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Switchback welcomes Sarah Carson, a Chicago-area poet and teacher, on board as our new Communications Specialist! Oh, the powers of the Interweb ;) Welcome Sarah!!

SB needs Communications Specialist

Are you a Facebook junky? A technophile? Or do you just like summarizing your life in 140 words or less? Switchback is looking for someone in the Chicago area to help us make the most of Web 2.0... a Communications Specialist who could help us with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, this blog, etc, etc. Our new initiatives (our outreach efforts, the new office, and upcoming fundraising challenges, not to mention our current book and upcoming contest) are so exciting that we need someone to help us properly share all of our goings-on with the world! If you or someone you know is interested, please feel free to contact us at editors@switchbackbooks.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Brandi Homan's second book "Bobcat Country" now available!!!

Brandi Homan's Bobcat Country is the unholy love child of Lynda Barry and Ween. Fabulously honest, surprising, and hilarious, these poems are a TGIFriday's extravaganza of retarded American enthusiasm, deftly rendered. Homan loves the "Fuck yeaaaah!"s our culture hoots just before it drives its rental car off a cliff. Her details are so spot on, their mere presence relieves us of the need for contrived, "poetic" resolutions. That's what makes the poems true—there are no easy answers in them. They make me proud to be a woman, and yet, simultaneously, wanna sincerely rock out in a parking lot to rape rock.—Jennifer L. Knox Support small presses and get a copy HERE!

Stain of Poetry featuring Switchback's Jessica Bozek among others

If you live in, on, near, or around New York come see Jessica Bozek among many other talented poets for Stain of Poetry Reading Series hosted by Ana Božičević and Amy King. March 26: Jessica Bozek, Kate Braid, Melissa Broder, Jackie Clark, Cate Marvin, Brett Eugene Ralph Reading will take place at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. An art and music space, library, bar, sculpture garden & magic cave, Goodbye Blue Monday is at 1087 Broadway in Bushwick. "At each reading, you will hear a range of poetries and reading styles, as well as meet poets and appreciators, many who have traveled from the four corners. Please pass the word and invite your friends – we hope to see you at each month’s

Home rEc: "Our big fat Feminism show"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:00pm - 11:00pm 3614 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL curated by Allison Gruber and Erin Teegarden Remember when you first discovered Feminism? You were young and idealistic. You worshiped the Earth Goddess and told your dad to "Fuck off". You slapped, "subvert the dominant paradigm" stickers on your Dodge Omni, told your mom to read bell hooks. Remember Adrienne Rich, Audrey Lord, Ani Difranco, that "oh-my-God-I-AM-being oppressed!" feeling? Remember the notion that you needed to free all women from patriarchy's restraints? Of course you were crestfallen when you realized the rest of the world did not share your ideals. Navigating the treacherous terrain of sex

How to help Haiti

Not that you need to be reminded to donate, but just in case you haven't yet, CNN.com has a list of ways you can help send money for water, food, shelter, and medical supplies. To date, 70,000 people have been reported dead. Click here to access the list and DONATE! I donated, and so should you. Every little bit helps!

LEARN Charter Outreach

Here are some pics of SB's Poetry Club at LEARN Charter! We have some future famous poets on the horizon!

Painting Pix Day 1

Just in case you're interested in following the progression of Switchback's *new digs*, here are some more pix. Thanks VERY much to longtime SB friend Andy Trebing for helping out! This is our hallway... we're the blue door: Peeking in through our door to look at our messy walls: It may not look like much at first... ...but someone before us must have known we were coming: And, ta-daaaaaaa! Our donated paint turned out to be an almost-perfect SB green! ​ Stay tuned to watch how things progress!

Illinois Women's Health Registry

Why do some diseases affect women more than men? Why do women respond to some drugs and treatment therapies differently than men? What environmental factors and behaviors most influence women's health? We don't know. But we want to find out. And we need your help. Please take the time to join the Illinois Women's Health Registry and help us gain a better understanding of women's health issues in Illinois.

MÓNICA DE LA TORRE @ the Segue Series!

SEGUE READING SERIES @ THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB is like candy for grown ups with: FRED MOTEN et MÓNICA DE LA TORRE! FRED MOTEN ’s most recent books are Hughson’s Tavern and the forthcoming B Jenkins. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. MÓNICA DE LA TORRE is the author of the poetry books Talk Shows, Acúfenos, and Public Do-main. She is co-author of the artist book Appendices, Illustrations & Notes. She is a translator and senior editor at BOMB Magazine and a 2009 NYFA fellow in poetry. Saturday, January 16th 4-6 PM at The Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery, just north of Houston New York, NY $6 admission goes to readers

SB's new digs! Fulton Street Collective

Very excited to announce that as of yesterday, Switchback has become an official member of the Fulton Street Collective! Having a room of our own is a dream come true, and we'd like to thank FSC founders Joe Lanasaand Anna Fermin for making a space like this available to artists and Chris McLaughlin for arranging our membership. We'll be having a HOUSEWARMING SALON relatively soon (March 6, mark your calendars!) to celebrate not only our new digs, but also new poetry book releases by Switchback Ad Board Member Simone Muench as well as our friends Lina Ramona Vitkauskas and Carlo Matos. Here's some pix. We'll be posting more as the space gets fixed up and lived in. Enjoy! The building

LJ Moore on Marisa Crawford in the Examiner!

Perhaps one of the most lingering and ecstatic effects of reading The Haunted Houseis that it reminds the reader what it used to feel like to really spend time with people. So much of contemporary communication is rooted in trying to maintain sudden and constant contact with as many people as possible, to shout through phones across the country to one another in crowded elevators, to type something witty or wise or exasperated onto a white space and hit the enter key to broadcast “status”, to sing like a bird into space, awaiting echoes. Crawford, in poem after poem, recreates the intimate, curiosity-driven experience of becoming friends, and of becoming one’s own person. She dials you up on

Switchbacker selected for Best American 2010!

DOLLY LEMKE, Switchback's Publicity Coordinator, has had her poem "I never went to that movie at 12:45" selected for publication in Best American Poetry 2010 by Amy Gerstler. The poem was originally published in Columbia Poetry Review 22. CONGRATULATIONS DOLLY!!!! For those of you that don't know her, Dolly was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. If you'd like to check out some of her other work, you can read it in the Fall 2009 issue of Wicked Alice. ***But that's not all*** Another Switchback rock star, Elizabeth Hildreth, has published a highly entertaining interview with the one-and-only Amy King over at Books

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