February 25, 2011

On March 1st, Seven Kitchens Press will begin accepting submissions for the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, a competition for for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer writer. For official guidelines visit http://sevenkitchenspress.wordpress.com/series-guidelines/guidelines-the-robin-becker-chapbook-prize/

February 22, 2011

Lovely art by Jim Behrle!

Here's a list of responses to VIDA's The Count 2010, however direct or indirect they may be. The dialogue has been exciting!

* Eileen Myles on Being Female
* Katha Pollitt wants more women editors
* Patricia Cohen at The New York Times
* Ruth Franklin at The New Republic
* Annie Finch on how to publish women writers
* Lidia Yuknavitch writes About a Boob
Bitch Magazine
Poetry Foundation
* Stephen Elliott at The Rumpus
* Meghan O'Rourke at Slate
* DoubleX at Slate
* Beyond the Margins
* Jim Behrle at The Hairpin
* Daniel D. Pritchard's Letter to the Times Literary Supplement
* Graywolf responds to Jim Behrle
* Bob Hoover at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
* Roxane Gay at HTMLGIANT
* Jessa Crispin for Need to Know at PBS
Ms. Magazine
* Tin House
* Laura Miller at Salon
Utne Reader
Olivia Tejada
* Richard Jeffrey Newman

I'm sure we're missing some, so if you'd like to tell...

February 17, 2011

Has poems up over at Switchback friend Christine Kanownik's Augury Books


February 15, 2011

BLESS YOU, EILEEN MYLES, for the below, and BLESS YOU, CAROL GUESS, for sending it our way...

Eileen Myles on Being Female over at The Awl:

"Interestingly the poetry world is getting celebrated for its VIDA showing of nearly equal gender parity in reviewing etc. The problem there though is that the majority of the poets writing are female. It’s true. That’s who takes workshops, that’s who gets MFAs, you can easily get some numbers there and frankly in the poetry scene the women are the ones who are generally doing the most exciting work. Why? Because the female reality is still largely unknown. And language is the thrill that holds the unknown in its vague and shifting ways. That’s writing. But despite the fact that there are more females in the poetry world, more females writing their accounts somehow only a fraction of them are able to bob to top of the heap. So the poetry world is in effect performing a kind of affirmative action for men by giving their work a big push ahead...

February 13, 2011

Check out Switchback advisory board member Seyburn's poem "What I Disliked about the Pleistocene Era" at Poetry Daily!

February 9, 2011

Wednesday, February 9th

8:00 p.m.


100 N 3rd St (b/w Berry and Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Becca Klaver
Jennifer Tamayo
Marisa Crawford
Matt L. Rohrer
Sarah Fran Wisby
Lizzy Acker

February 9, 2011

Switchback Books gets a shout out from Paula Kamen in A (Very Incomplete) Feminist Poetry Syllabus for 2011 at the Ms. Magazine blog. Check it out!

February 8, 2011

Finishing Line Press announces the publication of
Twenty-Two, a chapbook of poems by Sarah Carson

A keen observer of the small but significant things around our world and in our own lives, poet Sarah Carson has just had her second chapbook collection of poetry published, this time by Finishing Line Press.

Becca Klaver (LA Liminal--Kore Press) says of Twenty-Two: “Sarah Carson pokes fun at the rhetoric of medical surveys, manual labor instructional guides, and employee rules and regulations as a way of saying goodbye to the standardized certainty found in documents that ‘train’ a working-class, female self. ‘I don’t understand the question,’ Carson’s speaker dryly admits; in Twenty-Two, another self finds a new language, and her starkly funny confessions revise the terms, rewrite the surveys, and lay out a new set of rules.”

This small collection of poetry follows her recently-released chapbook Before OnStar (Etched Press, 2010), further delving into the issues facing the workin...

February 7, 2011

"Debunked fables, Santa Ana winds, crossfires, underworlds, beer, self-implication, spectacle, quitting smoking, dreams are poems, Manifest Destiny, superimposition, Southern California Gothic, American Beauty, Arrested Development, down-home midwestern elitism, playing with shards/matches, tropicalia-loves-melancholia, why can’t we all just live in one big house together."

Switchback founding editor Becca Klaver talks about publishing her first book and why the world needs poetry in We Who Are Now Published Authors.

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