January 28, 2010

Switchback welcomes Sarah Carson, a Chicago-area poet and teacher, on board as our new Communications Specialist!

Oh, the powers of the Interweb ;)

Welcome Sarah!!

January 26, 2010

Are you a Facebook junky? A technophile? Or do you just like summarizing your life in 140 words or less?

Switchback is looking for someone in the Chicago area to help us make the most of Web 2.0... a Communications Specialist who could help us with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, this blog, etc, etc.

Our new initiatives (our outreach efforts, the new office, and upcoming fundraising challenges, not to mention our current book and upcoming contest) are so exciting that we need someone to help us properly share all of our goings-on with the world!

If you or someone you know is interested, please feel free to contact us at editors@switchbackbooks.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

January 25, 2010

Brandi Homan's Bobcat Country is the unholy love child of Lynda Barry and Ween. Fabulously honest, surprising, and hilarious, these poems are a TGIFriday's extravaganza of retarded American enthusiasm, deftly rendered. Homan loves the "Fuck yeaaaah!"s our culture hoots just before it drives its rental car off a cliff. Her details are so spot on, their mere presence relieves us of the need for contrived, "poetic" resolutions. That's what makes the poems true—there are no easy answers in them. They make me proud to be a woman, and yet, simultaneously, wanna sincerely rock out in a parking lot to rape rock.—Jennifer L. Knox

Support small presses and get a copy HERE!

January 24, 2010

If you live in, on, near, or around New York come see Jessica Bozek among many other talented poets for Stain of Poetry Reading Series hosted by Ana Božičević and Amy King.

March 26: Jessica Bozek, Kate Braid, Melissa Broder, Jackie Clark, Cate Marvin, Brett Eugene Ralph

Reading will take place at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. An art and music space, library, bar, sculpture garden & magic cave, Goodbye Blue Monday is at 1087 Broadway in Bushwick.

"At each reading, you will hear a range of poetries and reading styles, as well as meet poets and appreciators, many who have traveled from the four corners. Please pass the word and invite your friends – we hope to see you at each month’s end, ready to share a word or two and a glass of something fresh!"

January 23, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 
8:00pm - 11:00pm
3614 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL

curated by Allison Gruber and Erin Teegarden

Remember when you first discovered Feminism? You were young and idealistic. You worshiped the Earth Goddess and told your dad to "Fuck off". You slapped, "subvert the dominant paradigm" stickers on your Dodge Omni, told your mom to read bell hooks. Remember Adrienne Rich, Audrey Lord, Ani Difranco, that "oh-my-God-I-AM-being oppressed!" feeling? Remember the notion that you needed to free all women from patriarchy's restraints? Of course you were crestfallen when you realized the rest of the world did not share your ideals. Navigating the treacherous terrain of sexuality, employment, and relationships is no easy feat for an unapologetic Feminist (and worse if she's wearing high heels). Home Ec taught us to sew a crappy pair of shorts. But we needed a different kind of education. In a world where Hugh Hefner is a house hold name, and young women repeatedly insist:...

January 20, 2010

Not that you need to be reminded to donate, but just in case you haven't yet, CNN.com has a list of ways you can help send money for water, food, shelter, and medical supplies.

To date, 70,000 people have been reported dead. 

Click here to access the list and DONATE!

I donated, and so should you. Every little bit helps!

January 20, 2010

Here are some pics of SB's Poetry Club at LEARN Charter! We have some future famous poets on the horizon!

January 18, 2010

Just in case you're interested in following the progression of Switchback's *new digs*, here are some more pix. Thanks VERY much to longtime SB friend Andy Trebing for helping out!

This is our hallway... we're the blue door:

Peeking in through our door to look at our messy walls:

It may not look like much at first...

...but someone before us must have known we were coming:

And, ta-daaaaaaa! Our donated paint turned out to be an almost-perfect SB green! ​

Stay tuned to watch how things progress!

January 15, 2010

Why do some diseases affect women more than men? Why do women respond to some drugs and treatment therapies differently than men? What environmental factors and behaviors most influence women's health?

We don't know. But we want to find out. And we need your help.

Please take the time to join the Illinois Women's Health Registry and help us gain a better understanding of women's health issues in Illinois.

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