Questionnaire on Women's Poetry Blogs: Deadline Nov. 2

E-mail replies to Tom Speaker (speakete [at] muohio [dot] edu) by November 2 1. Have you ever published in a women's only anthology/website/forum or other venue? Why or why not? 2. Are women's poetry blogs changing notions of gender? In literature? In society? If so, how? 3. What are your own personal motivations for placing your poetry in your blog or online magazine? 4. On the internet, has women's poetry helped to advance any feminist causes? Give examples if possible. 5. Do you perceive any sexist biases on the Internet, and what do you perceive these to be? Is there pressure on the Internet for women to conform to "masculine" poetry standards? Are these pressures are greater o

Mónica de la Torre's PUBLIC DOMAIN

Just out from Roof Books! [Buy it] "[T]he interplay of text/orality, theory/playfulness, concrete/lyric appearing in every form imaginable/heretofore unimagined, adds up to the most adventurous Conceptual Mystery Poem I have ever read/performed. I cannot imagine poetry without her." --Bob Holman We concur.

Columbia Poetry Review call for Submissions

From CPR: Our reading period extends from August 1 to November 30. Please send up to 5 pages of poetry during our reading period to the address below. We do not accept e-mail submissions. We respond by February. Please supply a SASE for reply only (submissions will be recycled). If you were published in the most recent issue of CPR, please wait one issue before submitting again. We avoid publishing poets in consecutive issues. We do not accept submissions forwarded by writers' agencies. Columbia Poetry Review English Department Columbia College Chicago 600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

Charging Bias by Theaters, Female Playwrights to Hold Meeting

Charging Bias by Theaters, Female Playwrigths to Hold Meeting “I personally don’t think playwriting is a gene on a Y chromosome,” said Theresa Rebeck, a playwright whose work (“Omnium Gatherum,” “Mauritius,” “The Scene”) has been produced frequently on New York stages, including on Broadway. She added that there has been a reluctance to confront the issue: “Many of our male peers find the debate intolerable. Men in the community seem to think that everything is fine.” Ms. Schulman counted 50 plays by living American playwrights that are being mounted at the 14 theaters, 40 by men and 10 by women. Although there are differences about the best way to tally the numbers, no one disputes that a

Woman Made Gallery reading

Let me tell you, folks, this was one of the best readings I've been to in a long time. So many talented, varied voices! Here are some pix from Sunday's event at Woman Made Gallery. The space and featured art were absolutely amazing as well, so please check them out if you have the chance! Melissa Culbertson from dancing girl press got things off to a terrific start, including sharing with us a hilarious poem about her obsession with Christian Bale: Susan Slaviero, also from dgp, was up next with some fantastic poems on saints: Next, dgp author and Switchback advisory board member Simone Muench was spectacular as always: Then, bring on the Switchbackers... Helen Kiernan was up first, shaki

Entrant copies of Kathleen's Book

Hey women, if you sent us an envelope for your copy of the Gatewood Prize-winning book, your copy of Kathleen Rooney's Oneiromance (an epithalamion) is coming! We just received the books about a week and a half ago, a little behind schedule. We have not forgotten about you!! Thanks for your patience, and xo, Brandi

Upcoming Reading at WomanMade Gallery

"Objects of Desire" Poetry reading with two Chicago Feminist presses, dancing girl press and Switchback Books featuring: Mairead Case Melissa Culbertson Helen Kiernan Simone Muench Beatriz Ruiz Susan Slaviero Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m. FREE 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago www.womanmade.org Light refreshments served Beatriz is a first year Master's student in the Program for Writers at UIC. She is an intern for Switchback Books and a research assistant for the Chicago Healthy Living Study which conducts cancer research. In April, she read at the City Wide Undergraduate Poetry Festival at Columbia and in May, she received UIC’s undergraduate creative writing awa

Feminist Poet Stereotypes

Check out Daniela Olszewska's hilarious-cause-they're-true (as in, truly absurd) feminist poet stereotypes, including "After publishing our first book, all we really want to do is have (creatively-named, untraditionally raised) babies with our artistic (but rich) husband(s)."

