Interview with Shelly Puhak

SHELLEY PUHAK lives in Baltimore and is currently Writer-in-Residence at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, New Delta Review, New South, Third Coast, and many other journals. She has received grants from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the Maryland State Arts Council. She earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans and her MA in Literature from the University of Delaware. Stalin in Aruba is your first book of poems. Can you describe a little about how the creative process was for you? It was a rough process— not the writing of the individual poems so much as the act of revising

Ai (1947-2010)

Nothing But Color by Ai for Yukio Mishima I didn't write Etsuko, I sliced her open. She was carmine inside like a sea bass and empty. No viscera, nothing but color. I love you like that, boy. I pull the kimono down around your shoulders and kiss you. Then you let it fall open. Each time, I cut you a little and when you leave, I take the piece, broil it, dip it in ginger sauce and eat it. It burns my mouth so. You laugh, holding me belly-down with your body. So much hurting to get to this moment, when I'm beneath you, wanting it to go on and to end. At midnight, you say see you tonight and I answer there won't be any tonight, but you just smile, swing your sweater

Ida B Wells and The National Housing Museum

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. She stands as one of our nation's most uncompromising leaders and most ardent defenders of democracy. She was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862 and died in Chicago, Illinois 1931 at the age of sixty-nine. Join us for: The Women Behind the Names Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Date: March 24, 2010 Location: Conaway Center @ Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL Ida B. Wells This inaugural program co-presented by the National Public Housing Museum and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media will focus on the

Elbowing Off the Stage's Transformation: Good Evening Reading Series at 123 Collective

G O O D E V E N I N G Poetry Reading & Open Mic Starring: Jacob Mays, Dolly Lemke & Aaron Flanagan Friday, April 2 @ 7:00p.m. P O S T 1816 S Racine, in Pilsen Open Mic to follow! *From Roosevelt Red Line take 18th Street Bus (18) to Racine *From Pink Line (54th/Cermak) arrive 18th Street Pink Line: Walk East (Left) from station to Racine *From Halsted St take Halsted Bus (8) to 18th street, Walk West to Racine * POST on the mailbox * Good Evening Open Mic readers and Featured Poets will bring work by their favorite poets, and work of their own to share in a reading which defies the focus of the individual and turns it towards the enjoyment and appreciation of the aud

Women Poet-Bloggers & The Comment Box

On International Women's Day, Ron Silliman wrote: Still, nothing has done more to change – blur, to some degree even erase – the faultlines for poetry in my lifetime than the mass emergence of women writing. For all of the problems that I have with the concept of hybridity in poetry, I can’t escape the fact that for many writers, especially those younger than myself, the bifurcation of poetry into two counter-posing traditions is experienced as a quarrel among men (white men at that), and that the landscape of poetry in the English language now looks entirely different. He's also compiled a list of women who blog about poetry and poetics. *** A mini roundup of some other discussions on women

Hometown Paper Features Marisa Crawford

The release date of Switchback's sixth book, Marisa Crawford's The Haunted House is right around the corner on April 1, which means we're *officially* excited! In the meantime, please enjoy this feature in Connecticut's Monroe Courier, which profiles Crawford and discusses the reflection on adolescence, particularly the girl-world of adolescence, presented in her poetry. Crawford is a Monroe native. The Haunted House is the winner of last year's Gatewood Prize, Switchback's annual contest for emerging women poets. Her manuscript was selected by contest judge Denise Duhamel. For details about this year's contest, judged by Cathy Park Hong, click here.

Becca Klaver's LA Liminal Now Available!

What happens when nostalgic dreamscape, displacement anxiety, locative poetic-essay and a whipsmart voyeur/protagonist meet? Becca Klaver's LA Liminal, **now available** from Kore Press! Switchback is thrilled to announce the release of Founding Editor Becca Klaver's first book of poetry. Congratulations, Becca! “This is really exciting material. Becca Klaver grabs my attention with her use of the city of Los Angeles, and surreal, hyperreal, and reel/real imagery. This is quite a ride!” — Jane Miller, author of Midnights You can order what Carol Muske-Dukes calls "a radiant, wickedly liminal debut," directly from Kore Press (yes!) or pre-order from Amazon here. Kore Press was foun

Patty Seyburn Reading Wednesday, March 17

Switchback Advisory Board Member Patty Seyburn will be reading poetry this Wednesday with Edward Hirsch in LA... RUSKIN READING EVENT!!! Award Winning Poets Edward Hirsch & Patty Seyburn Wednesday March 17, 7:30 PM Patty Seyburn¹s third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) and will be published in 2009. She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association¹s Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The

Switchback's Jessica Bozek reading at Stain of Poetry

Check out the calendar! Formerly the MiPO Reading Series (2006 and 2007), the series name changed when Amy King resigned as editor-in-chief from the online magazine, MiPOesias, in May 2008. Life took over, as did other projects and employment responsibilities, but Amy vowed to carry on the series, with a lot of help from the new co-curator, Ana Božičević. The readings are held on the last Friday of every month (7 – 9 p.m.) After three years at Stain Bar, in the summer of 2009 we moved to our wonderful new venue, Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. An art and music space, library, bar, sculpture garden & magic cave, Goodbye Blue Monday is at 1087 Broadway in the Bushwick neighborhood of Broo

Becca Klaver at the Tuscon Festival of Books

This weekend Switchback founding editor Becca Klaver will be reading at the Tuscon Festival of Books. The event takes place on the University of Arizona campus. Becca will be reading from her her new book LA Liminal (Kore Press), Sunday, March 14, 11:30-12:30 in the Kiva Room located in the Student Union.

Radical Teacher: Representing Race, Gender, and War at the Oscars

From Radical Teacher Representing Race, Gender, and War at the Oscars March 8, 2010 by radicalteacherblogeditor There’s a moment near the end of The Hurt Locker, last night’s winner for Oscar’s best picture, when Sergeant First Class William James stands in a grocery store under fluorescent lights, adult contemporary jazz playing over the loudspeaker, facing the urgent American consumer choice of picking from among row after row of the slightly different versions of the same boxes of food. It’s a moment of profound alienation, and the way director Kathryn Bigelow renders it on screen, under that stark light, James standing dead center in the aisle, stopped cold, after all we’ve seen h

Elizabeth Hildreth Interviews Ronaldo Wilson

Elizabeth Hildreth, Development Specialist at Switchback, interviewed Ronaldo Wilson and the interview just went up at Bookslut. Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, from University of Pittsburgh Press, and Poems of the Black Object from Futurepoem Books. He has held fellowships at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Yaddo Corporation, and has had four poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and African American Poetics at Mount Holyoke C

Switchback Housewarming Party SUCCESS!

Thanks to EVERYONE that helped or even thought about helping! Thanks to the readers and guests. The party was a great success and we had so much fun. It's good to know so many heart Switchback Books and help us keep doing what we do best.

Housewarming Party Tonight!

You betcha we have a space at the Fulton Street Collective! We would like to invite all of you to join us in celebrating new spaces and new books. We are kicking off this new Switchback Books chapter with a housewarming and book release party.Simone Muench, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Carlo Matos, and our very own Brandi Homan will be sharing from their new work. In addition to poetry, we will gracious provide beer and other various entertainments. Hope to see you there! A $10 donation is suggested. Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now lives in Chicago, IL. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing, Lampblack & Ash, and Orange Crush. Her latest chapbooks are Orange Gir

Gatewood Prize Opens Today!

***There are important changes to our contest this year. Please read the new guidelines carefully.*** The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Judge: Cathy Park Hong Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts

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