December 23, 2008

"After a year spent in limbo and without a permanent space, the fledgling non-profit has partnered with AREA Chicago and InCUBATE, aligning their missions to illuminate the city's arts scene, past and present. The Underground Library archives and indexes small, indie and obscure literary artifacts." [more] [official site]

Chicago Underground Library
2129 N. Rockwell St. (Congress Theater building)

December 19, 2008

Switchback Books' poet Kathleen Rooney and ALSO our Deputy-at-Large Daniela Olszewska are both featured in Time Out Chicago's Books "Best of 2008" list.

Total rock stars.

December 18, 2008

It's Founding Editor Becca Klaver's day in the advent calendar over at Delirious Hem. Featured are poems from her chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape, coming soon from the greying ghost press.

December 16, 2008



The Fifth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman. Length: between 50 and 5,000 words. The top prize for the fifth Glass Woman Prize award is US $700 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; I will also award two runner up prizes of $100 each and one additional prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication. 

Subject is open, but must be of significance to women. My criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the woman’s writing voice. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are OK. Copyright is retained by the author. 

There is no reading fee. 

Submission deadline: March 21, 2009 (receipt date; anything received after that date will be considered for a future prize). Notification date: June 21, 2009. 

The winner will be announced on the website. S...

December 15, 2008

Who says poetry has to be serious all the time--or even any of the time? Or that poetry can't be serious and hilarious at the same time? Woman Made Gallery is looking for writing by women that explores the many ways humor can be used in poetry--e.g., humorous imagery, funny subject matter, political and social satire, parodies of well-known poems/poets, and poems that use humor to make serious statements (or vice versa). All styles and themes will be considered, from the subtly wry to the sidesplitting, that's rich, this woman is funny!

Please submit up to three original works by emailing gallery[at]womanmade[dot]org. Entry deadline is January 10, 2009. Selected readers must be able to read in person at Woman Made Gallery on February 8, 2009 from 2-4 p.m.

December 13, 2008

Lissa Kiernan wrote a lovely review of Oneiromance over at Arsenic Lobster. "Someone recently asked me if I knew anyone who wrote poems when they were happy," she writes, "the common wisdom being that the endeavor is (more often than not) a misery-laden one. I pulled Oneiromance out from my bag and flourished it triumphantly."

December 12, 2008

Switchback Books Advisory Board member Carol Muske-Dukes named poet laureate of California!

She reflects on her post in today's L.A. Times:

Poetry is, like prayer, spun from the imagination -- from ultimate contradiction -- like the idea of a democratic crown. Who's lucky or brazen enough to wear this headgear? I'm brazen enough to bow my head and gratefully accept the honor. Born in Minnesota, I teach creative writing at the University of Southern California, have written books of poems and, for years, wrote a poetry review column for this newspaper. Our governor was born in Austria and his first lady was born into an American "royal" family sprung from Irish immigrants. Each of us, with our homegrown or immigrant souls, has an idea of what sort of poetry should come out of the state -- whether it should sound like Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth or Robert Frost (born in San Francisco), or like Sor Juana, Carolyn Kizer, Jane Hirschfield, Marilyn Ch...

December 11, 2008

Just a taste of what Andy Frazee has to say about Caroline Noble Whitbeck's Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device over at Word For/Word:

"Behind this poet's disrupted syntax and extrapolated grammar is a very human voice which seeks, with uncommon generosity, to 'keep company.' And this may be what, in the end, Our Classical Heritage does best: it finds a home within the kinetic dis-locations of language that typify early 21st century poetics, and then embodies that place in the text[.]"

And while you're over there, check out the poems from one of Switchback's founding editors, Hanna Andrews!

December 11, 2008

starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as ThunderAnt:

Their bookstore is called "Women and Women First." Hey, that sounds familiar.

December 9, 2008

@ Schuba's
Friday 12/12/2008 10:30 PM, 18+, $10.00

* Hollows
* Paul Cary
* Mother Of Tears

Girls Rock! Chicago hosts Chicagoland's premier summer camp for girls ages 8-16. During their week long experience, girls have the opportunity to form bands, write an original song, record it, and perform live at Metro! In preparation for their fourth year of summer camp, GR!C is excited to become part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international organization bringing together women who host rock and roll camps throughout the United States, as well as in Ontario, England and Sweden. Join us for "50 Shows in 50 States", a fundraiser to benefit both the Chicago camp and the GRCA.

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