WomanMade Gallery reading this Sunday

"Objects of Desire" Poetry reading with two Chicago Feminist presses, dancing girl press and Switchback Books featuring: Mairead Case Melissa Culbertson Helen Kiernan Simone Muench Beatriz Ruiz Susan Slaviero Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m. FREE 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago www.womanmade.org Light refreshments served

So very happy to announce...

Founding Editor Hanna Andrews' chapbook, a/long/division, has been accepted for publication by Tilt! Wooo-Hooooooo!!!!!!!!!

Isn't it Oneiromantic?

The release party's over, but the buzz is just beginning. Switchback Books is proud to officially announce the release of Kathleen Rooney's Oneiromance (an epithalamion),winner of Switchback Books' Gatewood Prize, selected by Patty Seyburn. What can you expect? The setting is Brazil...& Illinois. Dreamscapes & The American Legion Hall. Sister brides & searching grooms. Part creepy, part celebratory, you will want to attend this double wedding. Here's a page from the guestbook: The romance persists between the narrator and the beloved—and crucially, between the author and language's opportunities to address the nuances and edges of commitment deemed inexplicable. ---Patty Seyburn. Oneiromance

Joan Larkin Reading In NYC

Advisory board member Joan Larkin is reading on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at the West Side YMCA. Joan will be joined by Jeff Friedman. WHERE: West Side YMCA 5 West 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway Admission is free WHEN: 7pm Eastern WHO: Joan Larkin is the author of My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2007). Her books of poetry include Cold River, A Long Sound, Housework, and Sor Juana's Love Poems, co-translated with Jaime Manrique. She edited the ground-breaking anthologies Amazon Poetry and Lesbian Poetry with Elly Bulkin and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time with Carl Morse, served as poetr

Thank you.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out last night to help Kathleen and I celebrate! It was a wonderful evening, and we appreciate it very much! Much love, Brandi

Double Release Party!

Thanks to Brandi, Kathleen, Jill, Susie, Paper Airplane Pilots, & everybunny who came to hide-out on a balmy moony October evening!

FOURSQUARE: Switchback Eds Edition!

FOURSQUARE 2.12 was guest edited by Hanna Andrews of Switchback Books, and it features Andrews, Brandi Homan, Melissa Severin, and Becca Klaver. Cover art is by Ozlem Haluk. Overruns are for sale at Etsy. Subscribe to FOURSQUARE.

HARD REDS Review

by Gina Myers in Bookslut! [Brandi Homan] is someone who is not afraid to play with fire, someone who lives fast and hard, experiencing life in its fullest -- all the ins and outs, ups and downs.

DOUBLE RELEASE PARTY THIS SUNDAY!

SWITCHBACK BOOKS ANNOUNCES DUAL RELEASE PARTY: POETRY, PUPPETS, ROCK 'N ROLL CONTACT: Mairead Case, Publicity Coordinator mairead[at]switchbackbooks[dot]com or 425.241.8881 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Switchback Books is pleased to announce the release party for Kathleen Rooney's ONEIROMANCE (AN EPITHALAMION) and Brandi Homan's HARD REDS. ONEIROMANCE is the winner of Switchback Books' 2008 Gatewood Prize, chosen by Patty Seyburn. Brandi Homan is Editor-in-Chief of Switchback Books. The pair will be joined by Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood, award-winning puppeteers and audio zinesters, as well as Paper Airplane Pilots, who've been called "bright and buoyant" despite their song abo

Thank you.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out last night to help Kathleen and I celebrate! It was a wonderful evening, and we appreciate it very much! Much love, Brandi

Where Women Stand in Chicago Newsrooms

presented by Columbia College Chicago's Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media, and the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago. Ferguson Lecture Hall 600 S. Michigan Avenue, First Floor Wednesday, October 15 6:00pm The Association for Women Journalists-Chicago (AWJ-Chicago) and the Institute join in bringing four prominent Chicago women journalists together to discuss the results of a new study, "Where Women Stand: A Survey of Newsroom Staff in the Chicago Region." The study, released by AWJ-Chicago and completed in partnership with Bradley University, was administered via online questionnaire and takes a hard look at Chicago-area women jour

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