Chicago Underground Library

"After a year spent in limbo and without a permanent space, the fledgling non-profit has partnered with AREA Chicago and InCUBATE, aligning their missions to illuminate the city's arts scene, past and present. The Underground Library archives and indexes small, indie and obscure literary artifacts." [more] [official site] Chicago Underground Library 2129 N. Rockwell St. (Congress Theater building)

Rock Stars! Rock Stars!

Switchback Books' poet Kathleen Rooney and ALSO our Deputy-at-Large Daniela Olszewska are both featured in Time Out Chicago's Books "Best of 2008" list. Total rock stars.

Becca Klaver at Delirious Hem!

It's Founding Editor Becca Klaver's day in the advent calendar over at Delirious Hem. Featured are poems from her chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape, coming soon from the greying ghost press.

Prose prize for work by a woman (Not from Switchback)

GUIDELINES FOR THE FIFTH GLASS WOMAN PRIZE: HTTP://WWW.SIGRIDDAUGHTER.COM/GLASSWOMANPRIZE.HTM The Fifth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman. Length: between 50 and 5,000 words. The top prize for the fifth Glass Woman Prize award is US $700 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; I will also award two runner up prizes of $100 each and one additional prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication. Subject is open, but must be of significance to women. My criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the woman’s writing voice. Previously published work and sim

Call for Work: Humor Reading at Woman Made Gallery

Who says poetry has to be serious all the time--or even any of the time? Or that poetry can't be serious and hilarious at the same time? Woman Made Gallery is looking for writing by women that explores the many ways humor can be used in poetry--e.g., humorous imagery, funny subject matter, political and social satire, parodies of well-known poems/poets, and poems that use humor to make serious statements (or vice versa). All styles and themes will be considered, from the subtly wry to the sidesplitting, that's rich, this woman is funny! Please submit up to three original works by emailing gallery[at]womanmade[dot]org. Entry deadline is January 10, 2009. Selected readers must be able to rea

Arsenic Lobster reviews Oneiromance

Lissa Kiernan wrote a lovely review of Oneiromance over at Arsenic Lobster. "Someone recently asked me if I knew anyone who wrote poems when they were happy," she writes, "the common wisdom being that the endeavor is (more often than not) a misery-laden one. I pulled Oneiromance out from my bag and flourished it triumphantly."

Carol Muske-Dukes, Poet Laureate

Switchback Books Advisory Board member Carol Muske-Dukes named poet laureate of California! She reflects on her post in today's L.A. Times: Poetry is, like prayer, spun from the imagination -- from ultimate contradiction -- like the idea of a democratic crown. Who's lucky or brazen enough to wear this headgear? I'm brazen enough to bow my head and gratefully accept the honor. Born in Minnesota, I teach creative writing at the University of Southern California, have written books of poems and, for years, wrote a poetry review column for this newspaper. Our governor was born in Austria and his first lady was born into an American "royal" family sprung from Irish immigrants. Each of us, with

Our Classical Heritage reviewed in Word For/Word

Just a taste of what Andy Frazee has to say about Caroline Noble Whitbeck's Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device over at Word For/Word: "Behind this poet's disrupted syntax and extrapolated grammar is a very human voice which seeks, with uncommon generosity, to 'keep company.' And this may be what, in the end, Our Classical Heritage does best: it finds a home within the kinetic dis-locations of language that typify early 21st century poetics, and then embodies that place in the text[.]" And while you're over there, check out the poems from one of Switchback's founding editors, Hanna Andrews!

"Feminist Bookstore" Episode #2

starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as ThunderAnt: Their bookstore is called "Women and Women First." Hey, that sounds familiar.

50 Shows in 50 States: a Benefit for Girls Rock! Chicago

@ Schuba's Friday 12/12/2008 10:30 PM, 18+, $10.00 * Hollows * Paul Cary * Mother Of Tears Girls Rock! Chicago hosts Chicagoland's premier summer camp for girls ages 8-16. During their week long experience, girls have the opportunity to form bands, write an original song, record it, and perform live at Metro! In preparation for their fourth year of summer camp, GR!C is excited to become part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international organization bringing together women who host rock and roll camps throughout the United States, as well as in Ontario, England and Sweden. Join us for "50 Shows in 50 States", a fundraiser to benefit both the Chicago camp and the GRCA.

Gender Wage Gap In the Arts: It's Still Here

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that although women are making gains in traditionally male-dominated artistic occupations, they still earn less than men: $0.75 to the dollar. "Women Artists: 1990–2005" (PDF), released December 2, includes several key findings: • Women artists who work year round, full time, earn $0.75 for every dollar men artists do. Women workers overall earn $0.77 to every dollar earned by men. • The gap widens with age. In 2003–2005, women artists aged 18 to 24 earned $0.95 to every dollar earned by men, but for women aged 45 to 54 the ratio was $0.67 to the dollar. This parallels trends in the overall labor market. • Pay gaps vary by occup

"Icons" Reading at the WomanMade Gallery

Sunday, December 7, 2008 2-4 pm. WomanMade Gallery 685 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60642 From Mary to Marilyn, from religious paintings to those little pictures on our computer screens, icons are images that strongly resonate with meaning. And because "icon" in its most literal sense means "an image, simile or symbol," icons are an essential part of what poetry is all about. This reading will present work that engages Iconic figures ranging from the classical to pop culture, in incarnations that range from elegaic to the highly compromised. Hosted by Nina Corwin. Readers include Maureen Tolman Flannery, Arielle Greenberg, Becca Klaver, Donna Pucciani, Erin Teegarden, and Rachel Jam

Dear B*tch Supporters,

This fall, we asked for your help and you told us overwhelmingly that B*tch was a worthy investment. In four weeks we received $74,000 in gifts from loyal readers like you. Without your generous support, we would not be here today. And thanks to you, we are moving forward with renewed purpose and inspiration. As we look to the future, we see clearly that you, our supporters, are the key to sustaining B*tch - the key to us not just surviving but thriving. Because B*tch is nonprofit, noncommercial media, your contributions are what allow us to create content that meets YOUR needs - smart, uncompromising feminist cultural critique. That's why we're asking you to support our work by joining the

More from the British Isles on Women's Poetry

"There's been a lot of good change for the better and publishing has opened up to women which is a great thing," says [Collette] Bryce. "But I don't feel it's balanced yet at all. From my point of view as a writer, I think all I can do is try and be a good writer, try to be a link in the continuum for young women writers coming up and try to support them." [more]

AWP Teaser

AWP Small Press Showcase Friday, February 13th 8-11pm at Links Hall, 956 Newport, Chicago, IL Action Books, Effing Press, Flood Editions, Futurepoem Books, Les Figues Press, Slack Buddha Press, Switchback Books & Ugly Duckling Presse Hosted by Jennifer Karmin & Lisa Janssen of the Red Rover Series (this is experiment #25).

Women's Work Anthology

[A] just balance must often be fought for and not just left to the good will and better instincts of those involved. How often the introductions of current anthologies, edited by men, pay lip service to the quality of women's writing without fully reflecting this in their choice of contents. --Amy Wack in the Guardian [buy the anthology, featuring poets from the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand]

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