September 29, 2010

Switchback poet Kathleen Rooney talks over at Linebreak about the romantic Weldon Kees.

September 27, 2010

Many congrats to Switchback Advisory Board member Simone Muench for making the cover of the September issue (Issue 74) of The Believer! Daniel Handler interviews Simone on her ardent love of horror movies:

"[Horror] provides a transgressive space for women—we get so caught off guard by horror's frequent showcase of tits and ass, where there exists run-of-the-mill misogyny—what I refer to as Hustler Horror—that we often miss the ways in which horror films create a space for women to have agency."

Also of note: The issue features a poem by the wonderful Yusef Komunyakaa and a review of Anne Carson's new Nox

**Featured on the cover with Simone are Wallace Shawn, Weird Al Yankovic, and Robin Nagle. RAD. **

September 27, 2010

Switchback's very own Elizabeth Hildreth has two interviews and a review up in the 100th issue (!!) of Bookslut this month:

An Interview with Matthew Lippman
"I have always believed that my poems were little TV commercials, ultimately. I think that is what I aspire to because I want them to be accessible to everyone. It would be fantastic if poems could take the place of television. It would be fantastic if the experience of watching TV and reading a poem was similar. In a way, it is." 

An Interview with Dorothea Lasky
"Life is always awkward. I would never value a momentary unawkwardness for the sake of a poem. Because I think I think there is a power in it. And a poem is a place in life where any person can be powerful, so why not?" 

A Review of The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney de las Minas de Cobre by Chad Sweeney
"Maybe it’s true that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Unless you happen to be reading The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney de las Minas de Cobre (Forklif...

September 23, 2010

Should you need a poetry fix before our salon on October 2nd, our friends at the Silver Tongue are holding a reading next week in conjunction with the Encyclopedia Show.

Date: Wednesday, September 29th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Conaway Center, 1104 S Wabash Ave
Contact: Devan Perine

More Info: Free and open to the public!

On September 29th Silver Tongue, Columbia College Chicago's student-run reading series, is excited to bring The Encyclopedia Show to a college campus for the first time ever. The Encyclopedia Show, created by Robbie Q. Telfer (author of Spiking the Sucker Punch) and Shanny Jean Maney (author of Our Brave Faces Were Just Smiles), is a live variety extravaganza that asks participants to perform pieces about an encyclopedia topic. On September 29th at 7:00pm, Columbia faculty and students will define BEARS in hilarious and raucous...

September 23, 2010


A Salon & Fundraiser

with readings and talks by

Arielle Greenberg on the Gurlesque and Rock Music

Becca Klaver on Songs for Girls in their 20s

Dolly Lemke on Best American Honesty

Sarah Carson on Awful Country Western Music

Music, literature, talks, and snacks.

Midwestern microbrews from Saugatuck Brewing Co.

PLUS: An 18-liter bottle of wine!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

4745 N. Beacon St. #3S

Chicago, IL

Doors at 7:00 p.m.

Salon at 8:00 p.m.

$10 donation at the door for a Switchback book

$20 donation at the door for a book and all-you-can-drink

All proceeds support Switchback Books' mission to publish and promote women's poetry. Switchback Books is a 501c3 nonprofit small publisher of contemporary women's poetry.

September 17, 2010

Action, Yes recently published a selection from Jennifer Tamayo's 2010 Gatewood Prize-winning manuscript! Check it out in all its glory here.

September 16, 2010

Congratulations to Dolly Lemke, whose poem "I never went to that movie at 12:45" is in the newly released The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler!

Also featured in the 2010 edition are Switchback favorites Sandra Beasley, Anne Carson, Tim Dlugos, Denise Duhamel, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Terrance Hayes, Alice Notley, and Adrienne Rich, among others.

In addition, Switchback mentor David Trinidad has a poem from the current issue of Tin House included.

Congrats to all!

September 16, 2010

Switchback Books is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Gatewood Prize, chosen by Cathy Park Hong:

***Jennifer Tamayo's the hanging cloud of read mistakes***

Welcome, JT, to the Switchback family!

Thanks to everyone who submitted for making this year's decision especially challenging and for giving us all this fabulous reading material to feed on these past few months. We received a record number of manuscripts this year and were absolutely knocked over by the number of high-quality and distinctive manuscripts submitted. We'd like to bring special attention to the strong work of our finalists and semifinalists.


Ascensionist by Cynthia Arrieu-King

Black Peculiar by Khadijah Queen

Corsica Inside the Daughterhouse by Paige Taggart

The Hanging Cloud of Read Mistakes by Jennifer Tamayo

Host by Julia Cohen

Off to the Nervous Museum by Claire Donato

Poems Unappearing by Elaine Bleakney

someday they would grow as dragons by Kristin Hatch

the sun a blazing zero by Shira Dentz

whelm by dawn l...

September 9, 2010

Writer Kristen Iversen talks and writes about nuclear power plants and

growing up. Iversen is from Rocky Flats.

The citizens of Rocky Flats sued the government.

Their claim was overturned.

September 3, 2010

Brandi's first book, Hard Reds (Shearsman 2008), has hit the bestseller list this week!

Congrats, B-Ho! And congrats, everybody else, for having such great taste.

Let's take it to the top!

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