Poetry Reading at Dog-Eared Books, San Francisco, CA Thursday, June 3 7PM FREE!!!
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
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!
Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon was recently reviewed on coldfrontmag.com. 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: http://coldfrontmag.com/reviews/the-bodyfeel-lexicon
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Galería de la Raza
Street: 2857 24th Street
City/Town: San Francisco, CA
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if your interest is piqued.
The Haunted House
Switchback Books, April 2010
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.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in solidarity for las mujeres unidas in Arizona, a poem by Sandra Cisneros.
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
My cousins and I,
we're all old
maids at thirty.
Who won't dress children,
and never saints--
though we undress them.
they've given up on us.
No longer nudge--You're next.
What happened in your childhood?
What left you all mean teens?
Who hurt you, honey?
But we've studied
marriages too long--
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