April 26, 2013

Sorry for the lack of links this morning! We at Switchback are recovering from last night's Karaoke Idol, where we came in second! Now, here are some belated links to get your through the weekend!


Wikipedia editors were recently caught removing female novelists from the "American Novelists" category, leaving the list entirely male.


Grimes has some things to say about sexism in the music industry.


American Girl dolls have lost their political edge.


The Sci-Fi/Fantasy industry has done a count of their own, finding a relatively even gender split in who's publishing, but sadly not in who's getting reviewed.


Chloe Angyal on the revolutionary power of the song "I Touch Myself." Something to keep in mind for the next Karaoke Idol...

April 24, 2013

Our Classical Heritage (2010) from Elle Collins on Vimeo.

In 2010, Switchback approached several filmmakers and video artists and asked for pieces based on Switchback books, to be shown at that year's Printer's Ball. Long before I officially joined the Switchback staff, I had the pleasure of making this collage video based on Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device by Caroline Noble Whitbeck, featuring the text of the poem "Deathwatch." I tried to illustrate the tension between life and death, the present and the past, and the dialogue between the contemporary and the classical that runs through Whitbeck's work.

Elle Collins is the web coordinator for Switchback Books, as well as a graphic designer. She holds degrees in puppetry and film theory, and works in Chicago as a freelance designer and editor.

April 22, 2013

1. What do you do for Switchback?
I am the Gatekeeper. Which means it's my job to make sure everything we say and do is on message and reflects our opinions and beliefs as a feminist press. I also do some PR, marketing, copywriting, and general think-tanking. I guess my real title is Communications Coordinator, but Gatekeeper sounds way cooler. 
2. What do you feel like you get out of working for Switchback?
Switchback gives me a space to put my problem solving and writing skills to use to benefit one of my favorite things in the world: smart, talented women. I am also surrounded by a staff of smart, talented women, who inspire me and I learn from at every meeting and during every project. It's an amazing feeling to know you are doing meaningful work with people you believe in and respect. It's also incredible to work so closely with James Franco. 

3. Where are you from, and how important is where you’re from to you?
I'm from Southern California. It's important to me mostly because...

April 19, 2013

Switchback author Kathleen Rooney writes about Jack Handey's relevance to contemporary poetry for the New York Times.


The Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates discusses the positive and negative responses she's gotten.


Samhita Mukhopadhyay digs into feminism's branding problem.


 The beginning of a new chapter in transgender literature.


Alexandra at Feministing on Dove's Real Beauty ads and the "One Direction Theory of Unknown Beauty."


West Virginia high school student Katelyn Campbell takes on her principal over a school sanctioned abstinence assembly.


April 15, 2013

"I brush the air unseen. Is life disappointing? / Yes."
-Cynthia Arrieu-King, "Setsuko Hara," Manifest

April 12, 2013

Our own Marisa Crawford, author of The Haunted House, has a new book out from Immaculate Disciples Press, entitled 8th Grade Hippie Chic.


The seventh and final installment of the Women Publishers Roundtable from Delirious Hem (featuring editors from Switchback Books, dancing girl press, Birds of Lace, Patasola, Sundress, & Noctuary Press).


"My So-Called 'Post-Feminist' Life in Arts and Letters," in which author and photographer Deborah Copaken Kogan tells it like it still is.


An interview with poets Lisa Russ Spaar, Aracelis Girmay, and Daisy Fried at Boston Review.


A tribute to the recently departed Mariam K. Chamberlain, the godmother of academic feminism.


Laura Hudson explains the importance of self-identifying as a feminist.


Jos Truitt on how women's colleges fail in their mission by not admitting trans women.


Queer theory as cabaret in NYC.

April 8, 2013

1. What do you do for Switchback?
I organize fun things for people to do and come up with ideas to thank the people who give us donations and ways to impress upon people how very much we need/value their support.

2. What do you feel like you get out of working for Switchback?
I believe poetry is important to society and that the voices of women are important. I’m less concerned with what I get out of working for Switchback than I am hoping that, through that work, what everyone can get out of amplifying women’s voices will become infinitely clear.

3. Where are you from, and how important is where you’re from to you?
I grew up in Southern California. But I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Even though I don’t remember living there I still feel as though being from that particular part of the world is somehow a very important part of my identity.

4. What are five of your favorite non-poetry-related things?
Hops, barley, wheat, water, and yeast. (I'll tell ya all about it at our ne...

April 5, 2013

Delirious Hem posts the sixth installment of the Women Publishers Roundtable (featuring editors from Switchback Books, dancing girl press, Birds of Lace, Patasola, Sundress, & Noctuary Press).


Catherine Rottenberg calls out the Sheryl Sandberg model of feminism: "devoid of social justice."


Jessica Bozek on complexity in motherhood narratives.


Jennifer Lai offers Sylvia Plath's children's book as proof of the poet's humanity.


Monica Torres wrestles with language, education, and identity.


The problem with "Say No to Size Zero." s.e. smith on body policing in and out of fashion.


Here's a reading by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, whose book Twerk just came out from Belladonna*.

April 4, 2013

For some people, it's National Poetry MonthNaPoWriMo, or even NaPoReMo. At Switchback, we're celebrating the cruelest month with a few exciting local events and one national event:


Poet and 2013 Gatewood Prize judge Eileen Myles

Now through June 1st

Gatewood Prize


Give us something good to read! Our editors read every manuscript that’s submitted to the Gatewood Prize and we want nothing more than to greet each morning with a new crop of daring, lovely, and downright exciting manuscripts. Won’t you send us something? This year's judge is the AMAZING and TALENTED Eileen Myles!!

April 12, 7:30pm

fAWP Publishers Reading

(presented by our friends at Chicago Writers House & Curbside Splendor)   

Uptown Lounge, Chicago, IL

Local publishers gather for a public reading of the work they publish. We’re joining a great group of presses to read some of our favorite poems from the Switchback Books catalog.

April 14, 1:30pm–6:30pm

Pop-Up Bookfair

(presented by our friends at Chi...

April 3, 2013

Introducing Gertrude Stein—Gertie for short—Switchback's official mascot and spokesdog. 

"My heart never fully pumps out its sorry."
-Cynthia Arrieu-King, "Poem to My Younger Self," Manifest

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