January 31, 2009

We just wanted to take a minute to draw some attention to a problem that has occurred with our last two contests.

Entrants have not been notifying us when they have a manuscript accepted elsewhere. This happened twice this year (out of ten finalists!) and has wasted a great deal of time.

We had nine readers this year that read ALL manuscripts, and then we had two marathon meetings where we got together to duke it out for the finalists.

It is disheartening to know that the very people whose work we are getting excited about and defending to one another cannot be bothered to shoot us an email with their news... and exciting news! We are of course happy that the work we like is getting out into the world one way or another.

I dunno, it's frustrating, and we just wanted everyone to take a minute to think about this when you are seeking a home for your manuscript, now and going forward.

Best wishes, and xo,

January 30, 2009

from Melix! & Shorpy!

January 23, 2009

We've made our decisions for the 2008 Gatewood Prize finalists. We'll be contacting the finalists in a week or so before passing their manuscripts on to the judge.

Many, many thanks to this year's contest readers: Addie Palin, Beth Sampson, Erica Adams, Daniela Olszewska, and Dolly Lemke.

Just wanted to keep everyone in the loop. We are absolutely thrilled with our finalists, and can't wait to announce them!

xo y'all,
Brandi, Hanna, Becca, and Melissa

January 20, 2009

Call for submission of personal accounts from mothers who have survived
domestic violence.

Our upcoming anthology, Motherhood and Domestic Violence (working title),
will explore the complexities of mothering in a violent home through
stories, essays, and poems written by survivors.

Women with children experience domestic violence on two levels ~ 

Besides the cruelties inflicted upon themselves, mothers suffer the
violence again as they witness the effects on their children. 

They endure the torment of being unable to create a safe and loving home
for their children and at the same time experience verbal and psychological
abuse as their abusive partner convinces them they are a bad mother. 

As many women say, "You can't do your job as a mom if you are living in
domestic violence. All your energy is taken up with mothering him or just
getting through the day."

Possible Topics:

The stories we receive from survivors will in large part dictate the
structure of our book. We will focus...

January 14, 2009

Peep peep:

"What really inspired me to write this review, however, is a desire, prompted by Oneiromance, to take a public stand for poetry. How many of you have heard it said on campus, in my experience most often by men, that poetry is worthless or, worse, that reading and writing it is a 'chick' activity?"

--Gregory Pratt, Chicago Flame


Around here we have a governor who likes to smooth over his rep by quoting Tennyson and Kipling. So is poetry just for chicks and nutjobs? Switchback says no way, then trails off into a slight murmur: "....what's wrong with chicks and nutjobs?...."

January 10, 2009

Behold the cover from our newest book, The Bodyfeel Lexicon, by Jessica Bozek, which will be coming to you just in time for AWP here in Chi-town...

We think you should tell us how pretty it is. Isn't it pretty!!

Thanks very much to Eli Queen, who designed Bodyfeel for us...

January 9, 2009

We're really excited about this one... Thanks so much to the Jonelle and the editors!


January 4, 2009

“There is good news: young women artists are revolutionary. They are making works that deal fervently with gender and sexuality, that deconstruct beauty standards, that unveil the veiled. They revel in the grotesque, the cosmetic, celebrity culture. They poke fun at themselves. They show us their obsession with the 'feminine', but it is pop essentialism, deadpan gender. They do not care if you think they are vapid sluts, clad in designer trends. They look with a female gaze, they have autonomy, they are not marionettes. They are, indeed, artists who are feminists. Young women thinkers will say they are gender revolutionary before they are feminist-identified, and just as they seek to explode the binaries of sex, they mix-media and ideology, creating a patchwork of consciousness that is as thoroughly contemporary as it is politically feminist.”

--Emma Bee Bernstein (1985-2008)

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