February 29, 2008

In the meantime, more light continues to peek over the horizon. Already in 2008 we’ve seen the launch of two literary magazines, the creative-nonfiction journal Paper & Carriages and the fiction and poetry mag The Bruiser Review. That last one is particularly interesting, as it explicitly intends to capture the current literary culture in Chicago, which is very much dominated by the explosion of reading series over the past few years. Without much publishing in town, writers have taken to the stage to find an audience. The poetry scene melds those worlds most successfully, with numerous chapbook presses thriving, and feminist publishers Switchback Books and Dancing Girl Press garnering national attention.

With more writers in Chicago taking to the stage, we’re glad to see more editors trying to get them on the page and the sleeping giant of the City suddenly rubbing the crust from its eyes, it might just become fashionable to be in publishing.

Read the rest of the article.

February 28, 2008

Atelier Women's Writing Studio and dancing girl press welcome Kate Greenstreet and Jen Tynes as readers for the inaugural Salon Series (hopefully a monthly event) on Saturday, March 1st, at 2pm.

JEN TYNES is the author of the following books and chapbooks: Found in Nature (horse less press 2004), The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press 2005), The Ohio System collaboration with Erika Howsare (Octopus Books 2006), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press 2007), and Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books, forthcoming 2008). She is the founding editor of horse less press, which has published 5 issues of the horse less review, an online journal of writing, and about 20 handmade chapbooks.

KATE GREENSTREET is the author of case sensitive (Ahsahta Press, 2006) and two chapbooks, Learning the Language (Etherdome Press, 2005) and Rushes (above/ground press, 2007). Her poems have appeared in journals including Conduit, Barrow Street, Fascicle,...

February 27, 2008

The new issue of Octopus Magazine features poems by Jessica Bozek and a book review by Kathleen Rooney.

February 26, 2008

2007 Gatewood Prize Finalists Karen Leona Anderson and Sandra Simonds have found publishers for their manuscripts! Anderson's manuscript, Punish Honey, got picked up by Carolina Wren Press while Simonds' manuscript, Warasw Bikini, found its way over to Bloof Books.

Karen Leona Anderson received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and her MA from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has had work published in jubilat, Verse, ecopoetics, Indiana Review, The New Republic, Fence, Volt, Colorado Review, and other journals. She is currently revising her dissertation on poetry and science in Ithaca, New York. 

Sandra Simonds has poetry published in countless journals, including Colorado Review, New Orleans Review, and No Tell Motel. She's the creator of Wildlife Poetry Magazine, and helps edit the DIY (Do It Yourself) Poetry Publishing Cooperative site. Check out her blog to see her chapbooks, poems and sundry pop-opinions.

February 22, 2008

Warning: this is a blatant plug. I have no qualms about that. And worse, it's for FRIENDS, our pretty-much-constant tablemates over at Featherproof Books. But I really can't let this book go unmentioned here. 

I finished Susannah Felts' debut novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, in a day and a half, couldn't put it down. Here's why: this book is going to make a difference in young women's lives. Count on it.

If any of you are teaching, whether high school or intro to creative writing or fiction workshop, I'd keep Felts' novel in mind. The protagonist, a young woman named Vaughn, is a high school student in Nashville and a burgeoning photographer—a sort of everywoman's Asher Lev. Felts manages to recreate the essence of adolescence... Not just the awkwardness that we all remember, but also all the accompanying small thrills and fears about which I, for one, had forgotten. And she does it through the eyes of a young artist who's beginning to ask important questions about...

February 21, 2008

Our relationship to the Internet is entirely made up of our relationship to browsers and Web sites. And you know what? They suck.

They're boring, one-dimensional, and unoriginal. Who decided that all Web sites should have a top nav bar and be rectangular in layout? Who decided they should abdicate any sense of design and be white and clean and uncluttered? No one did, and that's the point. It just happened, because the creators of the Internet were thinking about other things. Because the creators of the Internet are a very distinct subspecies of humanity:



Because boys and geeks and engineers—and, by the way, I've spent my life among all three and love all three—don't naturally select for emotionality (they'd rather play video games) or exploration of inner life (they'd rather watch porn) or being in deep relationship with other people (they'd rather build Web sites till all hours), the Internet is singularly devoid of these colorations of humanity.

(From Marshall Hersko...

February 20, 2008

Danielle Pafunda Lecture: “Stunt Doubles, Companion Species, and the Lyric”
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 South Michigan Avenue

DANIELLE PAFUNDA is the author of two poetry collections, My Zorba (forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2008) and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005), and the forthcoming chapbook A Primer for Cyborgs: The Corpse (Whole Coconut). She has been anthologized in the 2004, 2006, and 2007 editions of Best American Poetry, as well as in Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets on Child-getting and Child-rearing (Fence Books, 2007) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa, 2008). Poetry, reviews, and essays appear in such publications as Action Yes, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, and The Georgia Review. Danielle received a BA from Bard College, MFA in Poetry from New School University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Georgia Creat...

February 18, 2008

series A

Betsy Wheeler
Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 
February 19th 
7:00 - 8:00pm

February 16, 2008

Hey y'all,

As you may have noticed, Switchback has been making some changes in order to keep fighting the good fight. We're currently looking to bring on several key people to help with our efforts. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the positions listed below, please email us at editors@switchbackbooks.com. We're open to anyone and everyone!

1. DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR- We are in the process of transitioning to a nonprofit corporation. We'd like to have someone help coordinate future fundraising efforts.

2. PUBLICITY COORDINATOR- Marketing and promotion are such an important part of this business! In addition to promoting our titles, we'd like someone to help organize and advertise our events.

3. DESIGN ASSISTANT- Someone to help design promotional materials, including flyers, posters, stickers, etc.

4. WEB ADMINISTRATOR- Keeping an active website is an important marketing tactic, and we'd like someone to help keep it as up-to-date as possible.

A few last things, pl...

February 8, 2008

Being several & a few responses
to the trio of "Numbers Trouble" articles
in last fall's Chicago Review

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