October 28, 2010

From our poetry-press love, Tarpaulin Sky:

Readers, writers, and friends,

Just a short email to remind everyone that the deadline for our full-length manuscript reading period is 31 October. New this year is the ability to send your manuscript via email as well as by USPS. We'll paste guidelines below; they are also available online here. 

As always, you can keep on top of TSky Press's doings via the TSky News & Notes blog and the TSky Events blog, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.


Manuscripts should be emailed or postmarked between October 1 and October 31, 2010. There is no need to query first; simply send the manuscript according to the guidelines below.

Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page. (Note: the reading process is not "blind"--we ask for two title pages so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc.) Be sure that your title pages include your name, addres...

October 26, 2010

Becca Klaver on Kate Durbin over at H_NGM_N! 

A brief highlight: 

"Girls who’d ignore you in front of some guy they liked, for example, or talk shit about you behind your back to other girls because they were jealous. Girls who were incredibly smart and yet would make fun of you for something stupid, like your period stained underwear. Certain feminists have talked about how the effects of the patriarchy are what have turned women against each other, and okay, that’s true. Except that when you leave your friend in a compromising position at a party, or when your friend leaves you, you know that you made a choice. It may have been two lousy options you were choosing between, but you still chose. And so to blame the patriarchy entirely is to give it too much power, I think. In my fairy tales I let the bitches be bitches. I wanted to reveal the complexity of these issues that I think are, at times, too simplified in [Angela] Carter’s tales. In many ways my tales are a response to...

October 14, 2010

Switchback poet Caroline Noble Whitbeck has work from a new project, 101 End-Time Recipes, up in the October issue of Elimae. She advises:

"Start with the simple cuts: the soft-cup / 
bra atop the chainlink, snags"

October 12, 2010

...but we've got a slew of poems up over at HORSE LESS REVIEW #8!

Check out work by Switchbackers Jessica BozekBecca Klaver, and Dolly Lemke, plus our fellow Columbia College Chicago Poetry MFA compatriots Tyler Flynn Dorholt and Russell Jaffe

The issue also includes other people Switchback hearts eternally, including Danielle PafundaJuliet CookKate Durbin, and Samuel Day Wharton.

Congrats everyone!

October 11, 2010

The New Salon: Poets in Conversation
Mónica de la Torre (with Robert N. Casper)

Thursday, October 14th, 7:00 p.m.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

New York, NY

Translator and poet Mónica de la Torre’s second and most recent book of poems is “Public Domain” (Roof Books, 2008). In conversation with Robert N. Casper; co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

October 6, 2010

Seems like other disciplines continue to ask the same kinds of questions we've been asking privately and VIDA's been asking publicly.

See the Venus article here.
Read more about the documentary here.
Join the conversation/community here.

October 6, 2010

San Francisco State University Poetry Center

HUM 512

Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 4:30pm

Marisa Crawford & Lizzy Acker

Lizzy Acker grew up in Oregon but she now lives in San Francisco where she collects bacon grease for hypothetical soap making projects, surfs, makes books and blogs at lizzyacker.com. She is the former co-curator of the Funny/Sexy/Sad reading series and she received her MFA from San Francisco State University. Her first book, Monster Party, a collection of stories about boys, aliens and violence, is forthcoming from Small Desk Press in 2010. For of taste of Monster Party, scroll down athttp://bangoutsf.com/volume-viii-heat/video-library-for-volume-viii-heat

Marisa Crawford is the author of The Haunted House from the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. She grew up on the East Coast, received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and recently moved to Brooklyn after five years in San Francisco. She is an editor at Small Desk Press, and...

October 5, 2010

Hopefully by now you're aware of the important conversations going on over at the VIDA site, but if you're not, here are two to get you started.

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'The Count'

"The issue is, frankly, that publishing, reviews of one’s work, as well as awards, all help to further a writer’s “career.” This means, simply, that one is granted, via such recognition, the following: JOBS (more money + health insurance = greater health = more time to write); GRANTS (more time to write); RESIDENCIES (more time to write); MONEY (more time to write) . . . in other words, all these things clearly provide a means by which an author can focus more on his or her craft and thereby more fully recognize / realize / accomplish his or her vision. This is why I believe the numbers are important. It’s not that they impact / influence one’s ability to write, but rather that they determine who gets TIME to write."--Cate Marvin

'On Gender and Publishing': A Panel Moderated by Carmen Gimén...

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