Marisa Crawford reading with Dog Eared Books

Poetry Reading at Dog-Eared Books, San Francisco, CA Thursday, June 3 7PM FREE!!! Britta Austin Claire Kiefer Geraldine Kim Marisa Crawford Britta Austin grew up on a retired farm in the Pacific Northwest, where she studied the fine arts of tree fort building, river wading, and chicken herding. She now lives in San Francisco where she tends to her small family of old manual typewriters and bikes about town admiring street trees and dreaming of the forest. Her first book, Artifacts, was released from Watchword Press in January 2010. Claire Kiefer was born and raised in Georgia, but has been living and teaching in San Francisco for six years. She earned her MFA in Poetry from San Fran

One Week Left: Gatewood Prize contest entry deadline 6/1

There's still time to enter your manuscript for the Gatewood Prize, Switchback's annual competition for a first *or second* full-length collection of poems by a woman or woman-identified poet writing in English. This year's judge is the fabulous Cathy Park Hong! The contest will be closed to entries at 11:59 pm on June 1, so submit this week! For full contest guidelines click here. Best of luck!

The Bodyfeel Lexicon Reviewed on Coldfront

Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon was recently reviewed on Says Coldfront's Melinda Wilson: "Bozek creates a tangibly pensive and doleful mood that saturates... " "...Bozek, if indulgent, is incredibly original. At their best, these poems evoke an atmosphere more than a story – a familiar coldness so strange, it perhaps can only be accessed through strongarmed strangeness." Check out the complete review here:

Marisa Crawford reads at Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco

ReVision Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Galería de la Raza Street: 2857 24th Street City/Town: San Francisco, CA View Map ReVision: A night of poetry exploring teaching and learning on the margins. "Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." -John Dewey Readings by: Angelina Dilg Chrissy Anderson-Zavala Cliff Cheng Gloria Yamato Kyle Beckham Marisa Crawford Myron Michael And Downtown High Students! Mom-made refreshments available. This event & project are made possible by the SF Arts Commission 2009 Individual Artist Cultural Equity Grant awarded to Chrissy Anderson-Zavala.

Irene Nemirovsky

New York Times review of a new book on the late great Russian novelist, Irene Nemirovsky.

Jessica Bozek interviewed at Coldfront!

Melinda Wilson interviews Jessica about the "ambitious" Bodyfeel Lexicon, Switchback and women's poetry, and her forthcoming chapbook from dancing girl press. As usual, Jessica's responses dazzle with hyperarticulate compassion! I especially loved Jessica's defense of good old-fashioned phone calls, and the idea that this has something to do with poetry: I’ve noticed how interactions, especially in-person interactions, have changed since the ubiquity of text messaging, Facebook, and smartphones. I’m not a Luddite, but I do sometimes miss the days when I had to make a plan and just show up somewhere at a specified time, when I was with a person and really with that person (not texting with

Seeking Video Artists and Filmmakers

Switchback Books is seeking video artists and filmmakers to take part in a special project. We're looking for a wide variety of voices and approaches, so email if your interest is piqued.

We Who Are Now Published Authors: Switchback's Marisa Crawford talks about being a first-time au

Marisa Crawford The Haunted House Switchback Books, April 2010 MC: My list would be: 1. To write a book of poems that unapologetically centers on and celebrates artifacts of girlhood – the silly, frilly, sparkly, terrifying, awkward and gushingly sentimental. 2. To promote reciprocal and mutual love, friendship, fascination, intimacy and close communication; to imagine that Emily Dickinson’s last written words, “Called Back,” were about how she always called her friends back when she said she would. 3. So that girls and women who read it will feel empowered.

Sandra Cisneros, Latinas Unidas

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in solidarity for las mujeres unidas in Arizona, a poem by Sandra Cisneros. Ole Maids My cousins and I, we don't marry. We're too old by Mexican standards. And the relatives have long suspected we can't anymore in white. My cousins and I, we're all old maids at thirty. Who won't dress children, and never saints-- though we undress them. The aunts, they've given up on us. No longer nudge--You're next. Instead-- What happened in your childhood? What left you all mean teens? Who hurt you, honey? But we've studied marriages too long-- Aunt Ariadne, Tia Vashti, Comadre Penelope, querida Malintzin, S

Switchback Goes 501(c)(3)!

Dear friends of Switchback, We are thrilled to announce that Switchback Books has been granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status! This means that any donations you make to Switchback are now officially tax-deductible. Feeling generous? See our donation button to the right! Thanks especially to Development Director Megan McMullen for making this Switchback dream a reality! love, Eds.

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