Simone Muench in The Believer

Many congrats to Switchback Advisory Board member Simone Muench for making the cover of the September issue (Issue 74) of The Believer! Daniel Handler interviews Simone on her ardent love of horror movies: "[Horror] provides a transgressive space for women—we get so caught off guard by horror's frequent showcase of tits and ass, where there exists run-of-the-mill misogyny—what I refer to as Hustler Horror—that we often miss the ways in which horror films create a space for women to have agency." Also of note: The issue features a poem by the wonderful Yusef Komunyakaa and a review of Anne Carson's new Nox. **Featured on the cover with Simone are Wallace Shawn, Weird Al Yankovic, and Ro

Elizabeth Hildreth + Lippman + Lasky + Sweeney get Bookslutty

Switchback's very own Elizabeth Hildreth has two interviews and a review up in the 100th issue (!!) of Bookslut this month: An Interview with Matthew Lippman "I have always believed that my poems were little TV commercials, ultimately. I think that is what I aspire to because I want them to be accessible to everyone. It would be fantastic if poems could take the place of television. It would be fantastic if the experience of watching TV and reading a poem was similar. In a way, it is." An Interview with Dorothea Lasky "Life is always awkward. I would never value a momentary unawkwardness for the sake of a poem. Because I think I think there is a power in it. And a poem is a place in life

Silver Tongue + The Encyclopedia Show

Should you need a poetry fix before our salon on October 2nd, our friends at the Silver Tongue are holding a reading next week in conjunction with the Encyclopedia Show. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW <3> Date: Wednesday, September 29th Time: 7:00pm Location: The Conaway Center, 1104 S Wabash Ave Contact: Devan Perine More Info: Free and open to the public! On September 29th Silver Tongue, Columbia College Chicago's student-run reading series, is excited to bring The Encyclopedia Show to a college campus for the first time ever. The Encyclopedia Show, created by Robbie Q. Telfer (auth

Switchback Salon & Fundraiser Saturday 10/2!

SWITCHBACK BOOKS PRESENTS A Salon & Fundraiser with readings and talks by Arielle Greenberg on the Gurlesque and Rock Music Becca Klaver on Songs for Girls in their 20s Dolly Lemke on Best American Honesty Sarah Carson on Awful Country Western Music Music, literature, talks, and snacks. Midwestern microbrews from Saugatuck Brewing Co. PLUS: An 18-liter bottle of wine! Saturday, October 2, 2010 4745 N. Beacon St. #3S Chicago, IL Doors at 7:00 p.m. Salon at 8:00 p.m. $10 donation at the door for a Switchback book $20 donation at the door for a book and all-you-can-drink All proceeds support Switchback Books' mission to publish and promote women's poetry. Switchback Books is a 501c3 nonprofit s

Switchbacker Dolly Lemke in BAP

Congratulations to Dolly Lemke, whose poem "I never went to that movie at 12:45" is in the newly released The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler! Also featured in the 2010 edition are Switchback favorites Sandra Beasley, Anne Carson, Tim Dlugos, Denise Duhamel, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Terrance Hayes, Alice Notley, and Adrienne Rich, among others. In addition, Switchback mentor David Trinidad has a poem from the current issue of Tin House included. Congrats to all!

2010 Gatewood Prize Winner

Switchback Books is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Gatewood Prize, chosen by Cathy Park Hong: ***Jennifer Tamayo's the hanging cloud of read mistakes*** Welcome, JT, to the Switchback family! Thanks to everyone who submitted for making this year's decision especially challenging and for giving us all this fabulous reading material to feed on these past few months. We received a record number of manuscripts this year and were absolutely knocked over by the number of high-quality and distinctive manuscripts submitted. We'd like to bring special attention to the strong work of our finalists and semifinalists. Finalists Ascensionist by Cynthia Arrieu-King Black Peculiar by Khadijah Q

Kristen Iversen & Rocky Flats

Writer Kristen Iversen talks and writes about nuclear power plants and growing up. Iversen is from Rocky Flats. The citizens of Rocky Flats sued the government. Their claim was overturned.

Brandi Homan's Hard Reds, SPD Bestseller!

Brandi's first book, Hard Reds (Shearsman 2008), has hit the bestseller list this week! Congrats, B-Ho! And congrats, everybody else, for having such great taste. Let's take it to the top!

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