Come one, come all to the Printer's Ball. Beginning at 5:00 tomorrow night, the Luddington Building at 1104 South Wabash Avenue will be packed with local and national literati for the annual Poetry Foundation event for schmoozing, freebies, readings, demonstrations, and music til the wee hour of 11:00 p.m... Come watch Switchback Books poet Kathleen "K-Roo" Rooney take on Advisory Board member Simone "The Orange Crush" Muench in the Literary Death Match event at 7:45. Hosted by Tod Zuniga with celebrity judges Nami Mun, Jay Ryan, and Barry Hite. Will one of our women take the top spot?? Come and find out! See you there.
Participating literary organizations include:
ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) • A Day in the Air • After Hours • ALARM • Alimentum—The Literature of Food • Allbook Books • Alternative Press Center • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons • The American Prospect • Anchor Graphics • Anti Gravity Surprise • A Public Space • AREA Chicago • Artful Dodge • Artifice Magazin...
Alison Hawthorne Deming, "Girls in the Jungle" [buy]
Girls in the Jungle:
what does it take for a woman to survive as an artist?
Alison Hawthorne Deming
for Guerrilla Girls
"I am obnoxious to each carping tongue
Who says my hand a needle better fits..."
"If what I do prove well it won't advance
They'll say it's stolen, or else it was by chance."
--Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1650)
1. Commitment to the work. Use opposition, hardship, ridicule, dismissive and abusive teachers, critics, gallery owners to fuel your work.
2. Don't wait for someone else to give you permission to take yourself seriously as an artist. The first task is to invent yourself as an artist - paint a self-portrait, even if you have to repaint it every six months.
3. Figure out what skills you have by which to put food on your table and be ready to give up your security if it begins to smother your art. Don't tie economic survival solely to your art (lest you be compelled to pain Marie Antoinette as the idea...
Ladies and Gentlemen, we couldn't be more excited to share that Founding Editor Becca Klaver's first book, Los Angeles Liminal, has been accepted for publication by Kore Press!!!!!
We are so proud!!!
And what a home, too... Fiction editor Shannon Cain was one of the first people to welcome Switchback to the publishing world, and we have been following Kore with interest and admiration, especially their activist efforts.
Please visit Bex at El Pomo Expo and tell her congrats!
Marisa Crawford at the BANG OUT "Toxic Assets" reading in SF last weekend, never fear! Excerpt here. Although this piece isn't in the book, this is exactly the kind of pitch-perfect sensory wonder you're in for when The Haunted House comes out:
Being “good” means eating as little as possible. My mom said, “I was so bad today.” My sister told us, “Kristen’s so good. She eats a few crackers at lunch.” But my mom said no, three crackers isn’t healthy. The way the sun shone in Janie’s bedroom window did this cool thing to the wax of the candles. How when we left our yearbooks out on the screened-in porch and the sky turned yellow, started raining, it curled and crimped all the pages.
"These are dreams of being lost, of risking everything, losing the self, running away"
In the most recent issue of RATTLE Poetry for the 21st Century, Marilyn McCabe gave a superbly kind and welcoming review of Kathleen Rooney's book Oneiromance (an epithamalion).
"The poems encourage us to laugh, however ruefully, at our own dreams of falling, our own cartoonesque backpedaling in the face of the demands of commitment – whether to another person or to life in general. In the end, as Rooney says, shrugging: 'C’est la vie. C’est la guerre. C’est Septembre. C’est l’amour.' "
You love poetry, you love social networking, you love Switchback Books! Well, since everyone is doing (has done?!) it, we had to do it too! You can now become a FAN of Switchback Books on Facebook. Click on that big ol' F. You know you wanna!
(Points if you noticed I put the big F next to you. Don't take it personal, I am just having fun.)