pro-creating sort, check out this publishing opportunity! **************************************************************************** A Special Issue of Women's Studies Quarterly Call for Papers: MOTHER
Guest Editors: Nicole Cooley and Pamela Stone We have entered a motherhood moment--from celebrity mom baby-bump sightings to recent televised debates between “stay at home moms” and “working moms,” from “welfare mothers” to “Alpha moms,” images of motherhood are circulating in our culture as never before. Motherhood demands a new look. As women push motherhood later and later, as a larger share forego it entirely, and as mothering itse
HEY Ladies!!! So, word on the e-streets (and I don't mean the ones driven by "The Boss") is that this new journal and the corresponding blog by genius-ess Claire Donato is going to be uh-may-zing. "I Can't Be Your Girlfriend" is seeking work from women-identified poets for their first issue. Submission information/general poetry journal mantra info can be found on their website, which is linked below. Please check it out!
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Kathleen Rooney will be reading from her collaborations with Elisa Gabbert at The Book Cellar on July 24th at 7pm. Cheri Taylor, Gregg Shapiro and Kate Dougherty will also be joining her and reading their work.
Scintillating, up-to-the-moment discussions of Switchback Books Advisory Board member Arielle Greenberg's aesthetic theory of the Gurlesque:
Delirious Hem, a brain(y)child of the pussipo listserv
Exoskeleton, Johannes Göransson's blog
Spooks by Me, K. Lorraine Graham's blog
Secret Mint, Elizabeth Treadwell's blog
Eyeball Hatred (click one of Clay Banes' flags for another roundup)
Activate interviews Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, and political editor of Feministing.com. From the intro: Hillary Clinton's recent run for the Democratic presidential nomination has awakened powerful feelings in many Americans, not least of which is outrage at the thinly veiled sexism that permeated the coverage of her campaign. This outcry has fostered a positive flipside — in the face of bias, a recent spate of op-eds and articles rushed to declare feminism relevant and necessary, and a renewed interest in feminist thought has emerged among the general public.
"The art market is not sexist. The likes of Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois are of the second and third rank. There has never been a first-rank woman artist."
"Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness. Women make up 50 per cent or more of classes at art school. Yet they fade away in their late 20s or 30s. Maybe it's something to do with bearing children."
Lest you think I'm somehow taking his remarks out of context, see the full article here.
This May the University of Arizona Poetry Center hosted the Conceptual Poetics Symposium: Conceptual Poetry and its Others. The conference was charged, to say the least. It was at times heated and at others hilarious. A lot of exciting discussions were had, ranging from translation to collaboration and of course, querying just what is conceptual poetics today. Thankfully, the Poetry Center has made most of the conference available online via video, audio, and papers. The conference included many women of conceptual/experimental/non-traditional/insert-phrase-of-choice-here poetics today, including: Tracie Morris, Caroline Bergvall, Vanessa Place, Cole Swenson, Laynie Brown, Marie Smart, Linda
"Yes, women are still making gains in education and--slowly--in politics and other areas. But longstanding feminist gains are eroding: battered women's shelters, for example, are closing for lack of funds. And the advances haven't made the difference once hoped for.
"Feminism, please call home!"
Take note: Being educated is not enough, being compassionate and intelligent and running on the treadmill are also not enough, neither is eating right or being a good daughter, friend, partner, mother, etc. But for $150 you can also be judged by the question, "how fit is your clit?" and the answer might get you one step closer to being the perfect woman.
What am I talking about? Check out the article, "A Spa for Those Women Concerned About ‘Pelvic Fitness’" in today's New York Times.
"The advent of the pelvic spa, however, takes body fixation to a new level, furthering the idea that there is no female body part that cannot be tightened, plumped, trimmed or pruned."