Brynne Barnes on Jessica Bozek

Check out the review of Jessica's The Bodyfeel Lexicon in the new issue of H_NGM_N! Bozek’s rhythm is hypnotic, like a song one would sing to a child at night with half-mooned eyes; it is by way of lullaby that this poet awakens the reader to a wonderfully mismatched world of language and identity. The correspondence captured in letters written to and from Leon, her memory and self whisks the reader into a world of whimsy where identity becomes indiscernible. I also reviewed one of our former Gatewood Prize finalists, Sandra Simonds' Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008), in the same issue.

RockBox on Monday + Rooney's new chap!

Fellow Chicagoans, it's Switchback Books night at a new monthly reading series THIS MONDAY, November 2!! It's a different kind of series, in an open-mic format where people are encouraged to read not only their own work, but work by others. Come hear local Switchbackers read some of our favorite female poets, and take advantage of our subscription sale at the same time to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Would love to see you, as always: 9:00 at RockBox 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. Also, if you're feeling spooooooky this Halloween season, be sure to check out Kathleen Rooney's new chapbook, Don't ever stay the same; keep changing (co-written with Elisa Gabbert), now available at Spooky Girlfri

Woman Made Request

A Call to Arms! We, as poets, have benefitted from the presence of this amazing organization. We are now asking that you give something back. Please consider making a donation today to ensure that Woman Made Gallery can continue to provide the cutting-edge programming their supporters have come to expect. The Gallery is experiencing significant reductions in funding from a range of different funding sources, including a 50% reduction in grant support from the Illinois Arts Council and a 50% decrease in support from their largest single donor. Moving toward their 18th year in 2010, it is evident that the need for Woman Made Gallery is stronger than ever. Although 50% of this nation's ar

Switchback on Facebook

Hi Switchback Fans, In order to streamline our updating processes, we will be dismantling the Switchback's Facebook group at the end of the week. All Switchback news will now be sent out through the Switchback Fan Page (and this blog). Please take a few seconds to “Become a Fan” of Switchback Books if you haven’t done so already. Love, The Switchback Staff

Union Street Gallery Poetry!

Come for the Art . . . Stay for the Poetry! This Friday, October 9th, as part of Union Street Gallery Poetry reading series, there will be open mic from 6:30-7:30 pm. The featured poet, Luis Valadez, will be reading at 7:30 pm. Luis Valadez was born and raised in Chicago Heights, poet/musician/performer Luis Humberto Valadez is the author of a poetry collection, What I’m On. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Valadez holds an M.F.A. from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. The reading will take place at Union Street Gallery 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL “Assume Nothing” – National Juried Art Exhibition / Closing Night Cost is free

Check It Out!

Look for Delirious Lapel, the XY version of Delirious Hem, to rad(icalize) up the web with their new forum, This is What a (Pro)Feminist [Man Poet] Looks Like. Forum includes essays by Brian Teare, Christian Peet, H.L. Hix, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Kareem Estefan, Kevin Simmonds, Mark Wallace, Mike Hauser, Nate Pritts, Philip Jenks, Tim Atkins, Tony Frazer, Tony Trigilio, David Lau & Rodrigo Toscano.

Jessica Bozek is at it AGAIN!!!

Switchback poet, Jessica Bozek, will be reading in Massachusetts in a couple weeks if you happen to be on the East Coast. Please join her in celebrating and recognizing poetry in festival form. The festival is 11:45 to 5pm but Jessica will be reading at exactly 12:32, exactly. Massachusetts Poetry Festival Saturday, October 17, 2009 11:45-5 (I'm on at 12:32 pm) Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA

Carol Muske-Dukes & the Get Lit Players This Weekend!

THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB PRESENTS: THE GET LIT PLAYERS (from Los Angeles!) A NEW YORK DEBUT PERFORMANCE Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 8 PM Sponsored by Carol Muske-Dukes, Poet Laureate of California & The Magic Poetry Bus with Diane Luby Lane, Exec. Director of GET LIT: Words Ignite and Azure Antoinette, Artistic Director of GET LIT THE GET LIT PLAYERS are a teen poet & literacy group who will be performing their own Spoken Word poems in POETRY CONVERSATION with lines from some of our finest living poets, including poems by Robert Pinsky, Joy Harjo, Bob Holman, Jorie Graham and Carol Muske-Dukes. It's Pro-Active Poetry -- a way to engage poems on the page in dazzling "dialogue". The B

Switchback SALE goes live!

CAN'T GET ENOUGH SWITCHBACK BOOKS??? Starting today, you now have two subscription options to choose from when ordering books from Switchback! Three Books Plus Bonus (next book released) for $35 total Five Books Plus Bonus (next book released) for $55 total With each option, you'll be sent our next book, The Haunted House by Marisa Crawford, when it is released in April 2010, for no additional cost (we'll even cover the shipping)! For those of you who didn't major in math, this sale allows you to save $4/book (in addition to getting a free copy of The Haunted House). The Three Book Special will leave you with an extra $26 in your wallet and the Five Book Special will leave you with

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