May 31, 2010

Poetry Reading at Dog-Eared Books, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, June 3



Britta Austin
Claire Kiefer
Geraldine Kim
Marisa Crawford

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...

May 26, 2010

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!

May 21, 2010

Jessica Bozek's The Bodyfeel Lexicon was recently reviewed on 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:

May 18, 2010

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Location: Galería de la Raza 
Street: 2857 24th Street 
City/Town: San Francisco, CA 
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ReVision: A night of poetry exploring teaching and learning on the margins.

"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." -John Dewey

Readings by: 
Angelina Dilg
Chrissy Anderson-Zavala
Cliff Cheng
Gloria Yamato
Kyle Beckham
Marisa Crawford
Myron Michael 
And Downtown High Students!

Mom-made refreshments available. 

This event & project are made possible by the SF Arts Commission 2009 Individual Artist Cultural Equity Grant awarded to Chrissy Anderson-Zavala.

May 13, 2010

New York Times review of a new book on the late great Russian novelist, Irene Nemirovsky.

May 10, 2010

Switchback Books is seeking video artists and filmmakers to take part in a special project. We're looking for a wide variety of voices and approaches, so email if your interest is piqued.

May 9, 2010

An excerpt from Switchback advisory board member Muench's long poem is the poem of the day for May 8!

lisping "o" words in the air:
ode, odalisque, obituary.

May 7, 2010

Marisa Crawford
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.

May 6, 2010

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in solidarity for las mujeres unidas in Arizona, a poem by Sandra Cisneros.

Ole Maids
My cousins and I, 
we don't marry. 
We're too old 
by Mexican standards. 
And the relatives 
have long suspected 
we can't anymore 
in white. 

My cousins and I, 
we're all old 
maids at thirty. 

Who won't dress children, 
and never saints-- 
though we undress them. 

The aunts, 
they've given up on us. 
No longer nudge--You're next. 

What happened in your childhood? 
What left you all mean teens? 
Who hurt you, honey? 

But we've studied 
marriages too long-- 

Aunt Ariadne, 
Tia Vashti, 
Comadre Penelope, 
querida Malintzin, 
Senora Pumpkin Shell-- 

lessons that served us well.

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