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October 31, 2008

E-mail replies to Tom Speaker (speakete [at] muohio [dot] edu) by November 2

1. Have you ever published in a women's only anthology/website/forum or other venue? Why or why not?

2. Are women's poetry blogs changing notions of gender? In literature? In society? If so, how?

3. What are your own personal motivations for placing your poetry in your blog or online magazine?

4. On the internet, has women's poetry helped to advance any feminist causes? Give examples if possible.

5. Do you perceive any sexist biases on the Internet, and what do you perceive these to be? Is there pressure on the Internet for women to conform to "masculine" poetry standards? Are these pressures are greater or lesser than in the past? Give examples if you can.

6. Do you see the aspect of anonymity inspiring more sexist vitriol on the web in poetry-related forums? Has anonymity helped to spread anti-feminist perspectives? Give examples if you can.

7. Do you think there is any connection between gender and t...

October 30, 2008

Just out from Roof Books!











[Buy it]

"[T]he interplay of text/orality, theory/playfulness, concrete/lyric appearing in every form imaginable/heretofore unimagined, adds up to the most adventurous Conceptual Mystery Poem I have ever read/performed. I cannot imagine poetry without her." --Bob Holman

We concur.

October 27, 2008

From CPR:

Our reading period extends from August 1 to November 30. Please send up to 5 pages of poetry during our reading period to the address below. We do not accept e-mail submissions. We respond by February. Please supply a SASE for reply only (submissions will be recycled). If you were published in the most recent issue of CPR, please wait one issue before submitting again. We avoid publishing poets in consecutive issues. We do not accept submissions forwarded by writers' agencies.

Columbia Poetry Review
English Department
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

October 25, 2008



Charging Bias by Theaters, Female Playwrigths to Hold Meeting

 

“I personally don’t think playwriting is a gene on a Y chromosome,” said Theresa Rebeck, a playwright whose work (“Omnium Gatherum,” “Mauritius,” “The Scene”) has been produced frequently on New York stages, including on Broadway. She added that there has been a reluctance to confront the issue: “Many of our male peers find the debate intolerable. Men in the community seem to think that everything is fine.”

Ms. Schulman counted 50 plays by living American playwrights that are being mounted at the 14 theaters, 40 by men and 10 by women. Although there are differences about the best way to tally the numbers, no one disputes that a significant inequity exists.

October 20, 2008

Let me tell you, folks, this was one of the best readings I've been to in a long time. So many talented, varied voices!

Here are some pix from Sunday's event at Woman Made Gallery. The space and featured art were absolutely amazing as well, so please check them out if you have the chance!

Melissa Culbertson from dancing girl press got things off to a terrific start, including sharing with us a hilarious poem about her obsession with Christian Bale:
 


Susan Slaviero, also from dgp, was up next with some fantastic poems on saints:


Next, dgp author and Switchback advisory board member Simone Muench was spectacular as always:

Then, bring on the Switchbackers... Helen Kiernan was up first, shaking things up with her spoken-word style and "Hooray for vaginal fluid" lines:


Then Beatriz Ruiz, with photograph-like images:


And last but not least (!), Mairead Case, who's new mini-book, Magic, is hot off the presses over at Featherproof Books! Download it NOW. I actually teared up...

October 20, 2008


Hey women, if you sent us an envelope for your copy of the Gatewood Prize-winning book, your copy of Kathleen Rooney's Oneiromance (an epithalamion) is coming! We just received the books about a week and a half ago, a little behind schedule.

We have not forgotten about you!!

Thanks for your patience, and xo,
Brandi

October 18, 2008

"Objects of Desire" 
Poetry reading with two Chicago Feminist presses, 
dancing girl press and Switchback Books 

featuring: 

Mairead Case 
Melissa Culbertson 
Helen Kiernan 
Simone Muench 
Beatriz Ruiz 
Susan Slaviero 


Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m. FREE 
685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 
www.womanmade.org 
Light refreshments served 
 

Beatriz is a first year Master's student in the Program for Writers at UIC. She is an intern for Switchback Books and a research assistant for the Chicago Healthy Living Study which conducts cancer research. In April, she read at the City Wide Undergraduate Poetry Festival at Columbia and in May, she received UIC’s undergraduate creative writing award for poetry.

Mairead Case lives and writes in Pilsen, and works in community organizing on the South Side. She is Managing Editor of Proximity Magazine and curated a radio show about dreams for Neighborhood Public Radio at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.www.fabulouscolor.blogspot...

October 18, 2008

Check out Daniela Olszewska's hilarious-cause-they're-true (as in, truly absurd) feminist poet stereotypes, including "After publishing our first book, all we really want to do is have (creatively-named, untraditionally raised) babies with our artistic (but rich) husband(s)."

October 16, 2008

"Objects of Desire"
Poetry reading with two Chicago Feminist presses,
dancing girl press and Switchback Books

featuring: 

Mairead Case
Melissa Culbertson 
Helen Kiernan
Simone Muench
Beatriz Ruiz
Susan Slaviero


Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m. FREE
685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
www.womanmade.org
Light refreshments served

October 16, 2008

Founding Editor Hanna Andrews' chapbook, a/long/division, has been accepted for publication by Tilt!

Wooo-Hooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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