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March 31, 2009

Poetry by Founding Editor Becca Klaver is available in the newest issue of The Hat!

March 21, 2009

Deadline: April 30, 2009

Description of Project:
New York based writer editing an anthology on 21st century feminism and sexual politics. Fourth Wave Feminism emerges and brings with it a discussion of sex, power, desire, and identity. Gone are the days of grassroots feminism, where women organized over matters of law. Today’s feminism includes a discussion of pubic hair grooming. Note: one discussion, or generation’s work for that matter, is not inherently more important than the other. But a shift has occurred in the way we think about feminism, and what we have to say about it. This anthology explores the entanglement of sex and feminism in the 21st century, and argues that today’s concerns are just as deeply felt as the feminisms of yesteryear. The book will examine the role of sexuality in our culture as a whole – and why sexuality is decidedly feminine. What influence has this had on today’s feminisms? The anthology will challenge readers to think critically about this question....

March 20, 2009

The awesomeness that is the bloggers of Jezebel take on the disturbing "new" trend of folks paying way too much attention to female authors' looks. 

I think that the poetry worlds are slightly more immune to these Hot-Or-Not games, not because poets are less shallow than prosets, but because poetry books tend to be excused from the expectation that they turn profit. It's doesn't matter if a poetess' face is "unmarketable" because her "product" is already so ridiculously "unmarketable" that not even slapping a full-frontal of Jessica Alba (or whomever the current standard-bearer of feminine beauty is these days) on the cover is going to get a collection of contemporary verse on the NYT's Bestseller List. 

However, in my experience, in the absence of evil money-hungry publishing agents, we female poets seem to do a pretty good job of tearing one another down. We seem to have very set ideas about what female poets ought to look like - attractive enough to rate an abo...

March 19, 2009

The new issue of Slant is up, featuring poems by our very own Daniela Olszewska.

Check it!

March 18, 2009

Please see the Guardian article below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/12/eudy-simelane-corrective-rape-south-africa


Thanks to Matthias Svalina, who lists places you can contact to take action here (See Friday, March 13):

http://mathiassvalina.blogspot.com

March 14, 2009

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March 12, 2009

Switchback Books staffer Dolly Lemke is reading as part of the Columbia Poets Collective tonight at Villains Bar & Grill, 649 S. Clark St, starting at 10 pm. For more info or if you want to get on the reading list, e-mail kristinravel[at]gmail[dot[com].
 

March 11, 2009

Yesterday, SPD released their top 30 poetry bestsellers: it's a great list, and we're proud that two Switchback Books poets are on it!!!

Kathleen Rooney's Oneiromance (an epithalamion) [Switchback Books, 2008] comes in at #13!!

& Monica de la Torre's Public Domain [Roof Books, 2008] is #25!

We couldn't be happier!

See the whole list here.

March 9, 2009


Yesterday, on i09, Annalee Newitz posted a response to a Slate.com article which stated that Battlestar Galactica was a failed feminist venture. Full disclosure: I love this show and I love it precisely because of what Newitz summarizes in one clear paragraph:

"The project of feminism isn't just about changing women's roles in society, but to change male roles too. You cannot have one without the other. That's why feminism, to my mind, shouldn't preach for a gender-blind society, but rather one where men and women share the burdens of life equally. As long as we are reproducing the old-fashioned biological way, it will be impossible for us to be gender-blind. But at least, in BSG, we get glimpses of what it might look like to live in a world both women and men can be commanders, fighter pilots, presidents - and both men and women can be sex objects, suffer from emotional overload, fear the physical wrath of the opposite sex, and gain power via subterfuge and manipulation."

Well said...

March 6, 2009

In case you haven't gotten your copy of our latest and greatest, The Bodyfeel Lexicon by Jessica Bozek, you can now order one through Small Press Distribution in addition to our website. Show your support for this brilliant, talented woman!

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