This weekend Switchback founding editor Becca Klaver will be reading at the Tuscon Festival of Books. The event takes place on the University of Arizona campus. Becca will be reading from her
her new book LA Liminal (Kore Press), Sunday, March 14, 11:30-12:30 in the Kiva Room located in the Student Union.
Representing Race, Gender, and War at the Oscars
March 8, 2010 by radicalteacherblogeditor
There’s a moment near the end of The Hurt Locker, last night’s winner for Oscar’s best picture, when Sergeant First Class William James stands in a grocery store under fluorescent lights, adult contemporary jazz playing over the loudspeaker, facing the urgent American consumer choice of picking from among row after row of the slightly different versions of the same boxes of food. It’s a moment of profound alienation, and the way director Kathryn Bigelow renders it on screen, under that stark light, James standing dead center in the aisle, stopped cold, after all we’ve seen him do, shocks the complacent viewer who likely made a dozen similar choices–from the kind of soap we used in the morning shower to the kind of chocolate candy we paired with the kind of soda–on the way to that movie seat. Is this what we’re fighting for? Are multiple toothpaste options the cause of so...
Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, from University of Pittsburgh Press, and Poems of the Black Object from Futurepoem Books. He has held fellowships at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Yaddo Corporation, and has had four poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and African American Poetics at Mount Holyoke College. In December 2009, he was interviewed over e-mail about Poems of the Black Object. They discuss, among other things, Notorious B.I.G., New York City in the early '90s, how he earned his early nickname of “Got Rocks,” and why Tony Hoagland’s dirty potato = Ronaldo’s bloody white daddy.
Thanks to EVERYONE that helped or even thought about helping! Thanks to the readers and guests. The party was a great success and we had so much fun. It's good to know so many heart Switchback Books and help us keep doing what we do best.
You betcha we have a space at the Fulton Street Collective! We would like to invite all of you to join us in celebrating new spaces and new books. We are kicking off this new Switchback Books chapter with a housewarming and book release party.Simone Muench, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Carlo Matos, and our very own Brandi Homan will be sharing from their new work. In addition to poetry, we will gracious provide beer and other various entertainments. Hope to see you there! A $10 donation is suggested.
Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now lives in Chicago, IL. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing, Lampblack & Ash, and Orange Crush. Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl and Sonoluminescence written with Bill Allegrezza. She is director of the Writing Program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Switchback Books and UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry, and is an editor fo...
***There are important changes to our contest this year. Please read the new guidelines carefully.***
The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
Judge: Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, and other journals, and she has reported for the Village Voice, The Guardian, Salon, and Christian Science Monitor. She now lives in New York City and is...