In Utah, Miscarriage = Criminal Homicide

Utah just became the first state in the U.S. to criminalize miscarriage and punish women for having or seeking an illegal abortion. Utah's "Criminal Miscarriage" law: expands the definition of illegal abortion to include miscarriages removes immunity protections for women who have or seek illegal abortions assumes women are "guilty of criminal homicide of an unborn child" if a pregnancy ends after "intentional, knowing, or reckless" behavior.

4-Year Anniversary Thanks!

Switchback's 4-year anniversary is today! I've really started to think that Switchback time works like dog years... How has so much happened in only four years??! Thank you to everyone who has supported us, in any way, shape, or form. We'd like to thank the following folks by name, here in random order: - All of our respective families! - The Switchback poets: Marisa Crawford, Jessica Bozek, Kathleen Rooney, Peggy Munson, Caroline Noble Whitbeck, and Mónica de la Torre - All of our current staff members: Whitney Holmes, Dolly Lemke, Megan McMullen, Jen Cullerton Johnson, Liz Hildreth, and Sarah Carson - Cathy Nieciecki - Erika Snell - Melissa Severin - Kristin Aardsma - Daniela O

Submit to Chicago anthology for self-identified women writers

Partner Dance Press invites self-identified women writers, composers, performers and text-based artists under 40 currently living in Chicago to submit work for consideration in a new online text-based anthology. Writing about the breadth of the city – from South Chicago to Albany Park, Austin to the lip of the lake – and life in the 21st century, the anthology focuses on the written word as foundation, regardless of whether its original context plays out on the page, the stage, cyberspace or another format. The project will bring together various forms of creative textual production, joining the stuff of a traditional written anthology with sound and performance and constructing new modes

Switchback is Four! (A Memoir in Photos)

When We Were Zero Brandi, Becca, and Hanna meet in the Columbia College Chicago MFA program.... When We Were One Mónica de la Torre hits Chicago by (snow)storm in February 2007; Talk Shows hits the world! (Hi, Kristin!) When We Were Two At AWP NYC 2008, the amazing feat of getting Mónica de la Torre, Caroline Noble Whitbeck, Kathleen Rooney--as well as a bunch of Switchback staffers--all together in one room was achieved at 11th Street Bar! Peggy Munson video'd herself in, too. L to R: Mónica, Hanna, Brandi, Caroline, Daniela, Kathleen, Beth, Jess, Becca. One of those "best nights ever," Hanna's birthday, L&L Tavern, March 2008. Hi, Melissa! When We Were Three Hanna moves to Brooklyn,

France Nags Psychological Violence to Quit

The New York Times reports today that France's National Assembly approved a proposal that would make psychological violence a punishable crime. The article addresses varying opinions about whether or not the crime can be proven, citing the vague definition of the behavior as the proposed law is currently written. Sure, it's vague, because it's a difficult thing to articulate. Yes, it's definitely going to be hard to prosecute, but at least it's bringing attention to a serious issue, and hopefully is a step toward making victims safer... Of course, the first time I heard about this in January, it was far from serious. My beloved liberal media made fun of the proposal—albeit on a comedy show.

Fulton St Artists to Display at SB Housewarming

A week from this Saturday, you'll be able to check out work by some of the artists who make up the Fulton Street Collective at the Switchback Housewarming Salon. For now, check out their work here: Karen Parisian Patrick Morrissey Catherine Jasek **Artwork featured in this post is The Gathering by Karen Parisian.**

Anna Aguilar-Amat at AWP!

Elizabeth Hildreth, development specialist for Switchback, recently applied for a grant for poet Anna Aguilar-Amat to attend AWP in Denver this year, and the Institute Ramon Llull approved it. The Institute offers various grants for translations and travel to promote Catalan literature. Anna Aguilar-Amat was recently awarded three prizes for Catalan poetry: the Jocs Florals of the city of Barcelona for Petrolier i teatre; the Carles Riba award for Transit between two flights (Trànsit entre dos vols); and the Màrius Torres award for Music and Scurvy. She has also published with Francesc Parcerisas the book of poems Little things (Coses Petites), with designs by Miquel Plana, and the book of

Hey! Check Out Dolly Lemke!

