Columbia Poetry Review no. 22

Hey everybody! I taught the Columbia Poetry Review editing class last semester while David Trinidad was on sabbatical, and this semester David and his production crew have put together another gorgeous new issue. It would be great to see you at the release tomorrow! Thursday, April 30, 2009 5:30 p.m. Sherwood Conservatory Recital Hall 1312 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL (1 block south of Roosevelt) Reception to follow Half-price issues Contributors to this year's issue of Columbia Poetry Review, now in its 22nd year as the Columbia College Chicago English Department's student-edited, nationally distributed poetry magazine, will read their work. Readers: Stevie Curl, Maureen Ewing, Sus

Hey Look

Stephen Burt calls Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon "really stunning."

Poet Craig Arnold Missing: Help Sought

Craig Arnold, Ph.D., is the author of two award-winning volumes of poetry: Shells, chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Young Poets in 1999, and of Made Flesh (Ausable, 2008). His poetry has been anthologized in several volumes of the Best American Poetry Series, and his poems, articles, and translations from the Spanish have appeared in such publications as The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, Yale Review, and many more. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship in Humanities from Princeton University, an Amy Low

Day 100 Seems Like a Good Time to Announce

that Switchback Advisory Board member Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker's blog, "Starting Today," will be turned into a book -- tentatively titled Starting Today: Poems for Obama's First 100 Days, to be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2010! On Day 86, I contributed to the project, which gathered followers faster than any poetry blog I've ever seen! They've also received alot of great press. Congrats to Rachel and Arielle!

Oneiromance in Redivider!

Oneiromance (an epithalamion) by Kathleen Rooney is reviewed in the most current issue (Spring 2009, Issue 6.2) of Redivider... to order yours, click here. Also featured in the issue are Chicago fixtures Joe Meno and Carrie Messenger!

Meet Marisa Crawford*

*Cupcakes not included. Check out the next Switchback poet's first-ever interview at!


[guidelines in pdf] Innovative image + text works by women artists and writers sought for new SIGLIO PRESS anthology. The anthology asks: WHY AND HOW... does hybridity play an extraordinary role in women’s creative work? [i.e. Claude Cahun’s textual subversions, Charlotte Salomon’s autobiographical paintings, Nancy Spero’s mytho-historical collages, Yoko Ono’s instructions, Allison Knowles’ notebook distillations, Eleanor Antin’s psychological notations, Jenny Holzer’s truisms, Ann Hamilton’s burned book pages, Louise Bourgeois’ embroidered psuedo-aphorisms, etc., etc. etc.]. We are looking for a wide range of image+text work: including—but definitely not limited to—comics and graphic

Reading for Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days

Contributors to the Starting Today poetry*politics*blog*extravaganza, including Switchback author Mónica de la Torre, to read on Friday, April 24, at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues at 5:30 PM. Featured readers: John O’Connor, Cornelius Eady, Rachel Zucker, Cate Marvin, Craig Teicher, Mark Bibbins, Lindsey Wallace, Leah Souffrant, Patricia Spears Jones, Catherine Barnett, Amy Lemmon, Brenda Shaughnessy, Monica de la Torre, Michele Battiste, Betsy Fagin, Jeanne Beaumont, Patricia Carlin, Katherine Varnes, Jason Schneiderman, Joy Katz, Robin Beth Schaer, and Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Our Very Own Becca!!!!

Sense & Nonsense: A Poetry Workshop with Becca Klaver Saturday, May 30, 12-4pm $40 / $35 members - includes a ticket to the 7pm Switchback Books Reading Through a variety of sensory and nonsensical experiments, in this workshop we will explore our relationships to each of the traditional five senses (especially those we take for granted), consider the additional senses that poets rely on (sixth, seventh, seventeenth), examine synesthesia and other sense-related poetic topics, and indulge in nonsense. Experiments may or may not include flâneuring, blindfolds, taste/smell/touch-tests, and speaking in tongues, or in Stein. Participants will be asked to bring a few simple supplies to aid in

The Next Big Thing

Local Milwaukee magazine, Burdock, looking for women writers to publish in upcoming issue #6. Please send submissions to Dolly at ejlemke[at]gmail[dot]com or check out the blog at: We are looking for short-ish poems that could possibly fit on a sticker. Yeah, there are stickers in every issue. The aesthetic is varied and inviting so please send poems!

Busy Busy Busy

All sorts of Switchback-related coolness: —Advisory board member Simone Muenchhas a new chapbook out: Little Visceral Carnival, co-written with Philip Jenks. —Staff member Daniela Olszewska has been nominated by No Tell Motel for consideration for Best New Poets 2009. Congrats, Deputy D!! —Switchback poetry pals over at Artifice are now accepting submissions! Hot stuff coming though, all!

PShares Shoutout

For me, feminist writing isn't about singling women out as an oppressed class, or devaluing traditional ideas about femininity. What's great about a lot of women's writing being published today--like the poetry from Switchback Books and Birds of Lace Press--is that it looks at the ways gender politics are negotiated in everyday life, which, for me, is a lot more interesting. --Kristina Marie Darling

P & P 4 @ Spudnik Press

SATURDAY APRIL 18th : 8p.m. 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308 Chicago, IL 60622 ( house press and spudnik press team up to bring you a fourth well-rounded and multi-disciplinary evening of poetry, visual art, and music, not to mention a cheap door ($3 donation), booze and snacks, and a table full of fresh small press books, mags, and other miscellany. this april 18th, the following co-conspirators will be joining us: daniel borzutzky, chicago-based writer and translator, author of the ecstacy or capitulation from blazeVOX [books], 2007 (; melissa severin, chicago-based writer and managing editor of switchback books; author

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