So to Speak call for subs by women

So to Speak Contests: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction So to Speak, a literary journal founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, is currently holding contests in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline: October 15, 2008), Poetry (Deadline: October 15, 2008), and Fiction (Deadline: March 15, 2009). We are looking for work that addresses issues of significance to women's lives and movements for women's equality and are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender. Please see the details below or visit us on the web for more information: Contest details

Last Call For Submissions!

We're in the home stretch for the Gatewood Prize submission period... The postmark deadline is October 1, 2008! Remember: this year Switchback is also accepting e-submissions, so really there's plenty of time left to enter your manuscript. To review our e-submissions policy (and general contest instructions), click here . Good luck!!

Better Late Than Never: Lifting Belly High Report

On Saturday, September 13, Switchback Books hosted a Feminist Presses roundtable as part of Lifting Belly High: A Conference of Women’s Poetry Since 1900 with representatives from 13th Moon Press, Belladonna* Books, Fence Books, Kelsey Street Press, Paris Press, and Perugia Press. Participants read statements and discussed what it means to call a press “feminist,” and how that term is affected by history (from the 1970s to the 2000s), culture (motivations and philosophies from the second wave, third wave, and beyond), and the publishing market (how do the categories of “feminist” and “women” affect marketing and sales?). Rachel Levitsky and Erica Kaufman explained that reading series and pub

EVENT: The Voting Woman

The Voting Woman: Women's Issues and the 2008 Election Thursday, September 25, 2008 Panel Discussion at 6 PM Networking Reception at 8 PM Light refreshments will be served 525 S. State Street Lake Room at University Center Roosevelt University Sponsored by: The Younger Women's Task Force-Chicago Chapter The American Association of University Women Chicago Foundation for Women International Visitors Center of Chicago Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Between Friends Planned Parenthood Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network Chicago Women in Philanthropy Rape Victim Advocates Radio Arte Roosevelt Unive

New Chicago Publishers Gallery!

The city of Chicago has been taking steps to try and find ways to support its publishers and encourage new ones... The Chicago Publishers Gallery is one of hopefully many! Come show your support! Click image below to enlarge for details.


to Julie Enszer for her response to the Feminist Presses roundtable!

Lifting Our Bellies

Hope to see some of you on Saturday at the Lifting Belly High Feminist Presses roundtable! Featuring: Hanna Andrews, Brandi Homan, Becca Klaver, and Melissa Severin, Switchback Books Erica Kaufman and Rachel Levitsky, Belladonna Books Jan Freeman, Paris Press Diane Gilliam, Perugia Press Judy Johnson, 13th Moon Press Rebecca Wolff, Fence Books With statements from Kelsey St., dancing girl, and others. @ Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women’s Poetry Since 1900 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, September 13, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Conference details and schedule (PDF)

M-Sevs to rock Series A this Wed night...

Please come to Series A this coming Wednesday for another great literary reading. September 10th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Melissa Severin Daniel Borzutsky The reading takes place at the Hyde Park Art Center at 5020 S. Cornell, Chicago, IL (Hyde Park). Parking is available, and it is easy to access from both Metra and CTA. BYOB. Visit for info.

Proximity Mag release party tomorrow night!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mairead Case, Managing Editor, 425.241.8881 PROXIMITY MAGAZINE RELEASES SECOND ISSUE, HOSTS ART PARTY Proximity Magazine, the Chicago-based arts and culture print publication, will debut its second issue at an art party on September 5th, 2008. Proximity #2, the Cities Issue, features guides to underrepresented creative hubs around the world, including New Orleans, Helsinki, Kansas City, Jacmel, Milwaukee, Saint-Denis, Seattle, and of course Chicago. There are also full-color artist studio profiles, features on alternative fundraising and renegade artist Renzo Martens, pages of Chicago events reviews, and the debut of two new colu

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Arsenic Lobster

Takes on Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device in its latest issue.

Dolly Lemke hearts Peggy Munson!

Just stumbled upon this article in Vital Source, an arts and culture magazine from Milwaukee. Check it! VS: What writers break your heart? DL: There is this poet named Peggy Munson who just came out with a book, Pathogenesis(Switchback Books). Her words represent something so painful and personal, [so] vivid and poignant. I empathize – and more importantly want to write as profoundly as she does; I want to know myself as sharply as she does. It is truly magnificent and heartbreaking, but not in a sob-story, memoir-bullshit kind of way. It’s completely human and real.


Book suggests that the transition from adolescence to adulthood in males continues to get longer but may not be a good thing... Food for thought:

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