As a part of the publisher Lee and Low's BookTalk, author Jen Cullerton Johnson (of Switchback) and illustrator Sonia Lynn Sadler discuss their new book Seeds of Change. The book tells the story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and the first environmentalist, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In particular, the authors discuss Wangari Maathai's achievements, travel, and the environment. https://www.leeandlow.com/books/seeds-of-change
Switchback Fundraiser–The Women of Switchback Sling Drinks for Poetry
Thursday, June 24
Irish Eyes Pub 2519 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
**DRINK CHEAP TIP BIG (for poetry)**
Stop in Irish Eyes on June 24 to see the women of Switchback Books sling drinks for poetry. All tips benefit Switchback Books, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit poetry press.
$2.50 Domestic Bottles and More
No Cover Charge
Switchback Books: http://www.switchbackbooks.com/
Irish Eyes: http://www.irisheyeschicago.com/
In April of 2010, Elisa Gabbert was interviewed by Switchback's Elizabeth Hildreth over e-mail about her debut poetry collection The French Exit. They discuss, among other things, why Elisa’s poems are like Zoe Saldana, how to give “robots” extra weight in a poem, how good poetry is like good perfume, how writing a poem is like finding the area of a curve, why, in the case that you find your face crashing through a glass door, you may want to stick out your chin, and why you should not read Wikipedia if you want to have fun at slumber parties.
Min Jung Oh on Brandi Homan's Bobcat Country: In Bobcat Country, Brandi Homan not only asserts herself as an extraordinary voice in the genre of experimental prose poetry, but also as an inspiration for those of us who write from a desire to activate the transformative capacities of language even in this socio-cultural landscape where mass-produced objects still color our speech. & Lucy Biederman is lovin' it over at the No Tells blog, too!
Interacting with other small presses as a fellow publisher, however, is a whole other thing. I can’t even think of every press that inspires Tarpaulin Sky, and with whom we conspire. Rebecca Wolff at Fence Magazine was one of my earliest heroes, and remains so. Ditto Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop at Burning Deck—but of course, Black Ocean and Octopus and Tarpaulin Sky grew up together. Where to stop? FC2, Kelsey Street, Leon Works, Palm Press, Slope Editions, Switchback Books, Ugly Ducking Press. Friends, idols, both. Thanks for the shout-out, Xtian! We idolize our friends at Tarpaulin Sky, too!
Silence is as important as words in the practice and study of translation. This may sound like a cliché. (I think it is a cliché. Perhaps we can come back to cliché.) There are two kinds of silence that trouble a translator: physical silence and metaphysical silence. Physical silence happens when you are looking at, say, a poem of Sappho’s inscribed on a papyrus from two thousand years ago that has been torn in half. Half the poem is empty space. A translator can signify or even rectify this lack of text in various ways—with blankness or brackets or textual conjecture—and she is justified in doing so because Sappho did not intend that part of the poem to fall silent. Metaphysical silence hap
Over at Ironing Board Collective, Marisa Crawford gushes over the fashionista of The Baby-sitters Club series: Ahhh, what!!! Bell-bottoms she decorated herself and a bejeweled neon green engineer’s cap!? On the first day of seventh grade. Be still my beating heart, Claudia. You’re so psycho & gorgeous & amazing, and I love you so much, more than ever, forever and ever.
As if we needed further proof that Hanna was a*MAY*zing, she was recently appointed Editor of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets.
Congratulations, Hanna!!!! You're truly one of a kind!
Rethinking Poetics: A Conference of the Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative
Globalism and Hybridity Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Mónica de la Torre
All panels will take place in 301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University. A Columbia campus map is available here.
over at the No Tells blog: This book is haunted by girlhood. I would like to go on a cross-country road trip in a convertible with Marisa. We'll listen to old mix tapes. [purchase Marisa Crawford's The Haunted House, Switchback's latest release!]
Come bask in the life-affirming sound of non-factual information! Featuring readings by Small Desk Press authors and affiliates:
Sarah Fran Wisby
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Totally free but please BYOB
Books & Bookshelves is located at 99 Sanchez Street on the NW corner of 14th Street, in The Duboce Triangle, north of The Castro and south of The Lower Haight.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Books & Bookshelves
Street: 99 Sanchez St.
City/Town: San Francisco, CA
Marisa Crawford is the author of The Haunted House from Switchback Books. She grew up in New York and in Connecticut, and gr
It is with great sadness that I share this news: Leslie Scalapino
“Scalapino makes everything take place in real time, in the light and air and night where all of us live, everything happening at once.”
— Philip Whalen "A solitary, an original. What other way could there be for someone with a mind so electric, independent and restless except out into the space-time conundrum? Because she is thoroughly modern, every moment of experience is interrupted and unstable, accompanied by introspection and sidelong glimpses at the social. The poet here is a horrified witness, a perpetual child, a sexually alert female who keeps looking back to believe what she has seen. This is a superb