Poetry Reading at Dog-Eared Books, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, June 3
Britta Austin grew up on a retired farm in the Pacific Northwest, where she studied the fine arts of tree fort building, river wading, and chicken herding. She now lives in San Francisco where she tends to her small family of old manual typewriters and bikes about town admiring street trees and dreaming of the forest. Her first book, Artifacts, was released from Watchword Press in January 2010.
Claire Kiefer was born and raised in Georgia, but has been living and teaching in San Francisco for six years. She earned her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University in 2007, taught creative writing at San Quentin State Prison for several years, and now teaches children of incarcerated parents at Balboa High School.
Geraldine Kim is the author of Povel (Fence Books, 2005) which was featured in the Believer and Village Voice's top 25 books of the y...
There's still time to enter your manuscript for the Gatewood Prize, Switchback's annual competition for a first *or second* full-length collection of poems by a woman or woman-identified poet writing in English. This year's judge is the fabulous Cathy Park Hong!
The contest will be closed to entries at 11:59 pm on June 1, so submit this week!
For full contest guidelines click here. Best of luck!
Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon was recently reviewed on coldfrontmag.com. Says Coldfront's Melinda Wilson:
"Bozek creates a tangibly pensive and doleful mood that saturates... "
"...Bozek, if indulgent, is incredibly original. At their best, these poems evoke an atmosphere more than a story – a familiar coldness so strange, it perhaps can only be accessed through strongarmed strangeness."
Check out the complete review here: http://coldfrontmag.com/reviews/the-bodyfeel-lexicon
Melinda Wilson interviews Jessica about the "ambitious" Bodyfeel Lexicon, Switchback and women's poetry, and her forthcoming chapbook from dancing girl press. As usual, Jessica's responses dazzle with hyperarticulate compassion!
I especially loved Jessica's defense of good old-fashioned phone calls, and the idea that this has something to do with poetry:
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The Haunted House
Switchback Books, April 2010
My list would be:
1. To write a book of poems that unapologetically centers on and celebrates artifacts of girlhood – the silly, frilly, sparkly, terrifying, awkward and gushingly sentimental.
2. To promote reciprocal and mutual love, friendship, fascination, intimacy and close communication; to imagine that Emily Dickinson’s last written words, “Called Back,” were about how she always called her friends back when she said she would.
3. So that girls and women who read it will feel empowered.