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. **
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...
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...
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.
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