April 30, 2009

Hey everybody! I taught the Columbia Poetry Review editing class last semester while David Trinidad was on sabbatical, and this semester David and his production crew have put together another gorgeous new issue. It would be great to see you at the release tomorrow!

Thursday, April 30, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Sherwood Conservatory Recital Hall
1312 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
(1 block south of Roosevelt)

Reception to follow
Half-price issues

Contributors to this year's issue of Columbia Poetry Review, now in its 22nd year as the Columbia College Chicago English Department's student-edited, nationally distributed poetry magazine, will read their work.

Readers: Stevie Curl, Maureen Ewing, Susan Firer, Geoffrey Forsyth, Johannes Göransson, Gregory Kiewiet, Becca Klaver, Dolly Lemke, Tisha Nemeth-Loomis, Catherine Theis, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

The new issue features 100 pages of poetry from a wide array of poets, including Rachel Zucker, Maureen Seaton, Joshua Beckman, Joanne Kyger,...

April 30, 2009

Stephen Burt calls Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon "really stunning."

April 30, 2009

Craig Arnold, Ph.D., is the author of two award-winning volumes of poetry: Shells, chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Young Poets in 1999, and of Made Flesh (Ausable, 2008). His poetry has been anthologized in several volumes of the Best American Poetry Series, and his poems, articles, and translations from the Spanish have appeared in such publications as The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, Yale Review, and many more. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship in Humanities from Princeton University, an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Arnold did his B.A. at Yale University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming. Craig is currently in Japan with the U.S.-Japan...

April 29, 2009

that Switchback Advisory Board member Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker's blog, "Starting Today," will be turned into a book -- tentatively titled Starting Today: Poems for Obama's First 100 Days, to be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2010! On Day 86, I contributed to the project, which gathered followers faster than any poetry blog I've ever seen! They've also received alot of great press.

Congrats to Rachel and Arielle!

April 28, 2009

Oneiromance (an epithalamion) by Kathleen Rooney is reviewed in the most current issue (Spring 2009, Issue 6.2) of Redivider... to order yours, click here. Also featured in the issue are Chicago fixtures Joe Meno and Carrie Messenger!

April 25, 2009

*Cupcakes not included.

Check out the next Switchback poet's first-ever interview at deliriousofeverything.blogspot.com!

April 23, 2009

[guidelines in pdf]

Innovative image + text works by women artists and writers sought for new SIGLIO PRESS anthology.

The anthology asks: WHY AND HOW... does hybridity play an extraordinary role in women’s creative work? [i.e. Claude Cahun’s textual subversions, Charlotte Salomon’s autobiographical paintings, Nancy Spero’s mytho-historical collages, Yoko Ono’s instructions, Allison Knowles’ notebook distillations, Eleanor Antin’s psychological notations, Jenny Holzer’s truisms, Ann Hamilton’s burned book pages, Louise Bourgeois’ embroidered psuedo-aphorisms, etc., etc. etc.].

We are looking for a wide range of image+text work: including—but definitely not limited to—comics and graphic narratives, collage, photo+text works, drawings, text driven by typographical play, altered bookpages/environments, etc. We are most interested in work that plays with new taxonomies, reinvents narrative forms, investigates language, disrupts paradigms, creates unsettling, illuminating juxtapositions,...

April 23, 2009

Contributors to the Starting Today poetry*politics*blog*extravaganza, including Switchback author Mónica de la Torre, to read on Friday, April 24, at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues at 5:30 PM.

Featured readers: John O’Connor, Cornelius Eady, Rachel Zucker, Cate Marvin, Craig Teicher, Mark Bibbins, Lindsey Wallace, Leah Souffrant, Patricia Spears Jones, Catherine Barnett, Amy Lemmon, Brenda Shaughnessy, Monica de la Torre, Michele Battiste, Betsy Fagin, Jeanne Beaumont, Patricia Carlin, Katherine Varnes, Jason Schneiderman, Joy Katz, Robin Beth Schaer, and Thomas Sayers Ellis.

April 17, 2009

Sense & Nonsense: A Poetry Workshop with Becca Klaver
Saturday, May 30, 12-4pm

$40 / $35 members - includes a ticket to the 7pm Switchback Books Reading

Through a variety of sensory and nonsensical experiments, in this workshop we will explore our relationships to each of the traditional five senses (especially those we take for granted), consider the additional senses that poets rely on (sixth, seventh, seventeenth), examine synesthesia and other sense-related poetic topics, and indulge in nonsense. Experiments may or may not include flâneuring, blindfolds, taste/smell/touch-tests, and speaking in tongues, or in Stein. Participants will be asked to bring a few simple supplies to aid in the experiments, and will use the material generated to compose one or more poems or short texts by the end of the workshop.

Becca Klaver was born and raised in Milwaukee, attended the University of Southern California (BA) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and currently lives in Chicago, where she...

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