Switchback's Publicity Coordinator Dolly Lemke was recently profiled in Columbia College's Student Loop. Check it out at the link below (and note the incredibly cool slideshow in which Dolly appears holding several SB publications.) Way to go, Dolly!

Becca Klaver's LA Liminal sneak peek!

Switchback Founding Editor Becca Klaver's first book, LA Liminal, will be available MARCH 13 from Kore Press! If you're in Arizona, come hear Becca read from LA Liminal and help her celebrate! Tucson Festival of Books Tucson, AZ. Sunday, March 14, 2010. 11:30 a.m. U of Arizona main student union. Sponsored by the U of A Poetry Center.

Lynda Hull

LYNDA HULL The Window Streak of world blurred charcoal & scarlet, the El slows, brakes near the platform, Little Chinatown, & there’s that window, peeling frame, screen split to rippling raingusts. A curtain breathes through busted glass, a glimpse of hallway enameled green, rows of numbered doors, nothing more, and then the train lurches forward sparkling its electric signature above slick, hissing rails. Soon, soon, I’ll stop there, the window’s pull irresistible as the force of a star collapsed to black gravity. I’ll step through the window, take up again the key for the one room to which I keep returning. Let me wait again there by the sill as I wait still. Here’

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

MULBERRY FIELDS BY LUCILLE CLIFTON they thought the field was wasting and so they gathered the marker rocks and stones and piled them into a barn they say that the rocks were shaped some of them scratched with triangles and other forms they must have been trying to invent some new language they say the rocks went to build that wall there guarding the manor and some few were used for the state house crops refused to grow i say the stones marked an old tongue and it was called eternity and pointed toward the river i say that after that collection no pillow in the big house dreamed i say that somewhere under here moulders one called alice whose great grandson is old now too and refuses to talk

Check out Jessica Bozek in the latest issue of Dusie!

Switchback poet Jessica Bozek has work featured in Dusie 9. Check it out here: And while you're there check out SB friends Mackenzie Carignan, Juliet Cook, Jen Karmin, Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Amy King!

What does a feminist poet look like?

Delirious Hem presented their second "This is What a Feminist Poet Looks Like" forum this week featuring: Monday February 1: Ching-In Chen, Jennifer Bartlett, & Kate Durbin Tuesday February 2: Juliet Cook & Kate Schapira Wednesday February 3: Kirsten Kaschock & Michele BattisteThursday February 4: Michelle Detorie & Stephanie Strickland Friday February 5: T.A. Noonan & Theodora Danylevich Saturday February 6: Amy King & Kirsten Kaschock 2 Check it out at

THE BODYFEEL LEXICON reviewed at Tarpaulin Sky!

Over at the Tarpaulin Sky review site, Natalie Lyalin has this to say of Jessica Bozek's first collection, The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback, 2009): In Lexicon, language is used to create a bridge, as a plan for preservation, and as always, a way to communicate. In the end, Szklar and Wolf’s work amounts to an insistence on a textual survival—they were alive, they had thoughts, and they communicated. These documents and letters are evidence to this. Jessica Bozek’s writing pushes the reader around, turns its back, says weird things, and shocks with startlingly beautiful images. Order the book here!

Simone Muench's Orange Crush now available!

Switchback advisor Simone Muench's lastest work is now available! The new book from Sarabande Books is graced with a painting by Yves Tanguy, and has already garnered praise from the likes of Yusef Komunyakaa: "Though Simone Muench's Orange Crush is riveted with poignant moments of history, each poem revels in a contemporary passion that holds the reader in an abiding now. I believe and trust each highly tuned moment, every little, intrinsic turn. This poet's music is unique and personal, but it's also public; words collide softly to create a sound of feeling that registers in the body and mind. Orange Crush celebrates everydayness, while always moving toward the revelatory." You can rea

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