Daniela Olszewska at Myopic Books May 16

Welcome to Myopic Books One of Chicago's oldest and largest used bookstores, Myopic Books has three floors full of books, an amount totaling over 80,000 editions. We carry sections such as fiction, art, architecture, music, film, philosophy, science, religion, pyschology, literary criticism, mythology, children's, cooking, sci-fi, biography and local history/interest... and many more. Have a question? Give us a call at (773) 862-4882. Myopic also features a hand-picked selection of new titles and a special online inventory of unique, rare and collectible books. Located in the heart of Wicker Park. We are conveniently open until 1AM most days of the week. Book Buying Hours We

Wal-mart & Sex Discrimation

Court of Appeals Approves Class-Action Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Walmart San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6 to 5 Monday in a ruling that means a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Walmart Stores, Inc., can move forward to trial. According to The Washington Post, the class-action lawsuit was initially filed in 2001 by Betty Dukes, a former Walmart employee, and six other plaintiffs who worked in 13 of Walmart's 3,400 US stores. The Appeals Court did not rule on the discrimination allegations, but only on whether the class named in the lawsuit, more than 1 million current and former women employees, can sue as a class. Court documents define the class as

Kathleen Rooney reviews Switchback Editor-in-Chief Brandi Homan's

Page after page, Bobcat Country stirs both the counter-intuitively satisfying “Should I be reading this?” queasiness of the Confessional poetry of Berryman, Sexton, and Snodgrass, and the unsettlingly provocative “Is this really poetry?” queasiness of such Muumuu House-affiliated poets as Ellen Kennedy. In her second collection, Bobcat Country, Brandi Homan pulls a surprising bit of bait and switch. She calls the things contained therein “poems,” but really, they are some of the funniest, saddest, most honest and raw pieces of autobiographical prose to come along in some time. But it seems like Homan couldn’t care less about whether someone who self-identifies as a “poet” has to w

Daniela Olszewska Takes the Scary Things People Say About Gender and Poetry Out of Context

head/desk or htmlgiantfail (a cento) ...language over body...i really don't give a fuck if you and your forehead and your paisley wall get pissed. there it is...That is a bland equation, pure ratio...i love women. i love women writers. but i also had a deadline to meet and the writing to think about first and foremost...i'm not ignoring gender bias, but come on...a lot of the comments here hint that certain groups of people are intentionally discriminated against. i don’t quite buy that. i’ve edited...maybe i smell, but i do believe that in general there are often a much higher % of subs from males. don’t know why that is. but then again, i honestly rarely consider gender when i am looking

Celebrating Women and the Environment: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work for the Environment and Women's Rights. She started the greenbelt Movement, a movement that planted 30 millions trees in Kenay and gave women economic freedom. Below is her inspiring Nobel acceptance speech. Your Majesties Your Royal Highnesses Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I stand before you and the world humbled by this recognition and uplifted by the honour of being the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world. I am especially mindful of women and

Woodland Pattern Book Center is looking to hire a full-time Education Coordinator

Woodland Pattern Book Center is looking to hire a full-time Education Coordinator. Woodland Pattern Book Center is dedicated to the discovery, cultivation and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts. Our goals are to promote a lifetime practice of reading and writing, to provide a forum and resource center for writers/artists in Milwaukee and our region, and to increase and diversify the audience for contemporary literature through innovative approaches to multi-arts programming. Position Title: Education Coordinator Start Date: Between May 25, 2010 and June 1, 2010 Position Objective: To coordinate all aspects of Woodland Pattern’s growing Education program, including

Rae Armantrout Wins Pulitzer Prize!

To which I say, Whoa! Cool! They're giving the Pulitzer Prize to experimentalish ladytypes now?! Who knew. Here's one of her poems, in celebration: Soft Money BY RAE ARMANTROUT They’re sexy because they’re needy, which degrades them. They’re sexy because they don’t need you. They’re sexy because they pretend not to need you, but they’re lying, which degrades them. They’re beneath you and it’s hot. They’re across the border, rhymes with dancer— they don’t need to understand. They’re content to be (not mean), which degrades them and is sweet. They want to be the thing-in-itself and the thing-for-you— Miss Thing— but can’t. They want to be you, but can’t,

Marisa Crawford's THE HAUNTED HOUSE Officially Released!

If you're in Denver at AWP right now, make sure you head on over to the Switchback Books table to pick up a glossy new copy of THE HAUNTED HOUSE, by 2009 Gatewood Prize winner Marisa Crawford. What's inside? Poems that "take us from room to room, trunk to trunk, closet to closet, where girls keep boxes of photographs and cigarettes and secrets" writes Denise Duhamel, who judged the 2009 Gatewood Prize and selected The Haunted House for publication. "The Haunted House is like a locker-room exposè of a certain strain of American female adolescence," writes Arielle Greenberg, "and [Crawford's poetry] is the unholy and inevitable spawn of Emily Dickinson and Judy Blume." Read LJ Moore's re

Help a Sister Out!

Leigh Stein, author of the chapbooks Summer in Paris, How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance, and Least Inhabited Island II, is awesome. http://leighstein.blogspot.com/ She's also obsessed with puppets! And putting poets voices inside them. Leigh is asking for your help. Not because she’s insane, silly. Because she wants to buy a FlipCam so she can bring puppets to AWP in Denver as a part of Poets and Puppets! http://poetsandpuppets.blogspot.com/ Leigh writes: For those of you who were at AWP last year, I might have asked you to record a puppet video with Bernadette or another special friend. This year I am asking for your sponsorship. If you like poetry, if you like pup

Marisa's Book Party

included a festive sign with the name of her book, which is the coolest book-party idea I have seen in a good long while! Buy The Haunted House, hot off the presses, at AWP this week, and on the Switchback site post-Denver!

WILLA is LAUNCHED

CHECK IT. MISSION WILLA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities. HISTORY WILLA (Women in Letters & Literary Arts) was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women's creative writing in our current culture. The need for WILLA was made apparent by the overwhelming response to a single email (reproduced below) written by co-founder Cate Marvin in August 2009. This email, which called for the need to create an independent forum for women writers of lite

the Gurlesque Debate

A debate about the Gurlesque is on. Amy King, Ana Božicevic, Danielle Pafunda, and Lara Glenum (and others) discuss the Gurlesque and queerness. See these two fine blogs to read the discussion. Amy King’s Alias: http://amyking.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/the-gurlesque/ Lara Glenum and Johannes Göransson's Exoskeleton: http://exoskeleton-johannes.blogspot.com/search?q=gurlesque

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