The upcoming year might be a little challenging for us Switchbackers, as editors leave the city (one already left, miss you H!) to go on to bigger and better things in their own lives.
In order to make the transition a little easier on everyone, we have decided to move the contest to be more aligned with the academic calendar, so we can read manuscripts over the summer instead of over the fall semester and winter break.
Therefore, our next contest period will be March 1 through June 1, 2010. Details to come both here and on our website.
Over the year, you'll see some more exciting changes taking place as well (Sales! Events small and large! Potentially returning poets!). Please be patient with us as we do everything within our power to keep supporting emerging and innovative poetry by women.
Friday, JUNE 26th @ Women and Children First 5233 N. Clake St., Chicago, IL @ 7:30 PM.
Come witness the amazing and magical nature of our one and only Hanna Andrews as she appears from NYC to read with Carol Guess. Hanna doesn't appear very often so this is your chance to ask her to devulge and expose her workings as the indomitable woman poet and traveler of great distances.
The Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team who battle street abuse has now turned its attention towards harassment on the CTA.
"They surveyed 639 CTA riders, mostly young women, and found that harassment on CTA buses and trains is pretty common. Just over half of those surveyed said they'd been sexually harassed on the CTA. Thirteen percent said they'd been sexually assaulted. Of those who had been harassed or assaulted, 91 percent said they didn't file a complaint with the police or the CTA. The transit agency had two recorded incidents of criminal sexual assault systemwide for all of last year."
To reach more people and push for improvements, the women's group is planning a poetry slam on sexual harassment on the CTA, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. June 27 at Berger Park, 6206 N. Sheridan.
They also hope to meet with the CTA's board within the next month to talk about ways to improve safety -- and help women deal with unwanted attention.
What book, chapbook, performance, or poem by a woman poet published/presented in the last year or two has left you speechless? How might that speechlessness manifest itself visually, sonically, or through another nonverbal medium?
Please create a response to this piece; your response can act like a review, adaptation, homage, investigation, companion piece, Frankenstein, child, or any mash-up of the aforementioned. In August, all responses submitted will be featured as a forum on Delirious Hem.
The Christian Civil Liberties Union is suing the West Bend Community Library for refusing to remove Francesca Lia Block's young-adult novel Baby Be-Bop from its shelves. The plaintiffs claim that the book is "explicitly vulgar, racial (sic?), and anti-Christian." The lawsuit comes fresh on the heels of the library board's unanimous vote to oppose a plan to move all young adult novels that address gay and lesbian issues to the adult section.
The School Library Journal describes Baby Be-Bop as:
A prequel to the popular books about Weetzie Bat and her circle of quirky friends and relatives. This novel is about her best pal, Dirk, in his pre-Weetzie days. He's in high school, living with Grandma Fifi and struggling with how to come out to his best friend and soulmate. Although Dirk never does tell Pup he's gay, Pup feels the sexual tension between them: 'I love you, Dirk,' Pup said. 'But I can...
Incidentally I have read several of the Dancing Girl Press books including Daniela Olszewska’s “The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe,” Kristie Odelius’s “Bee Spit, and Brandi Homan’s “Two Kinds of Arson.” All three of them were excellent (excuse the Bill and Tedism), witty and economical.