Kirsten Andersen Hanna Andrews
T. Zachary Cotler
Jennifer H. Fortin
S. Whitney Holmes
Bethany Tyler Lee
Jynne Dilling Martin
Blueberry Elizabeth Morningsnow
John Pursley III
Austin-based artist Jaclyn Pryor has brought her Pink studio to Chicago until August 15.
Basically, you make a trip to her love factory in Wicker Park (St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Avenue) and write a message to a loved one (there's even a...ready?... resident poet on hand if you desire help.) Then, the factory girls will bottle your message and deliver it, old-fashioned bike courier style, to your Chicago lover. OMG.
On Monday, July 14, Switchback Book poetesses Hanna, Daniela, Jess, Bibi, Helen & Rachel hosted a poetry workshop at Norwood Crossing, an assisted living and nursing home care facility on the far Northwest side of Chicago, in Norwood Park.
Using Joe Brainard's I Remember poems as a template, it was our hope that the anaphoric exercise would prompt and celebrate personal history,
memory, and lived experience for those participating.
We were honored to work with an amazing group of women: Eleanor, Pat, Violet, Lavina, Joan and Connie-- who drew from wide and varied personal narratives to write and share incredible I Remember poems. Their memories detailed immigration, tradition, poverty, young love, death, childhood, assimilation, marriage, friendships, language, and family. It was empowering, for all involved, to share in this unique rendering of women's experiences.
Thanks to Bibi for taking pictures! And special thanks to Ryan and Molly, Norwood Crossing staff members who helped plan and...
Call for Papers: MOTHER
Guest Editors: Nicole Cooley and Pamela Stone
We have entered a motherhood moment--from celebrity mom baby-bump sightings to recent televised debates between “stay at home moms” and “working moms,” from “welfare mothers” to “Alpha moms,” images of motherhood are circulating in our culture as never before.
Motherhood demands a new look. As women push motherhood later and later, as a larger share forego it entirely, and as mothering itself takes up a smaller fraction of women’s lives, why is the fascination with all things “mother” at an all-time high? What does it mean to be a mother when motherhood is increasingly decoupled from biology? At a time when women’s reproductive rights are vulnerable and the pro-choice movement on the defen...
HEY Ladies!!! So, word on the e-streets (and I don't mean the ones driven by "The Boss") is that this new journal and the corresponding blog by genius-ess Claire Donato is going to be uh-may-zing. "I Can't Be Your Girlfriend" is seeking work from women-identified poets for their first issue. Submission information/general poetry journal mantra info can be found on their website, which is linked below. Please check it out!
Kathleen Rooney will be reading from her collaborations with Elisa Gabbert at The Book Cellar on July 24th at 7pm. Cheri Taylor, Gregg Shapiro and Kate Dougherty will also be joining her and reading their work.